by Scott Benson, Patriots Daily Staff
September 21, 2009
You can complain all you want about Joey Galloway but nobody played worse than Tom Brady yesterday.
His accuracy was for shit. Communication with his receivers was in disarray. He was blitzed like a rookie, and made pre-snap adjustments like one too. He presided over an unbalanced, pass-first morass of mediocrity that by the end had Randy Moss looking like he’d just witnessed a horrible accident.
The other guys have their foot on the neck of the Patriots quarterback right now, and they’re not letting up. Save for a two-touchdowns-in-five-minutes high wire act last Monday night, the Pats could be sitting on 9/21 at 0-2 with two division losses, largely because their opponents now fear no reprisal for committing as many as six and seven pass rushers to the harassment of the former league MVP. The situation is untenable.
Untenable, but understandable. No matter how many Super Bowls and MVP’s he’s won Brady was still out of football for a year. His passing inaccuracies yesterday – not the screw ups with Galloway, but the open receivers that were simply missed – only prove that returning to action is not the same as reclaiming it. Especially when an underrated third receiver has disappeared in your absence and replaced by a well-liked but confused person who seems to have given the rest of the squad a “we suck” bug.
Brady’s lack of composure in the face of a howling Meadowlands crowd showed what happens when shit gets running downhill, as it certainly did on the Patriots yesterday. The biggest question for their quarterback now is how far to higher ground?
My suggestion: start running. Tom, why don’t you get us all started?
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