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Brady anxious to get his weapons back

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With defensive lineman Vince Wilfork out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon, the New England offense needs to get better.  Quickly.  That’ll happen when they get some of their weapons back.

Quarterback Tom Brady talked about his anticipation for the return of players like tight end Rob Gronkowski in a Westwood One radio interview with Jim Gray.

“He’s been on the active roster for the last four weeks and I’ve seen him every day working as hard as he can to get back,” Brady said of Gronkowski.  “So it ends up being a medical decision and that’s not my role.  So I’m just waiting for the day that he does get back because he adds so much to our offense.  Every week that he’s been out there he’s made significant improvement.  So it’ll be great when he’s back and it’ll be great when we get Danny Amendola back and Shane Vereen back and finally we can see what our offense is really made of.   Whether that’s this week or the following week or the following week.   I mean those things are really not determined by me.”

Brady used the term that previously had been lost in the contradictory and inconsistent reports on Gronkowski:  Medical decision.

As former Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli explained during Sunday’s edition of Football Night in America, coach Bill Belichick doesn’t listen to “camps” or parents or anyone else when deciding whether a player is ready to play.  Belichick listens to the player, the trainers, and the doctors.

And, as Pioli also explained, Belichick loves the uncertainty that comes from contradictory and inconsistent reports, since it forces opponents to spend time planning to face a guy who ultimately may not play.

So while it’s more intriguing when there’s drama between a player and his team, this case looks to be an example of a situation in which the doctors and trainers are being extra careful with a guy who broke his arm, returned to action too soon, broke it again in a different place, and then dealt for months with an infection.

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13 Responses to “Brady anxious to get his weapons back”
  1. ampats says: Oct 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    What this shows is how important coaching is in this league. Belichick has the Pats ready to take away the opponents key weapons every week. Spiller, (do the Jets have weapons?), muscle hamster/VJackson, Julio Jones/Roddy White.

    I really wasn’t expecting the Pats to roll over the Falcons and was surprised how far the offense has come.

    Looking forward to seeing Gronk, Amendola,Edelman, Thompkins/rookies on the field with Vereen. The Pats offense should be much more explosive when the players get back.

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:43 AM

    It will be nice to see those guys back on the field but the rookies are doing well and the situation forces them to develop faster than normal. Thompson made some fantastic catches the other night and I think he’s going to be a beast with a bit more experience.

  3. athwartships says: Oct 1, 2013 9:52 AM

    I wouldn’t be too anxious, Tom. You can’t hide inconsistent accuracy behind veterans like you can rookies.

  4. hookem6903 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:23 AM

    The Gronk, Amendola and Vereen injuries will help this team in the long run. Had they been out there the whole season, I don’t think Brady would have had the chance to develop chemistry with these young receivers. However, there is nothing beneficial about the Wilfork injury. That one is big.

  5. malvaren18 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    Don’t worry Brady you will
    Be able to see how good you are, when you meet with the best team in the NFL, (Bronco’s)

  6. NavWorks Press says: Oct 1, 2013 10:54 AM

    But athwartships, you forget that veterans can catch stuff that is just thrown near them and make the QB look better too. It’s a two way deal, that’s why you need star receivers. If every QB in the league could throw perfectly, every rookie would look like a star. Jerry Rice used to tell Joe Montana, “Just get it near me, out in front of me, let me do the rest.”

  7. brazzz01 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:12 AM

    Brady’s “weapons” = the Spygate cameras. Yeah I bet he is anxious to get them back.

    All intelligent football fans know that’s how Brady got “good”. Now that Spygate is over he’s being exposed as the weak armed 6th round draft pick he truly is.

    That 2 yard curl route stuff doesn’t cut it in the NFL. He’ll be out of the league in 2 years. That’s where QB’s picked in the 6th round belong.

  8. metintodd says: Oct 1, 2013 11:36 AM

    Jesus, for the love of God, can we ban the people that bring up Spygate during every Patriots post? They really need to get a life.

    Every team was videotaping, every team was cheating because it was legal. Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team videotaping, then why did Goodell send that memo to every team in the NFL? Because every team was videotaping. Too bad the Pats had to take the hit for every team in the NFL and it’s too bad we as football fans have to put up with people coming on here and bringing up the bogus Spygate stuff. I guess people are just jealous of the #1 Pats, which most teams can’t even sniff.

  9. imodan says: Oct 1, 2013 12:49 PM

    malvaren18 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 10:30 AM
    Don’t worry Brady you will
    Be able to see how good you are, when you meet with the best team in the NFL, (Bronco’s)
    ————————————————————
    combined records of Broncos opponents-4-12
    combined records of Pats opponents 5-11

    One team loaded with pro bowl candidates, one with rookies and college qb’s at receiver position.
    Yet both are 4-0.
    Come back in January after 18 chokes again and when you actually beat a quality team.

  10. surfinbird1 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:53 PM

    Yeah,it’ll be great to get them back but I hope he/they continue to develop the rookies at the same time. Tom/they tend to go to the vets all the time,and that’s fine to a win the game,but I think it’s also part of the reason they haven’t been able to develop young receivers in the past. Expect some mistakes from the new kids.

  11. pats1stfan1 says: Oct 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    @brazzz(hole)01:

    SPYGATE was in 2007 as metintodd mentioned. And yes the Patriots got caught filming from the wrong location, that’s why they got fined, while filming by all teams was still allowed, just from a different location.

    The Patriots have had the best record in the NFL since the 2007 season, end of story.

    Just tell us what team you root for…Oh no, you can’t do that…It would give you up as the true troll that you are…Now go do your homework or no computer for you tonight!!!

  12. verybadadvice12 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:00 PM

    metintodd says:
    Oct 1, 2013 11:36 AM
    Jesus, for the love of God, can we ban the people that bring up Spygate during every Patriots post? They really need to get a life.

    Every team was videotaping, every team was cheating because it was legal. Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team videotaping, then why did Goodell send that memo to every team in the NFL? Because every team was videotaping. Too bad the Pats had to take the hit for every team in the NFL and it’s too bad we as football fans have to put up with people coming on here and bringing up the bogus Spygate stuff. I guess people are just jealous of the #1 Pats, which most teams can’t

    ——————————————–

    You and the other fans that keep responding to the trolls are the problem. If you would just ignore them they go away. People responding to trolls are the real people that should be banned.

  13. brazzz01 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:32 AM

    Nope, not a troll. I am a Patriots fan who has been doing a little experiment.

    When I defend the Patriots: maybe 30% of my posts get through to the board, and of those 30%, a lot of them get deleted.

    When I post the most over the top dopiest Pats hater lines – saying things that are no different than what most Pats haters post here: all my posts get through, and none have ever been deleted.

    Interesting……. anyway, carry on.

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