Tom Brady and the Patriots offense struggled through a 13-10 win over the Jets last Thursday night, and Brady was visibly frustrated.
Brady targeted rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins 17 times Thursday but they both combined for only 5 catches.
Brady isn’t blaming them though.
“It’s overall execution of our whole offense, and it’s not the receiver position, it’s every position, including the quarterback position,” he said Monday during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “The quarterback position, running backs, tight ends, receivers, offensive line — we all have to be on the same page. Until we are, we’re going to struggle.”
After Brady and the offense scored on their first possession, they stalled out the remainder of the game.
The Patriots defense stepped in for the second straight week to bail the offense out and notch the victory.
“I’m really glad we won these last two games. I think our defense has done such a great job of limiting scoring opportunities, getting us great field position. We just haven’t done much to take advantage of those things,” Brady said.
“We have to work harder at what our job is because obviously what we’re doing isn’t good enough at this point. How we’ve performed through two games on offense is less than the level of expectation is, and we need to find ways to improve it.”
Brady’s frustration with receivers running the wrong routes, drop passes, and sluggish nature of the offense being to show on the QB.
“I think it’s just overall important to show poise and to really — my level of frustration, yeah, everyone gets frustrated when things don’t go right,” he said. “And I’m frustrated when the coaches are frustrated and other players are frustrated. I think being frustrated is one thing, letting that affect how you play is another. And I don’t really want it to affect how we play, and that goes for everybody. You can’t reflect negatively too long on what happened because it will affect what’s going to happen.”
Brady also said players need to be sent the message in a stern manner, either from a teammate or a coach.
“That’s how football is, it’s a game of emotion,” he said. “And once the emotion wears off, you try to take a clinical analysis of what really happened, so you have to take the emotion out of it at some point. It’s hard to take the emotion out of it in the first quarter of a football game — football is an emotional game. We all have our ups and downs, and we’ve all developed enough trust in each other where whatever happens on game day happens. That’s just — afterward, you have to figure out the reasons why we’re not executing well.”
Brady remains steady in belief that the offense and the rookies will step up and perform better.
“And like I said, it’s the quarterback position, too, I’m not making all the right plays, either,” he said. “It’s not like the rookie receivers are messing up all the time. No, not at all. Look, I’ve really been able to count on those guys. They’ve done an incredible job with what they’ve been asked to do. We’ve got to improve in all aspects of our offense, and that will hopefully remove the burden that has fallen on the receivers right now.”
Brady talked about Rob Gronkowski, who is expected to return either this week or next, and how big of a loss it has been for the team.
“He’s a great player and he helps in the run game and the pass game, provides a level of toughness for our team, and he’s been a really consistent player when he’s been out there, so it’s really — it’s hard to replace him, there’s only one Gronk,” he said. “I know he’s working his butt off to get back, and every time I see him he’s got a great attitude about his rehabilitation and what he’s going through to get back on the field.”