I love Tom to death, but this was his worst game in recent memory. He didn't have any really bad throws, nor did he make any horrible decisions, but I felt his overall management of the game was awful.
It seemed that the blitz was coming hard & heavy and Brady saw this, and entirely ignored it. He didn't change the play, use a hard-count to diagnose who was coming... he simply stood there and made no adjustments. It seemed that he took what the defense was showing, and accepted it. There was no attempt to better the chances of the offense to succeed. I would expect better from an elite QB. Tom is elite, no doubt, but he needs to play like it.
My other major gripe was his management of the Amendola near-touchdown. He slowed the tempo, got their jumbo package out there, and they proceeded to kick a FG. I would've like to have seen him hurry up to the line, and sneak it in. The Bengals had their nickel package out there, and no doubt they could've gotten a TD. By subbing and allowing the Bengals to do the same, they set themselves up for failure at the goalline.
Now that's not to say Tom was entirely to blame. Amendola had some drops, as did Edelman and Bolden. The talent around Tom didn't perform well today, but nor did Tom himself. Overall, it was an awful offensive performance. Putrid, to say the least.
Thanks to the defense for another strong showing. You guys are for real, and us fans know it. Keep it up.
This loss isn't a back-breaker by any means. We all knew the Falcons-Bengals-Saints stretch would be a tough one. I think most fans would be pleased with coming out of that at 2-1. We've got a tough game against the Saints next week, but one we can win. That Saints team isn't the same on the road, and Gronk should be returning. If the Pats can pull that one out, they'll be fine.
Not to mention that the Bills and Jets are no threat. The only in-division opponent worth noting is Miami, and if they were to lose today, we'd still be a game up in the division. Everyone knew this team would lose at some point, but that never makes a loss any easier to swallow. But when we all step back and be rational, I think we can say this team is in fine shape. We've got a competing defense, and an offense that will get healthier as the year goes on. 4-1 is a fine start to the season. Again, this team would lose at some point -- we all knew that. Let's be rational and realize we're 4-1 and in perfectly fine shape.