Re: Perspective How Subpar Brady Has Been
posted at 10/22/2013 2:53 AM EDT
In response to CHAMPSXLVIII's comment:
Tom Brady playing bad is better than half the qbs in the league- the bigger problem is the receivers and the OL playing worse than it has in ten years
NO receivers, TB holding the ball too long, O-line exposed.
A little perspective on how little Rusty BB Banger knows about football.
Here's Bruschi's take.
Bill (Spokane, Washington)
Tedy,Is the Pats O-Line under performing? I expected them to be a force this season but the Bengals and Jets, two excellent D-Lines, mind you, have thrashed them. Also, lots of people blaming the rookie WR's for drops, and deservedly so, but hasn't TB-12 missed one wide open, long bomb a week? Dobson this week, Amendola last week.
Tedy (2:04 PM)
They have gone up against some very good defensive lines with the Bengals and Jets. I, too, would have liked them to make more of a commitment to run the ball. 20 rushing attempts in a game like that isn't enough. But this offense is at a point right now where there is little margin for error. They don't have enough playmakers to make up for some of the mistakes they are making. It seems like Tom Brady sometimes has to play perfect for them to get a win. That's almost impossible for him to do on a week to week basis.
Hi Tedy! How much, if any, of the Patriots' offensive woes this year do you think we can attribute to Brady's potential decline as an aging QB? Do you anticipate the Patriots potentially looking for their QB of the future next April if the entire year plays out like this?
Tedy (2:22 PM)
Let me ask you this, Justin. Did you have these questions after last week's game vs. the Saints? Did anyone think Brady was declining after last week's win over the Saints? This is the way it goes week to week. I understand you have such passion that when you follow these teams, you want immediate answers. But the answer for Brady's performance is this: He didn't play well against the Jets on Oct. 20, 2013. But one week ago, on Oct. 13, 2013, Brady led a magical comeback that had everyone saying 'This guy has a lot left in the tank.' This is the NFL. This is how it goes. And this is why you say it over and over again, but sometimes it's not believed --
FOOTBALL IS A TEAM SPORT.
When the offense doesn't play well, you hope the defense does. Or vice versa. Or special teams forces a turnover. Logan Ryan made a great play on that INT return for a TD. Gronkowski's return, I felt, was extremely positive. I was nervous after that first play when he got a helmet right to that forearm. For him to come back and play like he did, you have to feel good about where he is going to be when the seaosn progresses. Tom Brady didn't play well yesterday. He can play better. What you need to ask yourself is this: Do you think he will play better? I do and this
Gronk had a good game, but I feel like his return hurt Brady a bit. Tom seemed to focus all his attention on Gronk and forced a lot if balls his way. Does Brady still lack trust that much in his rokkie WRs thst he would rather throw to a double coverage Gronk than a single covered rookie?
Tedy (2:30 PM)
One thing you have to remember is that these rookie WRs are mostly outside WRs. I wouldn't consider the young WRs in the Amendola/Welker mold. These young WRs should have complementary roles. When you get the slot presence back, and Shane Vereen back, that's the triangle you need -- receiving TE, dependable slot WRa and a receiving running back out of the backfield that can be a threat in the screen game etc. These young outside WRs need to have a complementary role. I would rather him overly rely on Gronkowski and so would my son, who has him on his fantasy team.
Tedy,When is some of the accountability of the offemsive failures this season going to fall at McDaniels(Josh) feet? He doesn't seem to be good at making adjustments in adverse situations compared to Bill O'Brien? Your Thoughts?
Tedy (2:01 PM)
You have to think like an offensive coordinator. If you want to make adjustments, what players are going to carry those adjustments out? How much confidence would you have in your rookie WRs? If you're involving your RBs in adjustments, how complex can you be because they struggle catching the ball. I think that creativity will come out more when Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola are on the field.
Just a little REAL perspective from someone who doesn't sell snake oil on the phone for a living.