NESN.com Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe joined me on Monday's show to point the finger after Sunday's loss, and to talk about what's next for the organization this offseason. To listen to the show in its entirety, click here.
My finger was pointed at Tom Brady, and at Tom Brady only. And it still is.
Bill Belichick's game plan could have been as perfect as any game plan has ever been, but if your quarterback loses a strip-sack fumble, and throws two interceptions in three of your team's first four possessions, that game plan becomes awfully difficult to execute, especially if every time your defense hits the field, they're inside their own 25-yard line.
Brady essentially helped spot the Ravens 20 points on Sunday. The Ravens turned all four of his turnovers - one lost fumble and three interceptions - into points, six more points than Brady was able to score.
Sure, Wes Welker could have helped. But would he have helped New England to a win? Would he have prevented Brady's turnovers?
But Welker didn't play, and his replacement, Julian Edelman, had both Patriots touchdown receptions. Oh yea, don't the Patriots have another guy by the name of Randy Moss?
Bottom line, the finger should be pointed at Brady. If he doesn't turn the ball over four times, to set the tone of the game in the first quarter, we aren't talking about New England's needs to be addressed this offseason. We're talking about next weekend's Divisional Playoff game in San Diego.
The fact that we're not talking about the latter falls on the shoulders of Brady, and nobody but.
I just wish he would take the blame.