New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will never be happy with the way the team is playing. He always thinks they can improve.
“We really have to start playing better football as we go down the stretch here,” Brady said on Kirk and Callahan, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI.
That comment comes after a 23-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons scored late on a pass to wide receiver Julio Jones. He made a terrific catch, ripping the ball away from cornerback Malcolm Butler. However, the score was far too little and far too late, and so this game actually wasn’t even as close as the score indicates. The Patriots controlled it the entire time.
Brady himself threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. The team didn’t have a single running back break 100 yards, but they ran for 162 net yards, showing that it’s about far more than just Brady’s arm. They were as balanced and effective as they’ve been all year.
Plus, the defense has been giving up yards at a historic pace. Last week, they become the first team to surrender 300+ yards in six straight games. Against the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, known for their high-powered passing attack, the defense finally stood tall. They gave up just 233 passing yards, the lowest total of the season, and held the shutout for most of the game.
So, while Brady’s comments about striving to improve made sense when the team was losing, the fact that he’s keeping that mantra going even when they’re winning shows that it’s really just his relentless mindset. He’s never happy, and that’s why the Patriots are consistently among the NFL’s best.
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