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Tom Brady details frustrations on K&C following second straight loss

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 11:01 am
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Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Lions was one of Tom Brady's worst performances in a long time.

The quarterback went 14-for-26 passing with 133 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The 133 passing yards were the fewest Brady has had in a game he's played the entirety in since 2013.

It wasn't all his fault, as he was under a lot of pressure most of the game and his wide receivers combined for just four catches on 10 targets. The offense also struggled out of the gates once again, going three-and-out on the first three possessions of the game.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Brady expressed his frustration.

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“It’s pretty poor. That’s the only way to describe it," he said of the start. "It’s obviously not what we intended to do, not the way we wanted to do it. It really comes down to us getting the job done. We’re starting slow. We’re getting behind and then we’re just turning these games into situations that we’re not going to overcome. You don’t overcome them in pro football and we’ve found ourselves in that situation two weeks in a row. We have to figure out how to get started faster and if we do get behind, because we have been behind plenty over the course of my career, we have to figure out how to put together enough consistent plays to get back in the game and come back.”

Brady added: “10 points isn’t good enough to win in the NFL. Three points at halftime is ridiculous. As many three-and-outs as we have had to start the games and lack of third-down conversions -- it’s all the way across the board."

Defenses have done a good job limiting Rob Gronkowski, but Brady appears frustrated no one else has stepped up. The wide receivers haven't been great at all through three games, and the same goes for the running game.

“It’s really been three weeks in a row where he’s gotten the majority of the coverage focused on him," Brady said. "If I was a defensive coach I would be focusing my attention on him too. It just comes down to us getting out of that by getting the ball in other parts of the field, to different areas. We just haven’t been able to do that, certainly last night. The two games before — the first week he makes some plays in double coverage and last week he certainly got double coverage. We made some plays, but last night was just a bad night.

"I think we can play a lot better than how we played last night, but thinking and doing are two totally different things. You have to go prove it on the practice field and gain some confidence, and then you have to carry it over to the game. Gronk is going to get coverage and it gives other players opportunities. At certain times we have done a good job of that and last night I didn’t think we did a good job at all. We have to start the game better. The time of possession was not in our favor because we didn’t convert on third down. We had too many missed third-down opportunities in areas we should be on the field to keep our defense off the field, but we haven’t done a good job of that.”

Brady knows the team is in a hole and it is up to them to dig themselves out of it.

"I don’t think from anyone’s standpoint it just magically happens," he said. "You have to go make them happen. The only thing you take from losses is you just evaluate it and if you over-evaluate it, you watch it again and again and again. Everyone, including myself, you just take it to heart and you have to go out there and perform at a much higher level than we did last night in order to change the outcome. Unless we execute better, the outcomes won’t be different. That is just the reality."

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