New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has been the best quarterback in the AFC so far, and metrics such as EPA support that claim. He has the most passing yards in the league this year and has thrown just three picks this year, which is always a great combination.
The Patriots hung a 45-spot on the St. Louis Rams this past week in London, but Tom Brady still thinks that the offense can improve. He told The Boston Herald, “I hope so. I hope we make improvements. There’s still a lot of football left. We’re 5-3 so that tells you we’ve been a little bit up and down. It hasn’t been terrible. It hasn’t been great and we have a lot of room for improvement, so we’ll see how that goes over the course of the next eight weeks. I’m not going to make a bunch of predictions. We’ll leave that to you guys. We have to go out there and do it. We have to go out there and earn it. That’s part of why we play. The enjoyment of playing is to go out there and do something about it, not just talk about it.”
Brady sounds like he usually does (cautious), and I like how he is making the offense take ownership for the three losses so far this season. Most of us know that those losses are due to miscues in the secondary, but the offense wasn’t exactly good in their two losses to NFC West teams. While the secondary is mostly to blame for that implosion against the Seattle Seahawks, Brady did make some awful throws including two picks and two intentional groundings.
Rob Gronkowksi has been the best tight end in the league this year both as a receiver and a blocker, and Wes Welker has been one of the best five or so wideouts in the league. Stevan Ridley leads the NFL in rushing and has turned into one of the marquee backs in all the land, and we all know that Brady is consistently the best- or second best- quarterback in the league each year.
The offense can stand to improve, because the Brandon Lloyd-Tom Brady connection still isn’t there yet. A unit can always improve, and it’s great to hear that Brady wants to continue to do more to help this team push for the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the addition of Aqib Talib and the seven-point hold-down of the Rams can serve as catalysts to help the Patriots defense improve; especially the secondary. Now that’s the area that is going to make or break this team.
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