New England Patriots: Has Tom Brady Won His Last Super Bowl Ring?

By Will Gellman
Tom Brady

Tom Brady is a legend. He has won three Super Bowls, thrown the most TD passes ever in a season, and has consistently put up monster numbers with the New England Patriots throughout his career.  He is arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game. Unfortunately at age 36, he is starting to get older. As it stands now, he has not won a Super Bowl in nearly nine years.

This fact begs the question: will he ever win another one? Here are a couple of points that suggest he may not.

Firstly, only three quarterbacks have ever won a Super Bowl at the age of 36 or older. This list of names includes Johnny Unitas, Jim Plunkett and John Elway. That’s it. If you look at that list of names, a few things should jump out at you. First, the fact that legend Joe Montana is not on this list.

Also, players like Steve Young, Bart Starr, Brett Favre, Jim Kelly, Joe Namath, etc. are also not in this elite group of players.

The other bet against Brady winning another ring is the team he has. With the lack of proven offensive talent around him, Brady may not be in the ideal situation that he was in in the early 2000’s. Back then, the team had an elite defense with an average to above-average offense. In that sense, Brady had to do less and the team forced turnovers to give him extra chances on the field.

Back then, he was not asked to do nearly as much until the team needed him, in which case he always stepped up in the clutch. With a decent defense and a possibly average to below-average offense to work with, Brady will have to do everything from now on. An offense where the quarterback has to do everything and has no help from a supporting cast or defense is not a recipe for winning a Super Bowl.

With all of that said, there is a possibility that Brady can defy the odds and win another ring. Here are a couple reasons why he could capture a fourth Super Bowl title. The first reason is obvious — he is Tom Brady. He has defied the odds since his career started, going from a sixth-round pick who nobody thought had any future in the NFL to arguably, the best quarterback ever.

He is a better quarterback, in my opinion, than Unitas, Elway and Plunkett. If the defense can step it up and the offense is better than I am giving it credit for, he could very well be the exception to the rule.

Another reason why Brady may win another ring is because of the emergence of the team’s running game. With the Patriots’ running game consisting of Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and Legarrette Blount, the team has their share of players that can run the ball.

If the team can run the football successfully, it can change the competence of the offense dramatically. An improved run game would allow Brady to do what he does best with great ease — play-action passes. In addition, it could open up passing lanes, allowing Brady to take advantage of a defense that may be expecting the run.

If this all unfolds, Brady may find an avenue to pick up that elusive fourth ring.

So, what do you think? Will Brady win another ring in his career? Why? Why not? Feel free to comment in the comments section below.

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