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Brett Favre doesn't see Tom Brady's age as reason for Patriots' offensive struggles

Brett Favre doesn't see Tom Brady's age as reason for Patriots' offensive struggles

The New England Patriots offense is struggling, but one Hall of Famer isn't willing to pin it on quarterback Tom Brady's age.

Brady isn't playing poorly, but the Patriots passing attack hasn't been very efficient in recent weeks. In fairness to the 42-year-old quarterback, there are a few factors out of his control contributing to this development.

Injuries to the offensive line and the addition of several wide receivers with little experience catching passes from Brady are among the biggest issues New England's offense has faced.

Legendary quarterback Brett Favre talked about Brady's age Tuesday on his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show, and he isn't buying the notion that the Patriots' struggles on offense are the result of Brady being in his 40s.

Co-host Bruce Murray:  “I do wonder to what extent you changed the way you played, if at all, as you aged, and whether we’re seeing that to some extent with Tom Brady?”

Favre:  “I think you have to look at the way he plays versus the way I played. I was a player who – maybe not to the extent of Russell Wilson, obviously not Lamar Jackson, more in line with maybe Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield where you’re not going to run for 100 yards but you are going to use your legs to extend plays, and getting out of the pocket is not an uncommon thing that those quarterbacks I mentioned do and they certainly do well. And that was really kind of the way I played from day one. As I got older it was a little bit harder, and then became harder the following year and then even harder in year 16 than it was in year eight. And in year 20 it was much harder to escape and buy time. That’s where the age really, I mean, there were times I could see the play developing the way I wanted it to but I could not avoid the guy. You know, my mind told me I could do exactly what I had done in 1995 but my body would just not cooperate.”

Favre:  “The difference is with Tom, that’s not the way he plays.  He’s a pocket passer.  He’s the greatest pocket passer ever.  He and Joe Montana are in a class by themselves. Your feet and your legs are important but they are not as important as they are for the style of play in which I played.  So I think as long as they protect him there’s no reason why he can’t play as long as he wants. I don’t think that this has anything to do with age at all. You know, we talked about a slump earlier with Phillip Rivers and you really could say that slump is offensively as a whole. For whatever reason the Patriots, they’re not clicking on offense, and it’s not a result of Tom being in his 40s. It’s timing, maybe the offensive line they’ve had a few changes there and he’s feeling a little bit of pressure from one side versus the other, and it’s just not right right now. But I think it is way too soon to write them off and I think it is absurd to mention age right now as a factor in why they’re struggling.”

Despite all their struggles offensively, the Patriots still have a 9-1 record atop the AFC standings -- one game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. New England's defense is still playing at a historically good level, and two key offensive players in left tackle Isaiah Wynn and rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry both are healthy again and on the active roster.

The Patriots have a little more than a month to find an identity offensively and build strong chemistry as a unit entering the playoffs. It's a bit similar to the situation New England faced late last season, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels figured it out. He's certainly capable of doing it again in 2019.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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