The Pats Find Ways to Win

Despite losing some of its best players, Brady and company press on

Tom Brady warms up and waves before a game. (MCT)


Tom Brady warms up and waves before a game. (MCT)

Critics sometimes call the Patriots the worst of the best teams in the NFL. However, even though he’s lost most of his elite receivers for one big reason or another, Tom Brady still finds ways to win.

Brady has been working hard to give his rookie receivers a feel for the Patriots offensive style. With new receiver Danny Amendola sidelined by injury and tight end Rob Gronkowski recovering from surgery, increased scrutiny has dropped on rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson. Thompkins has been a big part of the Patriots passing success thus far (especially catching the exciting game winning pass against the Saints).  But, as the team’s leader, Brady seems to understand that it’s going to take time. “The thing is, we have to score more than the other team, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be 30 points. It just has to be more than what the other team is scoring, because the team is going to evolve over the course of the season,” said Brady in an interview with the Boston Globe.

Brady believes patience is the key when dealing with rookie receivers. Julian Edelman has stepped up big time. Adding 80 yards per game and two touchdowns, he is a solid replacement for Wes Welker.  Gronkowski and Amendola will be huge additions to the offense when both are back and healthy.

In the week four win against the Falcons, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork suffered a season ending Achilles’ tendon tear. The Patriots will have to replace his skill and leadership by committee. “There’s no replacing Vince Wilfork,” stated Coach Bill Belichick in an interview with the Boston Globe. The Patriots do have the personnel to adapt and change their defense around. Another young player, 24 year old Joe Vellano, will fill the left defensive tackle spot.

A lot of people say that as long as the Patriots have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick they will be all set. If week six’s exciting comeback win against the previously unbeaten New Orleans’s Saints is any indication, they might be right. Belichick and Brady have been a dynamic duo ever since Brady’s 2001 Super Bowl win. It looks like the Patriots are well on their way to another famous playoff run this year.

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