Tom Brady is going through a hard time right now. So called football experts believe that the New England Patriots quarterback is past his best and currently enduring a sharp decline in his greatness.
Whether you believe the experts or not, it is hard to deny that something is up with Tom Brady this season. He is a shadow of his former self, and as a result, the Patriots are a team that is not feared across the NFL like they have been in previous seasons.
Support from teammates
But are we really saying that Tom Brady is done and dusted and already a former great? Surely he needs to throw an interception first this season before the doubters start taking shots at him. Well, whatever the doubters say, Brady still has his supporters in his own lockeroom that will follow him without question.
“You can go out to practice and see it for yourself. He’s not washed up. He works hard like he always has,” running back Shane Vereen said this week. “I haven’t seen any change from when I got here until now. To me, if anything, he’s more of a leader now than he has been.”
But for all the supporters he still has, there are plenty of people out there still willing to pick apart his every move, with the big criticism fired at Brady this year being that he is missing open receivers time and time again.
“He used to be automatic, one bad throw every few games,” former Pats offensive lineman Ross Tucker explained on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Now it’s like one bad throw every quarter.”
Delving into the stats
But before we make our own conclusion, it is important that we take a look at the stats.
Now it’s hard to argue with the obvious stats which show Brady’s quality has dimmed this season. In three games, Brady has a passer rating that ranks him at 26th in the league, a 58% completion rate and has only thrown three passing touchdowns in 180 minutes of football.
Pretty terrible figures for those that have or had him as their quarterback in their fantasy football team, but we’re not talking fantasy, we’re talking reality. If Brady is really having some sort of career meltdown, why hasn’t he thrown an interception? If he’s getting as bad as the so called experts say he is, where’s the highlight reel of horror? There isn’t one as yet.
No supporting cast
What we need to remember is that the Pats are seriously short staffed on offense at the moment. Brady has no real weapons of any quality. His biggest weapon is Rob Gronkowski but he’s still recovering from several serious injuries and is used infrequently at the moment. And Brady’s best wideout is Julian Edelman. Not a bad player granted, but he’s no superstar receiver. Currently, another great and ageing QB, Peyton Manning, has Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker for weapons and they are all better than Brady’s best wideout. So there is no wonder that Brady is not as good as he used to be.
Brady’s best stats days are certainly over, but all he cares about now is winning, and don’t write Brady and the Patriots off too early this season. They could easily come back to bite all of the so called experts.