The competition at the wide receiver position

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    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 ...

     



    Rusty makes garbage up then uses the "because I said so" argument as the reason why.  I think he types too fast for his brain and paints himself into corners.  Patriots don't use anything like the West Coast offense.

     

     



    Excuse me?

     

    Are you seriously wanting to look dumb on this, too?  I have to laugh at you making dumb decisions sometimes here, because you aren't dumb.

    NE uses a hybrid and uses West Coast concepts.  Yes.   I feel like I am talking to wannabe fans here.  PLease learn and read.

    Oh my.

     



    LOL. Google any team and west coast offense and you'll get hit ... ball control passing? NE implemented it? OMG!?!?!?!

     

    Welcome to the NFL post 1990 dude.  

     




     

    Where did I say NE "implemented" it, Mr. Sneaky? Hmmm?  Forget about it, Mr. Sneaky. You got caught.  I never said NE "implemented" the West Coast. I am well aware of how that offense started and where it started.  I am also well aware of where our base offense comes from, but it's downright funny to I am sure most reading this that somehow, some way we've never borrowed from the West Coast. LOL

    And for this other dumb statement about us needing to "employ" someone who came from Walsh's West Coast system for it to be proven we've run West Coast plays here is preposterous. We simply saw BB and Weis create plays in that style to help Brady within his skill set.

    1. Getting the ball out faster.

    2. Passing first, vs. just running to set up a pass.

    3. Using smaller RBs at times to catch out of the backfield.

    All concepts of the West Coast. Do you know who Kevin Faulk is? He's the guy who helped us win 3 SBs and kind of looked like what Roger Craig looked like in the 1980s for SF. Yep, that's Kevin Faulk. That wasn't a mirage. That guy really existed and was the RB we used when we wanted to run West Coast kind of plays.  

    lol

    Holy mackerel. It's funny to me for a guy who tries to pose as so smart, so educated, he actually believes we've never seen a hybrid offense here, it's somehow only been strictly the Earhardt/PErkins system. Yep. BB likes to stay the same all the time. 




    So, we went from TB running and mastering the WC offense - to a hybrid - to a sprinkling of plays to keep from being stagnant.  LOL 

    You really should go back and repeat the second grade where DODGE BALL is the game of choice.

    Also that pit in your stomach is most likely from being soooo F O S, that it has to hurt.

     
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    Kevin Faulk wasn't an example of "west coast" player, the third down change of pace back has been employed in our system since Bill Walsh was actually coaching.  Whether it was Joe Morris, Dave Meggett or Kevin Faulk this has been a staple of our offensive system since its inception.  You really love to dig yourself in deeper and deeper huh...

     
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    Funny I was responding to a Rusty post that was deleted before I could finish... typical.

     
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    Next he'll be saying he meant that when the Pats played away games in SD or OAK they were running a West Coast offense.

     
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    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

     




    It's "nerve wracking" that we have Gronk, Ballard and Hern as the best TE group in the entire NFL, Amendola as a veteran  with Michael Jenkins as another proven vet, nice RBs here with experience and full camp together again, with literally 10 other WRs for 2 spots?

     

    This is "nerve wracking"?

    Our passing game has SUCKED in the postseason, so I am pretty sure what it was more "nerve wracking" is our older WRs in previous postseasons not playing very well with Tom Brady leading his preferred shotgun spread.

    THAT's what is "nerve wracking".  What's nerve wracking is when I get that pit in my stomach in the first half because we leave points on the board and never established a proper run game to draw in the LBs from the middle of the field, as we then continue to see our QB only look at the same two receiving options for 40+ times, as if it's a race to get to 40 passes in a lower scoring game.

    THAT is what is "nerve wracking" because I know it won't work.

    I am THRILLED to see a clear change in approach like this, forcing Brady to get his head back to straight, get back to basics and force him to develop a rapport with EVERYONE in camp, instead of throwing 5 yard passes to Wes Welker, Gronk and Hern all summer.

    Thank you, BB. Thank you.  Finally the plug has been pulled and we can move on from a failed, finesse shotgun spread base.

     

     

     



    You can arfgue with the entire BDC community on labeling the Pats offense, however you are as nutty as ever if you think this WR group is "loaded"...I can agree that Amendola is a very good WR. I dont think Jenkins makes the final cut. I also have little faith in rookie WR's in general. So you seem to be counting on Jones, Hawkins and Edelman to outperform their norm.

     

    I agree with you, on paper, the TE's look great. But, if Gronk is PUP'd, and Hern has his usual assortment of injuries, Ballard is not a strong enough TE to carry the load...

    Can you also point out other than the SB and AFCCCG when this offense left you with a pit in your stomache? Granted, the team has not played well offensively or defensively in those games, and has been outcoached in those games. But in the past 5 years, other than 2-5 games, when has this offense left you with a pit in your stomache over the course of over 80 games? 

     



    They were not "outcoached" at all. The players lacked execution in key moments. It's not outcoached.  Please learn the game.  A Tyree catch off a helment or a Brady INT or Welker drop are not "outcoached" examples whatsoever. The media would have had to have RAVED about BB's defensive gameplan in SB 46 barring our superstars not letting the team down on offense. Raved.  13 points allowed is outcoached while waiting for our offense to simply get into FG range with a big footed kicker in a dome? Really? You have quite the terminology there, RKrap.

     

    Talib and Jones not able to play in January is "outcoached"?  Hmm. Another loose definition from you.  

    Finally, I only referenced Michael Jenkins because he's a veteran with experience who can get up to speed quickly as can Donald Jones, the latter a high football IQ which is what the receivers here have been missing (Jackson, Tate, Price, etc). This isn't about who makes the roster.

    It's about understanding that BB has had it with Brady playing favorites and then me needing to slap ZBellino and some others on the idea that this offense has somehow never used West Coast concepts this whole time. lmao

    Of course they have. It is absolutely an ever evolving scheme tapping into all passing offense, actually.  Go search on You Tube with the Vrabel TD drive in SB 39. West Coast offense at its finest. Brady under center, various formations, run game used with Brady under Center, just like some guy named MOntana and the ball is spread around.

    Brady is infamous for getting the ball out and spreading it around, not trying to get balls well downfield like a Coryell offense.  

    Our offense was always about getting the ball out quick, spreading it around, and using the run game but not alwasy in the shotgun.  Since 2007, it's been more about a shotgun spread, which is also nowhere near a Perkins/Earhardt offense either.  Somehow, someway the ZBellinos, and others expect a 100% perfect O Line for 45 pass attempts and Brady in a shotgun patting the ball for 6 seconds until someone breaks open, but we don't need to and nor have we successfully run West Coast style plays here. It's only HOW we won 2 SBs in 2003 and 2004 for crying out out loud. Some call it dink and dunk. I call it a variation of a West COast base.  Regardless, those clowns claim we've never run a West Coast play from that playbook. bawhwahaha

    If Gronk is PUPed, we're still absolutely loaded with two good looking rookie WRs with different skill sets and high IQs, Donald Jones (if he makes it), Edelman (if he makes it), Amendola, etc.  That is a lot of "if he makes it" types, huh?  Yep. Sure is.  Love it. Absolutely love it.  No more retreads with a name on the jersey to keep Brady coddled.


    Competition is the firecest  I've ever seen. We used to pencil in starters at this spot year after year after year since 2007, and now we can't do that. THAT is a great thing, not a bad thing.

     

     

     

     


     

     

    With all due respect (I use that term lightly) the only reason we arent "penciling" in starters because either A.) they S*ck or B.) they are unproven, or C.) Injury prone. Its NOT because we have so much talent that we dont know where to play them. That would be a good problem. As it stands now, Brady will have to work harder than he ever has to integrate so many new options in ONE year, esp considering the Youth part of it. Brady didnt like counting on rookies when he was  28, never mind now at pushing 40! YOU just want to make it seem like Brady has no excuse to fail when in reality this may be his most challenging offseason considering everything,. but leave it you to sneak in your Brady Jabs....smh. Loaded?!??!   Lol, ,see me in October and IF they pan out, who is gonna get credit?!!??!  BB??  lol



    isnt it funny that anyone could look at a team void of starters at a key position as a good thing?

    I do like the potential of the young guys, but to depend on them to be key contributors is dangerous. Hawkins, Jones, Jenkins...lets take a wait and see...

     
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    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.

     

     

     

    You are correct when you say that BB has the names off the Jerseys for a reason, he doesn't want name recognition too play into any part of the learning process,every player on his eventual roster will be required to know his job. If you don't know the plays the number on your pants leg will be noted,this maybe why he brought in all the Rutgers players, as Coach Schiano required knowledge of the entire playbook and intense film study as a daily regimine at Rutgers. They have three white SWR's Amendola,Edelman and TJ Moe, and all three are roughly the same size and have about the same agility levels, the same can be said for the taller receivers as Dobson,Harrison and Jenkins are all roughly the same size and speed level, and the TE's are all about the same size also, so when they are running routes on a called play BB and Chad O'Shea can see who winds up in the right place. This also includes their knowledge of blocking schemes by the entire team!!! For those of you who think this offense is going to be less effective than in the past you are incorrect. Will they run the WCO a little more and allow the running game to take more of the load off TB? That would be a wise choice considering TB's age and also the talent level in the backfield and the obvious effect it has on the performance of the O-line as there is joy in mudville when just plowing forward and using your size to take out the unsuspecting D-line. Lets just face it the last few years when the Patriots ran the ball effectively TB had better passing perfomance ratings. This might be the year that the Patriots finally get back to the super bowl and absolutely annihilate their NFC opponent. They are loaded at every position both offensively and Defensively and even on Special teams! One thing i would really like to see is TB taking a seat when the team is up late in games so that whoever is 2nd team QB he is getting valuable reps under center in actual game situations. I was a boy scout and nothing prepares you better than the real situations.


     

     
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    Yes, I realize this is a fan site, but clearly MANY fans know that BB doesn't pigeonhole himself in using one base style of offense. I can keep looking for anyalysis from other sources because they'e just so easy to find because it's you know, sort of well known?!! lmao

    "Since Belichick has become head coach they have featured a pass first west coast offense, a run to set-up the pass offense, a spread attack and even an “Air-Raid” style offense in the vain of the great Mike Leach offenses of Texas Tech. With a quarterback as smart as Tom Brady, it has rarely mattered what offense they run. It’s simply a matter of running the right offense that play to the strengths of the pieces around Brady. For example, when the Patriots had Corey Dillon, they leaned heavily on him for 1,600 yards rushing and used his play to open up the offense for Tom Brady’s passing game."

    http://www.bostonsbettah.com/?p=3137

     

     




    HAHAHAHAHAHA youre using this as a source to back it up? Guess who writes it? "Millenial that probably still lives in mommy and daddy's basement". Good ole Chris Bentivegna from Southborough, MA. Usually youll say that he knows nothing and is arrogant for think hes smarter than BB but since it fits your agenda you use it and declare it right. He graduated high school in 2009. Funny how that works huh Rusty?

     

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    WOW!  Just WOW!   I think we need to back off and give him time to request that his account get deleted.

     
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    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

    They will have old reliable on stand by= Deion Branch




    +1 Still love Deion.

     



    I still love him too but he does not have enough left ability wise to be a playmaker in a big game. One play maybe is the D breaks down but I dont think he has "game" in him anymore. It happens... Players get old.

     

     
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Rusty got banned again! Lets see which account he comes back under.




    Commie gone at the same time.  Two guys at opposite ends of the spectrum.  One spouts incoherent gibberish and the other breaks the delusion meter.

     
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    Yes, I realize this is a fan site, but clearly MANY fans know that BB doesn't pigeonhole himself in using one base style of offense. I can keep looking for anyalysis from other sources because they'e just so easy to find because it's you know, sort of well known?!! lmao

    "Since Belichick has become head coach they have featured a pass first west coast offense, a run to set-up the pass offense, a spread attack and even an “Air-Raid” style offense in the vain of the great Mike Leach offenses of Texas Tech. With a quarterback as smart as Tom Brady, it has rarely mattered what offense they run. It’s simply a matter of running the right offense that play to the strengths of the pieces around Brady. For example, when the Patriots had Corey Dillon, they leaned heavily on him for 1,600 yards rushing and used his play to open up the offense for Tom Brady’s passing game."

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA youre using this as a source to back it up? Guess who writes it? "Millenial that probably still lives in mommy and daddy's basement". Good ole Chris Bentivegna from Southborough, MA. Usually youll say that he knows nothing and is arrogant for think hes smarter than BB but since it fits your agenda you use it and declare it right. He graduated high school in 2009. Funny how that works huh Rusty?

     

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    D'oh!

     

    Dang, sorry Rusty. Had  I known you were already owned on this thread by several posters(even Wozzy who used to have your back) I would not have piled on, but alas you have been banned again. No worries, just dust off one of the ol' backups and come back stronger with re-inforced lies eh?  What a wonderful Life!  lol

     

    Funny how only redsoxfan is in your corner now. You shouldnt play with fire near bridges. You seem to have just about burnt them all down.....smh @ you.......ALL over TFB! Was it really worth it? I mean the guy doesnt even know you.

     
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    When does Rusty play WR for the Patriots? As this thread was originally about the competition at WR position I thought maybe some where along the way Rusty was signed to a contract... The competition at WR should be wide ranging as it hasn't been this stacked and diverse in a long time. I really like the repetitive sizes and speed of each position in the WR groupings. At SWR you have three white guys who are all about the same size 5'10- 5'11.5,each guy weighs close to 200 lbs and each one has an atribute different from the other: Amendola is faster in a straight line than the other two and has more experience. Edelman has the advantage having been the only one of the three who has even caught a pass from TB and he's an ellusive runner once he catches the ball. The Sleeper is Moe this guy is a lunch pail slot receiver who catches everything thrown his way,he also has better lateral speed than either of the other two guys,he litterally has ankle breaking moves,kind of like using the crossover dribble in basketball. You can't chase a receiver if he just made you break your own ankles. Heck even the other potential SWR's Boyce and Hawkins are different types of flankers (sorry for the old school reference to the position) these guys are burners and in the case of Boyce he's thick you aren't bringing him down with an arm tackle. The other WR X and Z types are just the same situation with different names Jones is an excellent guy for the X he runs the routes he's been assigned and is a red zone nightmare! Don't sell Mollassas Mike short and at 6'4" you can't! He's not fast anymore but what he lacks in speed he makes up for in size and smarts. Next comes the rookies. Though I've already mentioned Boyce he's the fastest of the rookies and has some decent size at 6'0 200+ lbs. In OTA's today they were running deep routes too bad Boyce wasn't out there,however Dobson was and the rook makes the highlight reel catches and drops the one where he is wide open all alone! Another rookie that wasn't on the field is Harrison and then there is Hakeem Aikens another 6'2 WR there are no tweener WR's on this team,I think BB has adopted the no more midget receivers allowed. Exception to the rule might be Deion in a pinch... This will be a battle for a job! Vini,Vidi,Vici sure hope they all speak latin!!!

     
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    When does Rusty play WR for the Patriots? As this thread was originally about the competition at WR position I thought maybe some where along the way Rusty was signed to a contract... The competition at WR should be wide ranging as it hasn't been this stacked and diverse in a long time. I really like the repetitive sizes and speed of each position in the WR groupings. At SWR you have three white guys who are all about the same size 5'10- 5'11.5,each guy weighs close to 200 lbs and each one has an atribute different from the other: Amendola is faster in a straight line than the other two and has more experience. Edelman has the advantage having been the only one of the three who has even caught a pass from TB and he's an ellusive runner once he catches the ball. The Sleeper is Moe this guy is a lunch pail slot receiver who catches everything thrown his way,he also has better lateral speed than either of the other two guys,he litterally has ankle breaking moves,kind of like using the crossover dribble in basketball. You can't chase a receiver if he just made you break your own ankles. Heck even the other potential SWR's Boyce and Hawkins are different types of flankers (sorry for the old school reference to the position) these guys are burners and in the case of Boyce he's thick you aren't bringing him down with an arm tackle. The other WR X and Z types are just the same situation with different names Jones is an excellent guy for the X he runs the routes he's been assigned and is a red zone nightmare! Don't sell Mollassas Mike short and at 6'4" you can't! He's not fast anymore but what he lacks in speed he makes up for in size and smarts. Next comes the rookies. Though I've already mentioned Boyce he's the fastest of the rookies and has some decent size at 6'0 200+ lbs. In OTA's today they were running deep routes too bad Boyce wasn't out there,however Dobson was and the rook makes the highlight reel catches and drops the one where he is wide open all alone! Another rookie that wasn't on the field is Harrison and then there is Hakeem Aikens another 6'2 WR there are no tweener WR's on this team,I think BB has adopted the no more midget receivers allowed. Exception to the rule might be Deion in a pinch... This will be a battle for a job! Vini,Vidi,Vici sure hope they all speak latin!!!

     




    Idk why but this post got me even more pumped for atleast the preseason to start! Bring on some football! Everyone is stir crazy here.

     

     

    You should be pumped this is the best squad BB has ever put together! Also on the heels of hearing Gronk is going to have yet another surgery this time on his back,now under normal conditions that would be cause for concern, but these are not normal conditions. BB made sure he was covered just in case of some freak injury or delayal of Gronks return! Ballard, Fells, Hooman and the two rookies Sudfeld (who was a beast at Nevada,and a Red zone monster)and Ford who was no slouch catching the ball in the passing limited Clemson offense. BB has spent the offseason covering all bases! The best news from todays OTA's: Ras I Dowling was the guy everyone thought he would be when he was drafted....99 days and counting! 


     

     
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    Ap you really like Moe don't you? I hope he makes the team ankle breaker or not gotta learn that play book. 

     
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    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

     




    It's "nerve wracking" that we have Gronk, Ballard and Hern as the best TE group in the entire NFL, Amendola as a veteran  with Michael Jenkins as another proven vet, nice RBs here with experience and full camp together again, with literally 10 other WRs for 2 spots?

     

    This is "nerve wracking"?

    Our passing game has SUCKED in the postseason, so I am pretty sure what it was more "nerve wracking" is our older WRs in previous postseasons not playing very well with Tom Brady leading his preferred shotgun spread.

    THAT's what is "nerve wracking".  What's nerve wracking is when I get that pit in my stomach in the first half because we leave points on the board and never established a proper run game to draw in the LBs from the middle of the field, as we then continue to see our QB only look at the same two receiving options for 40+ times, as if it's a race to get to 40 passes in a lower scoring game.

    THAT is what is "nerve wracking" because I know it won't work.

    I am THRILLED to see a clear change in approach like this, forcing Brady to get his head back to straight, get back to basics and force him to develop a rapport with EVERYONE in camp, instead of throwing 5 yard passes to Wes Welker, Gronk and Hern all summer.

    Thank you, BB. Thank you.  Finally the plug has been pulled and we can move on from a failed, finesse shotgun spread base.

     

     

     



    You can arfgue with the entire BDC community on labeling the Pats offense, however you are as nutty as ever if you think this WR group is "loaded"...I can agree that Amendola is a very good WR. I dont think Jenkins makes the final cut. I also have little faith in rookie WR's in general. So you seem to be counting on Jones, Hawkins and Edelman to outperform their norm.

     

    I agree with you, on paper, the TE's look great. But, if Gronk is PUP'd, and Hern has his usual assortment of injuries, Ballard is not a strong enough TE to carry the load...

    Can you also point out other than the SB and AFCCCG when this offense left you with a pit in your stomache? Granted, the team has not played well offensively or defensively in those games, and has been outcoached in those games. But in the past 5 years, other than 2-5 games, when has this offense left you with a pit in your stomache over the course of over 80 games? 




    Heading into last training camp Rusty called our wide receiver position "the best we have ever had"...I'm serious. This was because we signed Gaffney. LOL!!

     
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    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

     




    It's "nerve wracking" that we have Gronk, Ballard and Hern as the best TE group in the entire NFL, Amendola as a veteran  with Michael Jenkins as another proven vet, nice RBs here with experience and full camp together again, with literally 10 other WRs for 2 spots?

     

    This is "nerve wracking"?

    Our passing game has SUCKED in the postseason, so I am pretty sure what it was more "nerve wracking" is our older WRs in previous postseasons not playing very well with Tom Brady leading his preferred shotgun spread.

    THAT's what is "nerve wracking".  What's nerve wracking is when I get that pit in my stomach in the first half because we leave points on the board and never established a proper run game to draw in the LBs from the middle of the field, as we then continue to see our QB only look at the same two receiving options for 40+ times, as if it's a race to get to 40 passes in a lower scoring game.

    THAT is what is "nerve wracking" because I know it won't work.

    I am THRILLED to see a clear change in approach like this, forcing Brady to get his head back to straight, get back to basics and force him to develop a rapport with EVERYONE in camp, instead of throwing 5 yard passes to Wes Welker, Gronk and Hern all summer.

    Thank you, BB. Thank you.  Finally the plug has been pulled and we can move on from a failed, finesse shotgun spread base.

     

     

     



    You can arfgue with the entire BDC community on labeling the Pats offense, however you are as nutty as ever if you think this WR group is "loaded"...I can agree that Amendola is a very good WR. I dont think Jenkins makes the final cut. I also have little faith in rookie WR's in general. So you seem to be counting on Jones, Hawkins and Edelman to outperform their norm.

     

    I agree with you, on paper, the TE's look great. But, if Gronk is PUP'd, and Hern has his usual assortment of injuries, Ballard is not a strong enough TE to carry the load...

    Can you also point out other than the SB and AFCCCG when this offense left you with a pit in your stomache? Granted, the team has not played well offensively or defensively in those games, and has been outcoached in those games. But in the past 5 years, other than 2-5 games, when has this offense left you with a pit in your stomache over the course of over 80 games? 

     




    Heading into last training camp Rusty called our wide receiver position "the best we have ever had"...I'm serious. This was because we signed Gaffney. LOL!!

     

     



    The best? Hardly. I would have said that about 2004 or 2007's corps. Most experienced in this system, yes, probably it was.

     

    You're a terrible liar. Not as bad as Phat Rex, but awfully close.



    I'm not lying, you said it. It was on one of your typical Brady bashing rants, you said it was the best wide receiver core we have ever had. It was a foolish statement, but nothing for you. If I was you I'd delete my account and come back as someone with a totally different slant on things, then you can kind of ease your way back into your old annoying self...wait, you do that all the time.

     
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