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Tom Brady: No one is coming to save the day

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The New England Patriots offense looked anything but the well-oiled machine we’ve become accustomed to with Tom Brady under center in Thursday night’s victory over the New York Jets.

Brady posted a completion percentage of less than 50-percent (19 of 39) for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009. The Patriots receiving corps struggled with drops and Brady blew a gasket after a miscommunication forced the Patriots to settle for a field goal in the Jets’ redzone late in the first half.

The Patriots have scored just 36 points through their first two games after averaging nearly 35 points per game last season.

“We have a long way to go,” Brady said. “No one is coming to rescue and save the day so we’ve just got to fight through it. We’ve got to work harder and do better and try to be more consistent. Hopefully we can score more points.”

Brady was shown visibly frustrated during the game broadcast after a pass fell incomplete on 3rd and 5 at the Jets’ 12-yard line. He appeared to be expecting Edelman to sit down in a zone when he continued across the middle of the field. Brady was screaming on the sideline after coming off the field expressing anger over the miscommunication.

Brady said he needs to do a better job keeping his emotions in check.

“I have to do a better job with my body language,” Brady said. “I definitely can improve that. I wouldn’t say it’s a real strong point of mine right now so we’ll just try to keep doing better. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

Despite the Patriots’ problems, they’re still 2-0 and have 10 days before their next game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get things cleaned up.

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  1. eaglesandravens says: Sep 13, 2013 2:16 AM

    Edelman? I thought it was Dobson.

  2. skoobyfl says: Sep 13, 2013 2:26 AM

    The only thing that needs to be cleaned up is when the refs call penalties for the Pats on 3rd down & against them on 1st & 2nd. Check that out on the stat lines, most 3rd down penalties accepted is the Pats. Coincidental ?? I highly doubt that.

  3. lovetron says: Sep 13, 2013 2:29 AM

    Sad that a QB of this caliber can’t at least get some weapons around him. Two rookies and Edelman at WR. Man, that’s hurting.

  4. gloryfromheaven says: Sep 13, 2013 2:29 AM

    Not a Patriots fan, but wow, I’ve never seen the Patriots play that ugly in a llllooonngggg time…

  5. CKL says: Sep 13, 2013 2:32 AM

    I’m glad he owned up to that body language thing. That’s one thing I love about him, he’s always accountable. I was rolling my eyes at that one tantrum he threw. He needs to go back and watch tape of the guys he had for most of 06 and remember that these kids are messing up right now, but they are MILES more talented than anything he had in 06 minus Gaffney come playoff time (Doug Gabriel Reche Caldwell, etc.). It will get better.

    Meanwhile, I like that they are grinding out wins. It will help them later on. When they won SBs they ground out a LOT of wins. There weren’t many 30-40 point game on offense.

    I said on here earlier in the week that it would stun me if this game were more than a 7 point win for the victor. It always cracks me up how people who don’t really follow the Pats think they just blow out people every game and if they don’t they just suck. Especially within the division, those games are almost always very competitive regardless of talent disparities.

  6. silverandblack052099 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:33 AM

    Maybe BB should trade some of those draft picks he’s been hoarding for a decent WR.

  7. lasredchris says: Sep 13, 2013 2:44 AM


  8. rukiddnme29 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:45 AM

    I can’t understand how one of the best QBs of our generation, if not all time (arguable of course) can come down to one of the worst receiving corps of all time. I’m not a Pats fan but this is really sad. Has ego really come to this? Is Belichick burned out?

  9. swaggyy says: Sep 13, 2013 2:57 AM

    Get out the video cameras, time to see what the other team is going to do

  10. jimbo75025 says: Sep 13, 2013 3:01 AM

    If the Pats were in any other division, they would be in big trouble. As things are, they will still go 12-4 or 11-5 and win the division is a runaway.

  11. snation74 says: Sep 13, 2013 3:11 AM

    This is why I love being a Steelers fan. People hate your success and can’t wait to see you fail. Patriot’s fans you know exactly what I’m talking about. But are both of are teams really aren’t that far off from each other right know. 232 yards of offensive in what is the offensive players dream right now. This team just isn’t that good better then the Steelers right now I agree but for both of are sakes hopefully we can both can get back to what we are use to Championships.
    Con-grats on 2-0.

  12. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 13, 2013 3:14 AM

    Brady is never satisfied…and he never should be. Complacency isn’t going to put another ring on his finger.

  13. therealraider says: Sep 13, 2013 3:22 AM

    Considering the NFL gave them a vanilla first 3 weeks.. A sucky Patriots team can still scratch out a 10-6 season.

  14. I'm Judgemental says: Sep 13, 2013 3:36 AM

    Actually, it was Dobson who messed up. If not for Edelman, Brady would have passed for under 100 yards, probably for the first time in his career. The saddest part about watching that snoozefest was actually the Jets WR corp, who couldn’t catch a pass if their life depended on it. How is Gates even a viable no.5 receiver, let alone a No. 2? The man literally can’t catch a pass without trapping it on his pads.

  15. PriorKnowledge says: Sep 13, 2013 3:41 AM

    The Jets receivers won this game for the Pats. They dropped every ball on 3rd down (and 2nd and 1st). I have never seen such total incompetence in so many receivers before.

  16. dreamcasterguru says: Sep 13, 2013 4:14 AM

    Well, one good thing about next weeks game is that it’s against Tampa, the team they beat in pre-season. Possibly over the next week and a half Brady and his WRs can get some passing practice in and be better next game and get Gronk in the line up a game before the Falcons game. Hopefully this was the worst we see of them, and it all gets better from here, bit by bit.

  17. joetoronto says: Sep 13, 2013 4:29 AM

    Little by little, they’ve taken pretty much everything away from Brady.

    He’s now in the twilight of his career, but the team needs more and more from him going forward.

    The AFC East is wide open for the first time in a long time.

  18. coonsqualler says: Sep 13, 2013 5:12 AM

    I don’t think it was intended for Edelman. I believe he was supposed to finish his route through the end zone to clear the safety.

    Just Sayin’…

  19. jagsfan1 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:22 AM

    Much better Patriot teams than this one were just not good enough to win the Super Bowl….so….even with the easy schedules they are given every year…this team will struggle and then ultimately fail.

  20. achap39 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:45 AM

    Aaron Dobson: You have ONE JOB. Catch the damn football.

    Don’t make me compare you to Chad Jackson after one game.

  21. thegonz13 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:48 AM

    Is it me or do the Patriots seem to play down based on the level of competition?

  22. malvaren18 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:48 AM

    It’s nice to start the season playing against the worst teams in the league, the patriots should start the season 3 – 0

  23. mickmars says: Sep 13, 2013 6:00 AM

    Funny. I’ve always been under he impression,at least judging by the media for all these years,that you could put the cheerleaders in as receivers and Tommy Boy would still pass for 450 yards and 5 TD’s.

  24. whodeytn says: Sep 13, 2013 6:00 AM

    Wow, what a cake schedule for the patriots.

  25. titansbro says: Sep 13, 2013 6:05 AM

    He was acting like a punk all night. But it’s really nothing new for this guy. It’s always someone else’s fault.

  26. beerndrums says: Sep 13, 2013 6:07 AM

    The Patsies got a pretty easy schedule again I see

  27. beerndrums says: Sep 13, 2013 6:08 AM

    They need to resign Matt Walsh

  28. alskdh says: Sep 13, 2013 6:12 AM

    Great attitude.

    This is why, people love to cheer for Tom Brady. This is why New England did great things for 10 years.
    Hate New England as much as you want, but this is why Tom was great in the first place, and will be great again. He will take control with a young group, be back in the playoffs, and nobody ever will be able to dispute his greatness, controversy and cheating with the organization aside. This is who Tom is

  29. TheWizard says: Sep 13, 2013 6:34 AM

    On the contrary I’m very optimistic about the offense. It didn’t show up in points this week but they came close to hitting on a lot of plays that were a huge improvement compared to the Bills game.

    If the young guys can continue to improve they’ll be rolling in a few more weeks. If they can keep scratching out wins in the meantime, so much the better.

  30. paulbdotcom says: Sep 13, 2013 6:45 AM

    No longer a top 10 team – and this statement cannot be argued.

  31. the8man says: Sep 13, 2013 6:50 AM

    Miami might be the best team in this division. That was an absolutely hideous offensive performance.

  32. drainbameged says: Sep 13, 2013 6:51 AM

    I can hear the funeral bells ringing….

    RIP Patriots we barely knew thee

  33. terripet says: Sep 13, 2013 6:53 AM

    Brady u are an average qb who can’t throw the deep ball. all u throw is 3 yrd passes.

  34. jimmyt says: Sep 13, 2013 7:02 AM

    Face it, they blow. They are just lucky they play in the weakest division in football and have a very soft schedule as it has been for the last 15 years or so.

  35. schmokes says: Sep 13, 2013 7:04 AM

    I know he’s had a great career and all, but have you ever seen a QB who crumbles when faced with a pass rush more than brady? Anytime anyone is close, he drops down into the fetal position.

  36. cfballfan1 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:06 AM

    Drama queen.

  37. jimmymarlinsfan says: Sep 13, 2013 7:10 AM

    And pats fans thought there would be no drop off….they have looked awful in beating two awful teams

  38. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2013 7:18 AM

    If the Patriots did not have a defense, they would be 0-2, not 2-0. The offense has seen a big fall off from last season. Brady is correct, they need to make the adjustments and improvements themselves.

  39. rhsindians says: Sep 13, 2013 7:20 AM

    What a front runner.,,, I thought an Elite QB makes everyone better?

  40. thelongestgoodbye says: Sep 13, 2013 7:21 AM

    Funny anyone else cry’s and whines like a baby and everyone calls them out for what it is.

    Brady does it and all we hear about is his great passion for the game.

  41. spedman24 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:26 AM

    Loved seeing Brady w/the kind of talent most teams have at WR/TE…Brady looked like what he really was coming out of college — below average,..

  42. emosnar says: Sep 13, 2013 7:31 AM

    …. Gronk’s comin’ to save you baby…

  43. scouncil65 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:33 AM

    He’s just like Cam Newton

  44. rdumont55 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:34 AM

    So it has been proven that the Patriots passing system is hard for even veterans to grasp. But Bill and Josh think that going into the season with 3 rookies is going to be successful? The Patriot large margin loses will start next week against Tampa or if not then definitely in Week 4 against the Bengals. With only 16 games per season, you do not have the time to wait for 1/2 of your receivers to develop. Two rookies at a time is a stretch and that is only if one of them is your primary return man. Not happy about what is ahead for this team and wasting away a HOF QBs final good years. Comparing Brady and Peyton is not even fair this season!!!

  45. dcee101 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:41 AM

    Brady has every right to be upset. Great QB’s expect and demand fundamentally sound WR play and the Patriot supporting cast was downright pathetic yesterday.

    Marino never apologized for his attitude and neither should Brady.

  46. hehateme2 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:46 AM

    pat fans…. be afraid…. be very afraid if that is the best you can troll out there. they will get eaten alive from real teams.

  47. metalhead65 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:51 AM

    sure glad to see Brady being cool calm and collected when things don’t go his way. I mean yelling at your teammates who aren’t as talented as the ones who helped you win those super bowls is perfectly ok right? as long as he is Mr. nice guy to the press it’s no big deal if his body language and demeanor are immature right? it’s all about being passionate right? unless your Jay Cutler then you are a jerk who should be happy whether his guys do the job or not or whether he has to run for his life every snap like he had to before this season. how many more years does he get a free pass for winning those super bowls 10 years ago? they have been favored every year since and have not won.

  48. betterandbetterthan says: Sep 13, 2013 7:52 AM

    You can place a lot of the blame on receivers, but Brady was off all night. Overthrows and poor throws just as much as drops.

  49. easternboltfan says: Sep 13, 2013 8:00 AM

    Brady is more pissed off about a win than many teams are about a loss. There was no “at least we got a win” comment. Beating the Jets is no longer seen as an accomplishment, just a given.

  50. gsr1191 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:03 AM

    this team is lucky to have played two rookie QB’s in the first two games. but hey, you play whos on your schedule and there is nobody of real consequence in AFC East…other than the Pats. They’ll still win the division but I just dont see them contending for the Superbowl this year

  51. flmike says: Sep 13, 2013 8:06 AM

    If this is the crap Bill Belicheat and Tammy Bündchen are going to put on the field, it’s going to be a long season in Foxbrough, and the rest of the NFL world will be loving every minute of it…

  52. randomguy9999 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:14 AM

    some guy commented on another thread how anybody could replace Welker in the pats system and put up yards……

    as that statement has now been proven to be BS….

    again, getting rid of Welker was insane

  53. bnn52 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:21 AM

    I am in no way a New England fan, but I have watched them alot in the past 10+ years and this is by far the worst receiving core that Brady has had and his frustrations aren’t being displayed behind the scenes, and I don’t blame him one bit. For Hoodie and Kraft to not go out and sign the best available WR yet is beyond me. Hernandez in Jail, Welker, Lloyd, Branch Gone, Gronk and Ammendola on the shelf for the time being, he has nobody but Edelmen. Thompkins and Dobson cannot hold onto the ball.

    I know that they arent huge upgrades, but they need someone who can stretch the field. Braylon Edwards comes to mind, while not the best option, definately an upgrade from what they have now. Laurent Robinson is out there too or even try to bring Branch back in. Either way, if they dont do anything soon, it could be a long year, they wont be able to depend on the defense all year long, and lets be honest, Buffalo and NYJ are not even close to top notch offenses.

  54. nflfan1326 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:24 AM

    No one is coming to save the day. Don’t the Jaguars have a patent on that phrase?

  55. squared80 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:26 AM

    Further proof of NE’s inflated win totals every year for the last decade in what has been arguably the worst division in football. Good to great team at times, but 5-6 free wins a year really help.

  56. disturbedshifty says: Sep 13, 2013 8:29 AM

    It makes you wonder if the Pats get Amedola (sp?) or Gronk back if it will help them out at all? I mean if they get one back, that one guy will always be in double coverage and if these other receivers can’t cut the muster the Pats are screwed and will be lucky to get a wild card.

  57. 480volt says: Sep 13, 2013 8:39 AM

    Tom just say what you really want to say…

    “Welker is not here cause Bill is a cheap arrogant stubborn prick and thinks he knows it all by throwing me undrafted rookies while other teams have excellent wideouts and I’m stuck with these scrubs and I took less money for this can you believe it”

  58. theroc5156 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:43 AM

    Yeah. Larry Bird is not walking through that door. Kevin McHale is not walking through that door, and Robert Parish is not walking through that door. And if you expect them to walk through that door, they’re going to be gray and old.

  59. dixiebob says: Sep 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    The team lost (gave away) the best receiver in the league. Manning sends his thanks. When a team looses its best players for whatever reason it seems foolish to me to turn around and give one (or two) away.

    Like an old sage once said, “The proof is in the pudding”. In this case, the proof is on the scoreboard.

  60. peymax1693 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:47 AM

    Peter King said the Patriots were going to the Super Bowl because they will find people to replace Welker, Lloyd and Hernandez. I wonder if he wants a mulligan on his prediction.

  61. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    This guy used to create receivers when there was other talent to help out, but this whole new receiving core is giving him fits.

    Its good to see that hes human. (Still the Best QB in history imho)

    That from A Bills fan

  62. lofty99 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:53 AM

    A veryyyyyy!!! Long wayyyy!!!!!

  63. annes22 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:54 AM

    Both teams looked terrible. What a pathetic game for a Thursday night. Nice finish with the brawl and the ejections. Poor Tommy looked furious with all the drops and I don’t blame him. The object is to catch the ball and that’s elementary.

  64. Waffle 2.0 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:55 AM

    He was pouting, screaming, moaning, whining, gesturing, berating, crying, etc.

    I know you have no real weapons right now. I understand your pain as a Chicago fan.

    Tommy, it was one game little girl. Cutler has been dealing with it for 4 straight years.

  65. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    Thank God it wasn’t Jay Cutler, Cam Newton, or Phillip Rivers “blowing a gasket.” We would never hear the end of it.

  66. mackie66 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:57 AM

    BS,,Tommy boy knows exactly what he’s doing with his “body language” He loves the cameras and never fails to find them,,,,,lol,,,,
    And Brady is right “no one is coming to save the day”

  67. explosionsauce says: Sep 13, 2013 8:57 AM

    Get the man a snickers

  68. chrisk61 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:57 AM

    yes…the patriots don’t look good…their offense is struggling…

    but they are 2-0, both overall and in the division.

    i would take that 100 out of 100 times.

  69. u4iadman says: Sep 13, 2013 9:03 AM

    The decline of Pats is here.
    Hoodie looked old, tired and out of answers.
    Brady looked same as last few years….throwing behind receivers.

  70. steelerben says: Sep 13, 2013 9:05 AM

    Free agent Jimmy Graham to the Patriots in the offseason?

    At this point you really have to wonder what the deal is with Brandon Lloyd if the Patriots aren’t trying to get him on the phone to bolster their receiving corp.

  71. pksullivanmha says: Sep 13, 2013 9:06 AM

    LOL Tommy boy has come down to earth and can’t handle it!!!!! Watch out here comes Denver and Welker. Bet he is loving this. @footballady52🏈

  72. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 13, 2013 9:08 AM

    I think the Pats offense will improve as the season progresses but for now, they are struggling and the young receivers are going to give Brady gray hair.

  73. surfinbird1 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:34 AM

    The guy re-does his contract and they get him who to throw to. How many more rings would this guy have if Bill wasn’t always looking for the deal and not the player?

  74. patsfan13 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:34 AM

    You’re wrong Tom. The D saved the day.

  75. patsfansknowitall says: Sep 13, 2013 9:49 AM

    Nice to see Brady having a tantrum and whining all night.

  76. jrcoop says: Sep 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    They are fortunate to have played two of the lessor teams in the league with rookie QB’s. Otherwise they’d be 0 and 2. They look very beatable.

  77. metrocritical says: Sep 13, 2013 10:01 AM

    While Brady may have been a bit off kilter on the sidelines he was in fine form on the field and if his receivers caught even half the passes they dropped, the game wouldn’t have been close. It may have been cap smart to not keep some of last years WRs but the Pats will be hurting if they don’t get healthy and start hanging onto the ball quickly. 13 points won’t cut it most weeks.

  78. Rockets GM says: Sep 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    Patriots benefit from the CUPCAKE AFC East schedule… They are NOT a Superbowl caliber team this year. That’s the TRUTH. Accept it.

  79. Rockets GM says: Sep 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    Marvin Harrison has been retired for 5 years and he’s 10x’s better than any receiver the Pats currently have.

  80. travishise says: Sep 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    I know that no one wants to blame Edelman for messing up on that red zone drive and we want to point the finger at the rookie Dobson but Edelman, on that route, was supposed to sit in the open zone but he kept running. The author of the article is correct. You can also tell if you look at Edelman and Brady’s body language on the sideline after that play, the miscommunication was on them.

  81. bighurt228 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Dude u don’t know what your talking about. Cutler has had Brandon Marshall the last few years. When Brady had Moss he broke the TD record that year. I as a pats fan feel that throwing these rookies in and going through growing pains right now, will pay huge dividends down the road.

  82. ericwinn says: Sep 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    What many of you don’t remember is this is how our dynasty began. Average offense (lead by Brady) and a defense that can create turnovers. We won 3 Super Bowls with that. How did a high flying offense and no defense work for us? Why yes, our offense needs to (and will) improve, but everyone needs to quit freaking out they are rookies. The only thing I’m worried about is our run game.. Ridley has been ineffective for the first two games (fumbles aside) and with vereen out we might be in trouble. I’m not sure if its because everyone is playing the run but we need to get it going to open things up for our rookies. Everyone knows Brady can make the throws (even deep balls if you watched last night at dobsons drops) we just need to help create a little space for our rookies because they can’t seem to.

  83. ytsejamer1 says: Sep 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    I thought of the Rick Pitino quote as well… X isn’t walking through that door…ha!

    As for Brady…his attitude has been a bit poor over the last several years as he’s seen the demise of a competent and smart team around him go away, piece by piece. Early on he had a great defense that could really make plays and put the brakes on ANY other offense in the league. We don’t have that. Last night I saw plenty of opportunities for the Jets offense to make chunk plays – G. Smith just didn’t get the ball there or the Jets WR couldn’t catch them. The Pats third down defense is last in the league over the last FIVE years and their pass defense is around 30th over that span.

    BB doesn’t have a stockpile of picks for WR because he’s spent a TON of draft capital on failed defensive backs. He can’t pick a corner to save his life. And honestly, he hasn’t drafted a competent wide receiver since Deion Branch and David Givens in 2002.

    Back to Brady though…with that defensive talent/smarts decline, everything has been put on his shoulder. Offenses can ALWAYS be bottled up by good teams…hence why he hasn’t been able to get that fourth ring. They’ve chosen NOT to run the ball even though they’ve had some decent talent at the RB position for the last several years. Brady has also become somewhat lazy with having Welker, Gronk, and Hernandez for the last couple years. He just locks onto one or two guys a game ignoring the rest. He was better when he was distributing to EVERYONE.

  84. axespray says: Sep 13, 2013 2:34 PM

    Bill Belichick is a genius… with coaching and schemes, but drafting?

    He needs to quit trying to help his college buddies or do his “outsmart” people thing and just get back to basics – Get good players, not experiments – just GOOD PLAYERS.

  85. patsbrat says: Sep 13, 2013 9:35 PM

    eaglesandravens says: Sep 13, 2013 2:16 AM

    Edelman? I thought it was Dobson.

    You are right, it was Dobson.

    When Dobson made the cut in the route he should have just turned around and sat. He was positioned right in the center of a square of 4 defenders. He might not have made it into the end zone, but even if he got tackled at the spot of the catch the Pats would have had 1st and goal from the 3.

    On the sideline you could read Brady’s lips – “HE WAS WIDE OPEN!”

  86. anon5121 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:48 PM

    Brady acts like a spoiled supermodel, but his fanboys praise him for being a leader of men. You really cannot make this stuff up.

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