Brady On Struggles: ‘Got To Make Better Decisions’
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FOXBORO (CBS) – Tom Brady admits he has been a little “off” this season, already with 10 interceptions after a four-pick campaign in 2010.
“It’s just decision-making,” the Patriots quarterback said when asked about his turnovers Wednesday afternoon. “(I) just got to make better decisions.”
Brady has thrown four interceptions in the last three games, and committed 12 turnovers overall. He had just six turnovers all of last season.
The Patriots offense as a whole has struggled the last three games, scoring under 20 points or less in all three contests. This comes after the Patriots put together a string of 10 games of scoring 30+ points, dating back to last season.
Brady attributes the struggles to the Pats handing the ball over to their opponents.
“We’ve shown we can produce,” said Brady. “We make plenty of good plays, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got to eliminate some of the ones that are holding us back, mainly the turnovers.”
There has been some talk that Brady may be fighting an ailment, possibly tendonitis in his throwing elbow, the Patriots head coach scoffed at that notion when asked for an injury update on his quarterback.
“We list it on the injury report every day in practice and every week based on what his current status is so that’s what we’ll continue to do,” Bill Belichick said.
There was no mention of any injury during his presser, as Brady was more fixed on his decision-making. While he says tries not to decide who to throw the ball to before the play, he has fallen into that trap from time to time.
“You’re never trying to just force the ball. I don’t think I’ve ever – well, I shouldn’t say that. I have done that, where you pick before the play and usually it doesn’t go very well,” he said. “A lot of times you try to just read it out. You know the route, you know the coverage, you know the matchup, you read it, you make a throw using good technique and try to throw the ball with accuracy.”
“We could bring one of you guys out there to play quarterback if we told you who to throw to before the ball was snapped. It wouldn’t be very good,” Brady joked.
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But the last three weeks, and four interceptions, are behind Brady, who is looking forward to a showdown with their division rivals, the New York Jets.
“We have a great challenge. You play a division team on the road, I think everyone’s excited about the challenge. Guys came in ready to work,” said Brady.
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