New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has moved on from the controversial non-call that enraged him Monday night in the team’s 24-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Really, what other choice does he have now that the NFL has backed the game officials’ decision to pick up a flag that had been thrown on an interception that ended the game?
“As athletes, we have the biggest influence on the game,” Brady said in his weekly appearance on WEEI Radio’s “Dennis & Callahan” show (transcript via WEEI). “You hate for it to come down to a decision that’s out of your hands. It was really one play in the game. And we shouldn’t have really even been in that situation. The most frustrating part is just that we had plenty of opportunities to win that we didn’t take advantage of. So you hate to come out of the game and blame something that’s out of your control, whether you agree with it or don’t agree with it.
“I’m sure everyone has their own feelings on it. My own personal feeling is yeah, there’s frustration. I was certainly frustrated at the moment it happened. But also going to the locker room and understanding that we really blew the chances that we had, that’s more the overriding factor for me.”
Brady has calmed down after directing his f-bomb fury at an official in the immediate aftermath of the determination that his short pass was uncatchable, a ruling he admitted he’s never seen before.
“I’m sure there’s a first time for everything,” Brady said. “We get our fair share of calls, and we don’t [get others]. Referees never want to be in that position, either, where they have to make a judgment call like that. They wish it would not come down to that, either, I’m sure, because they don’t want to play that kind of role in the game. They did. That was that situation. They made a call, and then they overturned the call. I guess being in the NFL for as long as I’ve been in, you see kind of everything. It so happened, and we’re going to have to move on.”