Who's to blame for the poor showing against the Jets?

Who's to blame for the poor showing against the Jets?
September 13, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

The Patriots must have been lucky against the Jets on Thursday night because they certainly weren't good.

Andy Hart, Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson sit down on Sports Tonight to serve up some "Blame Pie" in an effort to pin down who is ultimately responsible for the poor showing.

Hart starts by looking to the hooded one.

"[Bill Belichick] drafts the guys, he coaches the guys," says Hart.

He goes on to say if Belichick is the guy who gets the credit when things go well, he has to be accountable after the stinkers like Thursday night.

But what about the rookie receivers?

"I don't take the receivers off the hook... To me, the hardest part is getting open, and they did that," says Hart.

Dickerson agrees.

"[We know rookie receivers struggle] - they struggle running routes, they struggle trying to figure out offenses, they should struggle catching regular, easy footballs that Tom Brady throws to them," says Dickerson.

And just how did the Patriots allow themselves to go into a season with so many question marks at the receiver position?

Well, as Dickerson points out, as late as Memorial Day, they thought they had a receiving corp that included Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Danny Amendola.

On Thursday night, two of those men were in street clothes and one was in an orange jump suit.

Between the adjustments to the receiving corp and the inability to run the football, the Patriots were forced to turn to Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins - and neither was up to the task. 

Who do you blame for the poor showing against the Jets? The coaching? The lack of a running game? The receivers? Tom Brady? Someone else?