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Tom Brady on K&C: Patriots need more urgency, competitiveness

Ryan Hannable
September 17, 2018 - 10:45 am

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Kirk & Callahan with Gerry Callahan and Mike Mutnansky Monday morning following the Patriots’ 31-20 loss to the Jaguars Sunday in Jacksonville.

Brady was frustrated after the game with how things went, and still was a day later.

The 41-year-old wasn't happy with the Patriots' urgency and competitiveness at the start of the game, which may have been the root of Josh McDaniels gathering the entire offense together and getting quite vocal with them. Brady was also pretty vocal himself.

“We have to get our minds right -- have much more urgency, much more competitiveness right from the start of the game and we have to start playing better," he said.

Brady added: “We just didn’t perform to our level of expectation in any way. I think when you do that and you go on the road against a good team that does perform, you’re going to come up short. There was no area of the game where we performed to where we needed to be. They beat us basically in every area — third down, first down, red area. It just was not a very good day for us.”

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One of the biggest storylines going in was Rob Gronkowski, but the Jaguars defense took him off his game, limiting him to just two catches for 15 yards.

“I thought they did one or two things a little different," Brady said. "He was double-covered I would say most of the day on third down, which gives other people opportunities, but we could never really get into a rhythm at the [receiver] position. We had an opportunity early in the game and I kind of thought they got away with a call on the first drive [defensive holding], which would have been a big play to Rob. We were really out of rhythm all day.

"… Things don’t magically happen. You have to make them happen. If you don’t make them happen, it’s one of those days. Hopefully it is a big lesson for us and hopefully we learn not to have that same type of start against a good team on the road.”

Brady was asked directly if he was calling out the team's effort, but he said it's more of just learning what it takes to win on the road.

“No, it’s going on the road and figuring out what we need to do to win," he said. "It was our first opportunity to do that with this team, this season. We’ve been pretty good on the road the last few years. We knew it was going to be a tough game playing against a good team. There was a lot on the line for both teams and competitively we just came up way short.”

The Patriots will go on the road again next week when they take on Detroit on Sunday Night Football.

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