Even Tom Brady admits that it’s a great question. How can the Patriots offense be as good — or better — without the deep threat of Randy Moss?
Brady discussed the evolution of the post-Moss Patriots offense during his weekly Tuesday morning radio interview on WEEI.
“That remains to be seen with our offense,” Brady said. “I can tell you 20 different ways, but we’ve got to go out there and do it. I don’t think there’s any one solution. You just don’t replace a guy with Randy’s talent and ability down the field. You replace it with maybe using the strengths of other players. So, Randy certainly has his strengths. Wes [Welker] has his strengths. The tight ends have their strengths. I think it’s up to the coaching staff when you game plan to determine what your players do the best, and those are the things that you ultimately do.
“Believe me, I still think we have a lot of confidence that we can move the football. It just may be a little bit different than what you’ve seen. Who knows if it’s better or worse. That remains to be seen for all of us.”
Brady’s answers had a similar feel when he was asked if there will be a noticeable difference in the way the offense runs without Moss.
“The truth is, I don’t know,” Brady said. “I’d love to have an offense that controls the tempo of the game and controls the clock by running it. You have these certainly high-percentage passes with the different players that we have. I think we still have some explosive players in the passing game. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
“Whether it’s Brandon Tate, I mean, you’ve seen what he can do on kickoff returns. His ability to make that more of a threat on offense is something that, as a second-year player, of course he’s trying to do. Aaron Hernandez, I mean, he’s had the biggest pass plays all season for this team. Adding a guy like Deion [Branch], I mean, Deion has caught a lot of deep balls in his career. So, there’s a lot of guys that have that explosive ability in the passing game. Obviously, you’ve got to get Wes down the field. You’ve got to get [Rob] Gronkowski down the field. You see what kind of plays he can make.
“So, there’s obviously a lot of guys that can do different things — short, intermediate, deep in the passing game. And that’s what you need as a good offense. You need multiple threats. You need guys that can do multiple things. So, I think that’s the goal of our offense.”
Much has been made about how the Patriots got better by trading Moss. But Brady is right — it won’t matter what he says. The results will be on the field.
— Frank Tadych