Tom Brady reacts to Patriots missing playoffs for first time since 2008
Brady responds to Pat's lack of playoffs for the first time since 2008 when he originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Schadenfreude was not on Tom Brady's public agenda on Sunday afternoon.
Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved to 9-5 with a comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons on the same day that his former team, the New England Patriots, were officially eliminated from postseason competition.
It is the first time since 2008 that the Patriots have not made the playoffs. It was also the last time Brady was not New England's quarterback for the duration of the season.
Belichick responds to Patriots being eliminated from the playoff competition
But Brady refused to rub salt in the Patriots' wound on Sunday when asked if his old club had missed the playoffs.
"As for the patriots, they have their own thing," Brady told reporters. "I've really focused on how my game at quarterback (and) the execution I need. You are not really an opponent of mine.
"Of course I have a lot of friends there, a lot of great relationships, but they focused on what they needed to do and I tried to focus on my job."
Brady's diplomatic response should be expected: he followed a similar path earlier this season when asked about the Patriots starting Season 2-5.
"I never want someone not to be at their best," Brady said at the time.
Could there be a part of the 43-year-old QB who enjoys seeing his former club - and former boss Bill Belichick - come up short without him? Possibly, but Brady is way too smart to say anything out loud.
Instead, he'll make his point clear by raving about the Florida weather and gleefully admitting that he's glad he's not in the northeast.
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