I think people do not want to admit that the talent is not deep on this team. Everyone jumped all over Grigson, for good reason, but are willing to give Ballard a pass. In "Ballard we trust" is all I kept hearing. Brissett is an average qb and the talent on this team, or lack of, is not able to win games giv3n his abilities. Once Luck retired, I said 2 things and not all that profound. It would be an evaluation year for Brissett to see if he is "the guy" moving forward. Secondly , Luck hid a lot of warts. Ballard would not b able to hide behind Luck's skirt anymore. This team is what it is and I think we r truly seeing how talented it really is. Sadly, it does not appear to be as talented as many posters and the media originally thought.
I know. And the rest of the team has been exposed, including starting last year's backup QB.
IMO, it shows just how much Luck carried the team. I think other teams that have elite QBs also have several elite players at some positions.
Brady misses Gronk, but the drop off in NE offense is being blamed mainly on Brady.