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Pettine scoffs at the notion Brady isn’t a top-five quarterback

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ESPN helped us all get through a slow week (before the Kaepernick contract) by suggesting that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady no longer occupies a position in the NFL’s top five.

While I’m not ready to knock him off that perch, I firmly believe he isn’t as good as he used to be — or, perhaps more accurately, not as clutch as he used to be.

Browns coach Mike Pettine seems to think Brady is as good as ever, and that he indefinitely will continue to be at that level.

It’s beyond ridiculous,” Pettine told Greg Bedard of TheMMQB.com regarding the idea that Brady isn’t in the top five.  “I mean, to me, it’s one and two [Brady and Peyton Manning] and then there’s a gap and then it’s probably [Drew] Brees and [Aaron] Rodgers would be three and four, however you want to order them.  Until those two [Brady and Manning] retire, they’ll be one and two and then there will be a gap.”

The first part of Pettine’s argument makes sense.  The second part goes a little too far.  The idea that Brady will always be a top-two quarterback for as long as he plays presumes his skills won’t erode as he ages, and that the process hasn’t already begun.  It also presumes that no one else will come along and do it in their mid-20s as well as Brady is doing it in his early 40s.

That’s why Brady may ultimately have to decide whether he wants to stay in the game even if he starts to fade but he remains good enough to still be a starter, somewhere.  There’s a long way to go from No. 2 to No. 32; in theory, Brady could play into his 50s and still be good enough to start for the team with the worst quarterbacking depth chart.

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  1. hehateme2 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:13 PM

    Brady’s numbers were poor. That’s how you fall down the charts. Geez, the Dolphins beat him last year . Not a good sign.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 6, 2014 5:19 PM

    It was meant as a scoff, but coming from Mike it appeared to be a cross between a scowl and a snarl.

  3. chalkruz1989 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:21 PM

    Rarely do you see a quarterback’s skills erode unless their throwing shoulder/elbow gives, or, they are a running quarterback and they no longer have that spurt.

    Tom Brady spoiled a lot of people when he won those Super Bowls. Instead of belittling his current game, we should be talking about parity. Unlike the NBA, the NFL is not about having the best player means winning the championship.

    He’s been to five SB’s, won more than he’s lost. That should count for something. I don’t see hear much flack about Aaron Rodgers and his lack of playoff/SB appearances.

  4. sfm073 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:24 PM

    Not as clutch lol? There is no such thing as clutch. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t.

  5. dboldave says: Jun 6, 2014 5:25 PM

    Brady’s targets last season weren’t the best either. Gronk was hurt most of the year, Hernandez was gone, Welker was in Denver, etc. Honestly though, who cares how guys are ranked by a sports writer? I only care about wins.

  6. weepingjebus says: Jun 6, 2014 5:26 PM

    In addition to scoring the most points on the Steelers in the history of their franchise (circa 1933) last year, Brady is also a master of what is known in video gaming as “burst damage.” In other words, he can pile up points on you in a short period of time at a rate that seems to defy belief. The comeback win against the Broncos last year was a good example, but there are many more. Folks that focus on whether he can still throw 60 yards into a glass of water are missing the point — there is still no other QB in the league that you can’t be 100% sure you’ve beaten until the clock reads 00:00, and even then you have to check the field for flags. If he’s on the field, you always have a chance.

  7. mattwalshvideo says: Jun 6, 2014 5:28 PM

    Post spygate = No Super Bowls for Brady.

    Enough said.

  8. dudermcrbohan says: Jun 6, 2014 5:28 PM

    not as clutch? how many 4th quarter comebacks did he have this year?

  9. boobsanders says: Jun 6, 2014 5:31 PM

    Brady without all those elite players around him is no better than the rest of the top 10 QB’s that don’t have elite players around them. See Luck, Big Ben and so on.

  10. bullcharger says: Jun 6, 2014 5:32 PM

    Who cares about Brady’s numbers… What he did last year was stunning. Go watch the games again on replay. It’s unreal what he did against New Orleans, Cleveland, Denver and even Houston. Given the team he had and what everyone thought of the defense and the loss of Gronk and Wilfork and Mayo et al, its unreal what he accomplished with that team. They made it to the AFC championship game, and if Amendola could catch in the endzone in Miami, the Patriots might have had home field against Denver.

    He took what could have been an 8-8 team and got them 4 wins on his back.

    It is one of his greatest seasons. You can’t put it ahead of 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 or 2010, but I would put it next after those years.

  11. scrp2 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:33 PM

    Tom Brady could give two flying Effs about being a top 5 quarterback. All he wants is a supporting cast like Denver, SF or SEA and not have to be David Blaine in the 4th Qtr.

  12. njpatsfan99 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:41 PM

    Not as clutch as he used to be? People just say things with any analysis. How many come from behind wins did the Pats have last year? 4 or 5. Anyone remember the Denver game in the regular season? How about the miracle comeback against New Orleans? Or Houston? Or Cleveland? He lost almost every receiver from the year before, turned Edelman into a star, had 3 rookies who were clueless, and basically no tight end the whole year. He only got them to the AFC championship game.

  13. pillowporkers says: Jun 6, 2014 5:42 PM

    Not as clutch? I remember a pretty epic finish against the Saints in October…

  14. mblue24 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:45 PM

    TB24 is an elite and overall the best QB in the NFL. Everybody always wants to hate the best for some reason. But considering what Tom has done with no good receivers unlike other QBs in the league, he is the best. You put great receivers around TB24 and watch what happens. He is the best by far.

  15. shatho1 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:45 PM

    Brady is good. he may be a top 10 but he’s not a top 5 anymore so get used to it patriot fans

  16. bcmcknight77 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:46 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure all those under and overthrown balls last year was probably the WR running the wrong route. All of them.

    He’s not top 5 anymore. Let it go.

  17. ravenswhat says: Jun 6, 2014 5:50 PM

    Oh boy. lol at Rodgers at 4. Bellichick would fall down running to the phone to answer that trade if it were an option.

  18. coloradical420 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:55 PM

    this is the Manning/Brady era. Two best QB’s in the past 10+ years. Hands down.

  19. truthfactory says: Jun 6, 2014 5:59 PM

    Brady is a great QB, but he is elevated among the other QB’s because of his Superbowl wins.

    The fact is, he was a game manager in those years. He was the equivalent of Russel Wilson as a QB this past year. A solid QB with a great overall team that ran the ball well and played really good defense (not to mention we found out he knew the defensive play calls during his “clutch” FG game winning drives).

    His reputation for those years has carried on into his late career. The fact is that he has developed into a great QB, but if they had never won those 3 Superbowls early in his career as a game manager on great teams and we only looked at his career over the past decade, the conversation would be “Brady is a great QB, but can he ever get over the hump and win a championship?”

    Fortunately for him, he has never had to win a championship while being the best player on his team. He has gotten a pass for this. He has shown for the past decade that he hasn’t been able to do it…

  20. tedmurph says: Jun 6, 2014 6:22 PM

    A head coach who has been a DC against Brady for many recent gms, who seemingly has no agenda, in a different div, not a Belichick disciple, who won’t play the Pats in the near future, scoffs at Brady not being a top 5 QB. Yet haters, armchair QBs, people that try to change the argument from top 5 to top 2 and have never played FB know better? He’s not that clutch anymore, except that he pulled off late 4th Qtr wins against Buff, Denver, Saints, Browns and was a questionable call away from beating the Jets and Panthers on the road. With next to nothing to work with as far as skill players and a mediocre defense? I’m scoffing too.

  21. afce22 says: Jun 6, 2014 6:32 PM

    As a jets fan I’d love nothing more than to believe Brady is fading, but fact is he had an awful cast and weak pass protection…the latter wasn’t helped by the fact his receivers couldn’t get open. Yet he still got his team 12-4 (again) and turned another no name into a great WR.

    Give him weapons and he’s still top two.

  22. nolasoxfan2012 says: Jun 6, 2014 6:34 PM

    All the critics are going off of 2-3 bad passes in the AFC championship game. Brady led 4th quarter comebacks in four of their twelve wins and almost had two more. His numbers su&%ed because he was throwing to Moe, Larry, and Curly.

  23. playgroundlgnd says: Jun 6, 2014 6:42 PM

    Brady had been down due to zero weapons with Welker gone and gronk hurt all the time.

    Peytons offense Is loaded…

  24. bullcharger says: Jun 6, 2014 6:44 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Jun 6, 2014 5:28 PM
    Post spygate = No Super Bowls for Brady.

    Enough said.
    ——

    Post spygate, No Super Bowls for Peyton Manning

    they made it to 4 combined in that time. They are still pretty good.

  25. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 6, 2014 7:05 PM

    I’m a Saints fan & Brees man, but let me tell you… Brady is still awesome.

    Don’t give me that “its been 10 years since his last Super Bowl” crap. Its a team game.

  26. citizenstrange says: Jun 6, 2014 7:06 PM

    It is soooooooooooooooo hard to win without cheating.

  27. tedmurph says: Jun 6, 2014 7:07 PM

    Matt Walsh is back, cool. Hopefully he’s found a job after being exposed as a fraud.

  28. gsyl says: Jun 6, 2014 7:26 PM

    He had no WRs last season and yet made Edleman a star…like he did with Welker and countless others before him. He also didn’t have a TE for most of the year and yet still got the team to the AFC championship. If all the coaches in the league had to pick teams from scratch I’m betting they all would pick him first if they had the chance. Even Rex Ryan.

  29. bullcharger says: Jun 6, 2014 7:27 PM

    ravenswhat says:
    Jun 6, 2014 5:50 PM
    Oh boy. lol at Rodgers at 4. Bellichick would fall down running to the phone to answer that trade if it were an option.

    ———

    Rodgers is injury prone.

  30. bullcharger says: Jun 6, 2014 7:30 PM

    Jun 6, 2014 5:46 PM
    Yeah, I’m sure all those under and overthrown balls last year was probably the WR running the wrong route. All of them.

    He’s not top 5 anymore. Let it go.

    ————

    Same argument people made before 2010 when he was the unanimous MVP.

    Don’t step on superman’s cape.

  31. yank3525 says: Jun 6, 2014 7:35 PM

    The Brady declining talk is silly.

    Brady covered up a ton of deficiencies in the Patriots personnel. Outside of Gronk(whom is in and out of the line-up), they don’t have an elite pass-catcher at all. Edelman is a decent player, but he is a number 3 and 4 on a really good team, Amendola is in the same boat. Dobson flashed, but has a long way to go and Thompkins isn’t much of anything.

    And I haven’t even mentioned their offensive line which was below average in passing protection last year.

    The 2013 Patriots were really and 8-8/9-7 team talent wise, but due to their coach and QB, they manage to win 12 games and still trout one of the best offensive unit.

  32. raidermark says: Jun 6, 2014 7:46 PM

    Why not ask Art Shell or Rich Kotite what they think. Pettine is a nobody. Who cares what he thinks.

  33. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 6, 2014 8:01 PM

    My question for Pettine would be, if Farmer and Haslam came into your office tomorrow morning saying Brady was offered in trade for Manziel and they’re in if you’re in, would you be on board?

  34. sportsguy3434 says: Jun 6, 2014 8:02 PM

    Montana/Rice, Aikman/Irvin, P Manning/Wayne, Brady/? Brady has done more with less and has made stars out of people who had no success anywhere else. The ones that were great like Moss were short lived in NE. He was a Welker drop away from 4 rings. Undefeated season. Look at the body of work. The Luck and Kapernick qbs are on the rise, but few people would be feared under center in the 4th quarter like Brady.

  35. denverdude7 says: Jun 6, 2014 8:28 PM

    So, Pettine thinks Brady is still a Top 5 QB.

    Then again, he thinks Manziel is a professional level quarterback.

    Enough said.

  36. lanman11 says: Jun 6, 2014 8:30 PM

    Well, you ought to be the last guy making these judgments. I think if you ask New Orleans, Cleveland, and Denver, they would beg to differ, and you can probably toss in heart attacks in Miami and Carolina, where a dropped pass and the pass interference non-call of the decade prevented two more “clutch wins” in a 16 game season. An absolute monster of a rain storm like I have never seen in my life prevented him getting a shot at a sixth in Cincinnati. Brady is the most accomplished and decorated QB of his era, fresh off playing in the AFC Championship game yet again, and he is being disrespected by every closet QB in the media.

    Why is this even being discussed? What is the obsession with tearing down Brady?

  37. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jun 6, 2014 8:34 PM

    While this may or may not be directly related, apparently Pats fans think it is. I keep seeing the “excuse” that his supporting cast is to blame. Now which is it? Are TB’s skills diminishing? Is it the inexperience and health of his receiving corps? Or is Belichick just not as smart as Pats fans have propped him up to be?

  38. j0esixpack says: Jun 6, 2014 8:38 PM

    Yes – Mike Florio is right. If Brady plays into his 50s he may not be the best QB in the league anymore

    Of course that will solidify his standing as the best QB of all time too

  39. 46dee says: Jun 6, 2014 9:01 PM

    Pettine has won how many games as a head coach in the NFL?

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 6, 2014 9:06 PM

    Top 5?! That’s rich, a top 5 QB that hasn’t won anything in over 10 years. If that’s the criteria, then John Elway is still a top 5 QB.

    Big Ben is more accomplished than any of the four QBs listed in this article. Just sayin.

  41. drunkraider says: Jun 6, 2014 9:29 PM

    as much as i hate the pats and tom brady the guy is still elite in the NFL.

    every year they take away more than they give back at the WR position and this guy still wins game.

    i dont care about stats the guy is still winning games in the NFL and thats all that matters.

  42. TheWizard says: Jun 6, 2014 9:37 PM

    Dolphins beat him last year . Not a good sign

    The Dolphins win one of the games most years. Pats / Dolphins is usually a competitive game. A lot of people here seem to think it’s a weak division, but quite a few of those games can usually go either way. The Pats aren’t blowing teams out in recent years, which makes their string of double-digit win seasons even more impressive.

  43. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Jun 6, 2014 9:52 PM

    My list has been and will probably remain to be Rodgers 1, Manning 2, and Brady 3. I’ll admit that this is all opinionated and ultimately does not matter. However, from what I have seen, pocket quarterbacks who rarely get hit can last a long time if they’re good. Brady could probably play at an elite level for ten more years, but at what point does the team start trying to groom the next guy? I don’t believe that the patriots would draft gorropolo in the second round to start in ten years. Even if he isn’t Brady’s replacement, the move shows that they’re at least planning for a switch sometime in the foreseeable future. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s the patriots that move on from Brady and not him moving on from them.

  44. realdealsteel says: Jun 6, 2014 9:53 PM

    Brady’s numbers were down because they brought in and started (in a lot of games) two division 2 wide receivers who never really panned out last season in Dobson and Thompkins. Those two will be better this year and Brady’s numbers will go back to their normal levels. Not a mystery at all. Its just going to help me when I steal Brady late in my fantasy draft and win the championship again.

  45. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Jun 6, 2014 9:55 PM

    Let me add this about Brady…. As great as he is… I’ve never viewed him as “clutch”. All qbs have a weak point and his is that he’s awful under pressure. If you can get to Brady often as a defense, you’ve basically won the game

  46. swagger52 says: Jun 6, 2014 9:59 PM

    There is NO Doubt…

    Brady is unquestionably the best ever at extending drives by illegal contact.

    Isn’t that ironic? Brady beat the Rams in the Super Bowl because the Patriot Defenders held the greatest show on turf all game. However, since that game, no QB has ever benefited more than Tom Brady from the phantom “illegal contact” call – especially in the 4th quarter.

  47. swagger52 says: Jun 6, 2014 10:01 PM

    Yank said…

    “The Brady declining talk is silly.

    Brady covered up a ton of deficiencies in the Patriots personnel.”

    Wrong..The pathetic AFC East covered up the deficiencies of the Patriots Personnel.

  48. witchrunner says: Jun 6, 2014 10:19 PM

    Funny thing about reading the posts here. Sure, a lot of people are claiming that Brady isn’t a top 5 anymore. But, how many said “I’m a ?????? fan and I’d rather have our QB than Brady any day!”?

  49. cguy7 says: Jun 6, 2014 10:36 PM

    Stop it Pats fans. The Cleveland game was handed to you by the refs and numerous ghost interference calls. The reality is that Browns game gave you home field for the divisional round – when in fact it should have been at Indy without the refs help. Brady’s game has slipped and the Hoodie is a poor judge of receiving talent.

  50. skleech22 says: Jun 6, 2014 11:00 PM

    Consider Brady’s numbers and take into account all of the beneficial calls he has gotten through the years from the ZEBRAS!! Bobby Kraft be paying them boys good!!!

  51. ttommytom says: Jun 6, 2014 11:20 PM

    I’m starting a franchise with Andrew Luck.

    But:

    Brady and Manning might/will go down as the best 2 QB’s ever.

    I’ll take either.

    Any day, all day, for as long as they want.

  52. Timothy Benton says: Jun 7, 2014 12:32 AM

    So this fool says there is a gap after Brady and Manning. Is he stupid? It can be argued by the numbers that there is no gap and that Rodger and Brees are right there if not passing them both by. Rodgers has performed better then they have with a terrible line. Put him in either of their backfields he would have made it better. Neither of them would have come close to a Superbowl with the supporting cast Rodgers has had.

  53. rukkus1 says: Jun 7, 2014 2:29 AM

    The thing that impresses me most about Brady is this; he could have a different set of pass catchers on the field every Sunday, and as long as they know their routes, he can manage a win.

    How many QB’s out there can do that? Only 3 QB’s come to my mind. Maybe 4. Manning. Brady. Brees. And Rodgers.

    No one else is on their level. Sure Manning is throwing ducks and Brady isn’t in his prime anymore either. I’ll take a wiley old veteran over some youngblood most days though. You can’t take Brady off the top tier yet.

  54. fishyinalittledishy says: Jun 7, 2014 5:11 AM

    Do like Brady do not like the patriots but who is questioning Brady who is it. Don’t live in the states so don’t get to hear everything, pretty much stick to the NFL, Pro talk, and anything dolphins. I bet it’s one of these millions of reporters wanting his / her day in the head lines. Pathetic totally and utterly unprofessional buffoonery. Unfortunately I think Brady has 2 more years at least, possibly 3. Hope it’s not Bill up to his mind games trying to eek another few years out of Brady would not put it past him.

  55. uglydingo says: Jun 7, 2014 8:12 AM

    Brady is not even a top 10 QB – in fact his pass completion percentage was 20th in the NFL last year (check the numbers). People still talk about his greatness. He was great, but they are living off memories. Grumpy Tommy pulled out some good narrow wins last year but he also had more stinkers than any other season. Garoppolo was drafted as his future replacement and he knows it.

  56. n0hopeleft says: Jun 7, 2014 8:59 AM

    Not a top 5?!?!?!?

    I’m a Giants fan. I hate the Pats. Saying Tom Brady is not Top 5 is totally ridiculous. Pass the Dutche to the left hand side.

  57. jetsarestacked says: Jun 7, 2014 11:02 AM

    As a jets fan I’d rather face Brady than Rodgers. I’m not saying that Rodgers is necessarily better, but if you get any kind of pressure on Brady and he becomes average. He absolutely hates getting touched let alone hit.

  58. bstngrdn says: Jun 7, 2014 11:21 AM

    Let me add this about Brady…. As great as he is… I’ve never viewed him as “clutch”. All qbs have a weak point and his is that he’s awful under pressure. If you can get to Brady often as a defense, you’ve basically won the game

    0 0
    The same could be said of Peyton Manning. Look what happened in the Super Bowl last year. But give either of these guys just a little time and they will pick your team apart all day long.

  59. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2014 11:26 AM

    cguy7 says:
    Jun 6, 2014 10:36 PM
    Stop it Pats fans. The Cleveland game was handed to you by the refs and numerous ghost interference calls. The reality is that Browns game gave you home field for the divisional round – when in fact it should have been at Indy without the refs help. Brady’s game has slipped and the Hoodie is a poor judge of receiving talent.

    ————

    I guess you didn’t watch the game. Cleveland blew it with the onside kick and then the PI call actually gave them a second life. Brady had plenty of time to score but the PI call caused them to score too soon and Cleveland drove it for a FG chance. Of course the Browns blew that too.

  60. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2014 11:30 AM

    boobsanders says:
    Jun 6, 2014 5:31 PM
    Brady without all those elite players around him is no better than the rest of the top 10 QB’s that don’t have elite players around them. See Luck, Big Ben and so on.

    ———–

    Huh? Brady made it to the AFC Championship. That means he did better then them. By the way, he’s been to 8 in 13 years of starting.

  61. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2014 11:34 AM

    swagger52 says:
    Jun 6, 2014 10:01 PM
    Yank said…

    “The Brady declining talk is silly.

    Brady covered up a ton of deficiencies in the Patriots personnel.”

    Wrong..The pathetic AFC East covered up the deficiencies of the Patriots Personnel.

    ———–

    Brady has the same winning percentage against teams outside the AFC east, and even better against the NFC.

  62. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2014 11:37 AM

    shatho1 says:
    Jun 6, 2014 5:45 PM
    Brady is good. he may be a top 10 but he’s not a top 5 anymore so get used to it patriot fans

    ——

    He was one of the top 4 left for the last 3 years. That’s all that matters to the patriots fans and we are used to it.

  63. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2014 11:42 AM

    shaundolphinsfan23 says:
    Jun 6, 2014 9:55 PM
    Let me add this about Brady…. As great as he is… I’ve never viewed him as “clutch”. All qbs have a weak point and his is that he’s awful under pressure. If you can get to Brady often as a defense, you’ve basically won the game

    ——–

    maybe you’ve been watching Jan Brady, because Tom Brady is the most clutch player in the league. How can you say he’s awful under pressure when that is actually when he’s at his best? If you are talking about pressure from the defense, every QB fails if the defense gets enough… But Brady always figures it out and is able to move the ball eventually.

  64. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2014 11:47 AM

    jetsarestacked says:
    Jun 7, 2014 11:02 AM
    As a jets fan I’d rather face Brady than Rodgers. I’m not saying that Rodgers is necessarily better, but if you get any kind of pressure on Brady and he becomes average. He absolutely hates getting touched let alone hit.

    ——-

    Brady stays in the pocket and takes hits better then any other QB. Sure he is more careful then he was 10 years ago (thank god), because he has to stay on the field for the Patriots to win. As a Jets fan, you should be embarrasses that your team hasn’t won the division since 2002 and that was a flukey 3 way tie. Brady is the bane of your existence. Rodgers is great, but gets hit a lot and hurt a lot.

  65. lanman11 says: Jun 7, 2014 3:47 PM

    62% of the time the season ends with Tom Brady and Company playing to punch a ticket to the Super Bowl. That’s a little more that every other season he is Quarterbacking his team 60 minutes from the Super Bowl. There are teams in the league that have never even had a chance to play that game once, let alone 8 times in 13 seasons. All bias aside, FOR THE MONEY, he’s been the man. It’s just not rational to deny that.

    His numbers last season were on par with what he might normally do without any star receivers, except his completion percentage was down 3-5%. That makes sense with the new cast of receivers, the growing pains, and the drops, as well as his over/under throws which may just be a result of lack of confidence in the communication between him and the receivers. With quality, experienced NFL receivers his numbers go up significantly, which makes sense as well. Regardless though of who is on the field and what his numbers are, just like in 2001, he is quarterbacking his team into the Championship game. Doesn’t that say something about his ability to do the actual job, rather than pilot your fantasy team to a fantasy Championship? Isn’t this about being an elite QUARTERBACK? Or is it a statistics competition? His stats are still good, but if that’s the case, go talk to Peyton.

    And if you think Ben Rothelsumpthin’ is even close to Tom Brady’s equal, I want whatever your having.

    This is like riding a shiny tech stock. Those that got in early keep riding that sucker to all time highs, as it seems to defy logic, moving ever higher for longer than anyone thought possible. Those that missed the boat and are bitter about missing the early returns never jumped in and keep predicting it’s demise to soothe their own egos. The difference here is that those in the boat, or who get in the boat at a later stop, are playing to win every day, where as those predicting it’s demise are playing to win just once (when it all comes to an end), and when that day comes, they will brag about how they were right all along, ignoring the long glorious ride and the cache of riches made by the ones that didn’t let their fear of missing out on the early returns keep them from getting on that boat at some point. Stock investors know what I am talking about. This is why it is mostly just Brady fans that understand what this has been like. It’s like having bought Apple stock for $17/share in 2003 and you held on to it. It changes everything. Brady changed everything. And like a shiny tech stock, I hope he keeps going higher and higher for longer than anyone thinks possible, playing to win, every day. Of course age catches up to everyone, but he’s well suited to play longer because he’s not as reliant on his physical body as some QB’s are. As long as his mind can react quickly and dissect defenses, he should be able to continue to perform and provide excellent returns.

  66. simonator917 says: Jun 7, 2014 4:32 PM

    I would put Rodgers at one and Eli at two. That being said, Brady was my pick for MVP last year. That team was held together with glue and spit and they still made it to the AFCCG

  67. mzew233 says: Jun 7, 2014 5:00 PM

    We need more people like bull charger on these articles dissecting everything. Where has this guy been? Go pats.

  68. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Jun 8, 2014 5:11 PM

    Bull charger….. I couldn’t disagree more.

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