FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It’s no secret that Tom Brady hates losing. He hasn’t done a whole lot of it during his 14 seasons with the New England Patriots, so when the team does endure a defeat, it creates a feeling he never wants to relive.
“We hate losing,” Brady said during his news conference on Wednesday. “It’s a terrible feeling. It’s a terrible feeling around here. It’s a quality of life issue I think we all face when we lose.
“Hopefully that motivates us to go out there and have a great week of practice and be prepared for this game. And try to beat a very good team.”
Brady is putting the loss behind him by focusing on beating the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. He did acknowledge that his accuracy was a little off in the loss to Miami, but he wasn’t making any excuses.
“I don’t think there are any excuses for what the outcome of the game was,” Brady said when asked about his injured left calf. “Hopefully we are better this week.”
The Patriots will look to avoid back-to-back losses, which has not happened since losing in Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2012 season to Arizona and Baltimore.
Miami’s pass rush wreaked havoc on the Brady and the Patriots’ offensive line in Week 1. While Minnesota’s pass rush is not quite on Miami’s level, it is still a force led by defensive end Everson Griffen, a player similar to Miami’s Cameron Wake.
“The faster you can get to the quarterback, the better it is for every defense,” Brady said. “So [the Vikings] are going to try to rush us. They do a good job of it. Miami did a good job of it. This team does a good job of it.
“They do a good job with just their front four. And they have some pretty good blitzes. So, it’s a good pressure defense that will force our communication especially on the road.”
Minnesota’s new head coach, Mike Zimmer, formerly Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator, is familiar with scheming to pressure Brady. In 2013, Zimmer led the Bengals' defense to a 13-6 win over the Patriots, in which Brady went 18-for-38 for 197 yards for an interception and was sacked four times.
“[Zimmer] is a great coordinator and a great coach,” Brady said. “So, Minnesota hired him because he has been so successful. He has a great scheme and obviously coaches those guys well. He’s a disciplined coach. ... We know what we are up against.”
To deal with the Vikings’ pressure, Brady wants to get back to quick decision making.
“Typically, in the NFL if you wait for something to happen, then it’s too late,” Brady said. “You have to anticipate it, see it, and that’s why the best offenses are the ones that people can’t really understand what you are trying to do before the play starts.”
Brady knows the team needs to rebound quickly. And it all starts by focusing on beating Minnesota on Sunday.
“We are a long ways from the team that we are going to be,” Brady said. “We have to go out there and play a lot better than we did last week. I have a lot of confidence in our guys -- confidence in what we are doing. Just have to go out there and do it.”