Re: The Biggest Postseason of #12s Career
posted at 1/6/2014 2:28 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
Brady is not the reason why we field a bloated offense, statistically. Cassel debunked that myth in 2008 when Welkie put up 122.
The reason why LLoyd didn't find a team is because his quirkiness wasn't welcomed back. Once BB walks from a player 30 years or older here, that's it for that player. Again, the 30 year old NFL FA is cooked, so you better stay healthy AND be under contract past 30 if you want to stay in the Not For Long league now.
We've seen it a dozen times in the last decade when BB walks. Teams figure if BB doesn't want an older player, that's it. It's the truth.
Branch actually worked out for the COlts 2 weeks ago by the way.
Lloyd had a dynamite divisional rd vs Houston, so your point is not very good. We had loaded talent in 2010, 2011 and even last year without Gronk. THe team knew how to play without Gronk which was yet again proven this year.
Branch ws older and fading, no doubt, but that doesn't mean he lacked talent. Brady and he still had an uncanny chemistry.
Appreciate your response to the question.
We will never have a 12-14 mil per year WR in here by the way at WR or RB. BB puts that to his QB.
That's why the players on the teams you just listed (Falcons, Ravens) are now in a cap hell.
Also, Ray Rice had a crappy year and can't hold Vereen's jock at this point of his career (or RIdley's for that matter).
I'd easily take Ridley over Rice moving forward.
But you're kind of making my point. Branch has chemistry, not talent. Lloyd is serviceable, but if he had true talent (like T.O. or Moss), his quirkiness wouldn't have prevented a team from signing him.
I'm not saying we SHOULD get a Calvin Johnson or a Larry Fitzgerald. I'm saying we DON'T have talented guys like that. So when Brady has trouble finding open guys in the postseason, it's because we don't have any true receiving threats (other than Gronk, but obviously...)
If we had a healthy Gronk during our last Super Bowl, would you not be willing to bet that we win that game pretty handily? If we had Gronk against the Ravens in the last AFCCG, would you not think it would be an entirely different ball game?
So some of it is personnel, some of it is circumstance (i.e. injury). But Brady hasn't had a full arsenal of weapons in the past several playoff games. Joe Flacco did, Eli Manning did, Aaron Rodgers did, Drew Brees did. Cut Brady some slack.
Btw, Cassel inherited the best offense of all time up to that point, so not really fair to say he debunked anything. Tim Tebow could've put up solid numbers with that offense.