Last night the Patriots and Jets played an absolute yawner that the Pats technically “won” 13-10. Both teams were horrible on third down (the Jets went 6-18, the Pats 4-18), Chris Ivory led all rushers with 52 yards, Geno Smith threw for more yards than Tom Brady (214-185), and the Jets actually looked like the better team except for the whole “three interceptions” thing.
The Pats have struggled in their first two games, and especially last night, because Brady doesn’t have the same rapport with his current receivers that he’s had in years past. The fact that the Pats are playing without Rob Gronkowski (injured), Danny Amendola (injured), Wes Welker (Denver) and Aaron Hernandez (the slammer) was a constant talking point throughout the game, and the play of their replacements — most notably Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson — drove Brady crazy. It’s why they went 0-3 in the red zone and had to punt more than they have in a game since 2003. Here are some reactions after dropped passes or bad routes:
This was early on:
Brady’s frustration is understandable. He’s the oldest player on the team and for years is accustomed to playing with, for lack of a better term, playmakers. The guys on his team now, Julian Edelman kind of aside, are not playmakers. But Michael Irvin didn’t see it that way after the game:
“These are young guys, they’re playing the first couple of games in the NFL… I don’t mind Tom getting down on these guys sometimes and going after them, but as a receiver I saw way too much of it. I saw way too much of it for these young guys… I would have issue with that.”
Even Brady thought he was being too hard on them:
“I’ve got to do a better job with my body language,” Brady said after the game. “I can definitely improve on that. I wouldn’t say that’s a real strong point of mine right now.”
Let’s put it this way: If Tom Brady’s greatest weakness at this point is that he’s not positive enough after his wide receivers drop touchdown passes, then every member of the Patriots organization should get down on their knees and thank God, science, the sun, whatever they want for making Tom Brady a Pat. The young guys need to get better by next week, because the Patriots can’t keep playing the AFC East… oh, they’re playing the Bucs in Week 3? They’ll be fine.