To those of you who think that I'm being too harsh in giving Brady a "B-" grade...we have to agree to disagree. Y'all are acrting as if I gave him an "F". An "A" grade indicates an excellent game, a "B+" means a very good game...a "B" means a good game...a "B-" means a fairly good game...a "C+" indicates that the play was a bit better than fair...a "C" means a fair game...and so on.
A "B-" to me seemed spot on. Tom didn't have one of his better games...though he wasn't bad. It was clear that Brady was hearing foot-steps from the get-go, and made some very poor throws, early on. His OL was unable to protect him during the pre-season...and had difficulties protecting him yesterday. Judging by his rushed throws and happy-feet, Tom doesn't appear to have much confidence in his OL...and particularly in his LT, to protect him. It clearly affected his play yesterday. Against the better teams, Tom can ill afford to miss wide-open receivers. The coaches picked up on it, too...as they adjusted the game plan, and started running the ball more.
As for the play of the OL, I credited them for their run blocking. BUT...JOB ONE for them is to protect Brady on pass plays. Nate Solder was awful again in pass protection. His poor play is a major concern. A QB must develop great faith in his LT to protect his blind side. Tom had faith in Matt Light...but clearly doesn't have the same faith in Solder. The result is happy feet, and rushed throws.
BB and coach Scarnecchia must fix the problem with Solder. The kid has the physical talent...but needs lots of work on his technique, and his foot-work. Keep in mind that Solder is relatively inexperienced at OT. In college, he was a converted TE. With hard work, I believe that he'll develop into a good player. But, he's clearly not there yet.
TP: I have no issues with your grade for Brady. I do have an issue with your explanation..Specifically.." Two plays later, Brady missed an open Welker on a crossing pattern...throwing the ball slightly behind him, and hitting Wes in his face-mask. "
I watched the replay (was on a plane during the game and could not watch it live) and noticed that Brady's pass actually went THROUGH Welker's hands and hit his face mask. That was all on WW and not on Brady.
This small inconsistency notwithstanding, I like your overall report. Thanks for consistently churning this out...