In response to zbellino's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
It seems nerve wracking and a bit far fetched to think a SB contender is relying on 2 rookies, 2 UDFA, a couple of retreads and 2 injury prone players as the WR's for the most prolific QB and passing game in NFL history. Past history dictates this simply won't work. Lets hope history doesn't repeat itself
I try not to think about it, really.
It IS nerve wracking though ... really ... outside of two special teams players (Edelman and Slater) NE has no one(!!!) at WR who has ever actually caught a professional pass from Tom Brady.
Nevermind the fact that two of the guys they are hoping to be contributors (one MAJOR another minor) in Amendola and Edelman, aren't exactly known for being the "iron horse" at WR, and have injury bug concerns.
With the influx of young talent there is some reason to be exited ... but this WR corps is also a few injuries, busts, bad matches, slow development cycles away from being a total and unmitigated nightmare this season.
That doesn't even MENTION the fact that neither of your star TEs are known for being stalwarts of health either. Sheesh.
Think about it! Or don't, lol!
Was it "nervewracking" 2003 with an aging Troy Brown and David Patten as lead WRs in camp, Fauria (never caught a pass from Brady) and Deion Branch in camp as a rookie (never caught a pass from Tom Brady)?
Do some of you even read the crap you write?
It's like you're using a pre-emptive strike with your agenda in here, so when January rolls around, and this team is a 13-3 team, a 1 or 2 seed and Brady has 35 TDs and 9 INTs, the offense leads the NFL in stats, Ridley has 1200 yards, Bolden 500 yards, etc, if Brady chokes it down again, he's covered.
That's kind of the vibe you types like to give off in here.
Frankly, some fans are sick and tired of watching the 2007 offense being chased down by Brady, Welker, Branch, etc, as they lack execution and then somehow escape any criticism from the media.
This team is LOADED. LOADED with talent on offense. LOADED.
All we've heard about is how Brady doesn't have any weapons. You're running out of excuses.
2007 destroyed some of our fans ability to understand the game off football, especially on offense. We don't need 2 HOF WRs and then 3 or 4 other average targets for Brady. We need 4 quality options with varying skill sets who can routes from the X, Y and Z, without physical limitations like Moss and Welker. Don't look now, but Hernandez is essentially a WR, where you can line him up at the X, Y or Z and not really miss a beat.
Moss ran like 4 routes and drew doubles due to his freakish range and speed. But, he couldn't or wasn't asked to do much else because he didn't need to do anything else. We've learned those limitations have come back to bite that style offense.
Welker may have been moved to the Z position at times, but he wasn't effective and was nothing more than an obvious decoy.
Not good enough.
Back under center, run the ball, spread it around. It's called a West Coast offense. We used to see our QB master it, but now he only feels comfortable in the shotgun spread. As mentioned, that's about to change. Oh, yes it is. And, I don't care whose name is on the back of those jerseys.
BB has the names off the jerseys and helmets for a reason. Wake up, kids.
The New England Patriots have never *ever* run a West Coast offense. Please get your facts straight. They've run an Earhardt-Perkins offense for almost 40 consecutive years ....