By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
While it may be on the mind of everybody else dying to know (borderline obsessing, actually) the future of Tom Brady, the 42-year-old Patriots quarterback isn’t thinking about the potential of Saturday’s wild card meeting with the Titans being the last game of his career.
Or his Patriots career, at the very least.
“I’m not much for nostalgia,” Brady, who will be a true free agent at the end of this season with the Patriots unable to franchise or transition tag him, offered during his weekly meeting with the media. “I’m just pretty focused on what I need to do. This week has felt pretty much like every other week for the last 20 years.
“Just trying to focus on what I need to do and this is a team that gives you a lot of challenges, and [we] just have to go out there and try to play really well. They’re going to force us to really be tied together. When we’re not and when we haven’t been this year, it hasn’t looked very good, and when we have been tied together, it looks pretty good.”
To Brady’s point, this season has often featured a tale of two offenses for New England. And the final two weeks of the regular season were no exception, as Brady and Co. showed flashes of brilliance in their division-clinching Week 16 win over the Bills, and stalled and sputtered for the majority of a 27-24 loss to the Dolphins in Week 17. You could argue that the latter is the reason why the Patriots are playing in this wild card weekend game at all, too.
But, again, the focus is on forcing a trip to Kansas City for a divisional round meeting with the Chiefs, and that begins with Saturday night’s meeting against the Titans.
“I think we always feel like we have a great plan,” Brady said of the feeling heading into their first wild card game in a decade. “I feel like we’re going to go try to execute the plan as best we possibly can. That’s been no different than what it’s been all year. I don’t think we go into any games going, “Man, I really hate what we’re doing.’
“I really do love what we’re doing, trying to attack them the right way and go out there and score enough points to win.”
It’s the only thing that can prevent everybody from the ‘nostalgia’ talk, too.