Tom Brady's frustration boils over as Patriots take bad loss to Texans

Tom Brady has had his moments of frustration this season. We saw them come out a bit when he gave short answers to every question after a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

On Sunday night, there was no more hiding his emotions. All Sunday night, NBC’s cameras showed Brady coming off the field looking like he was about to explode. Once, he was shown yelling at his receivers, and it looked like a lot of his ire was being directed at Phillip Dorsett.

The fact about the Patriots’ offense is they don’t have a lot of receiving talent after old reliable Julian Edelman and running back James White. That seemed clear as the Patriots struggled to move the ball for most of a 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans.

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At one point in the third quarter the Patriots went for it on fourth-and-inches, called a play to get Mohamed Sanu open and Brady hit him in the hands. Sanu dropped it. That summed up the night. The Texans scored a dagger touchdown right after that.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady kiss at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/MG19/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: NFL Player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2010 Costume Institute Ball at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Vogue)
NEW YORK - MAY 5: Model Gisele Bundchen (L) and NFL quarterback Tom Brady attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala "Superheroes: Fashion & Fantasy" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Gisele Bundchen and tom brady attend Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: NFL player Tom Brady (L) and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen attend the UCLA IoES honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's "Years Of Living Dangerously" Season 2 World Premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gisele Bundchen and husband Tom Brady attend her Spring Fling book launch on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Goat Communications)
NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LUIS GUERRA JR/©2009 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN/ NO ITALY/ NO RUSSIA New York, May 04, 2009 GISELE AND TOM BRADY The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009 Costume Institute Gala. PGagu68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrives at the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the 2019 Met Gala celebrating "Camp: Notes on Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2010 Costume Institute Ball at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Vogue)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 5: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: "SUPERHEROES" with honorary chair GIORGIO ARMANI at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Tom Brady frustrated all night

Brady yelling at his teammates was easy for everyone to see. Amateur lip readers on social media ascertained that Brady was telling his receivers they needed to be “faster, quicker, more explosive.” That was the easy part to see for anyone watching at home, as was Sanu’s bad drop.

There seemed to be plenty of other things going on. Former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky posted a video on Twitter in which he pointed out that it seemed Dorsett missed a hand signal to run a double move, and Brady was irate as he explained what happened to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sideline. Maybe Orlovsky’s description after watching on TV wasn’t exactly what happened, but something set Brady off. Houston took Edelman away and that should have opened things up for others, but nobody other than White took advantage. The Patriots didn’t get in the end zone until White caught a touchdown from Brady with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. Then New England, which has had trouble finding a healthy and reliable kicker, missed the extra point after taking a delay of game penalty.

While Brady might never publicly talk about his frustration, it’s obvious the Patriots offense is struggling. The defense carries this team. Brady is 42 years old and he’s simply not the same MVP-level quarterback, which is understandable. His interception to Bradley Roby early in the game wasn’t pretty, and it set a tone for the rest of the night. Brady was 7-of-19 for 82 yards and an interception in the first half. His final numbers looked a lot better after the Patriots offense started to move the ball in the fourth quarter, after the Texans took a huge lead.

Brady is still capable but he needs more help, and that’s simply not happening lately.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the offense struggled for the first three quarters on Sunday night against Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texans had more playmakers

The Texans made more plays. Deshaun Watson threw three touchdowns against the best passing defense in football. After Sanu’s fourth-down drop for the Patriots, Watson had a touchdown pass dropped by Will Fuller in the end zone. Watson came right back and threw a touchdown to Kenny Stills to give Houston a 21-3 lead. Then he had a touchdown catch from DeAndre Hopkins on a crazy option play.

New England had plenty of defensive players deal with illness through the week, and it affected the team so much they took the unheard of measure of taking two separate planes to Houston. The sickness had to affect the Patriots defense, but nobody is going to ever feel sorry for New England. And the Patriots still had a chance at the end after rallying some in the fourth quarter, and they barely missed recovering an onside kick with 50 seconds left.

The loss hurts the Patriots. Now the Ravens can take the No. 1 seed in the AFC by matching New England’s record the rest of the way. The Ravens and Patriots are both 10-2 but Baltimore has the tiebreaker.

Nobody will count out the Patriots. They’re still a 10-2 team on their way to a division title, and have an all-time great coach and quarterback who know how to win in the postseason. But the Patriots will have to find new ways to win, and it won’t be with a lot of offense.

 

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