Tom Brady Responds to Richard Sherman’s Claim that the Patriots aren’t Built for a Heavyweight Fight: “That’s to be Determined in January”

October 15, 2012 – 5:16 pm by Brad Gagnon

The New England Patriots have fallen to 3-3, which puts them in a four-way tie for first, and last, in the AFC East. It’s early, so while Tom Brady’s disappointed, he’s not panicking.

Yet the latest New England loss came with some added drama, with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman taking fire at Brady. Sherman claimed, via a tweet that’s now been deleted, that Brady “told me and Earl [Thomas] to see him after the game when they win.” The photo below shows Sherman seeing Brady, but after a Seattle victory instead. He sent that to Twitter along with the caption, ‘U mad bro?,’ which of course went viral.

Sherman was also quoted saying the Patriots “aren’t built for a heavyweight fight.”

Tom Brady joined Jim Gray on Dial Global Sports to discuss Sunday’s tough loss to Seattle, the onus on him in the aftermath of that game and the incident involving him and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

On Sunday’s tough loss to Seattle:

“Well it was a long night for all of us players and coaches that were involved. To be up 13 points there in the fourth quarter and to let one slip away is very frustrating, but we’ve got to learn from our mistakes and learn from the mistakes that we made there in the fourth quarter and try to improve upon them. Three-and-three is very mediocre in this league and that’s where we’re at, and we’re really the only people that can do anything about it. That means we all have to go out and execute at a higher level when it matters the most.”

On feeling especially responsible considering that his intentional grounding penalty late in the first half probably cost the Patriots three points:

“I have very high expectations, and when I make plays that put us in a position to lose a game, that certainly makes for a long night and a long week for me. The only thing you can do is work harder to really make sure those things don’t happen again, and that’s the effort I’m going to put in this week.”

On Richard Sherman:

“He’s a very good player and I have a lot of respect for that defense and certainly that secondary. They play very well together. My dad taught me at a young age to play with class and respect and give my opponents respect, and certainly I have a lot of respect for the Seahawks.”

On if he feels Sherman is giving him the respect he deserves:

“My dad also told me to worry about the things that I can control and certainly not worry about the things that I can’t. And I really don’t have feelings either way toward what someone may say or think. Really, what’s important is how I feel. We went out and we played a very good team on the road and had an opportunity to win there in the fourth quarter and just didn’t take advantage of it.”

On if the Patriots are built for a “heavyweight fight,” in light of Sherman suggesting that they are not:

“We’re 3-3 so we’ve got 10 games to determine the fate of our season, and really it’s a matter of us getting better. I don’t think anything’s decided here in the sixth week of the year, or how capable you are of winning big games. That’s to be determined in January and it’s only October, so we’re just going to keep trying to get better. … Obviously 3-3 is not where we wanted to be, but that’s where we’re at. And if we’re going to move forward and improve then we’ve got to be determined to do that. And that’s a commitment that each of us players have to make.”

On if the sky’s falling in New England today:

“It always is in Boston when we lose. We’ve been in this situation before, and it’s not obviously a great situation to be in at 3-3. But we get great support and I think our fans expect a lot out of us and we expect a lot out of ourselves as well. We’re going to do everything we can to go out there and fight back and see if we can make something of this season.”

Listen to Tom Brady on Dial Global Sports with Jim Gray

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  1. 20 Responses to “Tom Brady Responds to Richard Sherman’s Claim that the Patriots aren’t Built for a Heavyweight Fight: “That’s to be Determined in January””

  2. Tom Brady, you dad forgot to tell you not to taunt the 12th man after scoring every time. That was classless. The whole world saw it.

    By Hawk_Eye on Oct 15, 2012

  3. Tom Brady, i hope you learned that football is 60 minutes long, not 53!! C U in January

    By Woofy on Oct 15, 2012

  4. Looking forward to Tom Brady returning to the Clink. Watching him walk off the field with his tail tucked between his legs was priceless. That’s what happens when you trash talk prior to a game in a hostile environment. Patriots looked very mediocre against a young Seahawks team.

    By Carl J on Oct 15, 2012

  5. @Hawk_Eye

    Sherman probably doesn’t even know who his dad is LOL

    By cromagnon on Oct 15, 2012

  6. Cromagnon = racist

    By quorndawg on Oct 15, 2012

  7. Sherman is a Stanford grad and currently working on a masters in the off-season. What high school did you drop out of Cromagnon?

    By Bobloblaw on Oct 15, 2012

  8. @ cromagnon you are a complete DB and I don’t mean the type of badass DB Richard Sherman is. I mean the type of DB Tom Brady looked like walking off the field after we showed him what real fans are. Show him to keep runnin his mouth about other cities fans. 12th man nations.

    By 12thMan on Oct 15, 2012

  9. wow Cromagnon…way to pay credence to Boston being the most racist town in America. As a Pats fan living in Mass I was impressed with the Seattle crowd and their defense. Hoping to not have to go back there in January!!

    By GoSawks on Oct 15, 2012

  10. It always amazes me that these young players have all the swag in the world in October, when it matters the most the cream rises to the top. We lost two superbowls to the Giants, props to them, but when the Seahawks start talking trash, I laugh…how did Pete Caroll do when he took over a Superbowl team from Bill Parcells in New England??? Just sayin

    By Bostonfan on Oct 15, 2012

  11. Wow, all Sherman did was make himself look classless. He was the one that was mad from the photos. Brady didnt talk trash he just said that its fun to try to turn the crowd against the home team, but he also said if your in a close game it brings the crowd in. C’est la vie.

    BTW: When Sherman wins 3 SB rings, then he can talk.

    By Shaun on Oct 16, 2012

  12. I agree richard. Sherman. Should watch what he says, but. Tom. Should. Haven’t maid. It look like, he is much.better. thank you. Tom. For having. Class as. You have he’s a great person! Just the same. …………. GO! SEAHAWKS!

    By mike on Oct 16, 2012

  13. GoSawks…? Out of curiosity why would we be going back to Seattle in January? Did Seattle jump to the AFC when I wasn’t looking?

    By Johnny Comelately on Oct 16, 2012

  14. The 12th Man resides in College Station, Texas.

    By JoeSlay61 on Oct 16, 2012

  15. Sherman is a joke… And a punk, kiss the rings baby. The Seahawks won’t even make the playoffs, NFC is too good. Meanwhile as with every Bill Belichick team the Patriots will be playing their best football in December/January/February?. Either way easy to talk crap on a bizzare game in the middle of October. Oh ya and there’s no way he knows who his dad is

    By Jon on Oct 17, 2012

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