Tom Brady, via K&C, admits he needs to spread ball around more in passing game

Ryan Hannable
November 12, 2018 - 8:29 am

Sunday was not one of the Patriots' better offensive performances.

Even though it was facing the No. 1 ranked scoring defense in Tennsesee, it finished with just 10 total points, which were tied for a season-low. One of the biggest issues was not many people getting involved in the passing game.

Of Tom Brady's 41 pass attempts, 32 went to Julian Edelman (12), Josh Gordon (12) and James White (eight).

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Brady admitted he needs to find a way to spread the ball around more.

“I think the reality is I am just trying to find the open guy," he said. "I am trying to throw the ball to the guy I think is going to be most open based on the play, and what we’re running, and what the defense has called. I don’t always do that. I certainly make mistakes in my reads. I am not thinking much about who is where. A lot of those things are gameplan and we are putting guys in certain positions based on situations. I am just letting coverage dictate where it goes. It’s not like we are throwing into triple coverage, we’re throwing into 1-on-1. Josh got some opportunity, Julian did. Chris [Hogan] didn’t get as many as he would like, but again, we just have to look at how things have looked the past few weeks and figure out how to get everyone more looks, more targets.”

Hogan's lack of production has been confusing, as he's on the field for the vast majority of the snaps, but doesn't have a single catch on just three targets the last two games.

“He’s working his tail off," Brady said. "The fourth-down play at the end of the game when Logan [Ryan] knocked it over on Julian, Chris ran a great route and beat Malcolm. I had a chance to throw it down the sidelines, but I was kind of focused on Julian. There’s different times when he gets opportunities and he does a great job for us. Everyone has to get targets and looks. He hasn’t gotten as many as he would like. I have to figure out a way to get the ball to everybody, so that we can all make plays. When everyone is making plays, I think our offense is tough to stop. That will certainly be something we focus on and make sure everyone is getting looks that they deserve and go make the plays when we get them.”

While the offense is still ranked 10th overall, and seventh in points scored, Brady knows the more people get involved the better it can be.

“I think a good offense has to go through everybody," he said. "There’s a lot of players that have to make plays when your number is called. You know, utilizing everyone that is available. Hopefully, [during] the bye week everyone can get healthy and everyone can really reinvigorate themselves and come back and we’ll see what we can do. It always feels terrible when you lose, but I think it is a great part of self-reflection of what we have to do as individuals and what we have to do as a team in order to reach a much higher level because when you go on the road and you don’t play well, you lose in the NFL. That sounds very easy to say, but it is hard to win in the NFL.”

As for coming out in the middle of the fourth quarter, which rarely ever happens, Brady said he and the offense need to do a better job earlier in the game so it doesn't get put in that position.

“It is what it is. I would like to always play," he said. "I would certainly like to be ahead by three scores at that point, but we weren’t and we didn’t do enough to earn it. That has happened before and we have to do a better job with it. We have to do a better job all-around so we’re not in those positions. … We have had three tough losses on the road where we haven’t played very well. We didn’t start very well. We always played on their terms. That is a good recipe for winning when you are on the other side of those things. Getting a lead, playing with a lead and when you are not playing with a lead, it is a lot of mental toughness, determination to fight your way back into the game. We have to figure out a better formula for that when we get behind on the road.”

The Patriots will now have their bye week before traveling to New York to take on the Jets Thanksgiving weekend. The quarterback noted even with the loss, the team is 7-3 and will control its own fate the rest of the way.

“Any time you lose you have to learn from it. If you learn from it, sometimes these losses can teach you a lot of things," Brady said. "When you look at that game and you look at other games, there’s formula’s for winning and there’s formula’s for losing. … We have to do a lot of self-analysis and self-scout and I think really buckle down on the things that have worked and get rid of the things that haven’t worked and understand the things we have been able to do consistently for 10 weeks well and vise-versa, not so well. You can do more of the things that work and less of the things that don’t work.

"We’ve battled through a lot of things. We’ve faced a little adversity. We have had a lot of guys banged up, in-and-out, lineup has changed. We thought we would play a lot better yesterday, but we didn’t. 7-3, six games to go, and we have our whole season ahead of us. Our season is going to be what we make of it. It’s a great opportunity.”

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