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Patriots QB Tom Brady shows frustration in animated conversation on sideline

Patriots QB Tom Brady shows frustration in animated conversation on sideline

The New England Patriots offense didn't get off to the best start Sunday night at NRG Stadium.

In fairness, the Patriots were able to move the ball at a decent rate on their opening drive versus the Houston Texans defense. But like so many of the team's trips to the red zone this season, a touchdown eluded the offense and newly signed kicker Kai Forbath converted his first field goal attempt with the Patriots.

The next two Patriots drives ended in the following ways: a Tom Brady interception and a 3-and-out.

The 3-and-out included Brady and Jakobi Meyers not being on the same page during a third-down play, as the Patriots quarterback threw the ball nowhere near the rookie wide receiver along the sideline. Brady looked frustrated as he walked off the field, and when he got to the bench, he had an animated conversation with a teammate(s).

Check out the exchange in the video below:

The Patriots have relied on a historically dominant defense all season, but at some point, the offense is going to need to win them a game. Right now, it doesn't look like Brady and the offense is anywhere near that level. The chemistry in the passing attack is not good, and the run game has been ineffective most of the year.

There's still four games left in the regular season after Sunday night for head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to figure out a solution to the offense's troubles, but these adjustments need to be made quickly or the Baltimore Ravens could claim the No. 1 seed sooner than later.

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.

David Ortiz says leaving Patriots wouldn't impact Tom Brady's legacy

David Ortiz says leaving Patriots wouldn't impact Tom Brady's legacy

Over the past 20 years, Tom Brady has established himself as one of the greatest and most beloved athletes in Boston sports history.

But if Brady leaves New England for a new team in free agency this offseason, would that leave a stain on his Patriots legacy? Fellow Boston sports legend David Ortiz doesn't believe so.

The former Red Sox slugger recently spoke with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com about Brady's impending free agency. According to Ortiz, leaving Foxboro behind ahead of his age-43 season won't take away from anything Brady has accomplished with the Pats in the past two decades.

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"His legacy has already been built. It’s always there," Ortiz told Bradford. "That’s not the problem. His problem is not going to be legacy. He could go and play somewhere else for the next 10 years when he returns to New England his legacy is going to be there.

"It’s a good thing to do but you also have to look at your options. I hope he stays with the Patriots, but it’s not up to what I say. It’s his decision. Sometimes an offer at home might be a couple of million less than what you could get on the road. It’s up to you whether you think it’s worth it."

Brady will officially become an unrestricted free agent if he and Patriots don't agree to a contract extension by March 18. Several teams are expected to be in the mix to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion, with the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders as two of the most likely destinations.

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