Paoletti: Is Brady truly happy with this win?


Paoletti: Is Brady truly happy with this win?

By Mary Paoletti

SAN DIEGO -- A win is a win, right?

That's essentially what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on Sunday night.

"It feels good to win those games when you don't play great,'' he said. "You have to win these games when you have an opportunity."

He was right. The Pats' 23-20 victory over San Diego wasn't a "great" game by any stretch of the imagination. It was ugly, even. The Chargers shot themselves in the foot again and again -- three fumbles being just part of the problem -- but New England never decisively capitalized on the scoreboard.

Brady was asked about his team's first-half effort.

"What offense?" he responded. "We had a hard time moving at all. We couldn't get into a rhythm at all. The second half was better, but I don't think it was great by any stretch."

He criticized but did it gently. It was the expected response from the Patriots' perfect politician.

"I have a lot of confidence when we play a lot better. We are still working at it. I wouldn't say we are in playoff form. But I will say we are 5-1,'' he said. "We've played some tough teams and defenses. We are just trying to improve.''

Sure thing, Tom.

He made his statements and the reporters all wrote them down. But something was off. His smile held no warmth; the words didn't match the mood. For however thrilled Brady was to have an improved record, he wasn't a happy guy on Sunday night. He answered just six questions, delivered his answers vanilla, and took off.

Nobody had a chance to ask about his accuracy.

Maybe it's because the stats speak for themselves. Brady hasn't had a first half yardage tally as bad as Sunday's 35 since September of 2006 when Buffalo held him to a measly 30. The rest of the numbers were equally disconcerting: 6-for-16 on completions, three sacks, and a 66.7 quarterback rating.

How very not-Tom.

The sacks weren't exactly shocking. San Diego entered the game as best in the NFL in sacks per pass play (21 total). But to that point, the clever Brady met the weekend being dropped just eight times while holding the football.

He finally started rising to his own high standard in the third quarter. It was a similar turnaround to last weekend's come-from-behind win over Baltimore. Slowly and surely, Brady picked away at the Chargers' defense to piece together a 17-play possession that stretched over almost nine minutes and resulted in a touchdown.

"We needed that,'' he said of the drive. "We've done that scoring a couple times right after halftime. But we have to do a better job starting the game and taking advantage of turnovers. I have to do a better job of finding open guys.''

"But like I said, it's great to get the win,'' he added.

There's that bottom line again.

The finish line certainly wasn't where Brady's focus was during the last practice week. On Wednesday Brady said that "In a game like this against San Diego you can't just play 30 minutes of football." Well, the Patriots probably only played a solid eight minutes on Sunday.

But New England won the game.

Brady also said: "There's not one position on this team that can't have their best game." If he had stayed around long enough for someone to ask, the Patriots QB could not have said that he played his best.

But, again, New England won the game.

Not giving up is a good thing -- that much is fact.

"One thing that we've shown is that we are going to keep fighting all the way to the end," the quarterback stated.

You just have wonder how far the Pats can take this season being "good enough."

Tom Brady will undoubtedly think about it. No matter what he says.

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Belichick remembers Glenn: 'A good person with good intentions'


Belichick remembers Glenn: 'A good person with good intentions'

Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996, died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43. 

Bill Belichick coached Glenn as an assistant with the Patriots during Glenn's rookie season. He was later Glenn's head coach in 2000 and 2001. Belichick traded Glenn to the Packers before the 2002 season after a tumultuous run in New England that involved legal trouble, injuries and clashes with the coaching staff.

During a conference call with reporters soon after the news of Glenn's death was published, Belichick remembered Glenn for his natural physical ability and "a good heart."

"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said, "and his rookie season was my first year here in '96, and so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry's a very smart individual. Had a lot of, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think he was deep down inside a good person with good intentions and, you know, a good heart. Obviously it's very unfortunate. Very unfortunate passing. I mean, it's a sad day. Sad news."

According to reports, Glenn was with his fiancee at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death


Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

Drew Bledsoe was among the ex-Patriots taking to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.

Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.

Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:


Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.