While the stats may not say it, this may be Tom Brady‘s most impressive season as quarterback of the New England Patriots. He’s gotten his team to 12-4 and in the AFC Championship with a patchwork group of receivers that includes the like of Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, and rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins at wide receiver.
Yet the offense has still performed more than admirably, and you have No. 12 to thank for that. He always seems to get the job done with whatever he has to work with. Of all things, Brady’s ability to adapt to his personnel no matter what he’s given, and thrive doing so, is what separates him from the pack.
Brady is on a quest for his fourth Super Bowl ring, which would tie him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw atop the record books. Brady already has the most playoff wins of all time. If he gets that fourth ring, with the numbers he has put up, is there any doubt that Brady will go down as the greatest quarterback of all time?
Another thing that separates Brady is his ability to raise his game in January and February. The playoffs are where he turns it up a notch. Where some people shy away from the big moment, he embraces it.
This is also Bill Belichick‘s best coaching job. He has turned this offense from a tight end heavy passing attack to a dominant running team practically over night. If the Pats continue to control the ground game and the receivers simply do their jobs, Brady could have that elusive fouth ring, and we know the rest.