Frustration mounting in New England over limitations of a Patriots offense with few dependable options


fiery remarks to teammates on the sidelines last week but belie the issues at the heart of the ‘ offensive woes. New England has arguably the most limited group of skill players in the entire , a fact lost on no one in the organization, including Brady.

The Patriots have been unable to muster anything sustainable through the air or on the ground this season, and, given the state of the roster and the rash of injuries the team has endured, there isn’t much hope of a drastic change down the stretch, sources said. New England’s greatest assets are on the defensive side of the ball, which is carrying the team this season, and try as Brady might, no amount of sideline coaching is going to change that. The real heart of the angst within that offense, sources said, are the limited options they have and the small margin for error, with the Patriots significantly handcuffed if they have to play from behind.

“Tom is trying to get guys fired up and motivate them in his own way,” said a source close to the situation. “That’s not really new. But the problem is, right now there are really only two guys on offense he can trust, there isn’t anyone who can win regularly on the outside and there is only so much scheming you can do.”

As another source put it: “You can unload on a rookie receiver on the sidelines, because you aren’t going to unload on the guy who put the roster together.”

Bill Belichick is again having a masterful year as a head coach, running the defense (with help, of course) and assembling a bevy of castoffs who perfectly fit his needs on that side of the ball. But his work acquiring talent on the other side of the ball has not gone as well, especially since the departures of receivers and . Outside of stalwart slot receiver and pass-catching running back (the two players referred to in the above quote), New England does not have many (any?) go-to guys.

Trading for made sense, but he is still learnistriker Olivier Giroud admits he’s taken Tammy Abraham under his wing this season.The World Cup is happy to act as a mentor to his young teammates.”I have been talking with Tammy a lot,” he told talkSPORT.“My main role is to look after these young ng an entirely new offense on the fly, having spent most of his career in a word-based system and now in a number-based one. First-round pick-card in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.United needed one more goal to send the game to penalties, but their chances were given a significant blow when goalscorer Matic was shown his second yellow card.Spe missed most of the season with injury, and the transition for rookie receivers can be very difficult. Receiver is a converted quarterback who is still clearly learning the position, and remains limited in his skillset. The Patriots do not have a move tight end to speak of, let alone anything resembling retired future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski. The offensive line has been marred by injuries at center and left end, and the offense lost its fullback for the season (a critical position in the run game). No matter how creative offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels gets, there isn’t much to depend on.

“There is no speed on that offense, anywhere,” said one executive on a team that has faced the Patriots this season. “Edelman moves the chains and White can help them win on third down, but there is no explosion. You aren’t sitting there worrying about which guy you have to double.”

The Patriots rank 20th in yards per attempt and 30th in yards per carry. Brown remains tied for fourth on the teseason.Inter have confirmed Icardi is in their Serie A squad this season and will wear the No7.The Argentina striker was expected to leave this summer.But for now, Icardi will be part of Inter’s squad this season.As for Inter’s new signings, Diego Goam in touchdown receptions and played only one game almost immediately after joining the team.

Of course, the Patriots have rallied from difficult circumstances before to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and they remain very much alive for the top seed in the AFC again, but there does seem to be a sense within that organization that more big change is looming in 2020, whether it be with Brady, Belichick or the coaching staff. And with this perhaps their best chance to win that seventh Lombardi Trophy with the coach and quarterback together, it’s not difficult to see why tensions might be high at times on the sidelines.

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