In the six days between getting embarrassed on national television by the Kansas City Chiefs and blowing out the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots were criticized by the media like at no other time during the Bill Belichick era, and reports about "tension" between Brady and the coaching staff arose.
Despite the emotional ups and downs, Brady reiterated Monday night that he does not want to play anywhere but New England.
"I love the Patriots," Brady said in his weekly Monday night radio interview on Westwood One. "I always say it, and I say it time and time again, there is no place I'd rather play, there is no place I'd rather be. I play for the greatest owner and, to me, the greatest coach of all time.
"So, my family is in Boston. We've been such a part of this community and we love it. I just want to do the best job I can and the best job for my teammates, my coaches, for everybody that supports me. So that's where my focus is and that's where it always will be. So that's how I feel about it."
With Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leaving Indianapolis, Brett Favre leaving Green Bay and Brady's childhood idol Joe Montana leaving San Francisco, Brady was asked about the possibility of leaving the only place he's played in the same way those three greats did and whether he would be worried about following in their footsteps.
"Well, everybody's circumstances are different," Brady told Westwood One. "The NFL is very unpredictable, so pro sports in general, they are all unpredictable. If Michael Jordan could end on another team and Joe Montana could end on another team and LeBron James could switch teams ... you look at all these phenomenal players that have switched teams.
"Now, my goal is certainly not to do that. But those things aren't always in my control. I would love to be here for as long as possible. Hopefully through the end of my career. And certainly this year is the only one that matters because that's all that we have in front of us. That's the only one we can do something about."
Brady has openly said that he will retire when he "sucks," but after a performance like the one against Cincinnati, that time is not now. While acknowledging the unpredictability of sports business, Brady said he will control what he can control to make sure he stays in New England for the duration of his career.
"It absolutely is [in the player's control]," Brady said. "I think playing your best and doing what's best for the team and doing my best every week is exactly what I want. I don't want to be on this team if I can't contribute and certainly, if I'm not a valuable asset to this team, then why should they keep me? This is professional sports. It's a competitive business."