On August 3, 2014, during the initial sun-soaked days of training camp, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will turn 37. For the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, the 2014 season will be the 10-year anniversary of the last championship the signal caller has won.
10 years. It’s crazy, right? But it is the truth and 10 years ago, at age 27, it seemed all but certain that Brady would add at least one more Lombardi Trophy to his career accolades. Even more crazy is that statistically Brady has improved in jaw-dropping fashion. Among the three years that the Patriots won Super Bowls, Brady’s best year was certainly 2004, his last trip down victory lane. He passed for 3,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and had a 92.6 rating in that year.
In the nine seasons since 2004 (including Brady’s lost year in 2008), Brady has passed for more that 3,962 yards seven times (six of times going over the 4,000 mark), tossed more than 28 touchdowns four times, and has had a quarterback rating higher than 92.6 five times.
Also, consider the weapons New England has brought to Foxborough. Guys like Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski in the offense very nearly almost gave Brady an unprecedented five Super Bowl victories, but last minute New York Giants wins stopped the history from happening.
Now, as the Patriots sit in a world champion absence going on 10 years, and with the franchise owning one of the select few quarterbacks good enough to deliver a title, it is time for the Patriots to stop messing around and overload for the next two years. Two years is what I am giving Brady to still be on the top of his game, and a receiving corps like Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson just won’t cut it.
At the moment, the organization relies too much on Brady. When the team was winning Super Bowls they had balanced offenses coupled with defenses you can count on. Now, until Brady gets more weapons and the defense stops vomiting all over themselves in the big games, Brady’s window is closing.
Brady is not getting any better, his team is not getting any better, and the rest of the NFL is getting better. Will Tom Brady end up with just three Super Bowl wins? It seems like it. What a shame it would be for one of the greatest of all-time.