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You think? Tom Brady says he has ‘to do a better job with my body language’ (GIFs)


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his receivers had a frustrating night on Thursday. Dropped balls, slight overthrows, sloppy conditions, you name it, marred the productivity of a usually remarkably efficient offense.

Brady ended up having an extremely sub-par night, especially statistically. For the first time in four years, Brady completed less than fifty percent of his passes, going 19 for 39 for 185 yards with a touchdown.

Obviously, the departure of Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos has had a huge impact on Brady and the Patriots offense. And the struggles that perhaps should be expected were only exacerbated with the news that receiver Danny Amendola reportedly could miss between two to six weeks due to a groin injury.

The return of Rob Gronkowski to the receiving corps, possibly even next week, certainly will improve the condition of the passing offense. And Gronk’s return can’t come a moment too soon.

With Julian Edelman (13 catches, 78 yards) being one of the few bright spots, the inexperience of rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins during Thursday night’s 13-10 win over the New York Jets frustrated the Patriots signal-caller and it showed. I mean it really, really showed.

Brady was visibly upset on several occasions at the ineffectiveness of the offense throughout the night, but said afterward that it is unfair to hold the two rookies to too high of standards.

“I think it’s unrealistic for them to feel like they can do it like 10-year veterans,” the Patriots quarterback said during his postgame comments. “It’s not what they are, but they’re trying hard and they work really hard and they have a lot of skill and they’re great kids. We’ve just got to keep battling.”

To be fair to the quarterback, it must be difficult to deal with inexperience and ineptitude after so many years of precision with all the parts of the offense working in unison and operating like a a well-oiled machine.

That was not the case on Thursday night. Not by a long shot. Brady’s frustration was palatable on the field and on the sidelines in several instances, as evidenced by these brilliant GIFs created by the gents over at Kissing Suzy Kolber:

Yikes. As far as entertaining Tom Brady GIFs are concerned, who else prefers the “Smarmy Sideline Macking Brady” and “Awkward Sideline Dancing Brady” ones to these displays of petulant frustration? I certainly do.

But to Brady’s credit, he admitted after the game that he has to reign in his emotions a bit better when things aren’t going well, as it may have an adverse effect on the confidence of the players around him.

“Yeah, it does,” Brady admitted. “I think I have to do a better job with my body language. I definitely can improve that. I wouldn’t say it’s a real strong point of mine right now. We’ll just try to keep doing better. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

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