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Tom Brady Postgame Press Conference Transcript

Posted Oct 6, 2013

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media following the team's regular season game versus the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Can you talk about the conditions for a minute, and just how tough it was out there?

"It wasn’t our best day of execution today. We certainly let some opportunities get away in the first half. We had too many times where we had negative plays and it took us out of field position. It wasn’t very good execution. I give them a lot of credit. They have a great defense that puts a lot of pressure on you in many areas. Our execution needed to be good today, and it wasn’t."

Was communication an issue throughout the game as far as calls and things go?

"That is always something that we are trying to handle on the road. They do a pretty good job of disguising blitzes and so forth. They got us several times today, especially in the fourth quarter. We had plenty of opportunities and chances in the red zone to get it in today and we just didn’t. It was just a poor performance all around."

How big of a factor was the rain the last couple of drives?

"Well, its rain, so it is what it is. You have to keep up with the current conditions that are there, and we just didn’t do a job executing."

Did it affect the grip and throwing the ball?

"We try to practice that way, so you just do the best you can."

Logan Mankins just said he felt like the offense let the defense down. Is that the way you feel as well?

"They have been playing great all year. You can’t expect to kick two field goals and win many games in the NFL. We can do a better job than that and we are going to have to if we want to win these games. We had too many silly execution errors and mental mistakes today. It is hard to drive the ball down the field if you keep making those mistakes."

Talk about the opportunity down in the red zone to punch the ball in from the one. Where did that stall out on that possession?

"We tried a goal-line run, and they did a good job of stopping us. Then we tried a goal line pass and they stopped that one. It came down to third down and we were close. We just didn’t execute it the way we needed too. That is the way these games are — they come down to a few plays. If you make them, you put points on the board. And if you don’t make them, you kick field goals."

What are your thoughts on the end of your touchdown streak at 52 games in a row?

"I’m bummed that we lost. That’s all that really matters."

What did you think of their front four, and how much did they disrupt the timing of the offense?

"They have a good rush. I said earlier in the week that all those guys are capable of rushing the quarterback. They rush you into quick throws and things you don’t want to make. That’s why they are a good defense — because they rush, cover and have good athletic linebackers. Like I said, we had our opportunities. We just didn’t take advantage of them."

You talked about silly mistakes and mental errors, were any of them yours and if so which ones?

"There are plenty from the quarterback standpoint. There are always lots of things I can do better. I am going to work on those things this week and see if we can be better next week."

Anything specific?

"There are always things that you wished you did different. I missed some reads, and missed guys that were open."

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