Smith: Patriots offense still Brady-driven

Smith: Patriots offense still Brady-driven
September 25, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Mike Smith says that this is the same Patriots offense he's come to know in recent years. Why? Because Tom Brady runs the show.

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FOXBORO -- Some have argued that the New England Patriots' 3-0 record isn't what it seems, mainly because their first three opponents weren't NFL powerhouses.

Well, they now go into Atlanta for a Sunday night, nationally-televised game against a Falcons team that is 1-2. Regardless of how you feel about the Patriots' perfect record so far, there's no denying that the Falcons pose more of a threat than their under-.500 record shows.

But they'll have to stop Tom Brady and the New England offense, which also still seems to be no easy task, even with all the new faces around him.

At least, that's according to Falcons coach Mike Smith, who doesn't see anything different out of the Patriots' offense this year.

"I see a quarterback-driven offense in Tom Brady, that still has a great grasp of the offensive scheme," said Smith in a conference call on Wednesday. "And he's distributing the ball to the different players that he needs to. And obviously they're doing a great job. They're 3-0, and I don't think you have to dissect it more than that.

"I think it's the same offense that they've run for years there," added Smith. "I think it's a game plan offense. I think it changes each and every week. They do a great job with the tempo. They do a great job with changing personnel. I don't see anything different."