FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady really put Sunday's game against the Dolphins into perspective. He doesn't care that it doesn't count in the standings because he's just focused on improvement, and if the Patriots aren't working to get better this week, then they aren't doing all they can to prepare for the playoffs.
"Whatever we do this week will certainly help us down the road," Brady said Friday. "That's why we need to be good this week, so I don't think you can sit here and say, 'Well, this week's not important.' Or for example, this week, 'Well, let's just go out there and rest for a week.' Well, how are we going to get better then? How are we going to get better? We've got to get better [Friday]. We got better [Thursday]. We got better on Wednesday. We're going to have a better team this Sunday.
"That will certainly help us down the road. That's the focus. That's really been a trademark of this team is to always make improvements over the course of the season. I don't think we take weeks off. I don't think we take days off. We're always trying to get better."
Brady scoffed at the notion that he might sit Sunday to gain rest or avoid injury. While other teams subscribe to that strategy, Brady offered the most candid answer of the week for the benefits to playing in a game that has no bearing on the standings.
"We're playing," Brady said. "I think that's just the way it is. I haven’t given a whole lot of evaluation of why. It's a football game, and I'm the starting quarterback on this team. I'm going to play."
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