Obviously, you're not. Everyone here knows my position on this and I've stood behind it since BB walked from Welkie.
I think BB feels that Brady got too comfortable with the talents of certain WRs since 2007. I think it's why they are walking from Branch or even Stallworth. And, Gaffney. Stallworth can still play, but he just went back to the Skins.
Think about it. Moss is out there. Lloyd.
We know these guys in some fashion can play in this system, were there for the taking and can be had for dirt cheap. So, why aren't they at least invited into camp? Not a coincidence.
This is a concerted effort by BB to weak what he sees as Brady's flaws as QB. If you see it, if I see it, if my entire family (and some of my Pats friends) see it, BB sees it. Some here call this "bashing" Brady. It's not bashing. It's acknowledging what he wanted, what he preferred, did not work. Period.
It's so obvious. He held onto Jake Ballard for an entire year, paid him, etc, too. That's not a coincidence. Trading for a bigger back like Blount is also not a coincidence (yes, I know he isn't a classic power back).
Next, I like Julian Edelman. I think he was playing very well all over the field last year early in the season, mostl being used as the X WR. He was abusing the Ravens in Week before Reed's illegal to the head knocked Edelman out in the end zone. Clearly, it's all about health with him.
Further, the rookie WRs (Dobson, Boyce or Thompkins) or new FA WRs like Jones, Jenkins or Hawkins, all force Brady to work with all of those WRs like the old days. Pre 2007, Brady didn't have a favroite WR or two. He'd hit the guy who has open at ANY part of the field. When was the last time he put a ball 15-20 yards outside of the hash into box, in between coverage? 2010 in Week 5 after Branch came back? I mean, really. Think about that. Brady used to hit Reche Caldwell like that in 2006. Reche Caldwell.
He knew the way Weis wanted the offense run was about deception and balance. This is my main reason for excitement. The return of knowing that is who you have to play because hitting Welkie over and over, while somewhat easy at times, compromises your approach over the course of the game and in the red zone. Think Seattle last year. Welker was shut down in the second half. He could only line up in the slot and be effective in the shotgun. It's a fact. I just watched Pats All Access last night from 6.14. Amendola is lining up on the flanks, not just in the slot. I get it's only mini camp, but that's not a coincidence. Welker NEVER lined up on the flank other than to get the D to show something or be used as decoy. Amendola not only will line up all over, he'll be effective on the flanks.
What the media will do is pretend this was a mistake by BB and the Pats are "doomed" and all this crap (John Clayton at ESPN is already using the premise), but the reshuffling of the deck, so to speak, is by design. By design. Some of our fans right here, the many who are so clueless thinking Welker was lowballed or somehow wanted to leave here, don't realize this either.
It will force Brady to work with all instead of just practicing with the regulars whom know the system cold and where they just practice to practice. Brady lowered the drawbridge last year for the first time by allowing Edelman in. Lloyd, too, I believe. I think BB forced that to happen instead of years before with Brady and Welker hanging out in LA and being the only ones practicing together. This year, Amendola was out there doing it immediately. I don't think that is a coincidence.
Personally, as a diehard fan of this team, who feels Brady has been far worse in the intangible areas of the postion (game management, decision making, throws to all parts of the field with accuracy, etc) since 2007, I breathe a huge sigh of relief just like after BB dealt Moss in 2010. It's been so frustrating watching Brady fall prey to falling into these bad habits every year in such a subliminal way, YEAR AFTER YEAR. Just painful to watch someone repeat the same mistakes where they don't know why it's happening or they think they themselves can fix it. It's clear BB has stepped in to shake the cage a bit here.
What will happen is, the D will be really good and all the drama about no Welkie (or possibly Hern) will be an afterthought because Brady will be the QB of old again. The pink helmets will be bored with it, but I don't care. I can't wait.
Anyway great post, Irish. Hopefully, we can have football discussions in peace without being harrassed by the ones here who troll and look to derail honest Pats fans trying to be honest and objective.
Come on, Russ. I didn't want this to open up as an opportunity at another Brady Bashing session. It isn't needed or wanted in this thread. Let's just discuss new connections, development, roster/stat predictions without taking a slight at Brady. I don't want to get into it with you, dude.
I don't think BB is trying to weaken what he sees as Brady's flaws. There's really only been one instance (Welker) where it seems that you could propose that theory. I think the reason that Welker left was because BB/Kraft gave Welker a "take it or leave it" offer, he declined, so they went and sought after the nearest replacement for him (Amendola). He's younger, a tad more versatile, and has played in Josh's system. It's a perfect match if we couldn't resign Welker. It's not like Stallworth, Gaffney, Lloyd were prime targets for Brady where you could show that he was 'addicted' to passing to them. I just don't think Lloyd fit in with the team well and Stallworth is pretty much done. Not sure why they haven't brought back Gaffney or why he hasn't gotten much attention on the market. I think he could come in and be a decent option.
I think you made a lot of great points outside of that. I especially agree with the sentiment that having new receivers will force the receivers and Brady to establish connections and broaden Brady's arsenal so he's not zoned in on only 1 or 2 targets. That is the reason I'm excited because we can see so many new connections grow instead of just Welker, Gronk and Hern.