In an interview Monday morning on Boston sports radio station WEEI, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said it was "pretty embarrassing" not to have a true road win before Sunday’s victory in Buffalo.
Other than a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London, the Patriots had been 0-5 away from home before Sunday’s 17-10 win.
"It’s pretty embarrassing to not have a road win into the middle of December," Brady said. "That’s something that I think has been really bothering all of us. ... It was definitely good to get that [Sunday in Buffalo].
"It’s not like we ever lose confidence it’s just a matter of playing good. That’s what it comes down to. We’re still trying to find a way to play better football for 60 minutes, which we’ve done one time this year against Tennessee, which was obviously a great game for us."
Brady also praised running back Laurence Maroney, who rushed for 81 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown Sunday. For the season, Maroney has nine touchdowns and 735 yards on the ground. In particular, Brady said he has been impressed with Maroney’s aggressive approach, a trait many critics thought the running back had been lacking until recently.
"For a running back, just like every position, it’s about being decisive," Brady said. "You’re not going to be right all the time but whatever decision you do make you have to do it with confidence and explosion and with power.
"In the running game, being a downhill runner, when you make your read, you make your cut you go with it. You run with explosion through the hole. And Laurence certainly has been doing a better job of that, as evidenced by the number of carries that’s he had and the amount of yards he’s gaining. He has done a good job these last few weeks and I think that was something we definitely needed. That is a big part of controlling the game also."