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Tom Brady Postgame Transcript - 8/18/2011

(On his first game action)
"It was fun. It's been awhile since we've had a chance to be out there. After sitting last week, I think a lot of guys were antsy to get out there. [I'm] glad we put some points on the board but obviously there are a lot of thing we can do better too. We'll use it as a great tool for us to get better, and hopefully come out and play better next week."

(On getting WR Chad Ochocinco involved)
"It's just [that] he's really finding a role for himself. He's been practicing hard. He's very competitive. It's good group we have out there, so we just have to continue to build. All of us – we haven't played in a long time, so everyone is a bit rusty out there. It will be good to get back to practice this week, so we can take what we learned from the game and try to get better in practice."

(On the hit Danny Woodhood took)
"I looked out there. He got hit and I jumped up. It looked like him but he's a tough guy, you know running off the field – he's unbelievable."

(On the New England offensive line)
"It was a good night and they always do a great job, so they take a lot of pride in that. It's a group that's been together for a while now, excluding Nate [Solder] who stepped in. They played hard. I thought we ran the ball really well [and] we stayed out of negative plays for the most part. When you are able stay on track like that and you put a bunch of good plays together, you usually get in the end zone."

(On his performance in the first half)
"I mean, we expect to go out there and score. I think we had six drives and four of them ended in touchdowns. We were good in the red area. The one drive we got penalized and didn't make much out of that drive, and the last one was the two-minute drive. There was some good, there was plenty of bad. I'm sure I'm going to see the film tomorrow and be disappointed with some of the things that I wish I probably could have done better. We just got to build on it and understand those things we did wrong and try to make the corrections."

(On if this is the best he's felt out there)
"No, I think there are a lot of things I need to better out there. I think there are a lot of things that we as an offense need to do better. I thought the defense really got us the ball [in] great field position early in the first quarter. We took advantage of some of the penalties that they had. We got the ball, we got it moving, made some good runs and made the plays in the red area we needed to. But [there are] still too many things where we need to do a better job. We will all go in there and see the film and see the things we screwed up and hopefully go out there and try to improve on them."

(On Buccaneers DB Sean Jones)
"He's a very good player, he's an experienced player. Nothing that we tried to really take advantage of – I think he just happened to be there at that time. He's an excellent player and he'll be a good player in this defense."

(On Danny Woodhead getting hit)
"He got hit pretty hard, but that's football. Those guys move fast out there especially on punt returns or any of the returns. Things are happening so fast. He just turned his head and the guy really gave it to him good. Like I said he's a tough guy. Everyone's worried about him as teammates would be, but hopefully he's okay."

(On talking with Chad Ochocino on the sideline)
"Yeah, we missed a lot of time. I think that's the reality of what's happened this offseason. We missed a lot of time over the course of six months that we really couldn't do anything football-wise. A lot of it is just trying to continue to talk and the only way you can make corrections is to communicate so we're always trying to communicate between the two of us. Even with Deion [Branch] and Wes [Welker], we haven't played football together in eight months either – [we haven't] been on the field together. A lot of it is the receiver group, the tight end group, the quarterbacks, the skill guys really being on the same page so you can anticipate the things that are going on out there, you can play with confidence and go out there and make the tight plays in those tight situations."

(On sitting down and getting on the same page)
"Not football, it's a hard sport, man, there's nothing easy about it. Dropping back and finding the right guy to throw to, those guys running the right route at the right depth at the right time. There's a lot of work that has be put into it. You're right, its not something you just magically, 'hey you know, let's talk about it and now we're good at it.'  You have to put the work in, you have to practice, you have to make the mistakes so you can make the corrections. That's what we're trying to do. That's what we try to do when we're in the game, we're out of the game, we're on the practice field, we're in the locker rooms, we're in the meeting rooms – we're always communicating so that when it does come to the game time, you feel that everyone's really confident in one another. The guy that you're playing next to is really confident in what he's doing so you have a lot of confidence in him."

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