COMMENTARY | Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you're probably aware that the New England Patriots have issues at wide receiver.
Management let Wes Welker, Tom Brady's most reliable target, walk this offseason in a saga that drew plenty of attention. Despite the fact he's almost never healthy, Danny Amendola was brought to town to replace Welker's production. It didn't take long for Amendola to get injured, and now everyone is in panic mode regarding New England's receiving corps.
If you watched the tea's game against the New York Jets, you know Tom Brady is one of many who are frustrated. He wasn't on the same page as his receivers all game, and he resorted to almost exclusively throwing to Julian Edelman by the end of the game. It's never good when you're throwing to only one guy, especially when that one guy caught just 21 passes last season.
Brady did not hide his anger very well. He was screaming and yelling, and he looked disappointed when his receivers dropped a ball or ran the wrong route. This happened a lot. Everyone saw, and it's been quite the hot topic. Some say it's simply his passion spilling over, and some say he's failing to be a leader. As usual, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
I think there's one thing we can all agree on: The Patriots have bigger issues than Tom Brady yelling. The Denver Broncos look very good, Stevan Ridley loves to fumble, nobody can catch a pass, and three of Brady's top options are injured. Sure, his body language can improve. Is there a more constructive way he can funnel his energy? Definitely. At 36 years old, is this going to change? Probably not.
After the game, we heard Brady refer to his receivers as "kids." This is weird to hear as it almost seems he's helping out at a college camp over the summer. The reality is that he's much older than the guys he's throwing to, and they surely grew up looking at Tom Brady as a legend. For everyone, this has to be a strange situation to be in.
There is plenty of work to be done, and I'm sure Brady will take care of it during the week. If he's putting in long hours watching film with the young guys and helping them feel more comfortable on the field, it's not a big deal if he occasionally throws a temper tantrum.
It would be nice to see Brady transition into more of a teacher during the games, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Despite what opposing fans will say about his off the field behavior, he's one of the fieriest competitors in the league. If the downside of this is that he shows his frustration when his receivers are dropping passes, I'll live with it.
Soon enough, this young group should be pushed down into a secondary role. Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and Shane Vereen will take a huge load of Brady's shoulders. Until then, he'll just have to be patient. And if he wants to yell a couple times, who cares?
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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