Tom Brady: ‘We have to improve’
Quarterback Tom Brady has been happy about one thing in the last two victories — the Patriots haven’t turned the ball over.
Other than that, the Patriots haven’t had many bright spots on offense.
“We haven’t done a lot of good things offensively, period,” he said. “If you want to settle on the red area, I’d settle on everything — certainly the pass game, run game, penalties.”
They have settled for six field goals, including three in their 16-9 victory over the Raiders Sunday at Gillette Stadium, and have a touchdown in each win.
“We have first and goal on the one-and-a-half-yard line and settle for a field goal,” Brady said of a third quarter offensive series. “You just can’t do that. Our execution needs to be a lot better all the way around.”
The Patriots made four trips into the red zone Sunday and scored one touchdown. Stephen Gostkowski’s field goals went for 20, 21 and 36 yards after the offense stalled out.
“We’ve just got to score more points,” said Brady, who finished 24 of 37 for 234 yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski. “Especially getting down to the red area and having opportunities to score and not being able to do it.’’
Brady’s protection was sporadic Sunday, and he was sacked twice and hit six times. The run game didn’t produce, totaling just 76 yards on 32 attempts. The offense seemed to click more as the game went on, but it didn’t translate deep in Oakland territory.
Brady said the offensive players are still building rhythm among each other, which he said he hopes improves with each game.
“We’ve got different things that are happening,” Brady said. “We’re all trying to get used to one another and used to the things we’re doing and trying to understand the things you’re good at.”
Brady was asked about his offensive line, which has given up seven sacks through three games, but he didn’t place any blame on them.
“It’s not one person. It’s not one thing,” he said.