In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
The first time I saw Brady play like he was old was near the end of last year's AFC championship game. That was the first time it struck me that Brady was not merely frustrated (as he sometimes has been throughout his career when things have gone bad) but completely dispirited. I wonder if his heart's into it anymore. I think he knew in the AFC championship that that offense without Gronk didn't really have the firepower to win. I think he feels the same now. Is he too old to be good anymore? I doubt it. But can he keep his enthusiasm up when he looks around him and sees a bunch of guys who really aren't very good and are a longshot to win? That I'm not sure of anymore.
The fact is, the current offense is just plain bad. The lack of serious attention (for several years) to the wide receiver position and the loss of both Gronk and Hern at TE, and also the loss of Vereen and Ridley at RB have left it very thin in the skill positions. And the O-line continues to struggle against athletic D lines as it has for a decade.
I still am optimistic that the rookie receivers will contribute, but I see troubling signs with Thompkins' hands, and Dobson and Boyce really haven't shown all that much yet. Amendola looked mediocre today (I think that injury is still affecting him), Edelman showed his limits as a receiver with drops and the inability to win battles for the ball, and the rest of the skill positions out there--Hoomanwanui, Develin, Bolden, and Blount--are just back-up quality. When Gronk, Ridley, and Vereen come back, things should improve . . . but you have to worry about all three of those given their injuries. Can Gronk stay healthy? How bad is Ridley's knee? And will Vereen be able to take the pounding without further injury?
Meanwhile, in Denver, the too expensive Welker continues to make plays . . .
There is no way you followed our team pre 2007. NO way.
I will take Edelman and what he does, which is awfully close to what Welker does, his punt returning, etc for field position at 5 million less so we can have an Amendola in here to HELP our offense be less predictable and you can go be a Broncos fan ang get giddy with a stats hound QB against a crap Dallas D and wittle Welkie, pretending that's what wins SBs.
When I watch Denver, I think of the old Colts. I think of our teams in recent years where our QB didn't care about helping our D or being methodical. If Romo wasn't a moron, people are asking how on earth Elway could ignore not upgrading that awful Denver D and be so irresponsible in the offeason?
Denver's D sucks so bad, yet you think paying 6 million for what we get for 1 is a good thing? When Denver doesn't win the SB and we kick their asz in November with their befuddled crap LBs and Safeties trying to figure it all out and Talib locks down Thomas, Dennard on Decker, and we gameplan to take Julius Thomas out of the game, with Arrington eliminating Welker with years of experience in doing it in practice on him, you will be sitting up in that crappy, distant balcony in Foxborough thinking about this post of yours and my comments back to you.
BB can;t win with you. Why do you still have season tickets and waste thousands upon thousands of dollars on flights in there if you are this dumb when it comes to analyzing what actually wins football games? A bad QB can't win you a football game. Period.
Amendola was "mediocre"? Mediocre with a bad QB, huh? I think that's pretty good if you can be mediocre with bad QB playing, don't you?
DO you realize he has his 1st TD as a Pat today if Brady doesn't throw so poorly to him WIDE OPEN?
Do you realize this? We are talking about the D outstanding again and Brady looking like Jay Cutler hopin Gronk changes things, but only Brady can fix Brady, which is what Ive said here for years.
Winning a SB is not about collecting stats during the year.
I'll be happy to take your bet on as well. Denver ain't winning a SB with that D. Their team is poorly built because their run game is every average and as the weather turns, that wobbly Gomer ball will become worse and worse just like last year.
Denver might be worse on D than they were last year.
I kinda like our chances. I just don't know if our QB is capable of realizing how to win games that are on the table for the taking anymore.
Wow, you sound exactly like BB. You will take Edelman over welker for 5m less so you can have an injured Danny for the difference. That's called a 2fer. Brilliant. Why have 1 superior when you can have 2 inferior. I vote Rusty to be the Pats new GM.
Yes, The D has been playing very well. It's about time after 5 years, 40 draft picks and tons of FA money.
Bb didn't have to blow the offense up. All he needed was a perimeter receiver better than Lloyd and we would have been just fine With welker, Gronk, hern, Edelman.