Tom Brady: Sunday will determine if Patriots have answered challenge

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The last time New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressed beat reporters, it was after the team's season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and he said a turnaround starts with attitude and competitiveness. He also said he was among those who needed to do better.

Six days later, Brady is reserving judgment on how the Patriots have responded.

"Well see. Sunday is the important day," he said, referencing the team's road game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Patriots got after it during Wednesday's practice, which was a full-pads session. It was the first time players were back on the practice field since Thursday's loss, which was a longer than normal stretch, and some players talked about using the time to recover physically.

Asked if he sensed that the Patriots' collective attitude is in the right place, Brady said, "I hope so. We work pretty hard for three hours a week. Weve got to be at our best mentally, physically, emotionally. ... Its their home opener. Were going to be challenged in a big way, so weve got to meet the challenge."

The Patriots did not in the fourth quarter of Week 1, when the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points to turn a 27-21 deficit into a 42-27 victory. As disappointing as that was for the team, Brady believes the Patriots can become a more mentally tough team in such situations.


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