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They May Be Even Better

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Randy Moss recently said that New England's 2009 offense, with the returning Tom Brady, could be even better than the 2007 version that shattered just about every perception of how good an offense can be. Fellow receiver Wes Welker agrees. I'm not too sure about that -- the Pats had everything possible going for them from a personnel perspective until things started clamping down in the playoffs -- but I have little doubt that a healthy Brady will fly right back to the top of the heap. There are too many things in his favor.

First, he doesn't rely on his legs too much -- he's an outstanding pocket passer with functional mobility and the ability to step up out of pressure. Second, the Patriots operate out of the shotgun formation on four out of five offensive snaps, which gives him a quick, clear view of his reads. Third, he's got the NFL's best slot receiver in Welker, which means 150 planned five-yard slants. Pretty tough to get to the quarterback that quickly. Fourth, if you blitz Brady and you don't get to him, there goes the bomb to Randy Moss, and it's Touchdown, Patriots!

Brady has an amazing sense of what's going on around him, and his ability to anticipate where his receivers are going to me, and where and where they're going to be open, is unparalleled. There are questions about New England's running game, and the right side of the offensive line could be a problem, but bewtting against the Pats and their franchise quarterback is a fool's errand, As long as the knee holds up -- and all indications are that he's fully functional again -- Brady will once again be the best quarterback in the game. The question is whether the Pats can collect lightning and hold it again.

By Doug Farrar  |  May 27, 2009; 11:26 PM ET  | Category:  Buffalo Bills , Doug Farrar , New England Patriots , New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The Patriots need to pay attention to their offensive line. They have had real problems at 3 of the 5 positions. Right tackle is a revolving door, Neal cannot put together a full healthy season, and Light has never been able to handle speed rushers well (other than Schobel, which might have to do with the system Buffalo runs). The running attack looks better than 2007, but the running attack always looks good before injuries to Maroney and the alternative feature back. Finally, they are going through transition in the linebackers and DBs. Mayo was a great find, and the CBs look good, but it will take some time for the DBs to gel.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 29, 2009 10:33 AM

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