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Will Pats have to scrap go-to offense?

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07:09 AM ET 07.31 | How times have changed over a few short months in New England. One of the most talked about and analyzed elements of the Patriots offense last season was the no-huddle, and how Tom Brady & Co. were masters of slipping in and out of the hurry-up on a dime at strategic points during games. With so many new faces expected to join the wide receiver and tight end positions, can the Pats possibly be as effective operating their uptempo offense? Can it continue to be that kind of weapon, wearing opposing teams down both physically and mentally without chief participants Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Danny Woodhead, Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski, at least for now, in the fold? Or will Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have to scrap that particular phase at the outset, and only use it the conventional way.

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July 31, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Why not? Almost everything else has gone down the crapper or is showering with his back to the wall.

July 31, 2013  07:35 AM ET

We already were seeing the answer last year. The Patriots are developing a ground game that can stand on its own. They have an easy schedule the first few weeks, and can afford to take some time to tune the offense.

Time and again, the Patriots have shown it's the system, it's the "next guy up" philosophy and it's not about individuals.

July 31, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Tom Brady is still the qb, so it's a dumb question. Oh figures. Please note the source of the article.

July 31, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Somehow... I figure the Patriots will weather this storm just fine. It's not like they are in the NFC West.

July 31, 2013  08:11 AM ET

I wouldn't count the Patriots out, despite the off season setbacks...

July 31, 2013  08:28 AM ET

When all is said and done I think the Pats will be right where they want to be at the end of the regular season.

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July 31, 2013  08:43 AM ET

The offense will be good enough, the Pats used a 2nd and two 3rd picks on defensive players for a reason and then signed safety Wilson in FA. They have finished 25th, 31st and 25th over the last three seasons for total defense in the NFL. If they have finally fixed their DB issues, then that is what will make the difference.

July 31, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Afew yrs. ago Iwould have said no big deal because the division was not all that good, but now the Fish in Miami are poised to have a decent year, and I maybe going out on the limb here but Buffalo also could have a decent season - they did score alot of points last yr. but the "D" also gave up alot. This could be a tight yr. within that division.

July 31, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Their schedule is not as cream puffy as some think. along the way they have to play the Falcons, Saints, Bengals, Broncos, Texans Ravens and those always resilient Steelers. The AFC has been notoriously weak as a division for years, but they will have to earn any home field playoff berth.

July 31, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Their schedule is not as cream puffy as some think. along the way they have to play the Falcons, Saints, Bengals, Broncos, Texans Ravens and those always resilient Steelers. The AFC has been notoriously weak as a division for years, but they will have to earn any home field playoff berth.

I don't know why people say it's cream puffy either. Going to Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta and Cincy won't be easy games.

July 31, 2013  09:11 AM ET

The writer seems to suppose that Hoodie will field a team that isn't prepared to compete.

Nonsense.

July 31, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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The writer seems to suppose that Hoodie will field a team that isn't prepared to compete. Nonsense.

As I said..consider the source of the article. There aren't many rags as bad as the Boston Herald.

July 31, 2013  09:18 AM ET

I figure ifn any team can overcome,what happened too NE's reciever corps?

The Pats would have too be on the list,as starting good,And hit the game running.

But,no doubt they've been gimped up after losing 3 peeps that Brady depended on,are gone.

July 31, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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I don't know why people say it's cream puffy either.

They start against the Bills, the Jets and the Bucs. That's the easy part.

July 31, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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They start against the Bills, the Jets and the Bucs. That's the easy part.

True..nothing easy after that, and although they have the Browns on the schedule, remember what happened last time they played them.

July 31, 2013  09:37 AM ET

They only have to play a 14 game schedule, so it shouldn't be hard. Oh, I know the schedule says 16 games, but the waterboy and his 10 3rd grade friends can beat the J.E.T.S.

July 31, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Scrap it? No. Slim it down some? Absolutely. And if Gronkowski goes down, it gets real thin.

July 31, 2013  10:54 AM ET

I don't even like the Pats, but I do respect their ability to respond to adversity. Lately Brady may enjoy his mansions and models more than extra time at work, but I'm certain he'll have all the time in the world to make sure they have a handful of go-to plays ready. They might not lead the league in offensive snaps again this year (especially if this Philly thing happens), but I don't doubt that the hurry-up will continue to be effective if and when they need it.

 
July 31, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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We already were seeing the answer last year. The Patriots are developing a ground game that can stand on its own. They have an easy schedule the first few weeks, and can afford to take some time to tune the offense.Time and again, the Patriots have shown it's the system, it's the "next guy up" philosophy and it's not about individuals.

Very true. The system and the easy conference will get the PATs into the playoffs again.

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