The sight is not an uncommon one by now. A sideline camera pushed in tight on the face of Tom Brady, who is shouting at his offensive line in an aggressive manner.
Not all quarterbacks can get away with scolding (much larger) teammates for play that is deemed to be unacceptable. But not all quarterbacks are Tom Brady.
"I was pretty agitated all night," Brady told WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show, via Boston.com. "For three hours and 20 minutes, I was pretty agitated.
"You see things, and you want to try to create some urgency, and see if we can get into the game and start to tighten things up," he said. "You've got to figure out, when things aren't going well, how to rally. When things don't seem to be going well, how are you going to find that rhythm? And just making sure everyone's focused, and letting them know I'm focused, and they need to be focused, and that we can all be more focused together."
New England's march toward the goal of another 16-0 season has become a war of attrition. The offensive line is being constantly reshuffled, while injuries to Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson left Brady targeting undrafted free agent Chris Harper in the fourth quarter against the Bills.
Not coincidentally, Monday's fourth quarter ended the Patriots' incredible streak of 38 straight quarters with points scored. Many of Brady's incompletions came on plays where he simply fired the ball into the turf to evade Buffalo's persistent rush.
Not every team has a defensive-minded coach like Rex Ryan to give Brady fits. But the game could serve as a blueprint for others. Brady's frustrations will only grow if other teams can find similar success.