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."

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”