When a federal appeals court reinstated Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension back in April, fans of all NFL teams, except the Patriots, rejoiced. Finally, someone was going to pay the price for numerous cheating scandals since Brady and Belichick joined forces in New England. Whether the suspension was correct for the crime, that didn’t matter. It was the fact that the NFL had finally had enough of the Patriots antics. Finally, the Patriots organization was going to get what, many feel, they had coming to them.
However, we all forgot that this is the Patriots, and Tom Brady.
Tom Brady is 39 years old. He’s been in the league since 2000. That’s almost 16 seasons of throwing, running, and getting hit(albeit, not much). By this point, quarterbacks are supposed to start slowing down. Balls not fly as far or straight. Prior injuries are supposed to start rearing their heads. More or less, they are supposed to be on the decline in their career, especially across a whole season. Tom Brady is a typical QB though.
Through 3 games this season, Brady is completing over 73% of his passes, for 1,319 yards, 12 TDs, and 0 INTS. He has a QB rating of 133.9. True, this is through only a small sampling so far this season, but regardless, Brady is off to have the best season of his career……at 39 years old.
Peyton Manning looked like a QB at the end of his career last season. His body couldn’t handle a 16-game regular season, and playoff games on top of that. That is a typical QB. Even the future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, couldn’t survive the fight with Father Time. So why hasn’t Brady fallen off…at all?
A couple explanations are possible. It could be the lack of big hits that he’s taken in his career. It could be that, for the most part, Brady has never been the “big long bomb” kind of QB. Whatever the explanation, something is different.
Personally, I think that the 4-game suspension this season, will come back to bite the NFL. Brady and the Patriots are mad, and on top of that, he’s 4 games fresher than every other starting QB in the league. That means, 4 games less wear and tear on his body. That means when it comes time for the playoffs, Brady is going to be playing better, and fresher, than everyone else. Anyone that isn’t a Patriots fan, may absolutely hate this NFL season from here on out.
If Brady and Patriots do win the Super Bowl, it will be Brady’s fifth, and he will have been to 7 Super Bowls in just 15 full seasons. That’s unheard of.
When people ask me to rank the Top 5 QBs of All Time, it’s always been Joe Montana at #1. If Brady somehow turns this season into another Super Bowl appearance, and another Lombardi Trophy, there will be no doubt, that he is the best ever at his position.
We may be watching history folks. Try to enjoy it.