Tom Brady rips Pats offense, downplays not high-fiving Jimmy Garoppolo after TD
Tom Brady was the ultimate symbol of frustration as he sat on the bench after being sent there by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick once Monday’s 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs got out of hand.
Saying that there is “no magic play, there’s no magic scheme,” to right an offense that Brady insists hasn’t “played well for a long time,” well before he led a woeful effort against the Chiefs in the blowout, the Patriots veteran signal caller claims it’s going to take everyone, not only himself, to right the ship.
“It is us as players playing better — a lot better than we’re playing,” Brady lamented.
He also stated that in this instance, the stats prove the offense is struggling.
“That’s obviously going to reflect in every statistic that you can find, that we don’t have the kind of offense that’s going to perform at a high level,” Brady said on WEEI 93.7 FM during his weekly radio appearance, via an ESPN.com report. “Everyone’s connected. It all ties together. If we’re not playing well, we’re not going to have good stats.”
Brady insists he did not find himself “overanalyzing” Belichick’s decision to yank him and send in rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, instead claiming that it’s his job to the play the role of good soldier when a decision such as a benching comes along.
“I just do what I’m told …,” Brady said. “We were getting our butts kicked. So it was a situation where we didn’t have a good game, and that’s what Coach [Belichick] wanted us to do and that’s what we did.”
Brady became the target of some criticism following the game for how he appeared unwilling to congratulate Garoppolo when the rookie came to the sidelines following a touchdown pass, allegedly preferring to remain seated on the bench sulking. Many opined that Brady was not playing the role of good soldier in this instance, instead opting to pout instead of supporting his teammates.
Brady downplayed that assessment, saying it’s much ado about nothing.
“I’m really not [aware of the cameras],” Brady said, defending himself. “When we lose there’s really not a lot — even when we win, I think it’s just important to not ride the roller coaster of emotions. You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.”
In fact, Brady said he was happy for his quarterbacking cohort, despite the fact that Garoppolo’s decent play (6-7, 70 yards, 1 TD) and his less-than-stellar performance Monday ( 14-23 passing, 159 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTS, one returned for a TD) prompted a reporter to ask Belichick after the game if there is a burgeoning quarterback controversy in New England. Of course, that caused the cranky coach to offer a bemused smile and the stink eye in response.
“I was happy for Jimmy. I was happy for our team. We kept fighting at the end. That’s a good thing,” Brady insisted. “The more good players we have, the better we will be as a team. So, I didn’t pay attention to any of those things. I was obviously disappointed that the outcome of the game was what it was. It’s been very frustrating all season the way that we have performed offensively. But we are trying to figure it out to become a better offense.”
But not high-fiving a teammate on the sidelines? Brady should no better, right? Given his experience with being left hanging on a high-five, Brady should have sought out Garoppolo to slap hands simply on principle.
The “No-High-Five-Gate” may be the talkiest story coming out of Monday’s debacle for the Patriots, but much work remains to be done if the team hopes to get things back on track, especially offensively, although it’s not like the defense is dominating at the moment. At 2-2, there no reason to hit the panic button just yet, but another performance like the one on Monday night may cause some to speculate that it very well could be the end of an era in New England, if it is still an era worth celebrating at this point in the first place.
(photo credit: Larry W. Smith/Boston.com)