New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady echoed coach Bill Belichick’s sentiments in the aftermath of another disappointing loss.
Brady was simplistic with his response on how the team can improve from what has been an average start to the 2017 season.
“Hopefully we can figure out how to play more consistently over the course of an entire game,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show. “Offensively, we have to be able to score more points than the other team; no matter what they score, we have to score more. If we score three points, the defense has to hold them to nothing. That’s what being a good team is all about.”
Scoring more points than the other team is the objective. New England has failed to do that twice entering Week 5. The two main reasons why are the team’s last ranked defense and subpar offensive line play.
New England’s defense is the worst ranked unit in the NFL. The front seven generates no pass rush and the secondary hasn’t been as advertised.
Offensively, the Patriots’ offensive line isn’t doing a good job at protecting Brady. The 40-year-old quarterback has already been sacked 13 times this season. He was only sacked 15 times all of last year.
“We’re four games in. Nobody knows what kind of team we’re going to be. It’s still early, but I do know we can play better than the way we’ve been playing,” Brady added.
In totality, the Patriots have played average football. The team’s 2-2 record justifies that. Brady and the Patriots have a short week to try to improve on some of their shortcomings. The Patriots travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers on Thursday night.