Titans head coach Mike Vrabel played with Tom Brady early on in his career and isn’t ready to write off the Patriots quarterback yet. Did Brady have a down year statistically and ride his defense for a few wins this year? Absolutely.
But as Vrabel pointed out on a conference call with the New England media, Brady is still doing many things well. His down season says more about the offense as a whole and not any decline in his skills.
The Patriots never replaced Rob Gronkowski and failed to develop a reliable complimentary option to Julian Edelman. On top of that, the running game has been inconsistent.
All of that and the Patriots still won 12 games.
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