Tom Brady on Julian Edelman: We’re so in sync, have to find a different way

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The Patriots won’t have wide receiver Julian Edelman in the lineup at all during the 2017 season after Edelman tore his ACL during Friday night’s game against the Lions and that will require some changes to the way the offense operates in New England.

Edelman has led the team in targets in three of the last four seasons and led all wide receivers in targets in 2015 despite missing seven games, so there’s going to be a lot of work to parcel out to others in the weeks and months to come. That makes it sound a bit easier than it will actually be, however, because Edelman got a lot of those targets thanks to being totally in tune with what Tom Brady is looking for in the passing game.

“When you have that level of experience of game situations, practices, we’ve had so many hours of time together talking about routes and situations,” Brady said on “Kirk and Callahan” on WEEI. “So much of quarterback-receiver relationship is about trust and I see things a certain way and the receivers need to see it the exact same way in order for me to really anticipate where to go with the ball. He and I just have had that. We’ve worked together since — this is our ninth year on the same team and talking about the same offense. We’re so in sync.”

Brady said the team will “have to find a different way” to move the ball this year and there are several places he can go with the ball. Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell all have experience with Brady while Brandin Cooks was acquired to bring a somewhat different look to the wide receiving corps. There’s also tight end Rob Gronkowski, of course, and he provides a lot of cover for Brady as long as he’s healthy.

The Chiefs and everyone else will get a chance to see how they sort things out in 10 days.

50 responses to “Tom Brady on Julian Edelman: We’re so in sync, have to find a different way

  1. As much as this is a loss, with Gronk back, the addition of Cooks, Amendola still on the team, and Hogan/Mitchell in their 2nd years, with the loaded RB group in tow, expect this offense to morph into a more 2 back-base set with less use of a slot WR, which was Amendola anyway.

    In 2 back sets, rolling two quality duos (Gillislee/White, Burkhead/Lewis), that factor alone changes the offense.

    At no time in Brady’s history has he had the ability to not worry about the backs subbed based on skill-set.

    It’s one reason why Blount’s YPC dropped 4 straight years in a row. He’d be subbed on and off for running plays and against good or great Ds, his numbers weren’t as good.

    And, if say, Gillislee/White are on the field for an entire drive with Hogan at the X, Cooks at the Z and Gronk at the line, if you play man coverage there, a delayed draw to either RB up the middle with the defenders backs to the line of scrimmage, means bad news for defenses.

    And, we know what Brady’s does to zone coverage.

    Night night.

  2. jaycutlerleadsdolphinstosuperbowl52 says:
    August 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Karma for all the Pats fans who laughed when it happen to Tannehill a few weeks back.

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    I am fairly sure Tannehill means more to Miami at this point at that salary and position than Edelman does to NE.

    When you add Gronk and Cooks to a SB team, with these RBs in there, you won’t be too happy this year when NE dusts the daylights out of your team twice, yet again.

    Enjoy.

  3. jaycutlerleadsdolphinstosuperbowl52 says:
    August 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Karma for all the Pats fans who laughed when it happen to Tannehill a few weeks back.

    This is ridiculous- no pats fan said such a thing, unless it is one of the many fake Pat’s posters here. Prove it.

  4. Julian Edelman had that SKILL SET for that position great route runner quick as a cat and tough as nails new the playbook inside and out and was Tom’s security blanket. It’s going to be hard to replace Edelman.

  5. I was wondering how they were going to play all of those backs, but Burkhead actually played a playoff game as a WR for the Bengals. If he gets some practice in that spot, this will actually help their crowded backfield.

  6. Chris Hogan is going to become a household name in 2017. Seems like the time for him is “now.”

  7. The fact that the Pats lost their leaving receiver who is in total sync with Brady (remember THE CATCH?) and still just keep on truckin’ reinforces something I’ve been saying for a while now – Belichik is at any time 2 easy steps ahead of his fellow coaches and fellow gms, he is an easy 3 steps ahead of the press, and he is an even easier 4 steps ahead of us members of the peanut gallery, and I say this as someone who has his own reserved seat in the peanut gallery because of my many years there.

  8. Real Pats fans want Tannehill in there. You might be confusing laughing at his injury with just laughing at him in general.

  9. The Patriots can win without Edelman, but the margin of error just got really tight. They can win without Gronk (did that) and can win without Edelman. They can’t win without both. However, this proves the Cooks deal to be brilliant.

  10. Malcolm Mitchell is a great WR waiting to happen. I watched his GA career, and he has an uncanny knack for getting wide open. It was almost like he had some way of making defenses just ignore him. Excellent hands, a real trustworthy guy. He’s not the fastest or the most athletic, but he has rock star potential anyway. A HUGE value pick for Belichik.

  11. “Karma for all the Pats fans who laughed when it happen to Tannehill a few weeks back.”

    I don’t recall any Pats fans laughing about that actually. Most of us posted messages about the Fins having bad luck and they were in trouble at QB without him.

  12. jm91rs says:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:35 am
    I was wondering how they were going to play all of those backs, but Burkhead actually played a playoff game as a WR for the Bengals. If he gets some practice in that spot, this will actually help their crowded backfield.

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    That’a just one more reason he was targeted in FA by BB.

    Bottom line is, NE does not have to keep featuring the slot WR as part of their base offense.

    They can move that role as a receiver back into the backfield with another RB.

    Expect more split back formations and less slot use.

  13. Every year is the same for Pats (they already lost Nink for good a few weeks back), last year it was Vollmer, Gronk, Lewis, Freeny, the year before it was Lewis and Blount… So in that sense it’s no particular biggee. Not least because the Pats finally have a valid 2-TE set back in action along with a legit deep wide threat again and a healthy backfield – and it was only the regular lack of all those things that had made the slot position develop into such a vital role. Now it’ll be less vital but Amendola/Slater/Hogan and even White or Lewis can all pitch in and mna the position by committee. Don’t get me wrong, Edelman’s loss is big, just no bigger than other years’ problems.

  14. jaycutlerleadsdolphinstosuperbowl52 says:
    August 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Karma for all the Pats fans who laughed when it happen to Tannehill a few weeks back.

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    There is no such thing as karma. It’s actually pretty rare for players who have long careers to have never suffered a season ending injury. It’s just part of the game. Many of the greats have had it happen and some point.

    In any case it really sucks when any good player goes down for the season. It can make it easier for opponents, but it’s not something anyone should hope for because it’s terrible for the game.

  15. 8oneanddones says:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:25 am
    Now Mitchell’s injury status is a lot more significant.

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    Agreed… He needs to be healthy asap. Rather see him rest it early in the season so he’s fully ready after week 4.

  16. igotgamenj says:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:22 am
    Julian Edelman had that SKILL SET for that position great route runner quick as a cat and tough as nails new the playbook inside and out and was Tom’s security blanket. It’s going to be hard to replace Edelman.

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    While I fully agree, I remember when Welker left and nobody thought that Edeleman would be what he has become at that time. Time marches on. Brady is the key. Someone else will have to step up. One point is that Cooks specifically wanted to leave NO because he was being used to take the top off the defense over and over again and he really wanted to play more in the slot. Now he has a chance. He may not have the experience with Brady or the heart of JE11, but he is an unbelievable talent. We will see.
    Time marches on.

  17. pastabelly says:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:55 am
    The Patriots can win without Edelman, but the margin of error just got really tight. They can win without Gronk (did that) and can win without Edelman. They can’t win without both. However, this proves the Cooks deal to be brilliant.

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    I think if it were week 14 I would agree. It’s too early to think that way. The team is what it is this year. Lots of time to adjust. They have enough starters to field the same level of talent with or without Edelman. That’s the beauty of the deep roster.

  18. pastabelly says:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:55 am
    The Patriots can win without Edelman, but the margin of error just got really tight. They can win without Gronk (did that) and can win without Edelman. They can’t win without both. However, this proves the Cooks deal to be brilliant.

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    I think if it were week 14 I would agree. It’s too early to think that way. The team is what it is this year. Lots of time to adjust. They have enough starters to field the same level of talent with or without Edelman. That’s the beauty of the deep roster.

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    I agree. Every season is different. Gronk and Edelman represent luxuries for Brady, but not having one or the other, does not mean the team can’t win or get to a SB.

    Just like no one saw the quality of play like Thuney and Mitchell be where it was coming into the season last year.

    In BB We Trust.

    Oh yes indeed.

  19. jaycutlerleadsdolphinstosuperbowl52 says:
    August 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Karma for all the Pats fans who laughed when it happen to Tannehill a few weeks back.
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    Another commentor with a fake screen name and NO knowledge of the game…

    I for one wasn’t laughing when Tannehill went down in a non-contact drill…Any fan of ANY team doesn’t want to see that if they are real fans…when you play an opponent you want to beat them at their best…No excuses of who’s hurt, etc.

  20. Don’t forget Dwayne Allen and Gronk.

    They’ll be fine. I do have $500 on them to win super bowl 😛

  21. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    August 28, 2017 at 10:44 am
    As much as I hate to say this, but NEXT MAN UP! They live and breath that slaogan and seem to really take it to heart. If only my Eagles could live by that mantra.

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    Why do you “hate” to say it, if you want your team to adopt such a great mental discipline to help the team?

  22. .
    Whether you want to say that Belichick is lucky or good is your choice. However, how smart does the Cooks trade look in light of Edelman’s injury?

    Additionally, it appeared that the Patriots were just coaching up newbie WRs Austin Carr and Devin Lucien to play for the Jets and Bears. But once again, they have quality talent already available on their roster to try to offset Edelman’s loss.
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  23. Stinks that he’s gone but at least it happened now and not mid-season. Good WR depth so someone will step up. Having a healthy Gronk for the full season is more important.

  24. steelcurtainn says:
    August 28, 2017 at 11:45 am
    Big Blow to their season.

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    Nope. Just like when Gronk wasn’t available last year, that luxury is still not a “big blow” at all.

    That’s the difference between the Pats and a team like yours.

    Enjoy the view.

  25. steelcurtainn says:
    August 28, 2017 at 11:45 am
    Big Blow to their season.

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    That may be but as long as BB is coaching against Mike Tomlin…..Pats will win 99.99% of the time.

  26. What Pats fan laughed when Tannehill went down? I never heard or saw it. I guess you are just creating your own narrative. Miami WILL BE A BETTER TEAM with Cutler. Watch.

    The name that was omitted in all of this is Dwayne Allen. He is going to have a career year. The kid from Northwesestern – Austin Carr – is a slot receiver but only bigger. How the Big 10 receiver of the year did not get drafted I don’t know. He has the most receptions on the team this pre-season (of course it is pre-season but it is better than having the least receptions). He will be involved w/this offense by mid season

  27. ringheadcrusher says:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:56 am
    Malcolm Mitchell is a great WR waiting to happen. I watched his GA career, and he has an uncanny knack for getting wide open. It was almost like he had some way of making defenses just ignore him. Excellent hands, a real trustworthy guy. He’s not the fastest or the most athletic, but he has rock star potential anyway. A HUGE value pick for Belichik.
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    One thing that told us Pats fans a lot about Mitchell is how quickly Brady seemed to trust him. That’s a rarity for rookie/young receivers. I think only Deion Branch started that quickly with TB.

    I HATE this for Edelman though. 🙁

  28. Also, anyone laughing about/wishing for players getting hurt is a terrible human, period. I don’t wish that even on players I dislike.
    Besides, it’s much more fun to wish they stay healthy and simply have a bad year and laugh at how terrible they play. 😛

  29. The Pats offense will be good, but it’s a big loss that makes me nervous. Edelman makes a lot of big plays, especially on 3rd down. Gronk, Amendola and Mitchell all have injury histories. While Carr is intriguing, it’s a lot to expect a big contribution from him as an undrafted rookie. Hopefully they’ll have luck with their fragile veterans

  30. injuries are nothing to celebrate, even if you don’t like the Patriots. We really don’t need any sadists masquerading as NFL fans. There’s enough a-holes as it is trying to desecrate our favorite game.

  31. You have to be kidding yourself if you think there weren’t pats fans that applauded Tannehill’s injury. Start with…..Tylawspicksix….say no more.

    Edelman is going to be missed by Brady far more than anyone let’s on. Teams will start pounding the little guys that replace Edelman until they are all on IR.

  32. tedmurph says:
    August 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    The Pats offense will be good, but it’s a big loss that makes me nervous. Edelman makes a lot of big plays, especially on 3rd down. Gronk, Amendola and Mitchell all have injury histories. While Carr is intriguing, it’s a lot to expect a big contribution from him as an undrafted rookie. Hopefully they’ll have luck with their fragile veterans.

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    Edelman was a nobody from nowhere when he started to gain Brady’s trust. He ended up being a great player. However, he has been hurt from time to time and the Patriots survived it and Brady had lots of good teams before Edelman was any good. Just have to move on and figure out a different way to attack as they always have before. Losing Welker right at the end of 2009 was way worse than this because there was no time to adjust and even with Welker the offense was already figured out. There is time now. The Patriots now have an opportunity to innovate again and come up with a potent offense that is build around their current players.

  33. steelcurtainn says:
    August 28, 2017 at 11:45 am
    Big Blow to their season.

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    Steelers have an easy schedule and no excuses. Let’s see how they do.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    You have to be kidding yourself if you think there weren’t pats fans that applauded Tannehill’s injury. Start with…..Tylawspicksix….say no more.

    Edelman is going to be missed by Brady far more than anyone let’s on. Teams will start pounding the little guys that replace Edelman until they are all on IR.

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    Tough to “pound” anyone when all you do is play a soft zone and let Brady pick you apart. Some teams might figure it out, but not one coached by Mike Tomlin

  35. I understand that they have the depth to ‘sorta’ replace Edelman, although he is a huge clutch player. His catch in the S Bowl was every bit as improbable as Tyree’s. My point was that they have to hope a lot of other guys with extended injury histories stay healthy. For example, if Gronk got hurt, it would be trouble.

  36. Pats will win 99.99% of the time.
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    They Haven’t beaten the Steelers and the 3’bs together at Heinz Field, make that the 4’bs. This is a very inaccurate assumption.

  37. There is no indication from recent history that the steelers can beat the Pats, no matter where they play the game and who’s on the field. Even Roethlisberger is psyched out(little brothers). We’ll see, but until it happens…

  38. Fortunately the Pats still have the greatest QB and coach of all time. It will be tough but they still have a chance to get to the Bowl

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