Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady recently spoke to reporters about his former team, the New England Patriots, missing the playoffs this year.
The Patriots won’t be in the playoffs this year for the first time since Brady tore his ACL in 2008. New England lost to the Miami Dolphins 22-12 on Sunday. That loss officially knocks them out of contention for the postseason.
So what does Brady think about this? Always being diplomatic, he had little to say in his post-game comments following his Buccaneers defeating the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. With the win, the Bucs move to 9-5 and are still firmly in the playoff hunt.
“As far as the Patriots, they have their own thing going,” Brady told reporters. “I’ve really been focused on how my play needs to be at quarterback, the execution I need. They’re not really an opponent of mine.”
“Obviously I have a lot of friends there, a lot of great relationships, but they’ve been focused on what they need to do and I’ve been trying to focus on what my job is.”
Atlanta had a 17-0 lead at halftime and 24-7 in the third quarter, but the Buccaneers offense finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Tampa scored on five straight possessions and took the lead for good when Tom Brady connected with Antonio Brown for a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“You know it was great poise by everybody,” Brady said. “Everybody hung in there. We got off to a tough start but found a way to win. Our defense came up huge and made some big stops. Offensively, everybody made a bunch of different plays. It was a great win for our team but we have to keep building on it.”
Tom Brady Was Asked About the Patriots Earlier This Year
Brady has now given predictable answers to two questions about his former team’s failures this season.
“I wish everybody the best all the time,” Brady told reporters earlier this year when the Patriots started 2-5. “I don’t ever wish for anyone to not perform at their best.”
The Patriots are now 6-8 following their latest loss to the Dolphins. Brady’s replacement in New England is Cam Newton. He was asked about missing the postseason in his own postgame comments.
“Obviously we know what the standard is around here,” Newton said. “Doesn’t take a person that’s oblivious or been living under a rock to understand that. But we just came up short. That doesn’t mean we’re not good enough, because we are. We just didn’t show it.”
With Sunday’s game in the books, Tom Brady has thrown for 3,886 yards and 32 touchdowns this season, with 11 interceptions. In comparison, Newton has thrown for 2,381 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions after Sunday’s loss.