Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Brady still claims the Jets didn't get to him.
Brady joined WEEI in Boston to talk about not getting much sleep after last night's loss to the Jets, whether he thought New York's defensive gameplan was the toughest they've faced all year, the demoralizing start to the game where they moved the ball but failed to score any points, why the Pats didn't go to the hurry up sooner in the fourth quarter, how the Wes Welker benching didn't at all serve as a distraction, and how he didn't pay any attention to what the Jets said or did following the game.
On how much sleep he got last night following the loss:
"It was futile at about 2. I'm sure a lot of guys were pretty restless. I was certainly one of them. It was just a rough night, a rough day. Certainly, we had much higher expectations. We just didn't get the job done. Obviously, it was a great regular season, but we didn't win the game that mattered most."
Whether the Jets' gameplan was the toughest he's faced all year:
"I think the Jets did a good job. They got beat up pretty good by us on the Monday night game. And then watching them play the Colts, and they played a lot more zone coverage against the Colts as well, and really kept it a close game and won it in the fourth quarter. That definitely crossed our minds that they'd be doing similar-type things. I still felt like they were going to try to match up with our receivers, and they did some of that. I thought what they did a good job of was they really mixed what they were doing between playing a more conservative three-man rush and four-man rush. It certainly wasn't a very big blitz game for them. It was a very big blitz game for them in the second game, and in the first game. I thought they made some adjustments. I thought we did some good things at times and were able to move the ball, we just didn't do it very consistently. Scoring points ultimately - if you're not making big plays - comes down to consistent plays. And we didn't do that as an offensive unit."
On what the biggest difference was between yesterday's loss and the blowout New England had over the Jets in their last regular season meeting:
"I think the difference was they didn't make any mistakes. They didn't have any penalties, they didn't have any turnovers, they played well in field position, they didn't give up any big plays on defense. In the last game, they gave up some big plays against us - some 50-yard gains, a couple of 20-yard gains for touchdowns. I think they really came into this game saying we're not going to give up those plays when we blitz. We understand there's going to be times when they play man coverage. But I thought they mixed their zones in. And there was some pretty tight coverage in the zones. that was the game plan. They wanted to say to you, here's what we're going to do - very similar to the way they played the Colts. Like I said, we had our opportunities. But we're not going to win games if we turn the ball over, if we can't make critical plays in critical situations. You're not going to win those games. It's really tough to get over. We will get over it, but not for some time."
On why the offense didn't go to the hurry up offense sooner in the fourth quarter:
"It was a two-score game, but it wasn't a two-touchdown game. We had the drive there in the fourth quarter where we had the opportunity to score the touchdown. Instead, we kicked the field goal. But had we scored the touchdown it would have been a three-point game with four minutes left. They had a lot of dime groupings out there with six defensive backs. It's hard to think we're going to throw the ball all day with that grouping. I thought we said, alright, we're going to take advantage of this matchup, still move the ball down the field, which we did, but when we got down to the 15-yard line we just sputtered. We didn't execute the plays we needed to execute, which didn't allow us to score the touchdown which then led to the field goal, and then making it a seven-point game and we tried to kick the onsides kick. They scored again to make it a 14-point game. If we were down 15 points, it's a different story, but being down 10 points, I thought we felt we could score a touchdown and then with two timeouts left and four minutes, we felt we had plenty of time to get down the field and hopefully kick the field goal to send it to overtime."
Whether the Wes Welker benching served as a distraction to the team:
"That had no bearing on the way that we played as a team. I think that's just, I don't know, I don't think it had any effect on the game. What has the most effect on the game is the way that we played. Believe me, every Patriots player who was in uniform didn't sleep well last night knowing that we didn't do what we needed to do to win the game. Certainly, I'm right at the top of the list in my disappointment in myself, that I really let the team down and didn't play the way I was capable. That's really what my thoughts are."
On his three-game losing streak in the playoffs:
"There's only one Super Bowl winner. If we win this game and win the next game and lose the Super Bowl, it's the same feeling. If we win this week and lose next week, it's the same feeling. Any time you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointing end to the season. There's only one reason why we're playing, one reason why we prepare and work and coach [Bill] Belichick coaches and Mr. Kraft puts together a team, and that's to win a Super Bowl, especially with the expectations that our team has had, for our fans and all the states that support out team, and that's to win a Super Bowl. It takes a good game to win in the playoffs. We didn't play our best game yesterday and the Jets did. The truth is they did. They played a great game against the Colts, and that's what it took to beat them. They played a great game against us. If they play a great game next week, they're going to be tough to beat also. That's how playoff football goes."
On if he felt the Jets continued their classless behavior after the game:
"I didn't pay much attention to them. I didn't pay much attention all week. I knew they were a tough opponent. They're always tough when we play them. They have good offense, good defense, good special teams. They played really well. We didn't put enough pressure in them. However they chose and choose and will continue to act, that represents their organization. We represent our organization our way. I really don't care the way they act. I really don't. I'm really proud of the way our guys conduct ourselves. I think we're going to continue to go out there and work our butts off to be back next year with as much focus and determination as we had this year."
Whether he heard what Antonio Cromartie had to say following the game:
"Honestly, I don't care. I've never met the guy. I'm sure he's just, I don't know why people say those things. I don't choose to, I don't really care why they say those things. It doesn't affect me in my life. The guys who are most important to me are my teammates and my coaches, Mr. Kraft. I'm very proud to be the quarterback of this team. I take that very seriously. I take that responsibility very seriously. I think it's going to take a lot of veteran leadership to get us back to the spot where we need to be next year."
Whether he thinks the Patriots will be in position to make another couple of runs at a Super Bowl in the immediate future:
"I sure as hell hope so. I'm not going anywhere any time soon. Coach Belichick, what he allows us to do as a team and the coaching that he gives us, is the best. There's no one better. When you have the best coach and the best owner, you're set up to be successful year after year playing for the Patriots. As long as we have a group of guys that are tough and resilient and work hard, that love the game of football like the guys we have this year, we're always going to win games."
On how long it will take him to get over this loss:
"You never get over losses. I've never gotten over one loss I've had in my career. They always stick with me. Some teams play and they only make the playoffs and that's a hell of a year. That's not what the Patriots are all about. I don't think that's the standard that guys like Tedy [Bruschi] and Willie[McGinest] and Ty [Law] set for us. Our expectations every year are to win the Super Bowl. When you don't do that, there's disappointment that lingers for a long time. Fortunately during the regular season, you always have a game the following week. In the postseason, you don't. Everyone will go their separate ways for the time being. Hopefully the labor situation will get itself sorted out. Everyone will come back to the mini-camps. It's a new season. The one thing with the Super Bowl and the end of that Super Bowl game that I've always felt is that's the start of a new year. Until that Super Bowl ends, you always feel unlucky. You know how you feel. And then when that game ends, you're like, ‘Man, I'm so happy the season's over.' Because your goal is to win it all. It takes a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of great play at critical times. We did that over the course of the season at really critical times. We just didn't do it yesterday. So it's going to last for a long time."
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