At least that’s what it seems like to me. Evidently, Tom Brady knew the New England Patriots would make a 28-point comeback down 31-3 in the third quarter, and what he said on WEEI was just too awesome. I mean, his legend just seems to grow every week.
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
“When we were down 31-3 that was my thought. I didn’t think anything different. I thought we were going to come back and win the game, and a lot of our problems on offense were self-inflicted. I have a lot of respect for that defense. They’re very good; they rush, they cover, they’re physical, they force turnovers. It was just a sloppy game by us.”
Self-inflicted is right, because the Patriots finished the day with four turnovers on two fumbles and two interceptions. The first interception was the result of good coverage and mis-communication, while the second can be attributed to Aaron Hernandez’s ill-timed drop (if there ever is a good time to have a drop).
“Because I look around at the quality and character of the guys that we’ve got and I have a lot of confidence that we could do it. It’s not that I was worried we couldn’t score points. We put together, I don’t know, was it four touchdown drives in a row? That’s pretty good. You can’t play, whatever, (just) 25 minutes of good football against a team, you can’t do it.”
On Twitter, other Pats fans and I were talking about how proud we were about the resilience of this squad. Tom Brady knew that as well, and his words about the character of the guys on offense couldn’t be more correct. Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, and Danny Woodhead are four players who immediately come to mind when talking about players who have excellent character and team chemistry.
“Our season is not over by any means. We lost to a good team playing very average football. We’re 10-4, it’s certainly not a great record, but that’s where we deserve to be. We’ve got to be able to move on with mental toughness this week and put this loss behind us and go down to Jacksonville and try to win a football game.”
Amen. With each passing quote and radio interview, my man crush on Tom Brady increases exponentially.
What a comeback, and I would pore over the quotes from Brady just to keep a better perspective on the game. He isn’t overreacting, and neither should we. To be honest, I haven’t seen a Pats fan who isn’t just as confident (maybe even more so after that comeback effort) in the Pats ability to win it all this year.
You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.