posted at 9/25/2013 2:58 PM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:
Welker addiction? More like Welker won the war of attrition. Gronk, Edelman and Hernandez all missed a significant number of games and former favourite target Branch got old overnight. Who was TB supposed to throw to? Lloyd and Woodhead caught their share, but Lloyd was limited in what he could do. Hooman and Fells weren't scaring anybody. They even brought Stallworth back in desperation.
It was fairly predictable where the ball was going on offense in certain situations, but they still managed to be among the leaders in offensive stats. The running game was better, and I for one thought it would make a difference in the playoffs and it did until they ran into a hot Baltimore squad.
I'd still take Welker on this team, but it was never meant to be.
Nah. It's not just last year. I thought SB 42 was a blip on the radar. A coincidence. Then, the 2010 Jets playoff loss came around. That's when my ears went up.
Week 3 in 2011 up in Buffalo was the final straw for me until SB 46 hit.
Last year's AFC title game was the final nail in the coffin. Brady relied on too few a weapon here, they became binkies, and then one a key binky wasn't available like a Gronk, it burned Brady.
That cannot happen anymore and I don't think it will. BB is trying to see to that right now.
I know no one wants to see Brady fixate on a specific receiver. He's at his best when he doesn't. But two pivotal plays in each of the Pats' most recent SB appearances probably make the last 5 years of discussion moot. I hear you about spreading the ball and emphasizing the run, but I'd gladly trade those things for a Tyree drop and a Welker catch.