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Tom Brady defends Patriots’ decision to kick off in OT

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense struggled to get going against the Jets Sunday.
Tom Brady and the Patriots offense struggled to get going against the Jets Sunday.Al Bello/Getty Images

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan program Monday morning, and defended coach Bill Belichick’s decision to kick the ball to open overtime of yesterday’s 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.

“I think when Coach makes decisions like that, he takes everything into consideration, everything that’s happened over the course of the afternoon. He obviously did what he thought was best to help the team win,” Brady said. “As far as an offense goes, I said after the game, it wasn’t like we were really tracking the ball up and down the field. It’s hard to inspire your coach when you don’t do much offensively all day.

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“Our defense was doing a lot of good things there in the fourth quarter. Hindsight’s always 20/20. It just didn’t work out our way this time. You’ve got to have confidence either that your defense can stop them, or that your offense can go down and score. Even if you kicked a field goal, they get a chance with the ball.”

The Patriots struggled offensively, but put together perhaps their best drive of the game late in the fourth quarter to pull even with the Jets.

“Well, it (the offense) was better, but again, there were two fourth-down conversions that we had to make that, I don’t know if you’re in overtime, I don’t know if you’re going for it on fourth down in that situation unless you’re desperate, which if we hold them to a field goal then you do have to go for it on fourth down,” Brady said. “We didn’t do very well on third down all day. We didn’t have great efficiency in the run game. It was a struggle to move the ball at times.”

Brady was also asked about Peyton Manning, and the story alleging that Manning used HGH while recovering from neck surgery in 2011.

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“I fully support Peyton,” Brady said. “My friendship with him over the years, he’s a guy that I can always count on, and has been someone that’s always been so supportive of me. We’ll have lifelong friendships. Truthfully I don’t put much into anything. I have a lot of friends, I have a lot of support, and he is the same. I’m a big fan and supporter of his. That’s how I really feel about everything.”


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