Brady was obsessed with Gronk today too. I can understand why with the poor performance of the receivers, but he really locked on.
Long-term, we'll HAVE to figure this thing out, but yeah.
On the upside, Gronk looked pretty good. Still think there's some rust to be shaken off and he didn't quite look like he was up to game speed yet, but the results were there early even. Some of the stuff we saw in the first few drives was fantastic. We were running the ball effectively on quick counts and the tempo was back.
The Pats didn't play well, but they got completely hosed on 2 huge plays that should have resulted in them winning the game. The long swing pass to Boldin that was sent back because of a ******** PI call on Gronk (when Gronk was ran into after being held and turned by the defender) and that ******** pushing call. Even before the penalty negated the Boldin play, they gave him a really ****** spot. He went out at the 6 inch line, but they marked it at the 3 yard line. How do they **** up by 10 feet?
The refs literally took the game away. One of those games that made it feel like I was watching a rigged production.
The run was inconsistent today, both in the yardage gained and the way it was called. Wasn't in love with the gameplan going into the day. Whoever it's on, it seemed like the staff and Brady were just as enraptured with Gronk's return as we were. Should have slowed it down and tried to grind out some yards on the ground, especially in the second half. The passing game has looked at it's best off of effectively sold play action this year anyway.
...it's honestly hard to believe Brady was as bad as he was. We've seen it before this season, but it's never been as bad as this. May be the worst game I've seen him play since the early 2000's. Looked like a backup quarterback at times. Aside from the interception, he seemed to consistently make the correct reads. He just didn't have any control over where the ball was going to be. That's kind of scary.
I think he'll be fine long-term, but it's time to admit that he's a major part of the problem this year.
Belichick, who has proven time and time again that he knows the rules as well as anyone in the game, had stated that he didn't agree with the foul and used some of the language cited in this as his reason for disagreeing with the call. He also NEVER shows up the refs in media events.
Again, what's done is done and we put ourselves in a position to lose that game by playing totally crummy football, but it's interesting nonetheless.