2nd Down: Find the offensive identity
New England usually knows what type of offense they will have around this time of the season, but this year is different. In 2018, they found out that they would be more successful if they had a power running game and ended up riding that formula all the way to winning the Super Bowl. In years past, they have used Tom Brady’s arm to win important games and the Super Bowl with a stable line and healthy weapons him.
In 2019, the offense has tried to use the running game like they did last year without much success, as Sony Michel and others have struggled running the ball. Brady hasn’t been able to get on track with other receivers that aren’t named Julian Edelman, despite considerable efforts from Mohammed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett at times. The New England Patriots are also missing contributions from the tight end position this year and in past seasons that usually belonged to Rob Gronkowski.
However, things are looking up for the struggling offense, as the offensive line seems to be stabilized for the time being. This will definitely help the running game for Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead. Giving Tom Brady an extra second or two to find an open receiver will also help this offense as the playoffs approach. And with a full arsenal of weapons possibly suiting up for the New England offense (more on that later, too) the offense could be on track to figure things out and become more dangerous for opposing defenses in the coming weeks.