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Happy Sunday without Patriots football! It might sound weird, but all it means is that there is no undue stress this Sunday as a result of the New England Patriots. In the words of Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg, it is a “Lazy Sunday”. Go ahead and wake-up in the mid-afternoon if you want to.
So let’s talk about former Patriots and what they think of the current Patriots. Most notably, let’s talk about Tedy Bruschi on Tom Brady.
If you were living under a rock for awhile, Tedy Bruschi is a former New England Patriot line-backer and three-time Super Bowl Champion with the team. That’s the short story because Bruschi is significantly more important as a humanitarian, an inspiration and a leader for the Patriots of the 2000′s. I’m not going to go into it now, but let’s just say that those things are a big important part of his legacy.
He also works for some company called ESPN now covering sports. This also means he shows up on their studio shows and says some things from time to time. Boy, did Bruschi have some things to say about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense!
“Tom Brady is holding them to a standard that they can’t maintain, and that’s Tom Brady’s standard. He expects them to be perfect because at times he rarely makes mistakes,” Bruschi said. “He has to lower his standards for these receivers right now. The defense is good and will buy him some time.
“I remember back in 2001, we had a quality defense and we had to pick up our weight a little bit more, pick up the slack, because we had a young quarterback by the name of Tom Brady. We had to wait for him. Now he has to wait for them.”
To an extent, Bruschi is right. Tom Brady may have been holding his high receivers to too high a standard on Thursday night, especially when the situation was two games in five days and the Patriots did not hold full practice. Brady’s outbursts were a story-line and fuel for a national debate about whether or not Tom Brady was out of place berating his receivers in such a public manner. They are only kids!
Except comparing Tom Brady to the entire Patriots defense in 2001 certainly has major issues. For one, each individual defensive player isn’t as dependent on each other as a quarterback is with their receivers. Yes, certain schemes are designed to make it easier for certain players to make tackles and such but overall I would not be wrong in saying that a defensive player can hold themselves more accountable.
Tom Brady, on the other hand, is incredibly dependent on how his receivers play and the fact that Tom is a perfectionist and has been playing with smart, veteran receivers for most of the past half decade who know what Tom wants and when. The Patriots offense has plenty of option routes and Tom Brady has come to expect certain guys to be in certain places at the same time. While it is true that the receivers aren’t where they should be yet, they should be better then some of the performances that they showed on Thursday.
It isn’t all timing either. Aaron Dobson, who was the target of many of Tom Brady’s death stares, played his first game on Thursday night, and he already leads the NFL in drops with four. That has little to do with Tom Brady and a lot to do with Aaron Dobson dropping balls. At some point, Brady is going to show his frustration because he isn’t a defense.
Bruschi has said a lot of things since he left the Patriots about the organization and plenty of them have been good, but it also seems as if he has been the teams most critical pundit. Basically, if something is not how they “used to do it” then it is not right. Did the Patriots defense get openly frustrated with Brady in 2001? No, but guess what Tedy? Times change.
The fact of the matter is that the Patriots are at the end of a window. Tom Brady isn’t going to play forever and the Patriots did sortofkindof screw him by restructuring his contract and then doing nothing with the extra money. They expected him to play with rookies and make them better, and in return they would get better week to week. There were signs during week one, but everything regressed in week two and that is frustrating.
I still think the timing will come and I still think the Patriots will be at their best come playoff time. Everyone is quick to compare this team to the 2006 version, but I believe this team is more talented than that one. It will come and frustrations will be there, especially when factoring in the drops and the miscommunication between receiver and quarterback.
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