A day after a frustrating 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reframed his team's sloppy play with a big picture mindset.
"We're learning as we go. By no means … we're not 2-10. We're 10-2," Brady said in his weekly radio interview on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."
"I know there are very high expectations, as there are for us. I think the expectations for our team are often at a very, very, very high level. I understand that. But at the same time I think there are realistic expectations with our circumstances and incorporating different elements and players and injuries."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field after a play during the third quarter against the Texans at NRG Stadium. (Photo: Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports)
The Patriots slipped to No. 2 in the AFC playoff race with the loss, and Brady was seen on the sidelines noticeably frustrated with his receivers. The quarterback voiced his frustrations with the offense on the sidelines after mistakes by rookie receivers N'Keal Harry, who was beaten to the spot on an interception by Texans cornerback Bradley Roby, and Jakobi Meyers, who didn't heed Brady's instruction to turn upfield on a scramble play.
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The Patriots didn't complete a touchdown pass vs. Houston until there were 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"A quarterbacks responsibility is to lead and motivate," Brady said Monday of his sideline rallying. "We're trying to motivate people and get people to play their best. Guys are trying. I have no problem."
Brady has completed 61.1% of his passes this season, and his 6.7 passing yards per attempt in 2019 is the lowest mark since 2002.
"We're just trying to do the best we can do," he said. "We have our whole season ahead of us, and we have to learn from the things we did last night and try to go out there and ….see if we can get back to winning."
New England hosts the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.
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