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NFL morning after: Tom Brady’s impressive season

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Tom Brady had one of the great regular seasons in NFL history in 2007, throwing for 50 touchdown passes as the Patriots became the only 16-0 team the league has ever seen. It might seem silly to say anything Brady has done in the years since could possibly rate with that season.

And yet as Brady completed his 2016 season on Sunday, it occurred to me that I’m even more impressed with what Brady is doing this year than I was back in 2007.

Brady is 39 years old, ancient by the standards of an NFL player. He began this season by serving a four-game suspension for Deflategate, something that easily could have rattled him mentally. It would have been completely understandable if Brady had taken a huge step backward this year.

And yet Brady’s season was incredible: He threw 28 touchdown passes and only two interceptions, the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history. His passer rating of 112.2 was the second-best of his career. And he led the Patriots to an NFL-best record of 14-2.

Brady did all that without anything like the receiving corps he had in 2007, when Randy Moss was the NFL’s best deep threat and Wes Welker was the NFL’s best possession receiver. The Patriots’ receivers — Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola — are fine as far as they go, but they’re mostly pedestrian players who know their role in the Patriots’ offense. Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s best tight end when he’s healthy, but Gronk only played with Brady in six games, and got hurt in two of them, with the second injury ending his season. Brady in 2016 didn’t have even close to the weapons that Brady in 2007.

When we talk about Brady’s career, we focus so much on his four Super Bowl rings that I think we may actually underrate how great a player he’s been in the regular season. On Sunday, Brady moved ahead of Dan Marino for fourth place in NFL history for regular-season passing yards. He’s also fourth all-time in regular-season passing touchdowns. He’s also the only player ever to win the regular-season MVP award unanimously.

He may win his third regular-season MVP award this year. If he does, he’ll be the oldest MVP in league history. What he has done this season, a season that started with him sitting at home, is nothing short of remarkable.

Here are my other thoughts from Sunday’s action:

Great on-field audio. The best TV moment of Week 17 was the way CBS got the on-field audio of Steelers defensive back Mike Mitchell yelling at the officials after he was flagged for a facemasking penalty. Mitchell felt that he had been the victim, not the perpetrator, of facemasking on the play, and he begged the officials to reconsider: “He grabbed mine! He grabbed mine! Oh, my god please look at it, sir! Please look at it! He grabbed mine!” Mitchell shouted. The NFL and the networks should work together on audio improvements to bring the fans at home more moments like that. Those are the moments that make the NFL the best show on television.

An ugly injury. It was horrible to see Cardinals running back David Johnson’s knee bend awkwardly underneath him in yesterday’s game against the Rams. Johnson was having one of the all-time great running back seasons: He had gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in all 15 games heading into yesterday. It’s a terrible way for a season like that to end, with a player getting carted off the field. I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to start seeing teams that have already been eliminated from playoff contention, like the Cardinals, treat Week 17 more like the preseason, and not play their most important players, like Johnson. A serious injury at the end of one season can affect a player into the next season, and for the Cardinals, there was no benefit to having Johnson on the field at all.

Frank Gore did something special. Gore, the Colts’ veteran running back, topped 1,000 yards for the 2016 season — at the age of 33. That’s unheard of in today’s NFL. The only players 33 or older who have gained 1,000 rushing yards in a season previously were John Henry Johnson with Pittsburgh in the 1960s, Franco Harris with Pittsburgh in the 1980s and John Riggins with Washington the 1980s. Nowadays, NFL running backs are usually beaten up so badly that they can’t play at all by age 33. Gore continues not just to play, but to thrive.

The Cleveland Browns are on the clock. The Browns lost to the Steelers in overtime on Sunday, clinching the first overall pick in the process. But I was very impressed with how the Browns played. For all the talk that rebuilding teams could tank at the end of the season to get a high draft pick, the Browns were playing to win, not to clinch the first overall pick. The Steelers had to fight the Browns for 60 minutes, plus overtime, before ultimately getting the win. That’s to the credit of Hue Jackson and his team.

Terrelle Pryor is incredible. My favorite player on that Browns team is Pryor, the former Ohio State quarterback who switched positions to wide receiver and managed to top 1,000 receiving yards this season. That’s a remarkable achievement for a guy who’s still learning a new position. Pryor becomes a free agent this offseason. He could play on my team any time.

Have we seen the last of Sanchez? Mark Sanchez has received a lot of credit in Dallas this year for being a good veteran mentor to Dak Prescott. But the bottom line on Sanchez is that he just isn’t a good quarterback. He didn’t play well for the Eagles last year, looked so bad in the preseason that the Broncos cut him, and yesterday for the Cowboys he looked inept, going just 9-for-17 for 85 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Realistically, I’m not sure he’s even going to make an NFL roster next season, given the way he has played when given the opportunity in his last three NFL stops. Once a promising young player, Sanchez hasn’t amounted to much, and yesterday may have been his last NFL game.

The reining MVP was a huge disappointment. Last season, Cam Newton was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. This season he was a disaster. After throwing 35 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 2015, Newton managed just 19 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in 2016. Newton’s stats also included:
— A career-low 75.8 passer rating.
— A career-low 52.9 percent completion rate.
— A career-low 6.88 yards per pass.
— A career-low 359 rushing yards
— A career-low 3.99 yards per carry.
As we saw Brady play his best football, we saw Newton play his worst.

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  1. bonitalocal says: Jan 2, 2017 6:33 AM

    Love him or hate him…
    If Aliens came to Earth and challenged us to one game of football, promising the total annihilation of the world if we lose…..who would you want to be our QB?

    That is what I thought.

    The GOAT.

  2. drithe bors says: Jan 2, 2017 6:33 AM

    Tom Brady is the greatest nfl player of all time. Hail Emperor Brady!

  3. exinsidetrader says: Jan 2, 2017 6:35 AM

    Everyone should vote Brady for MVP to stick it in the eye of the Commissioner who is too arrogant to admit that the suspension was based upon an ignorance of the Ideal Gas Law.

  4. bonitalocal says: Jan 2, 2017 6:36 AM

    ….one more thing…
    Every time I think that Jon Gruden is absolutely the worst commentator ever, and how he still bugs the crap out of me after I mute the TV….along comes Dan Fouts.

  5. 12coltsfan12 says: Jan 2, 2017 6:37 AM

    Brady is the best football player to ever step on the field….

  6. pointerdogs says: Jan 2, 2017 6:39 AM

    I hope TB12 treats the teams that come to Gillette like he caught them with his wife. MVP debate means squat…this season ends with #5.

  7. thechickenexpress says: Jan 2, 2017 6:42 AM

    8-0 without Gronkowski. But Brady won’t win it because there’s enough resentment out there to send votes to Ryan and Rodgers. And the billionaires’ lapdog posing as league commissioner probably is already making back-channel deals to keep Brady from becoming the oldest MVP ever.

    I like Newton’s skill set and like him as a guy. Not sure he has the mentality of a champion. All the in-your-face, look-at-me celebrating when he wins, along with all the head-hanging and sulking when he loses, sends a bad message to the players around him. This season and last season, taken together, are a perfect illustration of his Jekyll-and-Hyde instability.

  8. Flash1287 says: Jan 2, 2017 6:59 AM

    Brady = Goat

    Sorry CRYBABIES, you have NOTHING!

  9. 315judman says: Jan 2, 2017 7:00 AM

    The trouble with a Tom Brady MVP award is that he was suspended for 4 games for cheating.

  10. sprotsfan99 says: Jan 2, 2017 7:07 AM

    Appreciate your spot-on comments about Tom Brady’s excellent MVP-worthy season, leading a Patriots team full of low-round draft choices and other teams’ retreads to a 14-2 record.

    The most amazing fact in the article was that Brady has only won twice before, despite leading the team to 12 victories or more for every one of the last seven years. He and the team rarely get the credit they deserve in a hyper-partisan setting like the NFL. But if you’re a fan of excellent, disciplined, fundamentally sound play, it’s good to see it on display each week in New England.

  11. 6ball says: Jan 2, 2017 7:10 AM

    .
    Patriots fans are being treated to a feat that will be difficult to be duplicated. Despite all the injuries, despite all the salary cap casualties and despite all the league duplicity, they’ve averaged over 12 wins per season since 2001. Every game they’ve played in that period has had playoff implications.

    For those who like to point out that the Patriots have only been to 6 Super Bowls in that period, and have lost 2,, I would remind them that the Patriots are not built to be one hit wonders. Often they’ve stockpiled draft picks and cap space for future years. The average Patriots fan understands that the philosophy of ” being in the hunt” every year is better than the chaotic Space Mountain approach adopted by many other clubs.

    Additionally, when you get into the playoffs, the other teams are very good also. There’s always a chance of losing. Over in the NFC, where the gap between the top six teams is very slim, five of those teams will be headed home with nothing to show for a year’s work.
    .

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2017 7:14 AM

    The MVP chants in the Fins stadium yesterday were sweet. And it wasn’t all just Pats fans joining in either.

    Good luck in the post season Tom ! Go get #5 !

  13. bullcharger says: Jan 2, 2017 7:17 AM

    You lost me at Julian Edelman is pedestrian. He’s as good as Welker ever was and he’s certainly more clutch. Plus, he may still be the all time punt return leader.

  14. marvin1958 says: Jan 2, 2017 7:23 AM

    Brady sat out four games. Pats went 3-1 without him.
    Pats fans will start their annual “taking of umbrage”, but … that’s not what MVP is all about. MVP is all about the guy who is MOST VALUABLE to his team — can’t win without him.

  15. tgoat12 says: Jan 2, 2017 7:31 AM

    GOAT!!!!

  16. punkyqb says: Jan 2, 2017 7:31 AM

    Nothing more satisfying then seeing Cam Newton have the season that he had.

  17. afourthlombardiforthehaters says: Jan 2, 2017 7:33 AM

    Oh just wait untill all the trolls wake up & see a Brady Post..

    this will hit well over 200 posts especially after yesterday..

  18. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 2, 2017 7:36 AM

    Simply the GOAT.

  19. shomershabbos says: Jan 2, 2017 7:41 AM

    MVP

  20. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 2, 2017 7:55 AM

    Tough call this year. Dak deserves a vote but not Elliot just on the baby food gesture. MVP should be classier. That’s cheap, low level taunting IMO.

  21. spillertime21 says: Jan 2, 2017 8:02 AM

    Having one of the best years of your carreer at 39? Didnt barry bonds do somethig similar to that?
    Most athletes would kill just to maintain their skill level when they hit their mid 30s yet he improves as he pushes 40. Sounds like PEDs.
    While I obviously have no proof, you have to consider the parties involved. Brady has already been suspended for cheating and converting it up, that the organization has been caught cheating and “misinterpreteing” rules throughout bellicheks tenure as coach and Kraft has turned a blind eye.
    I don’t care how many green juices Tom claims to drinks everyday, athletes bodies deteriorate as the hit their mid 30. The ones that get better are doping.

  22. yhnbgt says: Jan 2, 2017 8:09 AM

    Julian Edleman is pedestrian? A bit harsh don’t ya think?

  23. nbptma1 says: Jan 2, 2017 8:15 AM

    “because he’s Tom Freak’n Brady”

  24. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 2, 2017 8:19 AM

    Pats fans shouldn’t want Brady to win the REGULAR SEASON MVP award. 1999. That’s the last time the season MVP won the Super Bowl. What a weird stat huh ? I hope Brady doesn’t win the MVP but he certainly isn’t helping himself toward that outcome lol.

  25. eazeback says: Jan 2, 2017 8:41 AM

    brady shouldn’t and isn’t the MVP this year. the patriots have proven they can and do win w/ backup qbs…the cowboys on the other hand cannot. zeke is a good looking back but we’ve had 1000 yd rushers in the past no matter who the qb was and still couldn’t win games. Dakota is the MVP and if not him then give it to either Carr ( we can see the raiders are terrible w/out him) or A Rod he put the team on his back and ran the table just like he said he would

  26. davidceltic says: Jan 2, 2017 8:47 AM

    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    Since the end of the first half of the game in question: Brady 73 Touchdowns, 12 Interceptions; AFC Championship WIN; Super Bowl WIN; and helped his team win enough games to play in the last year’s AFC Championship game, plus 14 wins this year.

    DEFLATEGATE FACTS:
    During 19 January, 2015 (day after AFC Championship Game), an official letter sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    That statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated. Who from the NFL office directed to stop testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs???

    2. FACT: The NFL has finally admitted that they DID NOT know anything about the Ideal Gas Law (IGL). That admission is incredible!

    3. FACT: Brady was found guilty by the NFL office based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report).

    4. What would you do if someone in your family was accused and deemed guilty based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report)? Could you accept that???

    5. Why wouldn’t Brady turn his cell phone in? …… Would you provide your cell phone to folks that you know are not truthful (19 Jan. letter)???

    6. FACT: NFL announces creation of PSI rules shortly before leaking story that Brady “destroys” phone. Thus, the public quickly forgets the NFL admits they had no PSI rules or knowledge of the Ideal Gas Law.

    7. This is AMERICA and King Roger and Troy Vincent are NOT bigger than our great Country! The Missouri Supreme Court, in a separate case, stated in May, 2015: …. “the terms of the contract designating the NFL commissioner, an employee of the team owners, as the sole arbitrator with unfettered discretion to establish the rules for arbitration are unconscionable and, therefore, unenforceable”.

    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

  27. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 2, 2017 8:47 AM

    Brady sat out four games. Pats went 3-1 without him.
    Pats fans will start their annual “taking of umbrage”, but … that’s not what MVP is all about. MVP is all about the guy who is MOST VALUABLE to his team — can’t win without him.


    They would have been 4-0 with him.

    🙂

  28. brendafortheboyz says: Jan 2, 2017 8:59 AM

    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:55 AM
    Tough call this year. Dak deserves a vote but not Elliot just on the baby food gesture. MVP should be classier. That’s cheap, low level taunting IMO
    —————————————————–
    But….a player who was suspended for 1/4 of the season is OK?????…Please….

  29. A Reader says: Jan 2, 2017 9:07 AM

    At some point, this unprecedented run of amazing football will come to an end. Many will be angry, but man, not me.

    I grew up watching Steve grown and Tony Eason. I grew up watching my team get destroyed every year. To have been treated to the best run of football in the history of the league, year in and year out, for nearly 20 years? That’s something special.

    Goat for sure.

  30. agent7g says: Jan 2, 2017 9:16 AM

    38 TD 7 INT 4944 YDS 117.1 RATING. That’s your MVP. Deal with it.

  31. scmems07 says: Jan 2, 2017 9:20 AM

    Brady beat 3 teams with a winning record, the Brock led Texans, the Landry Jones led Steelers and the Matt Moore led Dolphins. He lost at home to the Wilson led Seahawks who just squeaked out a win against the niners. Congrats to playing the worst strength of schedule in the NFL, fans are bragging about the Pat’s beating bad teams. Typical.

    #thepatriotway…Livestrong

  32. plum54 says: Jan 2, 2017 9:20 AM

    315 judman: TB12 was suspended because the NFL didn’t understand 7th grade science, not because of ” cheating “. Funny how Pittsburgh had footballs under 12.5, but the NFL said everything was ok.
    GOAT.

  33. riraider says: Jan 2, 2017 9:26 AM

    Just log on to your team cheats, then read it and weep.
    NFL biggest cheaters:
    #1 Broncos
    #2 Jets
    #3 Stealers
    #15 Patriots tied with the Seachickens

  34. varangia says: Jan 2, 2017 9:28 AM

    Deflate hate was an attempt to equalize the NFL even more. Obviously it has not worked and only damaged the game.

  35. factpurveyor says: Jan 2, 2017 9:30 AM

    315judman says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:00 AM

    The trouble with a Tom Brady MVP award is that he was suspended for 4 games for cheating.
    ————————————————————–

    Intelligent people are now generally aware that the suspension was based the NFL making a mistake and then lying about science when they found out the truth with the intent to create league parity. These same individuals are intelligent enough to understand 7th grade science and recognize that that cold weather lowers the PSI in footballs.

    The fact that the NFL still hasn’t publically released the PSI information from the 2015 or the 2016 regular season makes it obvious to intelligent people that the NFL is hiding information that would expose their lie. Even those that are unable to understand the science should be able to figure out that the that the suspension wasn’t for cheating after searching for a video online titled: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  36. hang3xc says: Jan 2, 2017 9:32 AM

    marvin1958 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:23 AM
    Brady sat out four games. Pats went 3-1 without him.
    Pats fans will start their annual “taking of umbrage”, but … that’s not what MVP is all about. MVP is all about the guy who is MOST VALUABLE to his team — can’t win without him.

    Pats won 75% of games without TB, yet that number would surely have gone down as more film became available and tendencies/weaknesses became apparent… plus both QB’s promptly got injured.

    WITH Brady the win percentage shot up to over 90%. That shows his value to me. 11 wins, 1 loss, and the best TD/INT ratio in the history of the league

    Oh, and TB played in 4 less games, yet won as may games as anyone in football who played in 16. He is the LEAGUE MVP, which is what the award is for

  37. uknepatsfan says: Jan 2, 2017 9:39 AM

    Ryan will probably get the MVP and I have no issue with that.

    I have no problem with it because Brady is at long last receiving the proper recognition that us Pats fans and the Cold Hard Football Facts website have believed was rightfully his years ago.

    Nowadays there’s very few reasonable minded people, if any, who would seriously debate against calling Brady exactly what he is, the greatest QB to ever play this great game.

    That’s the best recognition of all, worth far far more than being season MVP.

  38. ncheelsboysfan says: Jan 2, 2017 9:41 AM

    Dak – What an amazing story and it continues…. Where he has come from and where he is is nothing short of incredible.

    Brady probably is the GOAT but not voting him MVP in a year when he was suspended 4 games for cheating (and accepted it) . I wouldn’t award him the MVP.

  39. justafanofnfl says: Jan 2, 2017 9:45 AM

    The Patriots averaged 345 total yards on offense without Brady and 20.3 points per game. Neither of those results would put NE anywhere near the NFL top 20 in those categories. They had a .750 winning percentage.

    With Brady they averaged 400 yards on offense and 30 points per game. Each would place them in the top 2 or 3 teams in the league. They had a .916 winning ercentage.

    The notion that NE was just fine without Brady and his value is somehow mitigated is simply untrue. The Patriots are a good team without him, with him they are widely considered the best team in the NFL. That my friends is value.

  40. dontletfactsgetintheway says: Jan 2, 2017 9:51 AM

    315judman says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:00 AM

    The trouble with a Tom Brady MVP award is that he was suspended for 4 games for cheating.
    ___________________________________
    Maybe you can be the first person to explain how the Steelers footballs got deflated??
    Judge Berman asks NFL attorney Daniel Nash, “What is the direct evidence that implicates Mr Brady,”
    Nash had to admit that no evidence exists where Brady directly ordered a team employee to deflate the balls.
    Funny how, in the mind of a hater, deflater means to deflate footballs below the legal PSI and not deflate them to the lowest legal PSI! Don’t you just hate common sense!!

  41. charliecharger says: Jan 2, 2017 9:53 AM

    Tom’s the best because he outworks everybody. Peyton was the same way. Neither of these guys could run the 40 all day. So can someone tell me again why all the scouts are packing their stop watches when they head to Indy for the combine? What a waste of time. I won’t ever blame a prospect for skipping the combine.

  42. thepackerpoet says: Jan 2, 2017 9:55 AM

    Ummmmm, morning after? Erin Rodgers should be in this article. Funny how Brady isn’t as good as Rodgers, don’t you all think??

  43. pauldeba says: Jan 2, 2017 10:00 AM

    A vote for Brady is a vote for poking a metaphorical stick in Goodell’s eye. The most disgraceful man in the US needs more humiliation.

  44. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 2, 2017 10:01 AM

    315judman says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:00 AM
    The trouble with a Tom Brady MVP award is that he was suspended for 4 games for cheating

    Try paying attention in class. Not for cheating since the NFL admitted there was no evidence. He was suspended because Article 46 says they can do whatever to whomever whenever they want.

    Don’t believe me? Check the transcripts.

  45. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 2, 2017 10:03 AM

    marvin1958 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:23 AM
    Brady sat out four games. Pats went 3-1 without him.
    Pats fans will start their annual “taking of umbrage”, but … that’s not what MVP is all about. MVP is all about the guy who is MOST VALUABLE to his team — can’t win without him.

    So you’re convinced that NE gets a 1 seed with JG or JB?

    Evidently this popularity contest is all haters have left to hope for, besides NE not winning 3 more games.

  46. captainwhodat says: Jan 2, 2017 10:07 AM

    1-Mitchell was right; his face mask was grabbed…
    2-Gore is something special
    3-Sanchez, Manuel s/b gone next year…Browns name RG3 their starting QB for 2017
    4-Have a feeling we are seeing the decline of Newton before our very eyes…even big qb’s cannot take the pounding of running the ball..gives me great respect for running backs, most of whom are smaller than Newton…and isn’t Darren Sproles a wonder?

  47. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Jan 2, 2017 10:11 AM

    this season will end for Brady like 2007 when he choked in the big game against an average Giants defense. 🙂

  48. FinFan68 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:16 AM

    I understand why some people cannot stand Brady, Belichick and the Patriots but when it comes to sound, smart, fundamental football there is no better example. They are consistent and at times dominant. We have been blessed as football fans to have witnessed true greatness for well over a decade.

    Respect.

  49. ricko1112 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:18 AM

    315judman says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:00 AM
    The trouble with a Tom Brady MVP award is that he was suspended for 4 games for cheating.
    _________________________
    Please get your facts straight! Brady was NOT suspended for cheating. It became crystal clear during the witch hunt that no cheating occurred during the AFCCG. After all, the Colts also played with under inflated footballs.

    Brady was suspended for “not cooperating.” The court hearings hearings had nothing to do with deflating footballs. In fact, the NFL admitted in court that there was ZERO evidence the balls were tampered with. The court hearings were to determine if, because of the CBA, the NFL had the power to ignore and violate U.S. labor laws. The Court of Appeals ruled that Goodell was above the law and could suspend any player for any reason. Goodell could impose any penalty regardless of what the CBA called for. No evidence was needed.

    So, when the Giants were nailed using their own headsets, Goodell had the power to fine and suspend Drew Brees and the Saints. Scary, isn’t it?

    For the record, the “not cooperating” was for destroying his phone. However, Ted Well$ PRAISED Brady and the Pats for their level of cooperation and EXPLICITLY told Brady that the phone wasn’t needed. So there!

  50. patriots123456 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:26 AM

    there is no doubt Dak had an amazing rookie year.

    He also had the best offensive line in the league in front of him. That does make a difference.

  51. ikeclanton says: Jan 2, 2017 10:28 AM

    I think Brady would have won more MVP’s if he played for a different team that doesn’t understand the balance and the nuances of how to win football games. The Patriots, by and large, have never been about the stat sheet over the years unless you count winning as the only stat.

    If Brady had been with another coach/coaches for all of these years, he might actually have more yards/tds/MVP’s because they would have relied more on him than a balanced attack. He may very well also have less titles and overall wins too.

    Don’t forget, Peyton was a great QB who played half of his games indoors and racked up 5 MVP’s. It’s hard to take that away from him. He’s arguably the greatest regular-season QB of all time, by the numbers.

  52. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 2, 2017 10:28 AM

    Without Brady… Pats score 0 at home against the Bills.
    With Brady… Pats score 41 on the road against those very same Bills in Buffalo.

    Any questions?

    🙂

    Sure they won 3 games without Brady. I doubt they win 3 more for the rest of the season had Brady not come back.

    As I always tell you cupcakes… facts are facts and truth is truth. Just because you don’t like facts it doesn’t mean they are less factual.

  53. trainwrecksryan says: Jan 2, 2017 10:28 AM

    Sure Mark Sanchez is hot garbage but damn if he doesn’t have a shot at a Super Bowl ring this year thanks to Dak Prescott’s coat tails…

  54. bullshark2 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:28 AM

    It’s time to stop comparing Brady to other NFL quarterbacks and start comparing him to Jordan, Gretzky and the Beatles.

  55. TheDPR says: Jan 2, 2017 10:33 AM

    A note on Sanchez. I think he’s got a few years as a backup left in him, if that’s what he wants to be. He wasn’t nearly as bad for the Eagles as his reputation says he was (he wasn’t good, but he wasn’t awful), and that’s the last significant playing time he’s gotten.

    He’s probably not a Josh McCown level backup but he may be a Chad Henne level backup.

  56. patsfan112 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:34 AM

    Brady was suspended for a scandal that occurred two seasons ago. He only had to serve because he lost the corrupt trial. This should not hinder his chances of winning MVP for this season. He had the best stats of any QB this season and probably would have had even better stats had he played the first four games. In fact if he had played those games the Pats would have had only one loss all season. He freaking deserves MVP and if he doesn’t get it it’s because the voters are dumb as doorknobs.

  57. weepingjebus says: Jan 2, 2017 10:36 AM

    Brady made a simple but important point in his press conference. He said you always have to show up and do the work. Even if you just had a great game or a great season, you have to come right back in and keep doing the work. What already happened doesn’t matter in the next game. I think Cam Newton still needs to learn this lesson.

  58. jag1959 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:39 AM

    72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:11 AM
    this season will end for Brady like 2007 when he choked in the big game against an average Giants defense.
    ________________________

    Are you referring to the defense that beat Dallas in Dallas and Green Bay in Green Bay? The D that jelled late in the season and was dominant in the playoffs? That held it’s NFC opponents to 17 PPG in their own houses? The D that held the best offense the league had ever seen to that point to 14 points in the SB? That D was average? You either don’t know the meaning of the words average, defense or football or all 3. As a Miami fan it’s probably the latter.

    It’s one thing to be woefully ill informed it’s another to illustrate it for the world to see. Tuck in your shirt son, your ignorance is hanging out.

  59. nbptma1 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:40 AM

    72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:11 AM
    this season will end for Brady like 2007 when he choked in the big game against an average Giants defense. 🙂

    ————————————–

    That beat down was tough to swallow yesterday huh?

    Brady had a 2 – 7 record in Denver, but soundly beat them this year.

    Brady hadn’t won in Miami recently too . . . and how did that turn out.

    We want the NYG in the Super Bowl.

  60. jag1959 says: Jan 2, 2017 10:41 AM

    jag1959 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 8:59 AM
    315judman says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:00 AM
    The trouble with a Tom Brady MVP award is that he was suspended for 4 games for cheating.
    ___________________________

    The problem with Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension for cheating was that he didn’t. It isn’t hard to educate yourself on this. Read the Well$ report, compare Goodell’s published arbitration decision to the transcript the league tried to keep sealed, read Berman’s decision and the amicus briefs all of which are readily available through a web search. Once you have read them then look at the 2nd Circuits decision and try to find any of what you read elsewhere in it. You will fail to be able to do so. In the end Tom Brady was suspended because a court ruled under the terms of the CBA the commissioner has the right to suspend anyone if he decides to. And that is the real reason he was suspended, to gain that legal precedent. Pats fans can pee and moan all they like about it being personal but it was just business. The league office was dying the death of a thousand cuts in courts over every capricious decision it made but thanks to that legal precedent the war is over. That is until the next CBA negotiations, when not just that abuse of power but the abuse of the precedent that it gained will be very much on the table. It could have been any high profile player the league could trip up over something that didn’t involve anything as fact intrusive as a criminal case. It just happened to be Brady but don’t kid yourself the league would have done the same to Rodgers or Manning if it got them what they wanted.

  61. bonitalocal says: Jan 2, 2017 10:41 AM

    72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:11 AM
    this season will end for Brady like 2007 when he choked in the big game against an average Giants defense. 🙂
    —————————————————————–

    Whoa! Hey guys……! A dolphin fan crawled back out!

    He’s back to ragging on the Pats instead of crowing about the awesome Dolphins, (that didn’t take long), but he is back out none the less!

    I’m a bit worried about Chippy, though. Still MIA.

  62. runtheball says: Jan 2, 2017 10:48 AM

    It doesn’t take much to quarterback an offense that doesn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards. Brady was lucky to have Bellichick for his whole career.

  63. fishyinalittledishy says: Jan 2, 2017 10:54 AM

    bonitalocal says:
    Jan 2, 2017 6:33 AM
    Love him or hate him…
    If Aliens came to Earth and challenged us to one game of football, promising the total annihilation of the world if we lose…..who would you want to be our QB?

    That is what I thought.

    The GOAT.
    ————————–
    Thats how I decide who is the best at any given sport. LMAO. Have to go with the Hoody as well I am afraid.

  64. justafanofnfl says: Jan 2, 2017 10:59 AM

    Matt Ryan had a fantastic season. His best as a pro.

    This issue with his MVP case is not the numbers he put up, they are clearly MVP caliber.

    The issue is the timing of his ten turnovers this season. The strip sack inside the 10 against Seattle and the subsequent TD along with his late game INT with Atlanta ahead cost the team a win. The pick six against KC and the inexcusable pick two with Atlanta ahead cost the team another win. The late game pick against SD with Atlanta ahead lead to a tied game coupled with his inability to do anything in OT cost his team a third win.

    Without those three losses Atlanta is in the same position as the Patriots with a number one seed. He threw them away which mitigates his value significantly this season.

    Brady had two turnovers all season. Neither lead to points.

  65. ikeclanton says: Jan 2, 2017 11:01 AM

    runtheball says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:48 AM
    It doesn’t take much to quarterback an offense that doesn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards. Brady was lucky to have Bellichick for his whole career.

    —–

    Yeah, someone should finally get around to copying the legendary success they’ve had. All you have to do is throw the ball less than 10 yards? You’ve clearly figured it out.

  66. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 2, 2017 11:01 AM

    72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:11 AM
    this season will end for Brady like 2007 when he choked in the big game against an average Giants defense. 🙂

    ————————————–

    35-14 and it wasnt even as close as the score indicated…and a very loud MVP chant for someone not on your team…all right in your house.

    OUCH!

    🙂

  67. mmack66 says: Jan 2, 2017 11:03 AM

    runtheball says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:48 AM

    It doesn’t take much to quarterback an offense that doesn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards. Brady was lucky to have Bellichick for his whole career.
    ————————————–

    Why do bozos that don’t watch football even bother to comment?

  68. riekki says: Jan 2, 2017 11:16 AM

    Shouldn’t there also be an award for worse Left Tackle in the NFL, WFT.
    Last year Cam Newton had the worst Right Tackle in the NFL.
    So they moved him to Left Tackle.
    Tom Brady wouldn’t last one quarter behind the Carolina Panthers Offensive Line.
    There’s a hilarious video from the Jets-Patriots game earlier this season.
    Tom Brady is blocking on an end around and Jets players are tripping over themselves
    trying desperately not to touch Brady.
    Cam Newton gets illegal hit after hit and no sign of a flag.
    If the Panthers get a decent set of Tackles and the NFL get some decent Referees, the Panthers
    and Cam Newton will be fine next season.
    (The Carolina Panthers have exactly one receiver that would make the Patriots squad, ONE)

  69. nbptma1 says: Jan 2, 2017 11:16 AM

    runtheball says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:48 AM
    It doesn’t take much to quarterback an offense that doesn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards. Brady was lucky to have Bellichick for his whole career.

    ————————————

    “It doesn’t take much” . . . Bhaaawhhhhaaaa

    Good one

  70. justafanofnfl says: Jan 2, 2017 11:17 AM

    Tom Brady downfield throws this season…..

    77-132 1,889 yards 16 TD 1 INT 139.2 passer rating

    Keep trying to make the dink n’ dunk argument. It is the easiest to debunk.

  71. 315judman says: Jan 2, 2017 11:19 AM

    The fact that the NFL still hasn’t publically released the PSI information from the 2015 or the 2016 regular season makes it obvious to intelligent people that the NFL is hiding information that would expose their lie.
    ===========================

    You refer to yourself as an intelligent person and used the word “publically” in the same sentence.

    Your guy cheated and destroyed evidence.

  72. imodan says: Jan 2, 2017 11:22 AM

    thepackerpoet says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:55 AM
    Ummmmm, morning after? Erin Rodgers should be in this article. Funny how Brady isn’t as good as Rodgers, don’t you all think??
    ——————————————————————–
    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Packer Fan? Aaron, not Erin. Get the he11 off the bandwagon!!!

  73. chippys lost binky says: Jan 2, 2017 11:24 AM

    bonitalocal says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:41 AM
    72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:11 AM
    this season will end for Brady like 2007 when he choked in the big game against an average Giants defense.
    —————————————————————–

    Whoa! Hey guys……! A dolphin fan crawled back out!

    He’s back to ragging on the Pats instead of crowing about the awesome Dolphins, (that didn’t take long), but he is back out none the less!

    I’m a bit worried about Chippy, though. Still MIA.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Looks like the other personalities in there overcame poor little chippy

  74. imodan says: Jan 2, 2017 11:25 AM

    MVP’s don’t have the fans and the press questioning what’s wrong with them through pretty much the first 12 games. 6 games does not a season make. Rodgers had a nice final quarter of a season.

  75. dejc421 says: Jan 2, 2017 11:28 AM

    6ball says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:10 AM

    .
    Patriots fans are being treated to a feat that will be difficult to be duplicated. ;;;

    For those who like to point out that the Patriots have only been to 6 Super Bowls in that period, and have lost 2,,
    ————–
    Only 6 and lost 2? … my team during that during that period has been to ZERO and lost ZERO

  76. pondbridge says: Jan 2, 2017 11:29 AM

    Would like to see this year’s MVP to be GOAT No. 12, but Failed Commissioner Goodell is already working his sleazy back channels to ensure that Matty Ice gets the award. Ryan had an outstanding year, and his novelty factor will draw the votes.

  77. bleck5 says: Jan 2, 2017 11:41 AM

    Winter is here. And Brady will stop at nothing till he touches that Lombardi.

    #GOAT #MVP

  78. epaminondas says: Jan 2, 2017 11:54 AM

    Who the hell cares about MVP?

    It’s like the nice steering wheel cover on the brand new Jag.

    You can BET Tom thinks about only one thing

    F * I * V * E

    After all, he has to answer to Giselle.

    BRADYGOAT

  79. crush22 says: Jan 2, 2017 11:55 AM

    Wow……..look at the Patsie* circle jerk in this one……
    Beat 3 teams with a winning record. Awesome.
    Long Live The *!

  80. bassicdave says: Jan 2, 2017 12:14 PM

    pointerdogs says:
    Jan 2, 2017 6:39 AM
    I hope TB12 treats the teams that come to Gillette like he caught them with his wife. MVP debate means squat…this season ends with #5.

    ——

    Or worse, the way that Elin Nordgren treated Tiger Woods.

  81. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:17 PM

    “It doesn’t take much to quarterback an offense that doesn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards.”

    Lol the Pats led the league this year in completions of 20 yards or greater IN THE AIR. I loved the one to Chris Hogan a couple games ago that was over 50 yards in the air.

    Go eat your portion of crow now. And when you’re done with that you might want to realize all your favored Pats hater myths have long been debunked.

  82. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    “Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Packer Fan? ”

    No he’s a Viking fan that posts negative Packers comments as a “Packer’s fan”

    He’s actually the guy who posted for years as pftpoet with literally thousands of posts proclaiming the Vikings as the best team ever and that they were winning the next 5 Super Bowls etc etc. He so discredited himself with that that he had to come up with a new name to bash the Packers under.

  83. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    “Your guy cheated and destroyed evidence.”

    And with that sentence you discredit yourself as having not bothered learning the actual facts involved.

    Brady had given up that cell phone to Wells and it had be thoroughly examined. It was only destroyed after Wells told Brady he no longer had any need for it or any interest in further examination of the device.

    But since the league had no actual evidence against Brady, they used Brady getting rid of it to get kneejerk reactions from people like you, as they knew there were plenty of fools who wouldn’t actually read the Wells report and only listen to the lies Goodell’s office leaked to the worldwide joke of sportscasting.

    SMH

  84. RE LEE says: Jan 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    Remarkable considering Goodell cheated the Patriots.
    Brady is the GOAT. He makes average receivers, which are mostly what he has been working with all these years, look really good. He wins with BBs scavenging from the cheap heap. Teams buy super weapons in the yearly arms race. Brady leaves money on the table for the team. I just wish BB would gift Brady with real elite receiver/s before he retires so he can at least have real fun. That twerp Roger even stole our first round pick. It will be most satisfying if the Patriots bag the SB this year. It will be quite a sight.

  85. crush22 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:32 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 12:20 PM
    “Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Packer Fan? ”

    No he’s a Viking fan that posts negative Packers comments as a “Packer’s fan”
    _______________
    Kinda like you and that ’12colts12′ name?

  86. justafanofnfl says: Jan 2, 2017 12:35 PM

    I grew up watching Steve grown and Tony Eason. I grew up watching my team get destroyed every year.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I read this a lot. I don’t get it. While the Patriots didn’t win a SB in the Grogan/Eason era they were far from destroyed every year.
    Grogan was drafted in 1975 and played until 1990. The team had a losing record in his rookie year, 1981, and his final two years. 4 losing seasons in 16 years. Eason played 7 seasons for NE, none were losing seasons. They frequently lead the team to the playoffs and reached the ’85 SB.
    The 4 losing seasons generated while Grogan was QB were among the worst in team history but they were not the norm.
    just sayin’
    Solid QB’s like Grogan, Eason, Bledsoe, Parilli and the GOAT are the reason why NE has the most winning seasons of any team since they began playing in 1960.

  87. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:49 PM

    “Kinda like you and that ’12colts12′ name?”

    Nope that’s not me. I post under this screenname only.

    Sorry but the Colts need no help looking like fools. That marshmello toughness they have sets the standard for pathetic.

  88. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2017 1:07 PM

    “Only 6 and lost 2? … my team during that during that period has been to ZERO and lost ZERO”

    Its even worse than that. Four of the other years the Pats weren’t in the Super Bowl they made it to the AFC Championship, so they have potentially been to 10 Super Bowls in that time frame.

    And even though they didn’t make the final game those 4 seasons, they were still one of the last 4 teams standing which isn’t too shabby.

  89. thecatalinawinemixer says: Jan 2, 2017 1:52 PM

    Ok, while 12 wins every year since the world began is impressive, let’s look at their schedule:

    2 games each vs Miami, Buffalo, and the Jets- average 5 wins?
    4 games every three years vs garbage AFC South- 4 wins?
    Games at least every three years vs teams like the Browns, Bengals, Chargers, or Chiefs- 4 wins

    So again, while 12 wins is impressive, they’re not playing the best competition year in, year out. Case in point, the home loss to the Seahawks this year, loss to Brock freakin Osweiler last year, road loss to the Packers two years ago.

  90. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 2, 2017 2:29 PM

    The greatest SYSTEM QB of all time

  91. mmmcusa says: Jan 2, 2017 3:33 PM

    All you had to do is watch the Packers game last night and watch Aaron Rogers nearly perfect performance (like his last 7 or so), see him carry an average team to again win the NFC North (and no, I’m not a Packers Fan by the way, so you can’t claim bias), and it’s pretty clear he’s the best QB in the NF, and probably has been for a few years now. Imagine if he played for Belichick and the Patriots, and he’s probably have 5 or 6 Super Bowl wins to his name. His complete skill set is unmatched of any QB in the game today. I just heard a number of former players/QB’s on ESPN say that Rogers is the best QB playing the game today, so it’s not like my opinion isn’t shared by many others (except for Patriots fans of course). Belichick on the other hand, he’s the best Head Coach by far and could probably have won 4 Super Bowls with any of the Top 10 QB’s that have played over the past 15 years).

  92. annes22 says: Jan 2, 2017 4:58 PM

    Brady doesn’t deserve MVP, he missed 4 weeks. David Carr or even 1 of the Rookies from Dallas, and the way Aaron Rogers is playing he should be in the vote.
    By the way, tell LeGarret Blount to stick to what he knows, running the ball. Quit the crap with Suh, he would knock the crap out of you, and don’t forget how you treated the Pittsburgh Steelers and everyone else you have played for.
    The only team who would give you a job was the Patriots, 2nd time around. Keep your mouth shut, or someone might shut it for you looser.

  93. fritz96 says: Jan 2, 2017 5:22 PM

    BS In the playoffs, inside receivers are more important than star wideouts and Brady’s had Welker, Hernandez, Edelman and Gronk. And Brady is paid as much as almost any QB in history, they just structure his contract for more upfront payment.

    ————————————————

    Brady is the GOAT. He makes average receivers, which are mostly what he has been working with all these years, look really good. He wins with BBs scavenging from the cheap heap. Teams buy super weapons in the yearly arms race. Brady leaves money on the table for the team.

  94. fritz96 says: Jan 2, 2017 5:38 PM

    Yeah, and Tom Brady’s record setting Patriot offense scored less than either of those teams. 7 points in the first 58 minutes.

    ——————————————-

    Are you referring to the defense that beat Dallas in Dallas and Green Bay in Green Bay? The D that jelled late in the season and was dominant in the playoffs? That held it’s NFC opponents to 17 PPG in their own houses?

  95. cb3313 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:47 AM

    Roger’s willfully ignorant, science denying dupes lose again!

    You mad Bro?

    20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE!

  96. goprobebe says: Jan 4, 2017 11:38 AM

    Brady is a cheater, has been punished for such, did not play the entire 2016 season, and is thus ineligible for the MVP!

  97. skinsgal4life says: Jan 4, 2017 1:47 PM

    I’m rooting hard for Brady to get Number Five in February. I’ve been watching football since the early 1970s. Until the last season or so, no one could have convinced me that anyone was better than Montana–and I’m a REDSKINS fan all the way. Considering the receiving core Brady has had for most of his career, it’s hard to debate that he’s not the greatest QB of all time. If the Packers were winning with Rodgers like the Patriots do each year, then the debate between Brady and Rodgers could happen. I think Rodgers throws more accurately than any other QB I’ve ever seen. But in profession sports, winning in the bottom line. If Rodgers ends his career with as many Super Bowl rings as Brady, then the debate can resume. Until that time (if it happens) Brady is the GOAT.

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