FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison offered tough love for quarterback Tom Brady and the rest of the team, saying Brady looks "scared to death" and is surrounded by only average talent.
"Brady just looks like he's scared to death back there," Harrison told WEEI Boston.
"Tom Brady can still play. But when you surround him -- there's a reason why Brandon LaFell was let go [by the Panthers]. He's not a great player. He's a young guy, and he has to make his way in this league. And Danny Amendola, you look at him, no one ever said he was a great player. He's always been hurt. The history is behind it. Rob Gronkowski, obviously coming off that ACL injury, he's been hurt. So it's not like when you look at the Patriots on paper they just have all these weapons and teams are afraid of them."
Even worse for Brady, in Harrison's view, is the inability of the Patriots offensive line to offer the three-time Super Bowl winner any protection from the pass rush.
"He doesn't have any confidence in his offensive line. And unfortunately, they're meeting one of the most complete teams in the National Football League, the Cincinnati Bengals. And he thought this pass rush from Tamba Hali and the other guys were coming, if I'm Cincinnati I'm doing the same thing. I'm locking up on the outside, I'm saying these wide receivers can't get open. I'm coming after Brady all day."
The Patriots are currently 2-2, tied with the Bills and the Dolphins for the top record in the AFC East.