Tom Brady's Had Every Right to be Visibly Frustrated With Poor Receiver Play

By Connor Muldowney
Tom Brady
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In a game in which neither quarterback completed more than 50 percent of his passes, Tom Brady looked more frustrated than rookie Geno Smith on Thursday night. The veteran quarterback couldn’t hold in his frustration after his rookie-dominated corps of wide outs continued to drop passes and just flat-out underperform.

Does he have a gripe? Should he be frustrated? Yes, he certainly has a reason to be visibly upset with his young group of guys, because otherwise, they will never really learn if Brady doesn’t teach them right from wrong. Obviously they know that dropping passes isn’t right, but if you have Brady yelling in your face about the correct route to run, then you are going to run that route ten times better the next time out.

It was obvious that the New England Patriots didn’t have their best stuff against the New York Jets. Brady completed just 18 of 39 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown – his worst performance in quite some time.

Just how bad was the offense in this game? Brady connected on 13 of his 18 completions with Julian Edelman, a fifth-year player out of Kent State. His 13 catches were more than he had in 2010 and 2011 combined. Last season, he had just 21. Even worse was the fact that Brady completed passes to only four players – the lowest number in quite some time.

Without Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola, this offense is much worse than imagined. Losing Shane Vereen from the run game didn’t help at all, either.

It’s obvious that Brady misses his dominant group of tight ends and wide outs from a year ago, including Wes Welker, Gronkoswki and Aaron Hernandez. It’s not going to get any easier from here on out – Brady has a lot of teaching to do.

Don’t blame Brady for showing his frustration – one of the best quarterbacks needs a bone thrown his way sometimes.

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