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Is the Patriots Offense to complex?

We have heard for years that it is hard for a rookie or a free agent to walk onto the field and blend into the Patriots offensive system.  We witnessed this all year in 2006 with Reche Caldwell and this year with cry baby Joey Galloway.  Are we to believe that the intricacy of the evolving Charlie Weis/Josh McDaniel's Patriots offense is so complex and difficult compared to the two Super Bowl teams?  How is it that in such a short time, players such as; Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez, Robert Meachem, and Marques Colston can flourish and adapt while Reche Caldwell, Joey Galloway, Donte Stallworth, and David Thomas cannot?  Is it not safe to say that Tom Moore and Pete Carmichael Jr. run similar bunch, spread, shotgun, trip, four and five wide formations as the Patriots do?  It's painful to watch the young quartet of receivers in Indy and New Orleans bursting onto the scene when the Patriots can't find a dependable third and fourth receiver to take the heat off of Moss and Welker.  

 On draft day, the Patriots have been dreadful finding talent at the wide receiver and tight end position.  The Patriots may have developed David Givens and Deion Branch that helped win three Super Bowls, but what about the Matt Slater, Chad Jackson, and Bethel Johnson's of the world?    Does it not hurt your eyes to watch tight end after tight end come into this system such as Rod Rutledge, Daniel Graham, David Thomas, and Ben Watson fail to live up to expectations?  Just look around the league and see the talent that is generated from that position; Vernon Davis, Dustin Keller, John Carlson, Zach Miller, Brent Celek, and Kevin Boss to name a few.  I know that David Thomas had the injury bug and showed flashes of his catching ability while stuck down the Patriots depth chart, but he looked pretty fluid for the Saints and not the Patriots on his way to the Super Bowl.  When looking at some of the Saints and Colts receiving core, they did not come from big programs in college that pumped out receiver after receiver each year.  Hell no, they came from Hofstra, Tennessee, BYU, Iowa, and Mount Union.   Are you kidding me, Mount Union?

Could it be that the Patriots are not utilizing their players correctly?   Why Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are are able to be on the same page with their young receivers than Tom Brady is beyond me?  I believe there is a big misnomer when talking about the Patriots and the complexity of the offensive system that they run.  From what I saw this year the offense looked boring, bland, monotonous and worst of all predictable.   I guess that's what happens to an offense that is too complex for rookies and free agents to catch onto.

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