By Jimmy Cunningham, howiGit New York Writer, Manhattan, NY
Tom Brady began his NFL career winning 9 straight play off games, throwing 3.6 touchdowns for every interception, completing 62.5% of his passes for an average of 216 yards per game, and an had average quarterback rating of 91.5. He did all of this before his 30th birthday. HE IS JUST A WINNER!
The success the Patriots have had is something that is very rarely seen on the NFL level; you could argue the 1970’s Steelers and 1990’s Cowboys are the only teams to have similar success. However that success was done with quarterbacks towards the end of their careers, both Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman only played 4 more years after their last Super Bowl. Brady has 8 playoff appearances since 2005. Since his last Super bowl Brady has an 8-7 record – that sounds almost Peyton Manningish – and has thrown 1.63 touchdowns for every interception, completed 55% of his passes, and has a respectable 88 QB rating per game which is inflated by his performances against the David Garrad led Jaguars and Tim Tebow led Broncos. He’s also averaged 266 yards a game during this stretch – the only area in which Brady has not declined. Maybe his 19 picks in 15 games are why he had to throw for so many yards in those games.
This is a trajectory that I can not ever remember seeing. Most football players, especially quarterbacks, tend to get better with age. How come Tom Brady in his prime has been significantly worse in the playoffs in almost every statistical category? What could stop Tom Brady from continuing this historic pace? Injury? No, he has only been hurt one season. Then it has to be his team must have fell apart; well no – he has won his division 7 times since then. What could it possibly be for this guy who was on pace to be the most successful quarterback of all time?
Oh I know, SPYGATE! I win more on partycasino.com than Tom Brady has since he stopped cheating. In 2007 the Patriots were caught of illegally filming the opposing teams’ defenses signals. Something that would allow a quarterback to identify coverages and blitzes prior to breaking the huddle. The narrative out of New England is “oh it really didn’t help that much, and look at his regular season numbers!” Well Brady and the Pats look a lot like the Colts and Peyton Manning since they had to stop filming signals. If a baseball player put up numbers rarely seen before, got caught for steroids and then could not replicate the same success, our very own lead writer would be first in line to give him the death penalty. But what do you Ugg boot loving homers have to say to the facts that Tom Terrific has become significantly worse in the playoffs? Please don’t give me look at the regular season.
All you cared about in the beginning of this century was winning championships – trust me I know because you would point to it every chance you got. It is no longer Tom is the best when it matters most, but instead wow look at how many TD’s he put up against the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins. Whether it be his clock management at the end of the 1st half yesterday or his no-point, two-pick 2nd half , overthrowing Wes Welker in the Super Bowl last year, losing to the Jets as a 9.5 point favorite in 2010, a 4-turnover loss to Baltimore in ’09, or scoring 22 points less then his season average in the first Super Bowl against the Giants, you have to wonder what Tom Brady’s legacy would be if his team was not involved in the biggest cheating scandal ever seen in the NFL.