Brady’s great, but Patriots need a running game
History shows pass-oriented, one-dimensional teams don’t win titles
By Rich Cimini
Updated: 10:26 p.m. CT Oct 14, 2007
One of the worst-kept inside jokes around the NFL is Tom Brady’s weekly appearance on the Patriots’ injury report. For what seems like forever, he has appeared on the report with a mysterious shoulder ailment, which has caused many eyes to roll.
The way things are going this season for the Patriots, they might have to tweak the ‘ol injury report. Don’t be surprised if you check your local newspaper’s agate page one day soon and see something like this:
QB Tom Brady, right-arm fatigue, probable
Brady is throwing like a one-armed bandit, leading one of the most prolific passing attacks in NFL history. The Patriots are 6-0, and Brady already has attempted 204 passes, including an NFL-best 21 touchdown passes. In Sunday’s 48-27 victory over the previously undefeated Cowboys, Tom Terrific became the first quarterback in history to throw at least three scores in each of his first six games.
He’s scary good, but it raises a question: Can the Patriots continue to blow away the competition with such a one-dimensional offense?
History says no. Sooner or later, it has to bite them, right? Every football tenet indicates that a team requires some semblance of balance to win a championship. I mean, you can expect to do the same thing over and over, and get away with it.
Rich Cimini is an msnbc.com contributor and covers the New York Jets for the N.Y. Daily News.
Keep your opinions to yourself Rich "the New York moron" Cimini and research the facts prior to print.