Tom Brady doesn’t have any weapons. It’s not something all that new for Brady, plus him and the New England defense have pushed this squad to a 10-2 record this season, but early on against the Texans on Sunday night his frustrations boiled over.
While trailing 7-3 early on in the second quarter, NBC showed Brady sitting next to his wide receivers trying to deliver a pep talk while calling their route-running and movements out on the field ‘robotic.’ For those watching this at work or with a kid in the car, you may want to turn the volume down.
Outside of the play of Julian Edelman, the receiver consistency is practically non-existent in New England.
Brady is, of course, familiar with Edelman and those two have elite chemistry, but outside of that there’s not much going on down the field for Brady.
Edelman leads this Patriots team with 915 receiving yards on 124 targets while running back James White is second on the team in both targets (76) and receiving yards with 512. The second most effective wide out for Brady has been Phillip Dorsett II who has 347 yards, five touchdowns on 48 targets.
With all of that being said, the Patriots still rank eighth in the NFL in passing yards per game with just under 265 yards through the air. Despite losing 28-22 on Sunday night, Brady finished the night with 326 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Pretty much each and every year the story of the Patriots is that they’re one weapon away from really taking that next step, which results in plenty of folks out there doubting them before Bill Belichick and Brady show why they’re the best to ever do it.
Whether or not that happens again this year we’ll just have to wait and see. There are certainly questions surrounding this offense, and a scary team in Baltimore that will have something to say about all of this, but let’s not act like Brady and this franchise haven’t answered these types of questions in years past.