I would be surprised if this isn’t one of the very worst. Sure, teams might have lower measured production from TEs based on stats. Problem is the Pats TEs aren’t just bad as pass catchers; they are liabilities as blockers too. I don’t have time to comb through 31 teams but would be surprised if more than a couple of teams have worse TEs, and I’m really trying to avoid hyperbole here.Hyperbole isn't helpful. There are probably eight or nine teams with TEs as bad or worse.
U are right our TE or lack there of....is one of the most glaring mistakes this year....and has been hurting us a lot....BB whiffed at TE in draft and FA....GO PATS!!!There are a lot of issues, but this is probably the worst group of TEs in the league. None of them draw coverage from wide receivers or RBs . . . ever.
Problem is the offensive line, no Develin, and no suitable replacement at TE.
Just look at the running game (or lack thereof) and deterioration of the production from James White and Sony Michel.
No Josh Gordon (or AB, or D Thomas) is close behind though in terms of ranking the problems.
I'd say the Bears, Cards, Redskins, Jags, Steelers, Bengals, Dolphins, Bills, and maybe the Browns are as bad or worse. Not to mention the fact that last year's TEs were nearly as bad as this year regarding offensive production - of course they were much better blockers. The lack of adequate blocking is the real issue.I would be surprised if this isn’t one of the very worst. Sure, teams might have lower measured production from TEs based on stats. Problem is the Pats TEs aren’t just bad as pass catchers; they are liabilities as blockers too. I don’t have time to comb through 31 teams but would be surprised if more than a couple of teams have worse TEs, and I’m really trying to avoid hyperbole here.
2015, we were playing a team in Denver with a strong defense and an offense held back by manning who was a shell of himself at the time. Our defense (other than covering Owen Daniels) was solid that day. Plus we still had the best TE in football. Thus we were able to keep the game close and almost get it into OT.Forgive me if we have other threads discussing this but I’ve been thinking about it all day.
I’ve been watching patriots football since I was 7, so all of Brady’s career and I’ve never seen him flustered in the pocket consistently like he is now. He never used to throw the ball in the dirt every other play or consistently throw really bad interceptions. We hold Brady to a high standard because he is the GOAT, I’ve always said if Tom thinks he’s going off a cliff and can’t play at a high level anymore, that’s when he will hang em up. Remember 2013 when he was throwing to Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Austin collie? It seems like that offense put up better numbers. Remember 2015 when the offensive line gave him almost no time at all in the afc championship? In a hostile environment and we still had a chance to win in the end. It just seems like that magic is gone, I may be wrong and I hope I am wrong but Brady just looks miserable out there.
Extremely insightful take here because confidence and trust is a thing - a VERY important thing and right now neither party - the skill players nor the quarterback have any trust in each other nor themselves because of it. That's readily apparent.The difference is that Brady's temperament. I'm convinced of it. He's feeling the clock ticking and is pressing too hard and putting too much pressure on rookies and guys who are nowhere near as established as the GREATEST PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE.
He needs to chill and take the pressure off. I'm convinced Meyers saw the hand gesture and second-guessed himself. That Dorsett saw the double move pistol gesture and second-guessed himself. Brady is the undisputed leader of this team he needs to lead these guys in a different way than the frustrated Vet approach he's been taking.
The only cliff here is an emotional one of Brady's own making.