Tom Brady's Post Game Press Conference Transcript

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October 14, 2012 at 09:07pm ET

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On how they ended up in that situation to go for it with six seconds left to go in the first half:

“On the intentional grounding?”

On if six seconds was enough time:

“We thought we could take a shot at a touchdown there. You know I’ve just got to throw the ball away a little bit closer to one of our guys. I think that’s what it comes down to. It’s tough to give up three points, you know we got a fortunate break on the muffed punt snap.  That’s why we lose games, because you squander opportunities to score points.”

On if he was looking at throwing to the sidelines with that much time and if guys were covered:

“We had some different options on the route.  Some guys were breaking inside I just threw it a little too far over the middle. I just should’ve thrown it a little more to the outside.”

On if he was “stunned” at the level of execution and the opportunities they had and the fact it wasn’t enough:

“Well, I think we’ve just got to do a better job when it counts. I think that we’ve moved the ball up and down the field. A lot of guys are making plays, a lot of guys made some really great plays, we just… you have an opportunity to score points, we have an interception in the end zone on the throw to Wes [Welker].  We’re driving the ball and I throw an interception to Sherman up the seam. We make a play there at the end of the half to squander three points and you lose by one point.  A lot of things that we could’ve done better so we’re really not in a situation. So we have to do a better job, certainly I have to do a better job.”

On if he thought they should of taken three points:

“Sure, yeah, I mean that’s my responsibility to care of the football and do something good with it. When the play comes in from the sidelines, certainly they’re not thinking that we're going to have intentional grounding.  They trust me to be smart with the ball and to get three at worst. And I just made a bad play.”

On the defensive pressure they put on him:

“They’re a good defense, I mean there’s no doubt about it. They can rush the passer, they’ve been doing that all season.  They cover well. We had quite a few yards. We moved the ball up and down the field at times.  Like I said, we really squandered some scoring opportunities and that was what the game came down to.  You come down to a one-point game, we had an opportunity in the red area for a touchdown, we had a few other opportunities to put points on board and we just didn’t do it.”

On the fact this team is showing a tendency to not be able to close out games and how they can fix that:

“Well, we did it last week against Denver. I thought we made some plays there the end of the game last week to do it, and we just didn’t do it this week. We’re 3-3, obviously it’s not a very good record.  We’ve played some tough games on the road, we’ve showed a lot of toughness, we just have to execute better, I think that’s what it comes down to.”

On what adjustments were made by them defensively in the second half:

“I’m not sure, I’ll have to wait and see the film. I’m not sure.”

On if closing out games is a learned skill:

“We talk about it and we try to execute it and today we just didn’t get it done.  We had some chances there with the ball and opportunities. We had one first down, we just needed another one and we didn’t get it.  You give them the opportunity, they return a punt to midfield and they make a great play on a touchdown.  And we have a chance, and we don’t do anything with it. I thought we squandered quite a few opportunities today. Certainly we all have to do a better job, and it starts with me.”

On the fact it seems there are as many mental mistakes as there is physical mistakes:

“I’m not sure you know…the mental mistakes. I think the play there at the end of the half was a mental mistake.  I think that’s football.  You make mistakes in the game, it’s certainly not a game of perfect, but I think you have to overcome whatever mistakes you make and do enough to win the game and today we didn’t do enough to win the game. Believe me it’s very frustrating, we played some very good football today at times, obviously it’s just not good enough over the course of a game to come out on the winning end.”

On the fact he said before he didn’t want to sling it 60 times a game and the fact he was near that today:

“I think we had a lot of plays today.  This is a team that really forces you to throw the ball based on some of the schemes that they play.  Whatever we do, we have to do it effectively and efficiently. Whether that’s run it or throw it. We had some real good run plays in there, we had some good pass plays in there. I thought there was just more in the running game and there was more in the passing game that we didn’t have and that’s why you come up one point short.”

On what he noticed about the crowd today:

“The opponent was the Seahawks. It wasn’t the crowd or the weather or the refs, it was the Seahawks. We lost to a good football team and they certainly play well at home.  We had an opportunity and just didn’t take advantage of it.”

On how he would rate this defense:



"I mean they’re a good defense.  I think they really force you into making good plays and when we made them today we did a good job, and we made bad plays, they take advantage of them.  They have a good secondary, they have a good pass rush. They’re obviously a very good team and they’re playing well.”

On the underthrows in the second half and if the weather played a factor in that:

“I wish I had just executed better, to tell you the truth. I don’t think about the weather much. I just try to go out there and do my job as best I can and obviously the throws that were underthrown, I wish I did a better job putting it where the guy could catch it.”