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New England Patriots: 5 Options For Tom Brady’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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5 Options For Tom Brady's 2014 New Year's Resolution

5 Options For Tom Brady's New Year's Resolution
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New Year’s Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Not only is it a good excuse for excess and revelry, but the essence of the day is of celebration of hope. Every year, we all have one day for reflection about who we are and who we want to be. Oh, and once upon a time to gorge ourselves on one final day of college football, but those days are gone.

Even for those of us who seemingly have it all, there is always room for improvement. Tom Brady, the All-World quarterback of the New England Patriots, may appear like he has nothing to work on, but there’s always something for all of us to do better. Brady and the Patriots have been through one of their more trying seasons of late, winning games but not in the same dominant way that they're used to.

Brady isn’t the same player he used to be. Once one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the league, he’s looked downright average at times this year. But, Brady’s greatness was never dependent on his physical skills. Instead, he won Super Bowls and MVPs because he was constantly one step ahead of the competition. That’s the kind of player that will age well, and we’re seeing the beginning of that process now.

The next few years will be the final crescendo on Brady’s Hall-Of-Fame career. For him to make the most of his football golden years, he will need to make these five New Year’s Resolutions.

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5. Start To Throw The Deep Ball Again

Deep Ball
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When Brady was at his peak sometime around 2007 or so, the New England offense was the most dangerous in the league because they were a threat to go deep on every play. That deep threat opened the whole rest of the field up for them. This season, the lack of any viable deep-ball receiver has shortened the field and made it easy for defenders to stop him.

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4. Open Up To The Media

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Brady has grown up in the Patriots' system, which means he only knows one way to handle the media. If he (and the rest of the team for that matter) learns to be more open and comfortable with the famously prickly Boston media, their public image could improve greatly.

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3. Learn To Beat The Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
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The Baltimore Ravens have been Brady’s nemesis for the last few years of his career. Early on, it was Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, but lately it’s been Joe Flacco and the Ravens who’ve had the Patriots’ number. Good thing he’ll get the chance to work on this one this weekend.

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2. Move On From Gronk

Rob Gronkowski
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Sometimes it’s hard to move on from a past relationship. We’ve all been there, but you just need to find someone new, and New Year’s is a great time for Brady to get over his co-dependency on tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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1. Get Some Good Receivers

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Everyone needs a little help every now and then, even Brady. If he wants to extend his career and continue to win, he’s going to need his young receivers to step up.