Peyton Manning has worked with offensive coordinator Tom Moore in every season of his NFL career. Tom Brady has been successful as an NFL quarterback, but has not had the same luxury.
Following Charlie Weis’ departure after the 2004 season, the Patriots have had three different offensive play-callers — Josh McDaniels, Bill O’Brien and Bill Belichick.
Is it a coincidence the Patriots have not won the Super Bowl since Weis left the team to coach at Notre Dame? The team needs to find a long-term offensive coordinator to develop consistency on offense.
Moore understands the need for offensive consistency better than most. The Colts offensive coordinator knows his relationship with Manning has helped the team win.
“[Manning’s] made me a better coach, by far a better coach, because you have to stay on top of things,” Moore told the Boston Herald. “I love him. … This game is not about Tom Moore. It’s about doing what you have to do to win.”
The Patriots’ offense has had more turnover than synergy in recent years, and it could experience its most significant change next year. Brady is scheduled to be a free agent following the 2010 season. But the signal-caller doesn’t intend to be a distraction in the present.
“I’m under contract,” Brady told The Sports Xchange. “I signed a six-year contract five years ago. There’s a lot players that end up being in my situation. There is a lot of uncertainty in the league. As a player rep now, I realize all the issues that our league faces. It’s a really unique time in our league. As a team player, I don’t sit and here and say, ‘What about me? What about me?’ I’m under contract. I’ll go out there and play and play my butt off.”
The Patriots may want to lock up Brady to a long-term deal sooner rather than later. Without him, it won’t matter who’s calling plays.
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