Re: Brady rating since getting Gronk and Amendola back?
posted at 11/25/2013 1:54 PM EST
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Many here stated this would happen when people were impatient with the rookies early on. Now, instead of having to be the primary targets, these rookies are becoming very dangerous secondary weapons with the main guys: Gronk, Vereen, and DA getting most of the looks. This offense will be dangerous come January; they just have to play complimentary football.
When Brady has his guys healthy and the offense develops continuity, he is simply amazing. What a joy it is to watch him
Ha, great post!
It might be, if it wasn't a lie.
The usual suspect homers and Brady bashers weren't saying Brady was going to have better results when the veterans returned. They were either saying the rookies were doing just fine or Brady was just playing badly.
Those who knew what the hell they were talking about claimed that giving Brady 3 prime receivers who over the first third or so of the season had a total of 12 NFL starts between them going in was a recipe for a anemic passing game.
And the results show they were right, not the homers and Brady bashers.
To be fair the plan wasn't for DA and Vereen to get injured in game 1, and the fact that Gronk wasn't PUP'ed suggest that the plan was for him to return sooner than he did. The plan was never for Dobson, KT, Edelman, and some guy named Mulligan to be the prime targets. Circumstances made it so, and it is just amazing that they found a way to win games during that stretch.
Some of us were excited to see the rookies survive in more or less one piece, and thrilled to see the team win games without any contributions from RBs or TEs for several games. Credit goes to TB, the rookies, and to the D.
Now the D is playing a little worse because they've lost VW, Mayo, and Kelly for the season, and several others are dinged up. With them healthy I would call the Patriots heavy favorites to win it all, for now they are "just" contenders like Denver, Seattle, and maybe New Orleans.
Gronk is pivotal in making the offense click, no doubt about it. They could survive loosing Amendola, but not Gronk.
The D is palying a little worse ... but outside of the Carolina game, they've played good situational football all along.
I like the fact that NE can defend against the pass better than years past ... the fact that they are more vulnerable against the run might be an issue when it comes time to play NFC teams (SF, Carolina, Seattle) again.
I think it can be mitigated though through better gameplanning down the road.