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Tom Brady Locker Room Interview - 10/06/2002

TB: We played better in the second half, but it wasn't enough and it's not going to be enough against good teams. We've got to get better and the only people that are going to get us better are ourselves. We are all going to sit down and evaluate and just kind of move on.

Q: On the positive side you cut the lead and it seemed like the team got up.

TB: I think when you play a good team they keep the pressure on you. They keep the pressure on you offensively and defensively. It is up to us to step up and make plays. It's not like you score a touchdown and all of a sudden their defense is not good anymore. They are still good and you still have to do good things. We just didn't capitalize on some things.

Q: What have the Chargers and Dolphins done in the last two weeks to hold you to two touchdowns a game that didn't happen in the first two weeks?

TB: We are turning the ball over. We are not converting on third down. We're not scoring in the red zone. There are a bunch of things. It's hard to point to any one thing. You look up and down the stat sheet and it will tell you. A lot of times we get out there and for one reason or another we don't play as well as we should. That's something we are going to have to talk about. It was a tough loss last week and it was a tough loss this week, but it doesn't get any easier next week. I mean you can sit around and sulk for three or four days, which will do you no good for next week or you can put this one behind you, learn from it and try to go out and win next week.

Q: You came out in the first half and things didn't go exactly as you would have wanted, what was your feeling at that point? Did the history of the team here weigh into your psyche?

TB: Not a bit. We had an idea that we were going to go out and run it and go to some play-action pass. We went out there and they kept a lot of pressure on us with their front seven. They stopped the run pretty well and forced us into third and long after third and long and after a while that plays into the defense's hands. We didn't do very well on first down and we didn't do very well on second down, nor did we do very well on third down in the first half. We came in with a little different approach coming out for the second half and obviously it was a better approach, but we didn't get it done.

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