Trouble is afoot in Foxborough.
That’s what former Patriot Rodney Harrison thinks at least.
“I’ve never seen Rob Gronkowski look like this. I’ve never seen Tom Brady look like this,” the NBC analyst said, via WEEI, on “Sunday Night Football” after the Pats’ 24-12 win over the Bills earlier in the day. “I’m really worried about the New England Patriots. … I wouldn’t be afraid to go into New England [in the playoffs].”
While New England is now in position to secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win against the Jets in Week 17, Harrison isn’t making something out of nothing.
Tom Brady finished the sluggish win against the Bills with just 126 passing yards for one touchdown and two picks. The future Hall of Famer attempted a season-low 24 passes as well, which helps fuel the rumors that he is playing hurt.
He’s now thrown double-digit interceptions for just the second time in the past six seasons, and his current passer rating of 95.4 would be his lowest in a season since 2013.
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His security blanket, Rob Gronkowski, is struggling as well. Gronk caught zero balls against the Bills — and had a drop that turned into an interception — marking just the fourth time in his career he’s ended a game without a catch. He’s topped 100 yards just twice this season, and with his lengthy injury history slowing him down, it’s not hard to see why he mulled retirement last season.
Harrison’s sentiments are not unfounded, and they’re probably shared by many others. But after so many Brady-is-on-the-decline thoughts have been debunked, it takes a brave man to doubt the living legend.
It’s always possible Harrison knows something we don’t. After Brady’s poor performance, he was forced to deny rumors that he had torn his MCL before his tentative display. He had been on the injury report for a few weeks prior for a mysterious knee injury.
“Everyone has little bumps and bruises,” he told WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan” on Monday. “It’s just football, and it’s a long season, but for this time of year I feel great. I feel ready to go and I’m excited for this week.”
Brady can continue to say he’s fine, but his play, along with the Pats’ cautiousness with him, may suggest otherwise.