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Brady: 'Gotta make better decisions'

11/9/2011

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Tom Brady knows he has to eliminate mistakes.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady clearly wasn't in the mood for too much chatter about the team's offensive struggles, engaging in one of his briefest midweek press conferences of the season Wednesday. Brady did pin much of the blame for a sputtering offense on his own lack of execution and expressed excitement in the opportunity to start fixing those mistakes Sunday against the rival Jets.

"It's just decision-making," Brady said when asked about his 10 interceptions on the season, this after throwing just four all of the 2010 campaign. "Just gotta make better decisions."

Pressed on what he's seen from the offensive lately in film review, Brady noted, "I don’t feel like we can’t figure it out. We’ve shown we can produce. We make plenty of good plays, there's no doubt about that. We gotta eliminate some of the ones that are holding us back, mainly the turnovers."

Brady was intercepted twice and fumbled away another possession in Sunday's loss to the Giants. Turning his attention to the Jets, Brady said players are eager for this week's matchup.

"We're excited, we have a great challenge, playing a division team on the road," said Brady. "I think everyone's very excited about the challenge. Guys came in ready to work. Hopefully we get off to a good start today."

It wouldn't be a Brady press conference if wide receiver Chad Ochocinco's name wasn't evoked and Brady offered his typical praise despite the pair's inability to connect on five targets in Sunday's loss.

"He's continued to do a great job in practice in his role that's he really carved out for himself," said Brady. "And he’s going to continue to be out there, and hopefully make a bunch of plays for us. I mean, one of these days, it really is going to click for all of us. You always go back to the foundation that we’ve built, which is based on hard work, and getting out there and working your tail off."

Pressed if he gives Ochocinco more rope because of how hard he appears to be working, Brady said that goes for the offense as a whole.

"Everybody is working hard," said Brady. "You just realize at some point it’s going to pay off for all of us. You keep working hard, you keep staying late, you keep communicating, you’re working at it, you’re competitive, you're trying to do the right thing, it’s going to pay off. We got a long way to go."