Tom Brady won a Super Bowl with sub-par offensive talent before, but unfortunately he will be placed with the same task this season.
The only issue: he won a Super Bowl with sub-par offensive talent nearly a decade ago.
The New England Patriots offense has taken a major hit this offseason with the on-going injuries to Rob Gronkowski, the losses of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez’s legal issues.
Now, the Patriots are looking like a team that will be fighting for a playoff berth instead of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
I don’t think I’ve seen a downfall like this on one side of the ball in one offseason. The Patriots have lost 298 catches and 26 touchdowns from those four players, and the talent they have replacing isn’t up to par.
Let’s take a look at what we should see at Tom Brady’s disposal:
- Danny Amendola
- Michael Jenkins
- Julian Edelman
- Aaron Dobson
- Donald Jones
I love Danny Amendola in the Patriots’ system. However, I liked him in a slot role, where Wes Welker was located.
But now, he’s forced right back into where he was in St. Louis, at the No. 1 wide receiver spot, and I don’t believe he’s capable of being that type of player even with Tom Brady at the helm.
This is a very mediocre receiving corps at best, and one that will struggle when the team needs them most, late in the season.
- Rob Gronkowski
- Jake Ballard
- Daniel Fells
Rob Gronkowski’s health is of extreme importance. He’s always injured, and I don’t expect the trend to change when he returns to the field this season.
He is the only real threat the Patriots have in the passing game because of his size, strength and athleticism.
Hopefully he can return to good health because he is an extremely special talent.
- Stevan Ridley
- Shane Vereen
- Leon Washington
- LeGarrette Blount
Once a downfall, the running back situation in New England is actually looking pretty decent. They have deep talent with four running backs, although no real No. 1.
Ridley and Vereen bring their own special dynamic, Washington is great in the passing attack out and in special teams and Blount can be a powerful goal line back if need be.
The Patriots look solid at the running back position, but we all know they throw the ball just about as much as any team in the league so the overall concern is deserved.
Brady is running out of time. He will be 36 years old in August. The shelf life to win another ring is dwindling down.
The roster, as currently constructed, isn’t good enough to win a championship even with the great Tom Brady at the helm.
But there is a reason Brady is one of the best to ever play the position. He will at least get them into playoff contention; it just won’t be enough to win another title.