Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Offense In Disarray...Or Is it?

Over the last five or six years, the New England Patriots forte has been their ability to move the ball through the air on offense. From the 2007 record breaking season, to the 2010 ‘Rise of the TE’s’ season, the Patriots have dominated in this department. However with everything that is happening in this crazy offseason, we must wonder how the Pats offense will look come opening day. We don’t know how all of this Aaron Hernandez business is going to come out, but more likely than not, he will not be playing football this season. Then of course we have the Gronkowski issue, as he is still recovering from some back surgery he received. That leaves the Patriots with some no name veterans, some unproven rookies, and Danny Amendola. This doesn’t exactly look that 2007 squad right now. You would think that the Patriots offense would struggle with the kinds of weapons at Tom Brady’s disposal. Brady no longer has his security blanket in Wes Welker, and as of right now he doesn’t have his two matchup nightmares with Gronk and Hernandez.  But if you know the kind of football player that Tom Brady is, then you have no business saying the Patriots offense will struggle in 2013.

I could right a book on the greatness of Tom Brady. He is that kind of player, and in my opinion the second best player in NFL history behind Joe Montana. The thing that makes Brady so great, is his ability to make players better. The example I always use is not any of the Super Bowl years, nope I always refer to the 2006 season. The Patriots hardly had any talent on the offensive side of the ball, and Brady still managed to get his team to the AFC Championship game, and nearly to the Super Bowl. Now, I know that the Patriots receiving core looks pretty awful right now, but let us remember the kind of guys that Brady had back in 2006. The top three receivers on that team were Reche Caldwell, Ben Watson, and Kevin Faulk. Even without Welker, Hernandez, and Gronkowski the Patriots have a lot more talent than that. Despite being a rookie, I really think that Aaron Dobson has the potential to be something great in this league, and there is no better quarterback to take him there, than Tom Brady. Then you think about Danny Amendola. Amendola is an extremely talented receiver, and from everything that I heard, he looked great in Patriots mini-camp, and had started to get a good chemistry going with Tom Brady. The problem with Amendola has been his healthy, and that really was just because he had a couple of freak accidents in the past couple of years. The Patriots also have tight end Jake Ballard, who is nearly recovered from his knee injury he suffered in 2011. If Brady got to the AFC Championship game with guys like Caldwell and Watson, what do you think he can do with Amendola, Dobson, and (hopefully) Gronkowski?

Another thing that is worth mentioning, is the fact that Brady is a much better quarterback than he was in 2006. Brady is one of the few athletes that has gotten better as he gets older, and he is significantly better now than he was in 2006. I am not just talking about the on the field talents either. His off the field leadership skills will really come in handy with all of the new faces that are now on the Patriots roster. Brady really is a maniac when it comes to working to get better. The stories that you hear about him are pretty ridiculous. They say that he works even harder now than he did when he first came into the league. That is really impressive. Brady always is wanting to get better, and that is a major reason why he is always near the top of everybody’s QB list.

The last point that I would like to make is about the Patriots running game. Stevan Ridley is a hell of a running back, and he runs behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. The Patriots finished 2012 with the seventh best rushing attack in the NFL, and I think it will be even better next year. Other than the Corey Dillon years, Brady has never had this kind of running game and you better believe that he enjoys it. Ridley will continue to improve, and I think that the Pats will lean on him even more. That should help take a lot of pressure off of Brady and the passing attack, and this makes Brady even more dangerous as a passer.

The bottom line in all of this, is the Patriots offense will be just fine. They may be lacking the talent that they have had in previous years, but they still have the one guy that nobody in the NFL can match right now, and that guy is Tom Brady. He can make a bad player become good, and a good player become great. That is probably the most important trait you want in a quarterback, and Brady does it the best. I think that Brady will take this bunch of receivers and tight ends and turn them into a top ten passing offense in 2013. I don’t think that Brady will allow his teammates to settle for anything less.

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  • Hal Bent

    Great piece, Cyrus. You took the words right out of my mouth. I’m jealous. :-D

    The offense will be different in 2013, but that does not necessarily mean worse. Change scares most people, and Pats fans see it as a bad, but it is simply evolving. Young and speedy wideouts, big bodies for the red zone, a powerful rushing game for TB12 are what everyone has been crying for since 2008. Now that it is here, they want to complain because its not a 2012 fantasy football team at wideout.

    I’m excited to see the team in camp and in the pre-season to see how the changes interact on the field….to me, that’s exciting & I bet it has TB12 even more excited than usual to get to work.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Thanks Hal, and I agree about the whole change idea. This Pats offense is not going to be the 2012 Pats offense. I think we are going to see a big difference in the way they play and I really am excited as well. It is going to be a fun season.

  • Paul V. Suffriti

    A successful running game will be the catalyst for an unpredictable offense. Most teams expect the Pats to move the ball through the air and keep them honest by running the ball. The Pats can now pound the ball and make the opposing defense guard against the run. There will be more play action resulting in more big plays this year with deep threat passes and quick screens to Amendola for large gains. I believe the offense will be wide open this year and the expected short passes over the middle (that most teams expect) will be replaced with deeper passes on the sideline and over the middle. Every team has geared up to power rush and blitz Brady this year ( they believe it is the only way to stop him), the strategy may not be as effective with a more diversified Pats offense. Welker is gone and the predictable short passes many teams have come to expect will now have a new look and a wider field for them to cover.

  • Joe Willie

    Brady will get frustrated with his worst group of WRs since he’s been a pat—they might have to call Branch and Troy Brown for a comeback–This yr with the lack of receivers and if the running game stalls then defenses can just tee off on Tommy. -Brady could be the 1st QB in NFL history to to get penalized for flopping. 1st Thursday night game this yr—”say hello to my little friend” Quinton Coples Jets edge rush- LB 6’6 270 -he’s a very mean MF too

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