New England Patriots: Tom Brady Shouldn’t Be Blamed For AFC Championship Game Loss
While it’s no secret that the Pats’ offense couldn’t produce as expected in the game, Tom Brady is certainly not to blame for the loss. The star signal caller did what he could today, and as it has been the case during the whole season, he carried the team on his back. This time, however, it wasn’t enough.
The Patriots were serious underdogs in today’s contest, so the loss shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 26th-ranked defense went up against the best offense in the whole NFL and on the other side of the ball, the Patriots presented a group that didn’t feature any of the top-five receivers Brady had last season.
The running game was nonexistent today, and Brady didn’t receive much help from his receiving corps either. Danny Amendola finished the game with zero catches and even though Julian Edelman did what he could, finishing the game with 10 receptions for 89 yards and a score, he was the only reliable option Brady had to throw the football to.
Le’Garrette Blount and Steven Ridley weren’t a factor on the rushing attack, and the overall offensive scheme hurt the Patriots’ chances as they simply didn’t have enough talent to match up against Denver.
That’s clearly not Brady’s fault. After all, he carried the team to their third straight AFC Championship Game but in this case, he didn’t have Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker or Aaron Hernandez to throw the ball to. His only options were Shane Vereen and Edelman as the rest of the team couldn’t do anything to upset the Broncos’ secondary.
Considering what Brady did with the little talent surrounding him, he shouldn’t be criticized for what happened today against the Broncos. He did more than anybody expected, and he should instead be praised for carrying the franchise to a championship game for the third straight year.