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Tom Brady Locker Room Interview - 10/13/2002

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TB: Oh, man. I think it's disappointing for us to practice as hard as we do and get things right in practice and then come out and it doesn't show. This is the third week it's been this way, and we've got to figure out how to turn it around.

Q: Coach said, "Start over."

TB: I think that's something that's probably a good idea. We've got to get back to the things that make teams successful, and that's no penalties, no turnovers … It's just frustrating. I don't know.

Q: You tried to go deep several times today. You just couldn't hook up…

TB: Yeah, we were just missing. Just missing. That's one of the things that should carry over. We hit them in practice and we're just not hitting them in the game. I think everyone is looking for some answers and you look around and you realize that the only people we've got are the guys in this locker room. We're the questions and the answers and we've got to figure out how to solve these problems. It's going to be a long two weeks, long evaluation, but if we want to win, we've got to eliminate a lot of the crap that we've been doing the last three weeks.

Q: It's been a long time since you've lost three straight games, hasn't it?

TB: Yeah. I think there's embarrassment and frustration and disappointment and we haven't felt that in a long time. I do know that I'm going to rebound, this team's going to rebound and there are 10 games left. Each one's important and every time you lose, it makes each one of them more important. We've got to solve some of these problems.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the interceptions?

TB: The interceptions … The first one was a go route and a guy makes a play on a ball and picks it off. The second one, it was third and five and I'm trying to fit it into a spot that I probably shouldn't have thrown it to. On the last one, I had a guy open and I just under-threw him.

Q: Does it help knowing that you were 3-3 last year at this time?

TB: I think that's one thing you look to and you say, 'There's obviously a lot of season left.' But, the other teams are making plays, we're not making plays. Not only are we not making plays, but we're giving them points and the ball ain't bouncing our way. A lot of times, you have one that works and you can maybe take advantage of it. We don't have it in any of those facets. It's just non-existent at this point.

Q: Do you sense anything with the team's mental discipline?

TB: I don't sense anything … We practice. We don't look past teams. We just aren't bringing it to the game. We don't practice terrible. We practice pretty well. Things go well and we practice hard. Guys are attentive in meetings and it's not like guys don't show up or we're undisciplined. We're just undisciplined on Sundays, the day that counts the most.

Q: On that lateral to [Kevin] Faulk, did you just have no idea it was … did you just think it was a lateral.

TB: You throw screen passes 5,000 times and every one of them's forward and you throw that one and we all figured it was forward. It was almost like, 'Hey, what's going on.' Then I realized, 'Oh God, they're chasing it.' It's not like you really hear whistles. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. But I don't know. I thought we'd get that one back, to tell you the truth. I thought it was a forward pass, but the refs make the call.

Q: Is a frustrating part of this that there's not one thing you can pinpoint?

TB: Yeah, that's probably part of it. There are a lot of things to correct. It's not like you can point to one area. That's right. You have to point to a bunch of areas. When you win, you usually point to a bunch of areas, but when you lose you've got to point to a bunch of areas, too. There are a lot of things we need to correct if we want to turn this ship around.

Q: Antowain Smith talked about the fact that it's not panic time, but it is urgency time. Can you address that?

TB: It goes from emergency to panic real quick, believe me. Three-and-three, we'd better figure out how to turn it around real quick.

Q: You've got two weeks until the Denver game. Does that help or hurt?

TB: I'll tell you in two weeks. Same place, same time.

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