I’ve been dreading writing this article for about three years now. I’ve always known I would have to, but I just never wanted to admit the day was coming. I’ve been a lifelong New England Patriots fan and I’ve been privileged to watch every single one of the snaps that Tom Brady has taken for the team.
I can remember where I was when Mo Lewis brought him into my life, and unfortunately I will always remember where I was when I had to admit to myself that Brady was no longer the dominant force he had been.
The decline has been coming for a while now. We’ve all made excuses. It’s not him — it can’t be. He doesn’t have enough weapons, or the offensive line isn’t giving him enough time to throw. But, I just can’t deny what I’m seeing anymore. Brady is just a really good quarterback.
Sure, he’s still a better quarterback than most teams have, especially considering that he really doesn’t have any weapons to throw to and the offensive line doesn’t protect him well enough. But, I can’t help but always remember the days when none of that would have mattered. I remember the days when Brady won Super Bowls with receivers nobody had ever heard of. Now, he’s struggling to score in the double digits.
Brady is still one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, but we can no longer include him in any conversation of the elite ones. Elite quarterbacks score points no matter what. Most of all, they make their teammates better. Brady is still good enough to get the job done, but he doesn’t have what it takes anymore to will his team to wins.
Tom Brady will go down as one of the best quarterbacks the game has ever seen. But, after what we’ve seen so far this year, I just can’t deny the fact that he isn’t an elite one anymore despite how much I want to.