"The 'quarterback in decline' got the Patriots to the AFC Championship game – his third straight – where he had a poor day throwing to the likes of Matt Slater, Austin Collie and Matt Mulligan on the regular," writes Curran. "Show me another quarterback who could have done what Brady did with last year’s Patriots. You can’t."
Personally, I tend to side with Eric Wilbur when he says 'who cares?' In an article in the Boston Globe, Wilbur argues that Brady doesn't need to be the best quarterback in order for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl -- he just needs to have the best team. That's what really matters right? Wilber notes that Brady only had one 1,000-yard receiver in the three years he won the Super Bowl. His numbers didn't matter then and they shouldn't matter now, so as long as the team's winning.
"Is Tom Brady still a top-5 quarterback? Who cares? Maybe the question is better worded as are there five other quarterbacks you’d rather have?," writes Wilbur.
As for Brady's receivers, the pressure is on for
"If he doesn’t produce big numbers -- think at least 80 catches, 800-plus yards, and a clean bill of health -- then Amendola is all but gone after 2014, when he doesn’t have as much dead money left on a contract that runs through 2017," says Volin.
With all the questions at the wide receiver position, Chris Gasper ranked the group as his #2 biggest area of weakness on the Patriots roster. Gasper and Andy Gresh joined CSN's Early Edition to rank the team's top 3 areas of weakness. The only position that came up in both Gasper and Gresh's top three was the tight end position.
"Major questions on Gronkowski's health. Not sold on Hoo-man or
Other than Tom Brady, Jermichael Finley has been the other popular discussion piece this week. When reports came out on Monday that Finley had visited with the Patriots, people started to believe this could be a real posibility. Not so fast, says ESPN reporter Ed Werder. Werder says that the visit was exclusively for a medical evaluation of his spinal fusion surgery. As Mike Reiss points out in the article, an on-field tryout would most likely need to happen in the near future, if an agreement is imminent.