Tom Bradyis clearly the foundation for the prolific offense in New England. However, one can't help but think what would happen without the reigning NFL MVP under center. Unfortunately, Thursday night's opener did not comfort those who speculate about a Brady-less Patriot offense.
"We got out there and we couldn't really get anything going," said QB Matt Casselto the *Boston Globe *about the offense's sluggish performance.
So, yes, one might and probably should expect the first preseason game to have various execution problems. The five turnovers the Patriots committed symbolize those issues. Nonetheless, there were numerous bright moments for Patriots fans to be enthused about.
A healthy, happy Richard Seymourdiscusses, in a *Globe *article, the importance of getting pressure with four pass rushers, an aspect of last night's performance that was encouraging.
"If we rush four, I feel like we need to force the quarterback to either get rid of the ball quick or get a sack. It isn't always going to be a sack or a play like that, but you just don't want him to sit back there and hold the ball and pick apart our secondary."
Staying with the high notes from Thursday's 16 to 15 loss, the Patriots' rookie linebackers put their best foot forward in their first NFL game. The *Patriot Ledger *talks more about a solid start for Jerod Mayoand Shawn Crable.