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Tom Brady thinks Patriots offense has room to improve

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Through the first eight weeks of the 2012 season, the Patriots offense has been the best in the NFL.

They are gaining the most yards per game and scoring the most points per game thanks to a high-paced attack that has fired on high cylinders most weeks this season. Quarterback Tom Brady isn’t satisfied with the current level of production, though. He thinks the team has room to improve when they return from their bye week.

“I hope so. I hope we make improvements,” Brady said, via the Boston Herald. “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.”

If the offense does get more effective in the second half, it won’t be good news for the defenses of the AFC. If their defense doesn’t improve, a need the team tried to address by dealing a fourth-round pick for cornerback Aqib Talib on Thursday, it still might not be enough to get the Pats back to the Super Bowl.

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15 Responses to “Tom Brady thinks Patriots offense has room to improve”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    Honestly it feels like the AFC is a two team race to the finish between Houston and New England. Sure NE picked up a couple ugly losses to teams they shouldn’t have, but they’re still dominating most teams when they win. Will be interesting to see the second half play out since most teams are only 2 games behind the Texans with 8 to play.

  2. ampats says: Nov 2, 2012 10:41 AM

    If their defense does improve,a need the team tried to address by dealing a fourth round pick for cornerback Aquib Talib on Thursday, it may be enough to get the Pats back to the Super Bown and win it !

  3. gisellichek says: Nov 2, 2012 10:51 AM

    TB is pro… a winnah… and a great leader… toss in hyper compeditive with a dash of he still plays with that 6th round draft pick chip on his shoulder… well lets say … I think they will get better.

  4. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    Their offense can definitely improve.

    Like by maybe occasionally picking up a 1st down in the last 2 minutes of the game as the defense is collapsing and giving up the lead.

  5. tombradysponytail says: Nov 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    First, every team has room to improve. Second, you’ve lost 3 games, so yeah, you have some room for improvement.

  6. Davo says: Nov 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    The key to New England making another SB run is in their defense. Their D still has to prove they can win the game when Brady and the offense aren’t putting 30 points on the board.

  7. truetrue85 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    If this is true… that’s a scary thought.

  8. hehateme2 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:17 AM

    “may be enough” is correct as their window is closing. These new pat fans don’t remember their history most of the time prior to 2001.

  9. azarkhan says: Nov 2, 2012 11:20 AM

    With 262 points scored, the Patriots have a chance to tie the “Greatest Show in Turf” Rams with 500+ plus points scored in three straight seasons. Pretty good for a non-dome team. h/t Kerry Byrne at SI.com.

  10. kellyb9 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    @tombradysponytail – It’s not their offense’s fault they lost 3 games. They lost by a total of 4 points, and they’ve given up an absurd amount of fourth quarter points. If their defense reigns it in, there’s not reason to think they won’t make a run at another Super Bowl.

  11. flash1283 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:36 AM

    Nov 2, 2012 11:17 AM
    “may be enough” is correct as their window is closing. These new pat fans don’t remember their history most of the time prior to 2001.

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    The pats have been a competitive team since Kraft in 93.

  12. jolink653 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    @hehateme2

    I remember the Pete Carroll years when we were awful and the good Bill Parcells years before that but us Patriots fans expect to suck again at some point because no franchise can be a perennial top 3 team forever and when it happens then it happens

    It’s not the offense that needs to improve, it’s the defense (obviously)…The most disappointing part to me is the total lack of pressure on the opposing QB, which is what makes our secondary look so awful even though they’re not that good to begin with…For whatever reason, BB is fine rushing 4 every play and rarely does he ever blitz, and when he does, he’ll send Spikes, who is a liability in coverage anyway…These QBs might as well pitch a tent in the pocket and hopefully Talib will give BB more confidence that the secondary will hold if he sends multiple blitzers

  13. CKL says: Nov 2, 2012 11:53 AM

    @ kellyb9..yes and no. When the Pats had great teams, if one side couldn’t close it out, the other side did. Now it’s a struggle for either side to close out games (dating back for awhile now). Both units need to be capable of doing that. Right now, I put more of the burden on the O to do that since they are a stronger unit.

    TB’s right, mainly on that issue and execution in general. I remember when Charlie Weis was their OC the Pats went something like 20 games in a row scoring on their opening drive. There hasn’t been anything close to that since. I’d like to see them work on opening drive because when you can hold the other team to 0 then score on your first possession or if you don’t defer or they do, score on your opening possession and put a team down 7 before their O takes the field, that’s step 1 to bending them to your style of game and breaking their will.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 2, 2012 12:24 PM

    jolink653 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    @hehateme2

    I remember the Pete Carroll years when we were awful and the good Bill Parcells years before that but us Patriots fans expect to suck again at some point because no franchise can be a perennial top 3 team forever and when it happens then it happens

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    They were only terrible for half a season under Carroll.

    His final year they started the season 6-2 and Drew Bledsoe was getting MVP talk….then he posted 6 TDs and 17 INTs in the last 8 games.

    I think the team tanked to get Carroll fired.

  15. thebigtim2012 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:46 PM

    Pete Carroll is not a coach. He’s a head cheerleader get it right

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