Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sound bites from Brady: 'We're building'
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Passing along some quick-hit sound bites from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's postgame press conference after he helped guide his team to a 29-26 overtime victory over the New York Jets, finishing with 269 yards and two touchdown passes.
On if it was frustrating to have a chance to close the game out on offense in the fourth quarter, and instead having to punt: "Well, it was first and 10 and then we got a pass interference, and then it’s first and 20 and then it’s incomplete and then it’s a run and then it's third and 16. So that's not the way to play offensive football. I don't think there’s going to be a high percentage playing that way. We can’t really put ourselves in that situation. We’ve all got to do a better job executing our plays. There’s no easy way out. It's not like there’s a magic, special play that you save for those situations. It’s about doing your job and doing a better job of it."
On what his team is learning from late-game situations, win or lose: "I think that’s it -- it comes down to a few plays. We had opportunities last week. We had opportunities against Baltimore. We had opportunities against the Cardinals. When you make the plays, you win the game. We're 4-3; we're in a decent position. We have the whole season ahead of us. We’ve been fighting injuries, like every team has. We play a very important game this weekend and then we get a bye, which will be good for this team."
On whether his team has the psychological makeup to handle stressful fourth quarters every week: "I hope so. You know, I sure hope we do. That’s part of our mental toughness and I think we’re coached very hard and we prepare for tough situations. That's the kind of pressure our coach puts on us every day in practice to perform and perform consistently. It's not like in the seventh week of the year you have all the answers. You never really have all the answers. There’s only one team that’s really happy at the end of the year, and I think it's a building process and playing your best football at the most important times.
On winning close games: "It's nice to win the close games. It's nice to win when you're down 3 with 1:40 left in the game. I think a lot of guys made a lot of really great plays to get us in that position. Steve [Gostkowski] had some huge kicks; Danny [Woodhead] made some plays; Brandon [Lloyd] made plays; Wes [Welker], of course, makes plays; Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] made some big plays; Aaron [Hernandez] made plays. When those guys contribute, it ends up being -- you know, it’s a nice win. I'm sure guys are going to have fun tonight."
On the offense's identity: "It’s tough to say. It's tough to say."
Do you think that’s a problem? "I don’t know. I'm sure if you asked teams and they said ‘Yes,’ it would probably change over the next nine weeks anyway. I think you continue to go do the things you're doing well. You’d love to figure those things out in spring camps, but it really doesn't play that way. You have some teams that you play and situations that you face and players that are healthy or not healthy, and schemes that you run. And you boil it down to what you're good at. It's only October."
On the benefit of playing close games and gaining that experience: "Yeah, that's important. You're going to make some and you're going to miss some, you're going to complete some and you're going to throw some incompletions, and we’re going to catch some and we’re not going to catch some. We’re building and hopefully we continue to get better. We played a team tonight that fought hard and we fought hard and it came down to the end."