Tom Brady has surprised many since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. However, his age could definitely become a factor moving forward — there is no doubt that Brady is far past the prime of his career.
After a great season in 2011, Brady has been on a downward trend. He passed for a whopping 5,235 yards in 2011 and has been on the decline since then. He passed for 500 yards less the next year, and again nearly 500 yards less the year after that.
Not only are his yard totals regressing, but so is his completion percentage. After routinely completing more than 65 percent of his passes from 2007-11, he had a completion percentage of 63 percent in 2012 and completed just barely more than 60 percent of his passes last season. The same goes for his touchdown totals. He passed for 39 scores in 2011, but just 34 and 25 in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Not only are his stats showing this, but so is the Patriots’ performance. After being ousted after one game in the playoffs of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the Patriots reached the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. However, they have only won two games in the last two postseasons. Some of the blame for this can be put on Brady; he completed less than 60 percent his passes in the playoffs following the 2012 and 2013 seasons, leading to early exits for his team.
There is no doubt that Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league. He has far surpassed any expectations that were placed on him in the past. Brady has aged well overall, but recently he has shown the signs of decline. He only has a few years left before he must consider retirement.
These are obviously still some pretty good numbers though. Brady won’t fall off the face of the earth this year, as he still has a few good years left in him. Personally, I think he’ll have two more cracks at it before he should consider retirement. Hopefully he can stay healthy and we won’t be robbed of seeing one of the greatest quarterbacks going out on top.
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