Perhaps no player in NFL history has been more of a situational football savant than Tom Brady.
Time, score, situation are practically the Holy Trinity for the Patriots, so for Brady to forget how many timeouts the team had just before halftime and take a sack that prevented points in the 34-33 loss against Miami, that’s a mortal sin.
Monday morning, Brady was on WEEI’s Mut & Callahan and was asked by Gerry Callahan if it was “unusual” for Brady to forget how many timeouts the team had.
“Unusual? No, Gerry, I forget all the time. It’s a wonder I can even find my way to the stadium some days!”
He actually did not say that. What he really said was: “It was (unusual).”
Continuing, Brady said, “It was just a bad play and we called a timeout after we got the first down and we ran a couple plays and I just wasn’t . . . it was third down and I thought, ‘OK, well let’s not throw an interception' and I had a few other things going through my mind and I just took it for granted.”
Brady continued to self-flagellate, absolving offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels of any blame.
“I don’t care how long you’ve played, you gotta just stay really aware of those situations and you can’t give away three points like that,” he added. “It was just a very bad play by me. (Brady and McDaniels) conversate about a lot of things. That should be the foremost thing that I’m thinking and unfortunately it wasn’t. There’s no excuse. The reality is, I can’t let those things happen. It’s definitely my fault.”
When asked if a mental mistake like that was more aggravating than a physical mistake, Brady shut down further chatter about it, saying, “It’s kind of an anomaly. I’m not gonna overly evaluate it. It’s just a bad play.”
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