Tom Brady on 11 straight playoff berths: These things are hard to do

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The Patriots clinched their 11th straight playoff berth with Sunday’s win over the Bengals and they are closing in on their 11th straight AFC East title as well.

Putting that run together with the larger goals the Patriots have for the season might lead some to shrug their shoulders at the smaller accomplishments. Quarterback Tom Brady isn’t one for that reaction.

During an appearance on WEEI Monday, Brady made it clear that he doesn’t take any of these steps for granted.

“Heck no,” Brady said. “Man, this is so hard to do and I know, I think if anything it is you appreciate it more because it’s so hard. This is level playing field. It’s not like we ever get top-five picks, we play the easiest schedules. The whole league is meant to bring everyone back to 8-8 on the year. The fact we’ve qualified for the playoffs 11 straight years, these things are hard to do.”

The Patriots can sew up the division by beating the Bills next Saturday and then they’ll move their full attention to achieving their postseason goals.

53 responses to “Tom Brady on 11 straight playoff berths: These things are hard to do

  1. It’s also harder, Tom, when you skip OTAS and don’t get tyo know your new or rookie WRs. So, what you did yesterday with Harry should have been coming a lot sooner.

    Look how much better the offense looks when you use the good talent, instead of staring down Edelman in doubles on almost every snap.

  2. It’s not so hard to do when the other three teams in your division have been so pathetic for so long.

  3. It’s hard to do, but having a pathetic division and cheating helps a ton.

    Best AFC East QB that Brady faced in his tenure. Probably Chad Pennington. That says it all.

  4. It is incredibly hard to do, as the entire history of the league demonstrates.

    It takes consistency in all aspects of the game and organization, which is very hard to put into place at all, let alone maintain.

    This is why the people who hurl “system QB” at Brady as an insult are all wet. It takes a good system to get to such a good state, but it also takes an all-time-great QB, and coach, and all the rest. If Brady was not there, it wouldn’t work this well. If the rest of the system wasn’t there, it wouldn’t work this well.

    All of it together builds the opportunity that the players and coaches then have to follow through on in the moment. And no matter how good the system, when it’s playoff crunch time, it’s all on those guys on the field. And all those conference championship games and 6 rings – that is delivering at the highest level.

    Best the best has looked different in different eras of the league. What sets Belichick and the whole organization apart is how they solved this problem for the current era and its unique variables. Most other teams seem to be trying to build the best ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s teams.

  5. An amazing accomplishment!

    I don’t see how they can beat Baltimore – they at least have a shot at KC (though won’t be favored).

    Tough year – kept grinding, kept fighting….love the NE Patriots!

  6. tylawspick6 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:22 am
    It’s also harder, Tom, when you skip OTAS and don’t get tyo know your new or rookie WRs. So, what you did yesterday with Harry should have been coming a lot sooner.

    Look how much better the offense looks when you use the good talent, instead of staring down Edelman in doubles on almost every snap.
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    Ehhhh… let’s see what they do against better teams than the Bengals before calling the offense “much better”

  7. “Cause of the defense n a weak division”
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    Uh, the Browns are celebrating a full decade of losing seasons in a division where they play the Bengals twice a year.

  8. “It’s not like we ever get top-five picks, we play the easiest schedules.” Umm, they kinda do play an easy schedule. Two games a year against the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills (who until recently, were just as bad)? When the Ravens and Steelers and Bengals are beating the snot out of each other? Pats came back to earth when they played the Ravens this year. Big boy football.

  9. GoodellMustGo says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:36 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:22 am
    It’s also harder, Tom, when you skip OTAS and don’t get tyo know your new or rookie WRs. So, what you did yesterday with Harry should have been coming a lot sooner.

    Look how much better the offense looks when you use the good talent, instead of staring down Edelman in doubles on almost every snap.
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    Ehhhh… let’s see what they do against better teams than the Bengals before calling the offense “much better”

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    Umm, Cincy is nowhere near a 1 win teamn. The approach Brady used yesterday was clearly better. Not getting away form the run, THROWING to Michel (this is enormpous), and actually trusting Harry.

    Now if he just starts using more 2 back sets, and trusting Meyers some more, watch out.

    It’s there….It’s’ there….It’s not a talent or personnel issue. It’s an approach and playcalling issue.

    McDoofus and Brady were clearly much better yesterday than they have been in a long, long time.

    27 points is good output. That’s what this offense is. I would expect something similar vs overrated Buffalo.

  10. Not when you play in the worst division the last 20 years. Yes that is part to do with Patriots and how good they are, but they only play each other team twice. When those teams are still going like 5-11 most seasons. That isn’t anything the Pats are doing that is just weak competition.

  11. Now if he just starts using more 2 back sets, and trusting Meyers some more, watch out.

    It’s there….It’s’ there….It’s not a talent or personnel issue. It’s an approach and playcalling issue.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Worth repeating.

    Fix the Play calling to work with what you have. Stop trying to put squares in a round hole. Let these young guys play to their strengths.

  12. The win yesterday was significant. The Bengals are better than their record. They demolished Mark Sanchez 2.0 just few weeks ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat the Browns next.

  13. Things like the AFC East and good ole fashioned camera work make ‘these things’ a bit easier though, right Tom?

  14. Harry played more snaps and looked good yesterday but that was the Bengals they were playing. That offense of the Pats looks more like a liability than a strength. The Chiefs and Bengals offered the pats a good chance to rebound on offense and gear up for the playoffs. They looked pretty bad the last two weeks against two defenses no one would write home about.

  15. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    December 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    “Greatest Dynasty of All Time”

    That distinction belongs to the New York Yankees.

    Ahhhh more salt for my popcorn. Delicious, mmm

  16. David Muehlhausen says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:56 am
    Not when you play in the worst division the last 20 years. Yes that is part to do with Patriots and how good they are, but they only play each other team twice. When those teams are still going like 5-11 most seasons. That isn’t anything the Pats are doing that is just weak competition.

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    The AFC East this century has never been as bad as the NFC East is this year or the AFC South has been in Manning’s prime.

    The AFC East has also had a representative in the conference championship game for 10 straight years with only 3 one and dones by the conference champion in that time. If the East was weak and by implication the division champ fattened up on a weak division then we would see a lot more one and dones by the division champ. Not the case. 🙂

  17. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    December 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    “Greatest Dynasty of All Time”

    That distinction belongs to the New York Yankees.
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    1 World Series championship in the last 19 seasons.🤔

  18. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    December 16, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    Not that tough to do when you’ve got the commish and his employees helping you along.
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    Because we all know dragging a team’s franchise QB to court to uphold his suspension and lying again and again about the events that led to that suspension is the “commish and his employees helping them along” 🤔

  19. LOL, Harry has been on IR most of the season and has only suited up for a few weeks but TLP6 wants to dog Brady for “ignoring” the kid. Sure, pal.

    And for those clowns out there claiming the AFC East is the easiest schedule (not true, but whatever), the Patriots as division winner must face the other division winners every year.

    Don’t let reality get in the way of your delusions though.

  20. “1 World Series championship in the last 19 seasons.🤔”

    Twenty-six overall. 26 is way more than 6. But nice try!

  21. David Muehlhausen says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:56 am
    Not when you play in the worst division the last 20 years. Yes that is part to do with Patriots and how good they are, but they only play each other team twice. When those teams are still going like 5-11 most seasons. That isn’t anything the Pats are doing that is just weak competition.
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    Are the NFCE, NFCN and AFCN going 5-11 every year? Cause the Pats do the same or better against them. There’s nothing that shows up the neophytes like the ‘weak division’ silliness. The Brady/Belichick combination has a win % of .802 in division. That’s all of .022 more than their win % against the entire NFC but it’s also .048 LESS than than their .850 win % against the NFCN or NFCE. You know, the two possible divisions they would be placed in were they an NFC team. They are at .800 against the AFCN, the only other geographic AFC division they might reasonably be placed in, that’s a .002 difference vs their AFCE record. Their PLAYOFF win % is .750. Funny we don’t see anyone arguing the playoff field has been weak for the past 18 years.

    For anyone doubting the % numbers the records are as follows, feel free to check the math.

    NFC Overall .778 (56-16)
    NFCE .850 (17-3)
    NFCN .850 (17-3)
    NFCS .750
    NFCW .667

    AFC Overall .768 (162-49)
    AFCE .802 (85-21)
    AFCN .800 (28-7)
    AFCS .765 (26-8)
    AFCW .629 (22-13)

  22. Here’s an up to date strength of schedule chart. Notice that 3 of the easiest schedule are in the AFC East, and the easiest strength of schedule is the Patriots.

    28 Buffalo Bills 123
    29 Philadelphia Eagles 123
    30 Cleveland Browns 122.5
    31 New York Jets 121
    32 New England Patriots 117.5

    This has basically been the case for 2 decades. Only real competition they had was the butt-fumble Jets team for a couple of years. Yes, excellent pairing of QB and coach. Greatest dynasty in history, but yes, easiest strength of schedule. Year after year.

    (Here come the thumbs down…..)

  23. randomcommenter says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:31 am
    It’s hard to do, but having a pathetic division and cheating helps a ton.

    Best AFC East QB that Brady faced in his tenure. Probably Chad Pennington. That says it all.
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    Put together a list of all the QBs that you think are good, then calculate Brady’s record against those QBs, and then calculate all other QBs’ records against those QBs. And then tell me what those numbers are. Until you do that, you’re ignorant.

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:22 am
    It’s also harder, Tom, when you skip OTAS and don’t get tyo know your new or rookie WRs. So, what you did yesterday with Harry should have been coming a lot sooner.

    You really think a few extra days would make a difference with these receivers? Harry’s been hurt and missed too many weeks and Meyers…… well maybe he’s just not that good.

  25. Here we go again. Stop it just stop it Patriot fans. Stop with your stats about how they’ve done against other divisions if they were not in their division they would not have all the success. Point Blank undisputable. There are four or five teams that could have done the same exact thing being in that pathetic division for 20 years you know it and I know it.

  26. Fact check morons. The AFC East has the 5th best, 4th worst out of division record over the past 20. Take out the pats and they are Still 3rd from bottom…. so what’s the other divisions excuses. The pats win in and out of division at same rate despite playing a first place schedule every year…. we get it the division isn’t the best but hiding behind this lame excuse the division blows doesn’t hold water.

  27. Guys like Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana compared to the list of slugs who have started for the Jets, Dolphins and Bills.

    Pats fans love to quote overall division records, but of course the Pats win totals skew those numbers..

    The numbers I’d like to see is Every team’s win % vs their own division over the last 20 years. I’d bet the Pats division win % is far above any other team’s

  28. The numbers I’d like to see is Every team’s win % vs their own division over the last 20 years. I’d bet the Pats division win % is far above any other team’s
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    Do that and then compare those teams to who the Pats have beat. I know it will be time consuming but you can do it.

  29. The AFCE did have an easy schedule this year. Mainly because they got to feast on the NFCE.

  30. There must be a more loserish notion than the pats success being due to a soft division but it eludes imagination. It begs an explanation of how they managed to win any games outside the afce much less the crime-de-la creme come playoff time. They beat KC at home last year. Inconceivable.

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