In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
I don't think anyone has an issue with the fact Belichick has a couple rookies vying for position at wide receiver. What is frustrating is the over-reliance on such when marquee wide receivers were available in the offseason.
Rookie receivers need reps, sure. Not this many!
The GM knew:
1. TE #1 would be out.
2. TE #2 wasn't coming back.
3. WR1 wasn't coming back.
4. WR2 wasn't coming back.
What does he do to remedy this? Signs a guy known to be an injury risk (AND HE'S ALREADY HURT) and a bunch of nobodies who weren't even good enough to be drafted.
My guess is he believed that his system and his coaching were so good that he could turn dung into gold. Yeah, the team is 2-0 after being two very, very poor teams in squeakers.
Revise history much???
When the off season and free agency began, they did not know that Gronk was going to have an infection that would prevent him from having his (minor) back surgery until mid to late June. If that procedure had been done in April, he most likely would be playing already. All reports have him coming back in the next week or two.
When the off season and free agency began, they did not know that Hernandez was going to get into the trouble he is in now. This was in no way a predictable thing they could have anticipated. They signed him to a contract extension believing he would be a major player this year and for the next several. By the time this happened, there weren't many viable free agents left out there, WRs or TEs.
When the off season and free agency began, they made a decision to move on from Welker and thought Amendola could be a replacement. In the one game he played, it looks like that was not too far off. Big question about whether can Amendola stay on the field.
When the off season and free agency began, they dumped Lloyd. For whatever reason, they decided he wasn't worth the trouble.
Vareen was also slated to be a big part of the offense. He will be back.
If Gronk, the jailbird and Amedola are in there, then only one rookie, or maybe Edelmann who has been outstanding, is at the other WR, and those games aren't close.
If Brady and Ridley don't fumble against Buffalo (nothing to do with the lack of WR experience), that game isn't close.
If Thompkins had been able to control that catch in the endzone Thursday night (not a great throw), that game was over by halftime.
They have won two division games playing shorthanded, with some young guys getting some valuable experience.