Everybody answers to someone.
"I promise you I'm going to play a lot better in two weeks," Brady promised his boss, via ESPN.com.
"You did fine," Kraft responded.
That's quintessential Brady, the only quarterback asking forgiveness for dragging his team into the Super Bowl.
Brady told a national TV audience that he "sucked" against the Ravens. His numbers (22 of 36, 239 yards, two interceptions, one rushing score) were out of character, but after three Super Bowl titles and a decade of glory, Brady's on a wicked long leash with Kraft.
"He's still pretty good in my book. I'll take him over any quarterback," the owner told ESPN.com this week. "I've been watching the NFL for a long time and there's no quarterback I'd rather have. He might say he sucked, but we won the game."
Brady sets the bar once again. After all, if this guy is apologizing to his boss for a shaky performance, then what sort of epic, heartfelt note is Curtis Painter currently penning to Jim Irsay in some desolate cabin north of Indy? Grim times.