- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quarterback Tom Brady didn’t sugarcoat it. The Patriots have lost two straight games and they have only themselves to blame.
“We have to dig ourselves out of a hole that we put ourselves into. We’re sitting here at 1-2 and looking up at Buffalo and the Jets,” Brady said Wednesday at his weekly news conference. “It’s frustrating when you lose, it’s been two weeks in a row, and obviously nobody feels very good about it.”
One could sense that frustration in Brady’s tone, as he fielded questions on some of the areas the team has struggled, such as running out the clock with the “four-minute offense.”
“This is about winning. When you win, you don’t get questions about the four-minute offense, or stuff like that,” he said. “It’s not like we sit here in the locker room and say, ‘God, we’re terrible, we can’t make any plays, we’re not even in these games.’ We’re right in them. We just have to do a better job in certain areas. If we do that, we’ll start winning close games. If we don’t, we’ll have a miserable year. No one wants that around here.”
Red-zone offense (inside the opponents’ 20-yard line) is a primary area that Brady thinks has held the Patriots back.
"It's hard to win if you're not productive in the red area. We feel like we can move the ball, but the concentration has to continue to build as you work toward the red area, and you have to play your best football in the red area, because the windows are the tightest, including the running game," he said.
The Patriots scored three touchdowns in five trips inside the red zone against the Ravens. The week before, against the Cardinals, the offense was 1 of 3 inside the red zone.
On a different note, Brady was asked what he thought about Monday night’s much-talked-about game between the Packers and Seahawks.
“I was sleeping. I woke up Tuesday morning, like everyone else did, and to tell you the truth I was thinking about the Bills,” Brady responded. “What’s going on out there, I could really care less about. I want to win.”
Brady was asked if the officiating comes into his mindset during the week, or if he’s focused solely on the opponent. Brady said it was the latter.
“That’s what we have to do. You can’t approach it anyway else other than to worry about what you can control. You can’t worry about what call is made, or not made, or who is out there, or the wind, the weather, the crowd noise. It’s part of mental toughness that you have to persevere.
“Certainly, I don’t want to just take the easy way out and say ‘it’s their fault, it’s not our fault.’ No. We can do a lot of things better. If we did everything perfect, then I could probably bitch [about officiating] a little bit more. We’re certainly not doing everything perfectly.”
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