Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said a blow to the head he absorbed on the last play of the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks did not affect his ability in the final quarter.
“It was just poor execution by myself, and poor fundamentals,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis Callahan program.
Brady completed five of 13 passes in the fourth quarter.
Brady wasn’t the only one hit hard by the Seahawks. Patriots receiver Wes Welker absorbed a big hit from Seahawks safety Brandon Browner, but despite the hit and many others, Welker produced his fourth-straight 100-yard receiving game.
“He got drilled, he got drilled,” Brady said. “He’s so tough, there’s nobody as tough as Wes. His mental toughness, this physical toughness. He runs over the middle fearlessly and makes play after play. He made a ton of plays the other day and was open on a ton more plays that I didn’t throw to him. He finds the hole and knows how to get open. He’s just a great player for us.”
After the game, Brady was the target of taunts from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “We’re just trying to show up and do our job and show our opponents respect.”
Now Brady and the Patriots turn their attention to Sunday’s game vs. the Jets at Gillette Stadium. Both teams are 3-3, but the Jets will be without star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is out for the season with an ACL injury.
“He’s a phenomenal player,” said Brady. “As good a corner as there is in the league and as good a corner I’ve faced, but their team has always been built around their defense and not just one player. He’s a great player and I don’t want to discount him, but they’ve got got other great players too. Antonio Cromartie is a great player and they have some guys on the line that can rush, and a solid group of linebackers. It’s going to be a good challenge for us; it feels like we’re playing good defenses every week and the Jets are no different.”