Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England was at practice and observed an interception laced with low throws, high throws and late throws tossed into tight coverage.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't sweating it: "What you look for is the overall execution by whatever player it is of his assignment, technique, and what happens on the play," he said. "And as some people like to do, every touchdown is a great play, every interception is the quarterback's fault. And unfortunately that's just not really the way it works. Sometimes we score in spite of ourselves, and sometimes quarterbacks do the right thing and there are breakdowns somewhere else."
It's not unusual to see a second-year NFL passer tail off statistically. Instead of regression, it's often a young player testing boundaries. As Belichick points out, "That's part of what practice is for ... to take risks, and to push it to see how far we can go, to see how much you can do."
Brady's youth in New England was a trial by fire. We've never seen Belichick unleash a quarterback after years of grooming. It's a scary thought, and a shadow of things to come.