By: Ian Logue
There has been plenty made about the fact that fans at Gillette haven’t been quite as passionate during some of the home games, and apparently quarterback Tom Brady noticed on Sunday.
Tom Brady told reporters on Wednesday that he wishes the home crowd was as loud and passionate as some of the opposing venues. (PHOTO:Icon/SMI)
Brady told reporters on Wednesday he wasn’t pleased about looking up early in the fourth quarter against the Bengals on Sunday when they were up by 21 and seeing that a large majority of the fans had already left to try and beat the traffic. After playing down at the Meadowlands last year following Rex Ryan’s call to all Jets fans to be as loud as possible, Brady admitted that unlike Gillette, it’s not an easy venue for opposing teams to play at. It’s a hostile environment, and he expects it to stay that way until the final whistle when the two teams meet this weekend.
“It’s a tough place to play,” said Brady of the Meadowlands. “The road environment is very different than our friendly home crowd, who, when I looked up, half the stadium was gone when we were up 21 points in the early fourth quarter, which I wasn’t so happy about. But I don’t think the Jets fans leave early.”
Last year New England went into the Meadowlands and managed just 9 points in a 16-9 loss in the second game of the season. In that game Brady was just 23-of-47 for 216-yards and also threw an interception, finishing with a quarterback rating of 53.1. The fans were loud the whole game, and Brady had an uncharacteristic three delay of game penalties.
He expects them to be just as loud on Sunday.
“They’re going to be loud the whole game, so communication is always an issue. We worked on it a lot in practice, and we worked on it in training camp quite a bit. Last year we didn’t do a very good job of it, and that was painfully obvious to all of us. We have to do a better job this year.”