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But I too have questions as to why the offense falls apart when Gronk gets hurt.
Here is you answer to that: Tom Brady
He has not surveyed the field or the run offense as well as he used to when Weis was here. He's developed some bad habits by being spoiled with these elite, mid range/mid field pass receiving options.
What was the worst example of this post 2005? Note how when ONE key guy in the offense isn't healthy or there, Brady isn't very good.
2005 playoffs: No Dillon, Brady shotgun spread in Denver, pick 6 and weak offense
2009 playoffs: No Welker, Brady threw 4 INTs and had one fumble. Not his faul as WR and TE spots were not up to snuff.
2011 SB: Nothing more needs to be said on this one
2012 AFC Title game: No Gronk, Brady crappy again with an INT and stalled drives.
As it pertains to Welker, I still feel the binky factor played into them not resigning him. I think they realize the extension of the run game is more detrimental in close games than benificial.
The lack of ball control, clock stoppages when it could be running, stalled drives, loss of momentum and field position, etc. Feast or famine offense when you rely really on 1-2 targets almost exclusively, because they happen to be elite targets. Catch 22.
BB plucked Jake Ballard, another TE, to IR him last year, which pretty much sealed the fate of Welker. Moss was phased out in early 2010, Welker in 2012.
Brady has got to get back to looking left and right, and using both sides of the field again, though. That's been the major problem and part of me wants to say the reason why he prefers to not look left much is because he's right handed and he's fearful of getting hurt again. It would also tie into the idea that he "prefers" the shotgun tied to this fear of getting hurt thing. Also, the lack of running/sliding is another factor that ties into it.
I can't argue with much of what you said. I would say that I am happy that Brady is mindful of getting hurt as he is the most important factor in our 12 year span of dominance. As BB said himself when asked the 1 most important factor in winning 3 SB's....his answer was "Tom Brady"
But your points are well stated, sometimes I think you go too far with some Brady hate, but I think most Pats fans would agree with your assesment of Brady's play in big games lately. I as you know also attribute this to a lack of offensive coaching which I hoped McDaniels would fix but was extremely disappointed in the results of the Ravens beatdown.
I do hope our offense becomes less predictable and more difficult to shutdown in big games with the loss of Welker, but I think it is difficult to ask Tom Brady to bring along 3 new receivers....again.
It's not hate. It isn't. I am watching what you're watching. I just would have cringed if they signed Welker to 7-8 million for 2 more years, and with what BB has cooking on D, Brady and Welker spend 2 more postseasons doing more of the same. I have been speechless since 2010s postseason in particular with how the media and most fans have just glossed over his poor play in the postseason. Meanwhile, the D has been absolutely strung up, many times unfairly, because it's been the thing that people read most due to the obvious built in anti-BB bias.
So, it's important to understand what is going on here. Some of our own fans right now don't get that Amendola doesn't symbolize a new Welker, but Welker in the slot to some degree (maybe not as electric), BUT the idea that Brady now has a strong side flanker to also look at if he chooses.
Can you imagine how painful that would have been? To possibly see more of that failed Welker-centric offense in two more postseasons with Brady at age 36 and 37??
This board would explode. And, the ones who like to scapegoat random players on D, will look even worse if that were to happen.
I am happy BB dealt Moss. I am happy BB walked away from Welker. It means he sees it, gets it and is trying to fix it. It's somewhat painful to admit this should have been finally addressed in 2010. I thought it was. I really did. As you can see, Ocho didn't work supposedly, Lloyd produced, but they just cut him. So, clearly, Brady and BB aren't happy with that left flank and they need an upgrade to Branch.
So, it's not all Brady, but I do feel the binky factor now being eliminated will be a huge lift for Brady in a very subliminal way. I don't even think he realizes sometimes how bad his QB play is in terms of decision making. It's been such a huge problem in these postseason losses.
It's ok to take a sack, run to the right or left or throw it away instead of forcing the ball to that binky.
Look at this last AFC title game. 14-13 in the 4th, 21-13...They're still right there in the game, but the offense just disappeared outright even AFTER the 2 turnovers. It's like they quit. I know they didn't, but it had to change.
This offense would be unstoppable with one more quality flanker and Brady under center more. The shotgun thing used to be about a strategic move. I watched the highlights of the 2006 AFC title game.
Once Indy adjusted to NE running out of the shotgun spread, our offense basically did nothing the entire second half. Without Ellis Hobbs's 80 yard kick off return, Brady doesn't have the TD to Gaffney for the only TD of the second half.
This goes way back. Way back. And it all ties to overuse of the shotgun, not spreading the ball around to more targets in the first half and a lack of balance overall.
I re-watched super bowl 39 when it was on NFL network and watched what type of sets Brady threw out of. A lot of 2 back sets, 2 tight one back sets and even a 3 wide one tight set with no back and brady under center. Here is a youtube video of a TD drive in that game. Brady passes more than they run the ball, but look at the sets he is passing out of. He is only in the gun on third and longs. I agree this offense HAS to be more diverse and you're right, it's being noticed by the coaches. I hope it is anyway. Here's the drive.