Tom Brady did not look like himself in 2018.
One year after winning the NFL MVP prize, the New England Patriots quarterback is out of the top 10 in most categories. Some believe that he played the second half of the season on a partially torn MCL.
But maybe the answer is a lot easier than an injury.
Mike Lombardi, who served as executive for Bill Cleickick for both the Cleveland Browns and the Patriots, was asked on Friday for WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria" about Brady's struggles. One thing: trust.
"I think a bit of that is that there are a lot of new players in the team and I think you can see that," Lombardi told hosts John Tomase and Marc James. "If Tom misses a roll, if he thinks the receiver is going to be on the right and he is on the left, it's all about trust. That happened to me when you saw him with Josh Gordon. It was truly unique how he was able to build trust with Josh Gordon on such a fast basis, and he did. And I think that's really what it's all about, there are many people, it takes a lot of time. You know, the OTA days are missing, people say, "Well, he does not need Tom Brady." But the people around him need him there and I think some of it sometimes pops up. "
While Brady has not looked at it as it did in previous years, the 41
The Patriots have moved away from the Gillette Stadium this season, but still have a chance of securing a first-round run in the playoffs with a victory over the New York Jets on Sunday in Foxboro.
New England should be able to count on its ongoing play and defense to defeat Sam Darnold and New York, but the Pats will definitely need Brady's A-Game once the playoffs begin.
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