WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS, TOM?

Tom Brady weighs in on refs, re­ceivers, el­bow, trash-talk­ing

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Kee­gan Bos­ton Her­ald

The morn­ing af­ter a 23-16 Sun­day loss to the Chiefs in a game in which the Patriots were on the wrong end of mul­ti­ple missed of­fi­ci­at­ing calls, Tom Brady de­clined to em­brace that as an ex­cuse dur­ing his weekly Mon­day morn­ing WEEI ra­dio ap­pear­ance on The Greg Hill Show.

“I think you know when you play sports long enough some­times you’re the re­cip­i­ent of things that go your way and you’re on the other side of it too, so for me, I don’t think too much about it,” Brady told Hill. “I wish they would go our way, but un­for­tu­nately they didn’t, but it doesn’t take away from when you watch the game all the dif­fer­ent things that we had in our con­trol that I wish we could have done a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

The Patriots have lost two in a row, but based on his mood on The Greg Hill Show, Brady ap­pears to have put be­hind him the gloomy phase he was mired in for a cou­ple of weeks last month.

“We’re just try­ing to keep grind­ing them out,” Brady said. “We put our­selves in a po­si­tion there at the end with four plays in the red area and just didn’t pro­duce well enough to get the

job done. I don’t ever make any ex­cuses and I cer­tainly never blame the ref­er­ees. I just look at what we’ve got to do and how we have to get back to work this week and find a way to go to Cincin­nati and get a win.”

Af­ter the game, Brady was wear­ing an ice pack on his throw­ing el­bow, an is­sue that ap­peared on the in­jury re­port dur­ing the week.

“It’s all right,” Brady said. “I just took a hel­met right on the in­side of it. Just a typ­i­cal foot­ball game. So noth­ing that I haven’t dealt with be­fore. I’m just go­ing to try to get some ex­tra treat­ment and hope­fully be a hun­dred per­cent next week.”

De­vel­op­ing bet­ter chem­istry with re­ceivers re­mains high on Brady’s list of pri­or­i­ties.

“Yeah, that’s to­tally im­por­tant and it’s a process through­out the year. I don’t feel like you ever feel like you’re done with that,” Brady said of nur­tur­ing quar­ter­back-re­ceiver re­la­tion­ships. “I would say for as long as you play you’re al­ways try­ing to be on the same page, and like I said there are a lot of dif­fer­ent (de­fen­sive) looks you get. It’s im­pos­si­ble to prac­tice ev­ery­thing that comes up in the game. You have no idea what their plan is go­ing to be. You can kind of hy­poth­e­size with what you think they’re go­ing to do, but ul­ti­mately when you get out on the field you have to ad­just to what you see and ev­ery­one has to ad­just it the same way.”

Among wide re­ceivers, only Ju­lian Edel­man (eight re­cep­tions, 95 yards, one touch­down) had more than one re­cep­tion. A tex­ter to the show won­dered why Mo­hamed Sanu Sr. was not more in­volved. Sanu caught a pass in his only tar­get.

“Well, we were try­ing to get him the ball at dif­fer­ent times and some­times the cov­er­age dic­tated it go some­where else, but he’s do­ing a great job,” Brady said. “He’s a re­ally tough, hard-nosed guy who wants the ball and he’s com­pet­i­tive. I have to do a bet­ter job find­ing him and get­ting him the ball be­cause he can do good things with it. I just love the way he has come in with his at­ti­tude and he’s a very hard­work­ing guy. I am go­ing to keep find­ing ways to get him the ball be­cause you have to get the ball to guys who can make plays, and he’s one of them.”

Brady laughed about his trash-talk­ing with Chris Jones.

“Oh man, yeah, we were go­ing at it for a lit­tle bit,” Brady said. “It was pretty talk­a­tive out there, so there’s def­i­nitely a healthy ri­valry, but yeah, there’s def­i­nitely noth­ing I could re­ally re­peat. I typ­i­cally don’t try to make the D-line­men any more an­gry than they prob­a­bly al­ready are with me be­cause they’re the ones who get paid to hit me, so I don’t give them any more in­cen­tive typ­i­cally, but I couldn’t re­ally re­sist at cer­tain points.”

STEVEN SENNE - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New Eng­land Patriots quar­ter­back Tom Brady (12) passes un­der pres­sure from Kansas City Chiefs de­fen­sive end Alex Okafor (97) in the first half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day, Dec. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.

ELISE AMEN­DOLA - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New Eng­land Patriots quar­ter­back Tom Brady runs for yardage in the fourth quar­ter of an NFL foot­ball game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sun­day, Dec. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.

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