New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has gone four consecutive games without throwing an interception twice this season.
However, he has thrown an interception in the Patriots’ past five games, including 2 during a loss on Monday Night Football to the Miami Dolphins, and a pick-6 against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.
The playoffs are fast approaching, and Brady knows that turnovers can end a season. However, he also knows that he does have to take chances for the Patriots to have the best opportunity to win football games.
“It’s all risk-reward for a quarterback,” Brady said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I’m never trying to throw them. Sometimes you try to make a throw, and they make a good play. Sometimes you try to make a throw, they don’t make much of a play, and they still come up with the ball because I made a really bad decision. If they make a great play, then they make a great play.
“But you try to eliminate the ones where you just really hand them possession of the ball.”
That was a solid explanation of how to play quarterback. Sometimes an interception is a result of the defender simply winning the battle for the football, and sometimes the pass-catcher makes a mistake — Brady left that one out.
However, the interceptions that are gift-wrapped by the quarterback are the ones that really hurt an offense.