FOXBOROUGH, Mbad. – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received eight hits in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins. That was an alarmingly high total for the team, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not think twice about keeping Brady in the game at the end of the fourth quarter with the team leading 35-17. In fact, Belichick scoffed at the suggestion that he should have pulled his star quarterback in an irritable response at his postgame press conference.
"It's easy for you to sit down and say that the game is out of control," Belichick said. "But if you watch games in the National Football League, a lot of things can change quickly, the only time I think the game is at stake [is] when they're not going to have enough possessions to get the points they need." Sorry, we just see it in a totally different way. "
Brady remained in the game when the Patriots took over with 4 minutes, 58 seconds left and had the advantage of 18. He handed the ball three times.
Asked about pulling Brady, Belichick first said: "What? On the knees? What difference does it make? "
Brady had come for three knees to exhaust the clock.
As for the eight punches he took, Brady called it an" aggressive game ", while the Dolphins have an" aggressive defense ". "
" I definitely did some shots, "he said." They are a tough D line. Obviously they have made many investments in that group and those guys play very hard. They gave me some good pictures, but I'll be back and I'll be ready by Wednesday. "."