Tom Brady on being game manager: 'I'd like to see us reach our potential as an offense'

Ryan Hannable
November 19, 2019 - 9:10 am

There is no question the Patriots are led by their defense and special teams this season -- Tom Brady admitted that on Monday with The Greg Hill Show -- but is that something the quarterback is OK with?

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Is Brady comfortable with being a so called "game manager" and just taking advantage of opportunities when the offense gets them and focusing heavily on not turning the ball over? This was asked of him Monday by Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio.

“I’d like to see us reach our potential as an offense," Brady said. "Like I said, I don’t think we’ve got there yet. We’re only 10 games into the year. We have a lot of football to play and that is what we’re working towards. I don’t think any team is really a finished product. As critical of our team as we can be at times, we’re still in a good position. We’re 9-1 and that is a good place to be this time of year. It’s not perfect. It’s not as bad as the worst teams in the league, but we’ve got an opportunity ahead of us and we’re going to try and take advantage. I am going to try and play the best I possibly can. I am going to try and motivate my teammates as best I possibly can. We’re going to try and put our best performance on the field Sunday against Dallas.”

Through 10 games, the Patriots are third in points per game (28.7), but 16th in yards per game (359.9). This is obviously because of the number of points the defense and special teams have scored on their own. Brady is currently 19th in completion percentage (63.7 percent), seventh in yards (2,752), 25th in yards per attempt (6.8), tied for 17th in touchdowns (14) and 20th in QB rating (90.1).

So, if the offense good enough to win a Super Bowl?

“That’s the question that probably everyone wants to know and tries to predict, but nobody knows at this point which team — there’s only one team that’s going to be able to reach the ultimate goal," Brady said. "Our team’s in a decent position, (but) we’re not going to know until we’re in that position. We’re 9-1. We’ve got to play great complementary football. There’s certainly things that we need to do better offensively. We need to throw the ball better, we need to run the ball better. We need to just score points. That’s the name of the game. 

"All these things are going to play themselves out. Again, it’s not what I think or what I predict or what somebody on TV can predict or what they think or what your parents say or what your kids say. It’s really about the mental toughness of our team to show up and try to improve — get to work, try to evaluate every game in a very fair way and have enough mental toughness to go out there and try to reach a higher level. That’s what we’re going to try to do offensively.”

Brady and the Patriots will take on the Cowboys this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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