Harrison On Patriots' Road Struggles: "I Can't Explain That"

The Patriots went 9-0 at home this season but are just 3-5 on the road. Rodney Harrison can't make sense of that.

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January 14, 2019 - 12:44 pm

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The New England Patriots throttled the Los Angeles Chargers, 41-28, on Sunday to improve to 9-0 at home this season. The Patriots, however, must go on the road at Arrowhead in the AFC Championship.

New England went 3-5 on the road this season.

How is a team unbeatable at home yet so vulnerable on the road?

“I can’t explain that,” Rodney Harrison said on The DA Show. “It’s hard to explain that when you’re not in that locker room. I think at times they have a level of complacency when you’ve had that level of success. My old-school teams, we prepared so hard to be able to go on the road and to be able to go into hostile environments and beat teams, whether it was in the regular season or whether it was the postseason – whatever it took. It’s just a level of preparation and concentration. Those guys proved when they beat the Los Angeles Chargers that they can compete with anybody.”

Tom Brady finished 33-of-44 for 343 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, with Julian Edelman and James White accounting for most of the production. That duo combined for 24 catches for 248 yards, while Sony Michel rushed 24 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

“We kind of discount how good they are because Rob hasn’t looked great, Tom Brady hasn’t looked great, Edelman has looked a little different,” Harrison said. “But you give those guys a couple weeks of reps and Belichick the ability to prepare – he can compete with anyone.”

The Patriots beat the Chiefs, 43-40, in Week 6. Sunday’s kickoff is slated for 6:40 p.m. ET.

In other news, Harrison weighed in Brady’s recent comments about his brain. In December, Brady said that his brain was “wired for contact.” Former teammate Ted Johnson took offense to those comments, calling them “irresponsible.”

“I don’t think Tom meant anything by it,” Harrison said. “I think a lot of times as a quarterback, you don’t have contact every single play. So his response was his response. Doesn’t make it right, doesn’t make it wrong. That’s just his experience and the way he wanted to talk about that situation. I know a lot of guys suffer from CTE and a lot of guys have head injuries, but the thing is this: You just have to do what’s best for you. I pray for these guys. I hope they take care of themselves.”

Harrison, who played with both Brady and Johnson, suffered multiple concussions in his career.

“I try to exercise, I try to eat right – you never know what’s going to happen to a player long-term with this,” Harrison said. “I don’t think Tom Brady was trying to be sarcastic. I don’t think he was trying to make light of the situation or anything like that. I know Tom as a person. I know his heart. I think Tom was just expressing how he felt at that point.”