Coach Bill Belichick was clearly disappointed in the Patriots’ performance Sunday night in a 31-27 victory, saying they “will have to play better than this or our season won't last long.”
Tom Brady, for one, expects his coach to let his team know Monday exactly what went wrong.
“When he talks to us as a team he stands up there and he says ‘Guys these are the things we need to do to win, and this is how we need to play the game,’ and we don’t do any of those things, he gets pretty disappointed,” Brady said Monday morning during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI.
“I understand that and he’s got as good a grasp of how our offense, defense and special teams are ready for the game as well as our level of execution, and he didn’t see it yesterday. And the players didn’t see it. Every position that came up yesterday we put ourselves in.
“We fought for 60 minutes, we needed to. It certainly wasn’t our best game and we are going to hear about it. But I think he’s also proud of the fact that we got our 12th win.”
Brady also discussed offensive lineman Dan Connolly’s improbable 71-yard kickoff return during his interview, saying it was a play he’ll “never forget.”
"I'm always saying, 'Just get down.' The way [offensive linemen] do carry the ball, any slight contact can knock the ball out,” Brady said. “I've seen that a bunch over the course of my career. You get a guy that doesn't handle it very often and it's tough for those guys to really know what to do with it. Danny picked it up, and once I saw him break to the outside, I was like, 'Go!' "
Shortly after the runback, Connolly left the game with a head injury. Brady said he talked with Connolly after the game and he was “doing well.”
"He was like, 'Man, I wish I would have scored,'” Brady said. “He goes, 'I was on the 4-yard line.' I said, 'Don't you worry about that. Don't start trying to come up with these ideas.'"
Late in the interview, the topic shifted to Christmas, Brady taking his cue from Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” when revealing his all-time favorite gift.
"I wanted a BB gun, if you can imagine that,” Brady said. “I'd shoot cans in the backyard. And I loved doing it. Once I got the BB gun, I was good."