Does Tom Brady believe Patriots offense can start clicking?

Ryan Hannable
November 20, 2019 - 6:05 pm
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FOXBOROUGH -- Through 10 games in the NFL season, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense still seem to be figuring things out.

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While the team is third in points per game, a lot of that has to do with the play of the special teams and the defense, since the offense is 16th in yards per game.

Last year, the Patriots offense took until the end of the year to really start clicking and relying on the running game. So, does Brady believe the Patriots offense can figure things out this year?

"Yeah, I mean it’s – like I said it’s great to be 9-1 but we just have high expectations for what we’re doing as an offense," he said. "We’re just trying to figure out how we can do things consistently, with dependability, and guys are working hard at it. Sometimes it comes together early, middle of the season, late in the season and, you know, the only thing that matters really is this week and trying to beat a really good football team.

"So, I don’t know what shape it’s going to take this particular week as the game unfolds and you kind of see what the challenge is they’re presenting. Sometimes you have a great plan and then they change everything and then it’s – you’ve got to change everything and, it’s just the way it goes. You have a plan and you try to adjust over the course of the game but, you know, the goal is the same – it’s to, as an offense, go out there and score points and not go out there and run a bunch of plays and be ineffective. We’re working hard to try to be as effective as we can and as – you know every team has different matchups and it’s different challenges over the course of the season with guys being in and out at practice and so forth. But, our whole season is ahead of us."

This season has been unique in the sense there have been a number of receivers coming and going, including a heavy reliance on rookies. 

Has he been able to adjust like he would like?

"Yeah. Like I said, every year has its challenges, it’s just different every year," Brady said. "So, it’s hard to compare every year to this particular year. This year is really this year, it’s in and of itself. There’s nuances to things at different positions. Like I said, after the game we have a great defense, we have to understand as an offense, our special teams are playing well. Us doing what we have to do on our side of the ball, like at the end of the last game getting off the goal line was really important for our team. And if we don’t do a good job of that, we kick the ball from the 5-yard line, it gives them a great opportunity, but we got it out to a decent point in the field even though we didn’t score points.

"There’s other times when we get the ball on a short field where we have to take advantage of it, we’ve got to get the ball into the end zone and score points. You get the ball in a low, red area we’ve got to put seven on the board and it puts a lot of pressure on the other team when you do that. There’s definitely a lot of things we can improve on that we’re working to improve on and that guys are committed to. The guys who are in there this week, whoever it will be, I don’t know who it will be yet, but, we’ll try to do it to the best of our ability."

The only two healthy receivers at practice Wednesday were rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers, so things could be even more challenging come Sunday against the Cowboys.

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