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Transcript: Tom Brady Press Conference 9/28

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media at Gillette Stadium on Friday, September 28, 2018.


Q: We saw your dance moves today.

TB: Oh really?

Q: Yeah, was that for James White? Were you imitating James?

TB: Yeah, that's his move so he tries to teach me something out there. He's pretty good at it, so I've got a long way to go.

Q: How much is this game a must-win for you guys to get back on track?

TB: Well, these games are important. I mean, the division games, that's what it's all about. They're 3-0 and we're looking up at them, and obviously, we haven't played the way that we all think we're capable of playing. This is the next game, so it's going to be a great opportunity for us to go out there and see if we can put together four quarters of good football.

Q: Do you feel like you guys are a good team as it is right now?

TB: I mean, I think we're working at it and obviously our record doesn't reflect many things that have been positive this year. But, we're working at it, trying to get better, trying to make improvements. That's why we're on the field practicing. It's still in September, there's a lot of football left, but we'd love to be playing great right from the beginning. But, obviously we haven't done that and we've got to figure out a way to get a win.

Q: Do you feel like you're close to being a good team?

TB: I think we're working at it, you know? I think we're working at it, and like I said, it hasn't been great, and you know, it's tough when you lose and I think we all feel that. We're trying to win and we haven't played the way we're capable of playing, and if you don't play well against good teams, you lose, especially on the road. You get behind 10 points or 14 points at the start of games and you're looking uphill all day and it's tough to win like that in the NFL. We've done that the last two weeks, so we've got to try a different style this week, try to get ahead, see if we can play from ahead. 

Q: How would you characterize the growth you've been able to have over the past week with Josh Gordon?

TB: Yeah, we're just working at it, too. Every day we're just learning more and more. Anytime you incorporate players and that's just - there's a process that you go through and you're trying to get familiar with different players and what they do. We've incorporated quite a few this year and just try to do the best you can.

Q: Last week with the intentional grounding and the interception into double coverage - did you lose your composure last week?

TB: I mean, I'd always love to play great. I don't always make great decisions out there. But, I'm trying, and I mean, you don't get awards for trying in the NFL. So, we're trying to play a lot better than we played last week.

Q: Do you miss having Danny Amendola around in this offense?

TB: Well, he's a great friend, so I'm happy for him and his opportunity and he's playing well. He was a great player for us. I have a great friendship with him and we'll be friends for the rest of our lives.

Q: Did you see how well Brandin Cooks played last night?

TB: I didn't watch the game, but they're playing good. They've got a good team. I think to be undefeated, you've got to be good. You know, the Dolphins are undefeated, they've got a lot of good players and it's going to take us playing really well to beat them.

Q: What does it take to get off to better starts?

TB: There's no magic plays and I said that after the last game. There's no like, "Hey, this is guaranteed to work or guaranteed to score touchdowns." It's about good execution and good communication, good concentration and making plays on third down. We've got to do a good job of that. We haven't done a great job of that thus far, but we've been working hard on things this week and hopefully we're at a better place. We're trying to make improvement and that's what obviously playing football is all about. Whether you're winning or losing this time of year, you've got to be making improvement and I don't think anyone's a finished product. We certainly aren't, but we're going to keep working at it until we get it right.

Q: Does it ever frustrate you when a receiver you had is playing really well for another team? Do you ever look and wish that guy was still here?

TB: No, not really. I'm happy for those guys, and you know, usually when you leave, it's because you get good opportunities in other places. I mean, I'm just usually generally frustrated about football in general just because it's a frustrating sport. But I'm certainly happy for guys when they do well. 

Q: What do you call the dance you were doing before practice?

TB: I don't know. James White will know. Ask him. That's his dance.

Q: How long did it take to get it to where it is right now?

TB: This was the first day we were working at it.

Q: No time in front of the mirror or anything?

TB: No, but I'm going home tonight and I'll be working on it. See if I can get into the end zone and do something special. 

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