TOM BRADY POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
September 9, 2018
Q: What are your thoughts on your receivers today? I think you hit eight different guys.
TB: Yeah, we try to spread it around quite a bit, and I think we did that at different times. Didn’t get into the rhythm that we probably would have liked to get into, but made enough plays and [we have] got to eliminate turnovers. [We have] Got to do basically everything better, but it’s still great to get a win and be 1-0.
Q: Can you talk about the progress Phillip Dorsett has made, your relationship with him and the growing trust that the two of you have?
TB: Yeah, Phillip did a great job, got some opportunity and then came up with the plays, came up with the catches. It’s kind of what he’s been doing all camp, all spring and it was good to see it show up today. So, we needed it. We need everybody who’s out there to make plays. We’re not out there to punt, but we’ve got to string more good plays together in order to score more points.
Q: Do you feel that your trust with Phillip has grown?
TB: Absolutely. I think if you’re out there, I trust you, the coaches trust you, the team trusts you. That’s why we’re putting you out there. So, guys that usually we don’t trust don’t get much opportunity out there. So, Phillip did a great job with his opportunity today.
Q: What do you think Phillip did best today?
TB: He did a lot of things. I mean, he caught the ball well, a variety of different routes, had some option routes in there which he did a good job of, catch and run. So, I thought he played great.
Q: You don’t seem totally thrilled about the offense’s performance today. Why?
TB: I don’t think we played anywhere near what our capabilities are. I think it’s good to win, obviously, but we’ve got to do a lot better than that I think. Just turning the ball over and not taking advantage of some opportunities that we had out there, all of us probably look at the game and realize we could have done a lot of things differently.
Q: You and Rob Gronkowski weren’t out there for most of the spring and then you come out and Rob has over 100 receiving yards. Is your timing pretty much down at this point with him?
TB: Yeah, Rob and I – we’ve been playing together for a long time. I remember a couple years ago, we threw like in April one year, and I mean we threw like 40 passes. We hit them all. So, I know his body language. I know his ability to run and what routes. He can do it. He can do really all the routes. It’s just a matter of giving him a chance, and it came with a big touchdown today. But, all the guys – the backs played well, receivers, guys who were in there did a good job. So, it’s one win. We’ve got to do a lot better. We’re going to try to this week.
Q: I think a lot of us look at the personnel and when people switch in and out, we kind of grade on a curve. But it seems as if you’re saying the level has to be the level, and it doesn’t matter who is in there or who isn’t. Is that accurate?
TB: Absolutely. Absolutely, I think that’s the point of playing football. It’s not, ‘Oh, this guy, this is what his level of expectation is. That’s what we should put the team’s expectation at.’ It’s if you’re playing in the slot, you’ve got to play as well as any slot receiver we’ve ever had. If you play on the perimeter, you’ve got to play as well as any receiver we’ve ever had – tight end, quarterback, running back – and guys can play up to that. I think you can’t sit there and coach or communicate and go, ‘Oh, well, that’s OK because you’re not quite there yet.’ I mean, I think you’ve got to coach hard and you’ve got to correct guys and you’ve got to correct yourself and have high expectation for yourself, and that’s how you have high expectation for the team.
Q: On the James Develin conversion late in the game, it seemed like you were looking for Gronkowski and then hit Develin?
TB: Yeah, that was a big play. We needed that one. James made a great play. I mean, he was not the intended receiver by any means, but we scrambled, great job in protection, gave me a chance to roll a little bit and find an open guy. That was a big play – we needed it. And then Ryan [Allen] made a great punt and defensively made some good plays there at the end.
Q: It took a while for J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney to get to you. What can you say about the protection up front and buying some time on some of those plays for yourself?
TB: Yeah, they did a great job. I think we protected well all day and guys really slugged it out. I think we knew going up against this defense, this front, they’re very interchangeable. They have good players, they rush, they play the run well, they play runs away, they got their hand on the ball, caused the interception – they do a lot of things well, but our guys were up for the challenge. You know, it wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to get a win.