Back in January the Patriots were stunned by the Jets in the AFC Divisional round, losing 28-21 at Gillette Stadium and getting knocked out just over a month after they had blown them out 45-3.
Tom Brady’s focused on redemption after last seasons early playoff exit at the hands of the Jets. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
It may be a new season, but that loss is apparently still fresh in Tom Brady’s mind. The veteran quarterback told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning that he’s still not over it.
“The Jets, I’ll never get over that loss,” said Brady during his weekly interview. “That’s as painful as a loss as I think we’ve ever had here as a team.
“They can rush the passer. They’re a good team. They pressure the quarterback, that’s what we have to be prepared for with them. And they always try and find a way to confuse the quarterback, whether that’s by pass rush, whether that’s by coverage and often times both. We gave them a lot of credit when they won and I think we have to learn from that and understand what it takes to beat good teams under tough conditions. That’s what we have to try and accomplish this year.”
Brady also talked about some of the new changes personnel-wise on offense, which obviously includes former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ochocinco. Brady said that the new additions are going to change their ‘identity’ for this season because this year’s group has a different set of attributes than some of the guys they had last season.
“The identity is going to be different based on the players we have because the skill-set is different,” said Brady. “What maybe was good for our third wide receiver last year, with Chad [Ochocinco] may be very different because Chad can do some very unique things as a player. You try and play to the strength of our players. You just don’t go out there and say everybody is going to run this route because to me that’s not the best way of playing offensive football.”
You can read more from his interview this morning here.