Why Tom Brady doesn't care about Patriots starting year 8-1

Ryan Hannable
November 12, 2019 - 9:20 am

Following their bye week, the Patriots are 8-1, have a two-game lead in the division and a one-game lead in the conference.

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Considering all the turnover the team has had over the first nine games, this is a solid start, but it doesn't matter to Tom Brady. 

Appearing on Westwood One Radio with Jim Gray Monday night, Brady noted it's more about how teams finish seasons, rather than how they start them.

“What I think at this point doesn’t matter because 8-1 means nothing," he said. "In 2001, the year we won the Super Bowl, we were 5-5. In 2015, we were 10-0 and we lost four of our last six. You don’t have to look far. You look at the NHL, how were the St. Louis Blues halfway through the season? How were the [Washington Nationals> two months into the season? Not very good. The point is any team at this point, their season is going to be determined by what happens the next seven weeks of football. Not the last nine or 10, the next seven are going to determine what happens to these teams, their seedings in the playoffs and all that.

"From our standpoint, I am happy we are 8-1, but I really want us to play our best football as we move forward. Everything that has happened from this point we have to learn from and use it and use those things and execute under pressure against the competition that is going to be at its toughest. I am looking forward to a great opportunity for our team.”

Brady and the Patriots will get things going again this Sunday in Philadelphia against the Eagles.

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