By: Ian Logue
Expectations for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are obviously going to be high this season, especially since it will be mostly up to him to acclimate a lot of the new guys who will start trying to become effective parts of this complex offensive system.
He knows that the vast majority of the responsibility during this process will fall on him, but he doesn’t sound too worried. In fact, Brady spoke to the Buffalo media on Wednesday afternoon and he told them that he relishes this part of his job and any pressure that there may be this season, he’s ready for it.
Brady says he’s ready for whatever pressure he may be under this season.
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“There is always an onus on the quarterback,” said Brady. “The pressure of professional football and the pressure to do things right, I’m sure that’s in every job. Certainly in football, a lot of times it does fall on the quarterback. From my standpoint, that’s kind of where I want it. I want guys to look to me for communication, to do the right thing and to hold me accountable, and I expect the same things of them.
“It always changes from year to year. Players come and go, coaches come and go, and to be able to adjust and adapt is a big part of the NFL. It’s a big part of the success of franchises and organizations. You have to be able to adapt, you have to be able to adapt within a game scenario. Things rarely go as you anticipate them, and we have to be prepared to make adjustments this weekend.”
If things don’t go their way at any point in the game Brady says one of the key parts in learning about his team is seeing how they react to adversity and how quickly they’re able to adapt during the game, even if it means changing after the opening series.
“We have to be prepared to make adjustments on the opening series. That’s a big step in our growth as a team: to be able to put forth a game plan and then implement the game plan and if it doesn’t work, be able to adjust. That’s as much about football as anything.”
Playing in Buffalo is an environment that is a tough one, but he’s had plenty of success against this team overall having compiled a record of 20-2 against them over his career. The Patriots also have a streak to maintain considering they’ve won their last nine regular season opening games, including their last two against the Bills.
With this Sunday fast approaching, Brady’s excited to get started.
“There’s no better place to play than Buffalo, with how challenging it is. It’s a great crowd, a great atmosphere for football. We’ve had a few opening days there, and it’s just a great environment for football, so I’m really excited.”