Tracy’s Take: Buccaneers Present True Test For Patriots

BOSTON (CBS) — You aren’t necessarily what your record says you are. Sunday will be a true test for the Patriots

All eyes will be on Tom Brady and his attitude this Sunday when the Patriots take on the 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last week his open and honest frustration led to considerable criticism from fans and media alike. Most felt he should tone down his act and be a better leader. No way. I saw nothing wrong with his body language. He’s a competitive guy watching the sun set on his career and wants to win, so how can you blame him or criticize him? These rookie receivers are making mental mistakes that wouldn’t be acceptable in a college game let alone the NFL. When most rookies come into the league, veterans don’t even give them the time of day. Rookies earn respect by what they do on the field and the fact that Brady was showing that much emotion and getting on them for their shortcomings should have motivated them to want to do better. These guys are teammates and shouldn’t take it personally. It’s a business and if they want to be successful, they’ll need to do a lot better if they want a shot at any sort of a title this year.

TB12 is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, so he’s come to expect a lot out of those who play around him — and right now, that group is lacking in talent. Like Gisele said, he can’t throw the ball and catch it, too.

I don’t think we’ll ever really know why the Patriots brass wouldn’t pony up the additional $2 million that Wes Welker was looking for. It seems like a small price to pay to keep Tom happy — especially since he voluntarily …read more

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