Brady: Can't leave points on the board

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Brady: Can't leave points on the board

The Patriots got inside Seattle's 20-yard line six times on Sunday and came away with just one touchdown. Tom Brady lamented his team's missed opportunities as he spoke with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show on Tuesday morning.

"I wish I would have completed more passes, but the guys were running good routes and getting open, and we had a lot of chunk plays, and we moved the ball up and down the field," said Brady, who indicated that Seattle's run defense encouraged the Patriots to attempt 58 passes.

"The problem was we didn't score points. And when you're one-of-six in the red area, you leave so many points on the board that you lose by one, you're one-of-six in the red area, you're not giving yourself much of a chance to win."

One of those red zone chances came at the end of the first half when the clock ran out on the Patriots after Brady threw an incomplete pass on second down and then was called for intentional grounding on third down. The penalty prompted a 10-second runoff and ended the half.

"They did a good job covering us, and I have to make a better decision with the ball," Brady said. "I just gotta find a guy. I looked at Wes Welker, I came back, Deion Branch, I probably just gotta throw it near someone's feet. That's what you gotta do."

Brady was 5-for-12 in the fourth quarter with an interception and another grounding penalty. On the final play of the third quarter, he took a blow to the head from Seattle defensive lineman Jason Jones. Brady appeared to be slow in getting up after Jones was flagged for a personal foul penalty, but the Patriots quarterback said that the hit had nothing to do with his sub-par final quarter.

"No I don't think so at all. It was just poor execution by myself, and poor fundamentals, and that's the cause of it," Brady said. "And certainly I give Seattle a lot of credit on defense, and I credit them for the way that they played, they're a very good defense. They came into the game first in pretty much every category. They rush the passer, they stop the run, they're good on third down, they're good in the red area, they've got a lot of playmakers, and they made it hard on us. There were really no easy plays out there, we had to earn them."

Brady said that for the Patriots to see better results at the ends of games -- Sunday's loss was the second Patriots lead blown in fourth-quarter this season -- they have to put the work in.

"I dont think there's any magic formula to making good decisions and good plays, it's a matter of just doing it," he said. "It's not that we can't do it, because we're up for most of that game, we just didnt do it situationally there in the fourth quarter. It's something that we're going to keep working at. We're not going to stop working, we're going to work hard at it and see if we can get better at it and make those improvements so if we're in a situation like this again, it doesn't come up. It's not like you go to bed and you go 'Next time, sure, I wish we could pull out the win' and close your eyes and go to sleep and magically it happens. You've got to put work into it."

One of those players that will be working alongside Brady this week, healthy permitting, will be Welker. If the receiver needed an extra day or two off, though, no one would blame him. He took a couple of very big hits over the course of the day Sunday, and Brady praised him for his toughness.

"He got drilled, he got drilled," Brady said. "He's so tough, there's nobody as tough as Wes. His mental toughness, hisphysicaltoughness. He runs over the middle fearlessly and makes play after 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."

The Jets come to Foxboro on Sunday without one of their great players. All-Pro cornerback Derrelle Revis has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, but Brady said Rex Ryan's defense is still a talented group.

"He's a phenomenal player. He's as good a corner as there is in the league, and as good a corner as I've faced," Brady said. "But their team has always been built around their defense, and not really one player. He's a great player, I certainly dont want to discount them, but they've got some other really good players too.

Antonio Cromartie is a great player, and they've got some guys on the 'D'-line that can rush, a solid group of linebackers, a very good secondary with Yeremiah Bell and Laron Landry. Its going to be a good challenge for us. It feels like we're playing good defenses every week, and the Jets are no different. We've got to spend a week to get ready for them, and hopefully go out and win a very important game for us."

Collins' new contract may influence Patriots' negotiations with Hightower

Collins' new contract may influence Patriots' negotiations with Hightower

FOXBORO -- Jamie Collins and the Cleveland Browns are reportedly closing in on a contract that will turn the ex-Pat's place of exile into his long-term place of work. 

That's interesting in itself. The Browns must have made it clear to Collins he was getting franchised, otherwise you'd think Collins would want to get out there and test the market for at least a couple of days when free agency rolled around. 

It will also be interesting for Collins' former teammate in New England, Dont'a Hightower. While the Patriots aren't going to let the Browns dictate their market and offers when it comes to negotiating with Hightower, Collins' contract will be a useful comp for Hightower. 

Whatever Collins gets, Hightower can make the case for a fair amount more. Hightower is the centerpiece of the Patriots defense, a run-stopper, blitzer, leader and tone-setter. From the jersey number (Tedy Bruschi's old number 54) they encouraged him to wear, to selecting him captain, the team and Hightower's teammates have stated how important he is to the club. 

Hightower on the open market would be in line for a contract in the $10 million-per-year range, with a total value of around $50 million (using Luke Kuechly, Navarro Bowman, Bobby Wagner and Lawrence Timmons as comparable players). The Patriots can franchise Hightower just as easily as the Browns could have franchised Collins. The sticking point for the player is that he doesn't realize the windfall of guaranteed money that comes with a long-term deal. The injury Sword of Damocles dangles every day. 

In other words, Collins' influence on the Patriots isn't done yet. 

Report: Chip Kelly was scheduled to meet with Bill Belichick recently

Report: Chip Kelly was scheduled to meet with Bill Belichick recently

FOXBORO -- Might Chip Kelly be working for the Patriots at some point in the near future? One report calls New England a "logical" landing spot for the former Eagles and 49ers head coach. 

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Kelly "was headed to New England to meet with [Bill] Belichick" once he found out that he was no longer in the running for the offensive coordinator job in Jacksonville. 

Kelly was fired by the 49ers after one season as head coach and has been interested in continuing his career as an NFL coach, per Mortensen. Kelly coached the Eagles for three seasons, going 26-21.

Belichick openly threw his support behind Kelly after he was let go by Philadelphia on New Year's Eve in 2015.

"I would say it's actually disappointing," Belichick said at the time. "Chip Kelly to me is a really good football coach. He does a great job. I think he's done a good job with that team. It's disappointing to see . . . Pretty much everybody's on a one-year contract in this league. I don't know how you build a program in one year. 

"Chip's a great coach. He'll end up somehwere and he'll do a great job there. I'd say a lot of the players that were on the Eagles that are no longer on the Eagles aren't really doing too much for anybody else, either."

Mortensen opines that the Belichick-Kelly connection would make sense because of their tight bond. 

"The friendship between Kelly and [Belichick] is no secret," Mortensen wrote. "They have exchanged football concepts since Kelly's fast-tempo offense became the rage at Oregon."

Per Mortensen, Kelly was considered an asset by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, and he was in the running for a job there, yet new coach Doug Marrone saw Kelly as a bad "philosophical fit." 

Apparently that led to Kelly's planned visit here. 

There is history of the Patriots hiring friendly faces during the postseason. In 2012, Belichick re-hired Josh McDaniels to work with then offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who was set to take over Penn State's program after the season. McDaniels -- who had been the offensive coordinator for the Rams earlier that year -- re-claimed his role as offensive coordinator in New England the following season and has been in-house ever since. 

Kelly has no experience as one of Belichick's employees -- McDaniels, of course, rose through the coaching ranks in New England before being hired as head coach in Denver in 2009 -- but perhaps he is a candidate to fulfill a role similar to the one McDaniels was given before Super Bowl XLVI.