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Tom Brady on criticism amid struggles: ‘I absolutely want to play better’

Tom Brady endured an uncharacteristically disappointing outing in Sunday’s 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Critics immediately seized upon the opportunity to question whether or not the New England Patriots quarterback is finally exhibiting signs that age is beginning to catch up to the 41-year-old veteran.

Brady took on the doubters during his interview with Jim Gray during Westwood One’s coverage of the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers game on “Monday Night Football,” saying “nobody feels good” about how the Patriots (7-3) played overall in Sunday’s disappointing setback.

“Everything is different from one year to the next,” Brady said in reaction to the critics, as transcribed by “I think you keep working at it the same way. Those things haven’t changed for me. I’m sure some of my statistics have changed. But I feel good out there. And I feel like do I want to play better? I absolutely want to play better. I want to play best as I possibly can for my team, and that’s what my job is to do.

“Certainly, [Sunday] was not a great performance. I got to go out there and play my very best these next six weeks to give our team the best chance. And that’s what I want to do. That’s what I’m going to focus on these next two weeks. We got another road test. Another opportunity to go up against the Jets, a division rival in two weeks, and we got to have our best road game of the year, and that’s what I’m expecting from us.”

Despite the suggestion he needs to improve upon his performance this season, Brady nevertheless is enjoying yet another overall solid campaign, completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,748 yards and 17 touchdowns to seven interceptions, good for a 94.7 rating.

As noted, the critics come out of the woodwork every time Brady struggles to say he’s washed up. At some point Brady obviously will succumb to Father Time. Whether that comes sooner rather than later remains to be seen. Although it would be foolish to count him out solely based upon one poor outing.