It doesn’t matter that Tom Brady is the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now. He will always be connected to the New England Patriots. Everyone will always want to know what he thinks about how the Patriots are doing without him.
Right now, the Pats aren’t doing so hot. They lost to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, which officially eliminated them from playoff contention and ended their 11-year playoff streak, which was the longest in NFL history. The Bucs, on the other hand, are having a good season with Brady under center. They’re 9-5 after completing a comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and would make the playoffs if the season ended today.
So how did Brady react after being told that the Pats were eliminated from playoff contention in their first season without him? He did what he does best: completely avoid answering the only question everyone wants him to answer by spouting meaningless platitudes.
“As far as the Patriots, they have their own thing going,” Brady told reporters via NBC Sports. “I’ve really been focused on how my play needs to be at quarterback, the execution I need. They’re not really an opponent of mine.
“Obviously I have a lot of friends there, a lot of great relationships, but they’ve been focused on what they need to do and I’ve been trying to focus on what my job is.”
Brady’s response may have been the answer to some question, somewhere. But it wasn’t the answer to the question he was actually asked. That’s Brady’s signature move.
How does Brady really feel about the Patriots missing the playoffs? We can guess that he probably feels pretty satisfied, but for now he’s keeping his true feelings a closely guarded secret.
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