Tom Brady blows off talk of Patriots dynasty’s demise
The New England Patriots dropped a big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, a loss that has inspired renewed chatter that the team’s dynastic period is coming to a close.
Not so fast, says Tom Brady, who argues such debate and pontificating are simply a means for television and radio talking heads to fill up airtime.
“This is not the time to turn on the TV and listen to those types of things,” Brady told Jim Gray during Monday night’s Westwood One coverage of the Saints-Panthers tilt, as transcribed by NESN. “Now’s the time to hunker down and focus on what our job is. There is nobody outside of our football building that’s going to help us win games. The reality is we know better than anyone what we need to do to win. That’s what all those TV stations are for, you know, to fill the time and to talk about sports and to give the fans what they want to hear, but, you know, that’s not going to help us win games. What’s going to help us win games is us playing better.
“I haven’t listened to anything, I really never listen to anything. I know what I need to do. I know what our offense needs to do and now it’s just a matter of getting out there and getting the job done.”
The Patriots have dropped two straight games on the road courtesy of Sunday’s 17-10 setback to the Steelers — which followed a stupefying last-second loss to the Dolphins via the “Miami Miracle” the previous week — a rare December occurrence during the Brady-Belichick era.
Despite the losing streak, the Patriots (9-5) are still slotted in the third spot in the AFC, meaning their postseason status is secure, although at this point a game on Wild Card weekend is the most likely scenario.
The recent talk of an impending Patriots’ demise of course is not the first time such speculation has been offered up in recent seasons. While there arguably is reason for concern, it would be unwise for anyone to prematurely dance upon the Patriots dynasty’s grave before its dead and buried for certain.