While the New England Patriots haven't had much fun lately with back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady noted in his weekly meeting with the media on Friday in Foxboro that he still "loves" playing football despite the frustrations the past few weeks.
"I think every week we're making a little progress," Brady said. "Every week, we're just trying to learn from our mistakes and just put all the right things together. And hopefully, you know, just keep improving. Guys are working really hard, that's been great to see and that's what we've got to keep doing. Things just don't happen magically. So, we're working pretty hard at it."
While they're learning from their mistakes, Brady noted the Patriots also need to pay a bit more attention to detail.
"You had really no option. We have a job to do and it's to go out there and do the best job we can do and score as many points as we can and I don't think it's trying to be less than what we're capable of," Brady said. "I think the point is, is we've got to maximize our potential, and I don't know what our potential is. But we've got to be the best we can be and if we do it well one time, it's how well can we do it consistently. Part of it is just consistently we haven't done a great job, and I think that when you're not consistent it just leads to other issues. So, trying to be consistent and dependable is what a great offense is all about. When you have really great playmaking ability, I think all those things make it very hard to defend."
New England is trying to find consistency, but it's been difficult due to the integration of new players into the offense such as receivers N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Mohamed Sanu. The visit to the 1-12 Bengals on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati could be just what the Patriots (10-3) need.
"There's a lot of new pieces and you're always trying to incorporate from week to week and every year it's a little bit different, the challenges are different, and you just can't rely on 'oh well, we'll do exactly what we used to do," Brady added. "Or we'll do exactly what we did last week.' You have to kind of reinvent yourself every week and how the game plan takes shape and what guys are asked to do in order to execute, take shape and it's just always a little bit of a challenge. But, football season isn't supposed to be easy. It's a hard grind for us, I'm sure it's a hard grind for you guys. Probably just the fantasy football owners, they want us to play forever but we're in the middle of it and we're deep into it. We just need the mental toughness and competitive stamina to keep showing up every day and working as hard as you can to be ready to compete when we're called upon."
Shifting focus for a moment, Brady also touched on the passing of the man who started a revolution with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who lost his battle with ALS earlier this week. His presence in the community and impact in the fight against the disease won't be forgotten.
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Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater also had some nice things to say about Frates, but one thing stood out among all else.
"I think he's a hero, honestly," Slater said.
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