Re: Welker's Comment says it all
posted at 1/19/2011 2:50 PM EST
In Response to Re: Welker's Comment says it all
[QUOTE]In Response to Welker's Comment says it all : I think too many people (including the media) are heaping too much of the blame on Brady. How about giving some credit to the other team...i mean they did have a hand in making Brady play poorly. On the defensive side of the ball they played fairly well only giving up 14 points through 3 quarters...though Sanchez made a number of bad throws in the first half that cost them first downs and more. This defense was certainly playing above their heads down the stretch...and that was primarily due to turnovers it created. When they play teams that don't make mistakes (coupled with a non existant pass rush) they struggle to be consistant. It's much easier to play defense when you've turned a few turnovers into TDs for your team. Forcing other teams to play catch up only makes your defense look better. They are young and will improve with some returning players and some high draft picks. Btw, just a side note, i'm not sure if anyone mentioned the play of Spikes. People forget he hadn't played a game in 6 weeks...i'm sure he was rusty. On offense, the dropped TD pass by Crumpler (which was huge) and the botched fake punt really exemplified this team over the past couple of seasons in the playoffs. When things are on the line the focus just doesn't seem to be there. Whatever happened to those half time adjusments BB was such a genius at making? It seems over the past 3 or 4 seasons that when the offense struggles mightly in the first halves of games they haven't been able to figure things out in the second half. They haven't won a SB without Weiss as OC and Crennel as DC. Brady is human and their offense will struggle at times...but BB and company needs to recognize when things aren't clicking and make those adjustments sooner. They are either making them too late or not at all and it's costing them games in the playoffs.
Posted by soxfan36[/QUOTE]
I have to agree here. I heard on sports talk yesterday one writer claim Brady was in decline. WHAT? All because of one bad game...out of 17 games in 2010-2011? The last I checked, Brady had set a record for efficient ball management by not through an INT in over 350 attempts. Four INTs total for the season. The highest scoring offense in the NFL. The best regular season record in the NFL.
And with not only the 25th ranked defense in the NFL, but the youngest defense in the NFL.
Against the Jets, Brady did not sit Wes Welker on what could have been a brilliant opening drive. Give us Welker on that drive, maybe BJGE wouldn't have had to run an underneath route to put Brady in position to throw a junk pass.
Brady didn't drop to endzone passes. Welker and Crumpler did. That's 14 points. the game is now 35-28 Patriots.
Brady didn't drop a 1st down pass when the game counted most. Branch did.
Brady didn't call for a fake punt on his own 37. Take that stupid call away, the game is now 25-21 Patriots.
And is Brady responsible for allowing 5 sacks? Or the fact that receivers were simply shut-down on their routes?
Does Brady share the blame? Hell, yes. But this was a dismal team effort where pro-bowl caliber receivers dropped key passes. Coaches made poor key play calls, didn't manage the clock, didn't adjust the game plan. All resulting in a big fat loss. Brady still through for 299 yards, 2 tds, 1 INT. If this were a fantasy week, you'd be pretty happy.