Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 1/29/13
It's been clearly evident that the New England Patriots struggle to stretch the field vertically. As great of a season as he had, Brandon Lloyd failed to provide the deep attack that the Pats were relying on. Even with virtually no down-field threat, the Patriots had the league's most prolific offense, with most of the credit going to quarterback Tom Brady. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also managed to help the Pats establish a running game they they lacked for quite some time. Despite all the pros, the cons quickly caught up to the Patriots in their AFC Championship loss to the Ravens. There was no deep passing game and when the Patriots fell behind they abandoned the run. Other teams will acknowledge how the Ravens shut them down and see it as a blueprint. Think about it though; if the Pats could just sign a tall and fast receiver who forces defenses to respect the deep pass, the short passes will be more open. Brady is capable of finding tight windows and making these...
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