After bouncing back from an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs and pummelling the Bengals on Sunday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a few things off his chest in his postgame news conference.
He talked about his relationship with the New England coaching staff, and about staying on an even keel even when it feels like the wheels are falling off.
“I love all those guys, all my coaches. I’ve never any tension with any of them, truthfully,” said Brady, who was 23 of 35 for 292 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 43-17 win over the Bengals. “It’s unfortunate that some things get said and talked about, especially when they don’t come from me.
“You’re in the middle of an especially real tough week for our team, to deal with things that are really outside of football, that are very personal and personal relationships that are built up for a long time, I got a lot of love and trust for everybody in this building. We all count on each other, we all rely on each other.”
Brady said the Patriots organization tries to spread the appreciation around after a win, but that individual players blame themselves for losses rather than pointing fingers. He called the emotional peaks and valleys of the season “exhausting.”
“To ride the ups and downs of, ‘You’re great, you suck, you’re great, you suck,’ it’s exhausting,” he said. “It’s exhausting enough when you’re winning to have to deal with those things. And when you lose, it sucks for everybody.
“It’s hard to be oblivious to things. We all have TVs or the Internet. The questions I get and the emails I get from people that are always concerned and I’m always thinking back like, ‘Nobody died.’ It’s just a loss,” Brady said with a laugh.
Brady, who reached the 50,000 career passing yards mark in the first quarter, was more upbeat than his head coach, Bill Belichick, who shrugged off the validity of media and fan criticism this week.
“With all due respect, I mean, really?” Belichick sniped when the Globe’s Christopher Gasper asked him about that criticism.
Asked if his team needed this win after struggling through the first four weeks, he just said: “I don’t know. It was the next game. It was a good win.”
Belichick and Brady both mentioned being able to play with a comfortable margin and not playing from behind, which Brady said made a difference on the offensive side of the ball.
“We always talk about what Patriot football is and I think you saw it tonight,” Brady said.