Pats’ Brady must bounce back after being outplayed
The New Orleans
The mistakes of the
“From a quarterback’s standpoint, it’s missed throws and missed opportunities,” Brady said Wednesday, “and (I’ve) got to make better reads and better decisions with the ball, better communication within the offense. Those are things that typically come up.”
Brady threw an interception to
In all, Brady completed 21 of 36 passes for 237 yards, his third lowest total in 11 games so far this season. He failed to throw for a touchdown for only the second time this year.
“I’m not so concerned with last week’s game at this point. I’ve moved on to Miami,” Brady said. “The mourning period is over.”
All four losses this season have come on the road. The
In their last meeting, a 27-17
Brady should be even more prepared on Sunday.
“With three or four more games on tape of their defense since we’ve played them,” he said, “we understand them much better and their scheme. Even getting back into the film in the last day, it comes back pretty quick. You understand the ideas that you have for the game and for the week.”
In his first two games of the year, Brady had lower quarterback ratings than
But in the next eight games, Brady had higher ratings in six games, tied
Against New Orleans, though, he was under frequent pressure and completed only six passes for 34 yards to
“Most teams focus their coverage on those guys,” Brady said. “The
Forcing Brady to hurry his throws is a key to stopping him.
“You have to be able get some pressure on the quarterback in those situations, but you’ve got to be careful with what you did with Tom,” Miami coach Tony Sparano said. “Tom is such an intelligent player and he gets protections lined up very well and if you’re trying to come after him and you’re trying to get pressure on him and he gets the thing lined up, you’re going to get hurt. That happened to us a little bit in” their first matchup.
Brady was on a solid streak until he faced the
And he’s reluctant to answer questions about past games when he can’t do anything about them once they’re over. So he’s focusing on Miami – on beating their defense, not on how his performance will stack up against Henne’s.
“It’s a physical group and its a physical game, and playing them on six days (rest), everyone’s got to get in and try to get reinvigorated for the game,” Brady said. “As an offense, even though it’s week 11, going into our 12th game, we’re still finding our way. We’re still trying to find ways to attack the defense and get our guys in the best position possible.”