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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Brady: Offense will be 'a little bit different'

By ESPNBoston.com

During his Tuesday morning interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady discussed the evolution of the New England offense without Randy Moss.

“I still think we have a lot of confidence that we can move the football,” Brady said. “It just may be a little bit different than what you’ve seen. Who knows if it’s better or worse. That remains to be seen for all of us."

Asked specifically about how the Patriots’ offense can be just as effective without Moss as it was with him, Brady responded by saying “that’s a great question” and touched on his other weapons in the passing game.

“I don’t think there’s any one solution,” Brady said. “You just don’t replace a guy with Randy’s talent and ability down the field. You replace it with maybe using the strengths of other players. So Randy certainly has his strengths. Wes [Welker] has his strengths. The tight ends have their strengths. I think it’s up to the coaching staff when you game plan to determine what your players do the best, and those are the things that you ultimately do.”

Brady continued on that track after a question about whether fans might notice a difference in offensive philosophy and game plan without Moss:

“The truth is, I don’t know,” Brady said. “I’d love to have an offense that controls the tempo of the game and controls the clock by running it. You have these certainly high-percentage passes with the different players that we have. I think we still have some explosive players in the passing game. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

“Whether it’s Brandon Tate, I mean, you’ve seen what he can do on kickoff returns. His ability to make that more of a threat on offense is something that, as a second-year player, of course he’s trying to do. Aaron Hernandez, he’s had the biggest pass plays all season for this team. Adding a guy like Deion [Branch], Deion has caught a lot of deep balls in his career. So, there’s a lot of guys that have that explosive ability in the passing game. Obviously, you’ve got to get Wes down the field. You’ve got to get [Rob] Gronkowski down the field. You see what kind of plays he can make.

"So, there’s obviously a lot of guys that can do different things: short, intermediate, deep in the passing game. And that’s what you need as a good offense. You need multiple threats. You need guys that can do multiple things. So, I think that’s the goal of our offense."

Brady stressed toward the end of the interview that the game plan won't be overhauled without Moss, probably the greatest deep threat in NFL history.

“The short passes complement the long passes and vice versa. If you throw the ball underneath all day long, the field is going to get compressed, there’s no doubt about that. I don’t think we’ve ever been gun-shy about taking shots downfield. The guys that are in the game, we have a lot of confidence they’ll be able to make the plays. It’s not like the game plan all of a sudden is ‘OK, we’re going to throw 3-yard passes all day.’ That’s not our offense. Our offense is our offense.

"Coaches spent a lot of time game-planning this week and I’m sure we’re going to have short passes, intermediate passes, long passes ... everything that we’ve always had. That’s just the way the offense is set up."