The New England Patriots Have an Identity Crisis


Published: September 22, 2009

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... largely disappointing thus far, falling behind a lackluster Bills team (necessitating a near-miracle comeback) and putting up a hard-to-watch effort on Sunday against the Jets.

Tom Brady has not looked quite right in either game: it appears obvious he has not fully recovered from his traumatic knee injury. It could be mental, or there could still be problems with the knee, but the Brady of 2009 has looked hapless, harried and gun-shy.

The offensive line has seemingly done little to help him. After a 2007 season when it seemed Brady was hardly touched until the Super Bowl, this unit has been sorely lacking. To be fair, Matt Cassel's inexperience caused a lot of sacks last year, but this year's iteration has allowed an unacceptable number of free blitzers, especially with a still-healing quarterback.

The receiving corps also appears to be off its game. Brady has yet to develop anything close to a rapport with Joey Galloway. Randy Moss has yet to catch a deep pass...

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