Re: Film don't lie, fellas.
posted at 10/23/2013 2:15 PM EDT
In response to TripleOG's comment:
In response to 49Patriots's comment:
BY JAMES CHRISTENSEN (FEATURED COLUMNIST) on Bleacher Report...
Tom Brady has been victimized by poor receiver play this season—including 25 drops after Week 7—but his performance has been far from beyond reproach. Brady himself agreed during his postgame press conference, courtesy of the team's official website: "The balls have to be better thrown. Everyone has to look at themselves and do a better job, because what we’re doing right now isn’t good enough.”
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Brady connected on just four of his 20 passes that traveled 10 or more yards in the air and had 24 total incompletions. One play in particular highlighted how Brady has played this year. It illustrates his ability to manipulate defenses, recognize coverages and find open receivers. However, it also shows his inability to connect with those same receivers down the field.
The New York Jets are showing a Cover 2 look with man coverage underneath. The safeties are splitting the field in half. Aaron Dobson is lined up at the "X" receiver position with rookie Dee Milliner across from him. After the snap, the Cover 2 man under look is confirmed. Brady looks to be reading the right half of the field, with Rob Gronkowski inside and Dobson outside. Dobson needs to get by Milliner without getting too close to the sideline, where Milliner will use it as a second defender. The Jets safety here is reading the patterns of Gronkowski and Dobson, while keeping an eye on where Brady is looking.
Brady has all the time in the world with a clean pocket in front of him. Dobson is already passing Milliner on the outside, while Gronkowski is about to cross the face of his defender. The safety is in a very difficult position here. That subtle look from Brady causes the safety to flip his hips and commit to the seam route. Meanwhile, Dobson is a step clear of Milliner and pulling away. He has given Brady enough space to work with on the sideline, and this should be an easy throw.
The ball is now in the air, and the safety is toast. Milliner is over a yard back and has no chance to break up the play. Any ball in the field of play in front of Dobson is going to go for big yardage, if not a touchdown
Unfortunately for Brady and the Patriots, his pass lands a full four yards out of bounds, giving Dobson—capable of making some crazy circus catches—no chance at making the catch. Any pass near the black triangle is a huge play for the Patriots, assuring them of a field-goal try and giving them over a minute to score a touchdown.
LOL, I remember when a hall of famer named Aikmen was near the end. He had a hall of fame WR, a hall of fame RB and a hall of fame Offensive line to keep him upright and looking good. What does brady have exactly? A line that allows free rushers every other play? A 2nd round pick who drops EVERY other pass? a RB who fumbles every other run? Really, and Brady is to blame huh? Here is a clue. YOu dont play well when you get hit alot. Why do you think teams pay so much for pass rushers?? They are effective. The Idea has always been to hit Brady as much as possible, but now the O line has been obliging the D....and we still blame # 12.. Wow....I just cant wait to see what BB does after Brady. I hope Brady requests a trade. I really do. See where we at then
Cool off there, bronco. Lots of irrational, hyperbolic, reactionary drivel in here, much like the rest of the thread.
Brady has struggled this season due to a number of factors, IMO. He has a new cast of weapons and they've played a lot of VERY good defenses through this first half of the season.
That said, Brady has been struggling. I'm sure some part of his struggles are his own fault; misreads, poor throws, poor decisions. But, with that said, I'm sure a lot of the struggles fall on the shoulders' of those around him.
It's not the beginning of the end, it doesn't mean Belichick is useless, or that the personnel around Brady lacks talent. It means that, as of right now, the offense isn't executing very well. The talent is there, the coaching is there, and Brady is Brady. Let's give him and this offense a bit of time to gel and hopefully find their rhythym.
As we've learned all too often in recent postseasons, how you play for the first 6-8 weeks is largely irrelevant, outside of how it affects your ability to get into the playoffs. Once you're in the Big-Dance, it's a 1-game ordeal. Better to start slow and finish strong, then have regular season success and fizzle late. Us Pats fans should know all about that, and after having seen the Giants win in the fashion they did, and the Ravens last season, we ought to appreciate the fact that we have a plenty good chance to win a Super Bowl.