Tom Brady: “No excuses for when we don’t get it done”

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The days following Tampa Bay’s latest loss included multiple comments from multiple members of the coaching staff that seemed, in totality, to shift blame from the coaching staff for offensive struggles (specifically with the deep ball) to quarterback Tom Brady.

On Friday, Brady met with reporters via video conference. Although none of the questions submitted drilled down to the perception/reality that coach Bruce Arians and, to a lesser extent, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich are blaming Brady, the overall struggles of the offense came up in a more indirect way.

Brady was asked, for example, whether the lack of success on potential game-winning drives comes from the shortened offseason and lack of reps with teammates on offense.

“Our job is to get the job done,” Brady replied, “so there’s no excuses for when we don’t get it done. At the end of the day, that’s the reality of the sport. It’s a production-based business, and when you have opportunities like we had in those two games, it’s very disappointing when you don’t [succeed], especially when you’re the quarterback and the ball is in your hands. It’s something I have to do a better job of.”

Brady didn’t try to blame the coaching staff or anyone else. He shouldered the responsibility for his own failures, without pulling anyone else’s flaws into the discussion.

Brady also was asked about issues with connecting on deep throws against the Rams.

“Just not executing at the highest level,” Brady said. “I don’t think it’s more than that. I think we didn’t execute on some short throws [and] we didn’t execute on some medium throws. Just comes down to not as good execution as I think we’re capable of. We’re working hard to improve it and we’ll go out there and try and do a much better job this week.”

Again, no excuses. No effort to suggest that the coaching staff didn’t devise the right game plan or suggest the right plays. No mention of teammates not getting open or failing to catch passes that could have been caught.

Still, it would be nice to know what Brady thinks of the fact that Arians and Leftwich didn’t exercise similar discretion this week. At a time when some are suggesting that the struggles come from the team trying to get Brady to run an offense that he’s not comfortable running, the coaching staff has made it clear that Brady is the offense. Brady, to his credit, is acting that way, without trying to blame anyone else — even though there’s a good chance that there’s plenty of blame to go around.

35 responses to “Tom Brady: “No excuses for when we don’t get it done”

  1. No shocker but Brady has shown far more class after failures since Arians has. As usual, he shoulders the blame rather than point fingers

  2. I think it’s time for all to realize that Bill Belichick is a great defensive mind and identifies what has to be done on offense to move the ball against any defense. The game plan always seemed to work! Spreading the field on offense made the Patriots unstoppable with Welker and other very quick smaller receivers. Tom is not going to admit how much he misses the Patriots and company. New England is hurting this season for skill players on offense but that could quickly change for next season. Tom should have stayed in New England. However I’m sure his family enjoys the warmer weather in Tampa Bay, Florida! Miami would have been a better fit for Tom with Brian Flores the former defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

  3. Even though he can be a diva he also never throws his teammates under the bus in failure. Don’t be shocked if he has a great game this week.

  4. I love TB and I don’t want say he is falling off the cliff but he he is def on the other side of the speedbump. He 100% needs the weapons that he has with the Bucs. Patriots would have the same record 4-6 or worse if he stayed.

  5. Smart enough to not say what he thinks about the coaches. Not a fan of Brady or many of his choices, but applaud his attitude and responses this time.

  6. Can’t wait for the comments from Arians come Monday morning after the Chiefs give the Bucs their worst beatdown this year.

  7. Was Brady responsible for Goff marching the ball up and down the field in the first half? I think not. The defense played much better in the second half but Arians obviously wasn’t prepared properly to start the game.

  8. “Brady didn’t try to blame the coaching staff or anyone else. He shouldered the responsibility for his own failures, without pulling anyone else’s flaws into the discussion.”
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    In other words, Brady was a professional. Arians and Leftwich could/should take a few lessons from their QB on what that is and how to do it.

  9. Can’t stand the pats, but Brady has always been class off the field, and that includes talking to the media. It kinda annoys me to have this coaching staff working with him. Nothing against the Bucs, but seriously, not adjusting your offense around the best QB and leader ever, and instead sit at the mic and blame him for his shortcomings after zero off season in a new system, it’s like spoiled brats playing with a new expensive toy and blaming the toy when it gets scuffed up.

    -Chiefs fan

  10. Brady learned from experience that it doesn’t help anybody to point fingers. By contrast, Arians is a really slow learner. He hasn’t figured out the benefit of not popping off with whatever crosses his mind, and he hasn’t learned how to adjust schemes to his personnel and the opponent.

  11. I was shocked when he picked Tampa just because everyone knows Arians would throw his own grandmother under the bus, in her wheelchair even.

  12. Brady showing how a champion reacts to a loss.

    Arians & Leftwich showing why they’ve never won the SB.

  13. Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    November 28, 2020 at 10:55 am
    I was shocked when he picked Tampa just because everyone knows Arians would throw his own grandmother under the bus, in her wheelchair even.

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    Many had it nailed. Brady lives in a world of delusion and fantasy.

  14. Coaches with limited accomplishments and zero SB rings blame QB when things aren’t going well

    Future HOF QB with 6 SB rings blames himself when coaching staff fails to adapt their playbook to his skill set.

  15. ….sorry, forgot about the rings Arians has as a Steelers assistant and Leftowich as a backup

  16. Many had it nailed. Brady lives in a world of delusion and fantasy.
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    And Belichick lives in a world where he is a below .500 coach with one playoff win without Brady as his QB.

  17. I wonder who he is referring to when he says “we”? HE didn’t get the job done, not WE. When he is constantly trying to throw to AB and Gronk who aren’t open and ignores Mike Evans, Godwin and Cam Brate who are open; what does WE think is going to happen?

  18. Knocking Belichick’s work/choices as a GM is fair game but…knocking him as a coach just shows you don’t know much about football.

  19. QBs get the lion share of the credit when the team wins, and get a lot of blame when they lose. Just because he has *rings* doesn’t mean he’s suddenly above reproach.

  20. Tommy, we love you in New England but THIS is why I don’t get the move to Tampa. I get licit being a former patriot FO guy.

    However, arians had shown with Palmer he doesn’t do constructive criticism, he throws guys under the bus. Arians is a prick, pure and simple. Belichick is too, but he doesn’t pull this stuff in public. He may say he could get a quarterback from foxborough high or Acton Boxborough, but he didn’t publicly smash his QB to the media ,

  21. blessedunliketherest says:
    November 28, 2020 at 12:18 pm
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    And Belichick lives in a world where he is a below .500 coach with one playoff win without Brady as his QB.
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    Bill Parcells helped his teams win zero playoff games and zero Super Bowls without Bill Belichick as one of his assistants. In fact, the Browns last playoff win was with Bill Belichick as the Head Coach against the Bill Parcells coached Patriots. When BB joined the Patriots as a Parcells assistant a couple of years later, just by magic the Pats went to the Super Bowl soon after.

    Bill Belichick has been a HC and an assistant on teams that have won playoff games, and Super Bowls when he was an assistant, without Tom Brady. Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, has played in zero playoff games without Bill Belichick as his Head Coach. Unfortunately I fear that last statement may remain true while Brady is with the Bucs.

    Advantage Belichick, and it is currently not close.

  22. If I had Tom Brady on my team, he could run any offense he wanted. Can’t put square pegs in round holes. Leftwich is an idiot.

  23. Saying Brady is classy is a joke. He frequently snubs his opponents after the game has just ended.

  24. Brady is so eloquent and charming when facing the media. He is a very good qb. But face it. He won all his championships for a team that was penalized time after time for cheating. Even Lord Brady was suspended for destroying evidence to cover up same. Brady is pure fraud in my book. Most of America agrees.

  25. When a stupid play fails, Leftwich and Arians look at their playbook and say, “Well it looked great on paper. It should have worked.” Then they blame the QB.

  26. deadinbed says:
    November 28, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    Brady is so eloquent and charming when facing the media. He is a very good qb. But face it. He won all his championships for a team that was penalized time after time for cheating. Even Lord Brady was suspended for destroying evidence to cover up same. Brady is pure fraud in my book. Most of America agrees.

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    Sure, and there is no pandemic either.

    Scary how long disinformation has been used via the internet in this country to condition morons like yourself.

    What a fool. Mortifying, really.

  27. buccaboo says:
    November 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    I wonder who he is referring to when he says “we”? HE didn’t get the job done, not WE. When he is constantly trying to throw to AB and Gronk who aren’t open and ignores Mike Evans, Godwin and Cam Brate who are open; what does WE think is going to happen?

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    Let’s see, who else might have some responsibility for the loss:

    Offensive line: allowed constant pressure on Brady:
    Running game: 42 total running yards; OL may have something to do with this too.
    Defense: no sacks; not sure if they ever pressured Goff; gave receivers way too much space

  28. Unbelievable the number of sensitive snowflakes out there.

    Pretty sure Brady can handle public criticism from his head coach after 20 years in the game just fine. He’s not going to crumble and run away crying. Sheesh.

  29. Yes, this is tragic indeed. The Bucs have won as many games already as they did last season, with 5 games left. Brady is top 5 in TDs and yards with a bit better than average INT%. They are 7th in points scored per game so far (and 10th in ppg on D).

    The sky is falling all because of that senior citizen QB.

  30. stillaboveground says:
    November 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    QBs get the lion share of the credit when the team wins, and get a lot of blame when they lose. Just because he has *rings* doesn’t mean he’s suddenly above reproach

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    Yes it does. Arians and Leftwich are elementary school kids next to what he knows and what he’s done.

  31. curtis20 says:
    November 28, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Chiefs 55 TB 23

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    Ouch. I’m on team-Brady all the way but depending on which Bucs team shows up, it could be.

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