New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said in a recent interview that he is a better player this season than what he did five years ago.
Brady had a good performance against the New York Jets on Sunday despite how close the final score was. His performance of 34-of-54 for 355 yards and two touchdowns was good enough to see off their AFC East divisional rivals 30-23. He also had the most rushing yards in the team on the day for the first time in his career.
However, during an appearance on “Dennis and Callahan" on WEEI on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk, the Patriots star repeated that he wanted to play for another ten years, but also said he was playing better than what he was five years ago.
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“I think so,” Brady said. “I don’t know. I try to be critical of myself. I think I’m making all the throws I need to make. There can always be things I can do better. I’ve worked hard always on my throwing mechanics. I worked hard this offseason on them.
"Playing quarterback is throwing the ball accurately, being able to make the throws, being durable and making good decisions. I try to take care of the good decision part, I try to take care of the accurate part, I try to take care of the durability part. Then it comes down to leadership and relating to your teammates and all those things that are different challenges that you face as you get older.”
Eventually, the 'Father Time of Football' catches up to all players and he determines when your playing career ends. It's true, that might not be for another ten years for Brady, but don't count on it. Just look at Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and see how much he has deteriorated from this season to last.
Comparing the Patriots quarterback to how he was five years ago, I agree that he is playing better, much better. He is more on course to match his stats from the famous undefeated regular season of 2007, than how he played in 2010.
I doubt they'll remain undefeated, but Brady is certainly contributing his bit towards that possibility.