Sunday saw the return of Tom Brady, back from his four game Deflategate suspension. He looked about as good as he ever has, throwing for 406 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 127.7 passer rating, the second best of his career.
It was the kind of performance any quarterback would dream of, except Tom Brady. In his post-game interview, he was quick to dismiss his performance and suggest that he was rusty and needed to improve.
“I think there was plenty of rust out there. I can do better in a lot of areas,” Brady said. “I think it was a good win today, but it was one game. Like I said, 4-1 is a good place to be for us. We’ve got a long road ahead. So we’re going to try to keep building.”
That attitude is exactly why Brady and his coach, Bill Belichick, get along so well. Nothing is ever good enough, and a win is just as much an opportunity for improvement as a loss is. Still, Brady did have some positive words, especially for his tight ends. Martellus Bennett snagged 3 touchdowns and Gronk had 109 yards, impressive showings from both.
“(Martellus Bennett) and Gronk in there at tight end has been a tough matchup for those other teams,” Brady said. “We’ve just got to keep doing it, keep putting pressure on the defense, and I thought we did a good job of that today.”