Tom Brady thinks he never threw the ball better than he did in 2016

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Tom Brady‘s new book is out. Mike Reiss of ESPN.com has a copy of it. And Reiss has shared some of the highlights.

For starters, Brady claims in the introduction that he threw the ball better in 2016 (at age 39) than he did at any other time in his career. Brady specifically focused on his arm skills that emerged during a private workout with trainer Alex Guerrero in the late summer, as Brady’s four-game suspension was approaching.

“I’d never thrown the ball as well as I did that day — not when the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2001, or in 2004, 2005 or 2014 — not ever, in fact, in my life,” Brady said. “It was one of those days. I was ‘in the zone.’ . . . I remember being really excited about the opportunity to play and to show all the things I’d been working on in the offseason.”

It’s unclear how excited he was about the opportunity to play and to show all the things I’d been working on in the offseason entering the 2017 season. It is clear that he didn’t perform well, connecting on only 16 of 36 passes against the Chiefs, the lowest completion percentage of any quarterback who played in Week One.

As one league source with knowledge of Brady’s skills and abilities told PFT over the weekend when asked to explain Brady’s performance, “He’s 40.”

While that may overly simplistic, the reality is that Father Time eventually will win. Sometimes, it comes suddenly.

Some believe that Brady’s legs will go before his arm. I was able to watch most of Thursday night’s game via the feed from the cable cam in an NBC trailer, and it was clear that Brady can still move and slide and jump away from pressure. But when Brady threw down the field, he simply wasn’t accurate.

The standard TV angle doesn’t do the inaccuracies justice. Watching the throws from the aerial position behind the quarterback, it was obvious in many cases from the moment the ball came out that the ball wasn’t going to hit the mark, starting with Brady flat-out missing a wide-open Dwayne Allen on the first play from scrimmage.

More than a few throws from Brady down the field — especially to the left — were off the mark. If it wasn’t just a bad night and if he’s actually in the early stages of losing the ability to make the ball go where he wants it to go, the end could be closer than the season that follows his 45th birthday.

47 responses to “Tom Brady thinks he never threw the ball better than he did in 2016

  1. Everybody knows that his hands are too small to grip a fully-inflated ball. That’s why he instructed the trainer to deflate them then destroyed his phone to hide the incriminating texts. Now it sounds as though he may have continued doing that after being caught initially. I would do that too if my hands were so small.

  2. Many teams if they scored 27 points the fans and media would be saying the QB played well. Brady and its “over”

    Laughing at the piles of fecal matter being posted about him after 1 game.

  3. I remember hearing all these things in 2014. While they will all eventually become true, the fact is that he’s only a few months removed from one of the best seasons of his career and arguably his best game ever.

  4. With Brady having fallen off a cliff in 2017, the Steelers and Mike Tomlin now have no excuses and should be able to win the super bowl easily with their “lethal” offense.

  5. You’re way overblowing this performance and putting it on Brady. He wasn’t missimg open guys, for the most part. Guys weren’t open and he had to get rid of it. Especially when Amendola went down. Hogan got no separation. Cooks was running 9 yrd outs on 3rd and 10. Gronk couldn’t shake Berry. They got stopped on 3 short yardage situations. Yet they still scores 27 on a good defense. The problem was the big plays on D. With all their new players, the coaching staff didn’t have them ready to play and the playera didn’t execute.

  6. In fact, of the other 28 teams that played, all things being equal, 27 points would have been enough to beat 25 of them.

  7. And yet they still managed to put 27 points on the board through 3 quarters. This is a Belichick type loss. It’s early in the season. He does more than other coaches to keep starters off the field in the preseason to avoid injury but this means the team is behind many others when it comes to gelling as a unit at the start of the regular season. This is compounded by the fact there was also a lot of player turnover from 2016. This really is a new team. To throw them to a beast like Kansas City (I do believe the Pats would have handed the Steelers the usual opening night defeat had the Steelers been scheduled for Week 1), is quite a trial by fire. And the defense never really proved itself in the preseason. The second half in Detroit in Week 3, the 40 points to Giants backups, and those big plays to Jacksonville in Week 1 (I think there were two TD rushes of 70 plus yards) — I mean sound the alarms. Maybe the starters weren’t on the field as Belichick did his diligence evaluating players for bottom of the roster positions, and I know he doesn’t draw up much Xs and Os in the preseason; but seriously, it’s the defense that’s not ready.

  8. Some haters will never be convinced of Brady’s greatness. For these select people, nothing is good enough. If the Giants didn’t have to final drive TD’s (one following the luckiest catch in post season history), and he was 7 for 7 in super bowls, you would still figure out a way to discredit him.

    Just let it go. He’s really, really good. You just don’t like him. Or you are jealous of his success.

    End of story.

  9. Brady’s never been a consistently good deep ball thrower anyway, hence the emphasis on speedy guys with quickness who can get open fast over the middle and pick up YAC for him

  10. He had a passer rating of 112.2, his best since the 117.2 of the 2007 season (which only lacked perfection thanks to Tyree’s helmet catch rather than Brady doing anything wrong). By comparison, Rodgers (who some think a better QB but I don’t) had a 104.2 rating (4th, behind Ryan, Brady AND Dak Prescott).

    And to all those saying it’s over, I remind you of week 1, 2014, and a 20-33 loss to Miami and the many days afterward (especially following Pats’ wk4 loss in KC) in which we heard of the end of the dynasty and a new era under Philbin and how his Tannehill-led Phins was gonna become the new monster of the AFC…

  11. Brady’s internet defense team is going to be worn out after defending his honor on two straight days. Listen Brady had a bad game…by his standards. If he has several more in a row you have a problem. Right now it’s just bait to chum of the fanboys…..stop it!

  12. Wow, a single sub-par performance the the GOAT is done? Seriously? What I seen was Brady hatching a plan to make the next 18 teams they face pay the price for a bad opening night…

    Only time will tell, but when Brady lifts the Lombardi for an unprecedented sixth time in February, yea, all the naysayers will have to eat their words…

  13. Dwayne Allen stopped running. Brady didn’t have the best throw but If Allen didn’t jump and simply kept running underneath the ball he likely could’ve caught it. Moot point, it still wasn’t a perfect ball which does undermine Brady. But to describe it as a flat-out miss exposes the lack Florio lack of film study.

  14. Pats D was a bigger problem than the offense. But if the offense could have stayed on the field for longer stretches in the second half, the defense wouldn’t have been so run down.

  15. Brady can move in the pocket but when he does he can’t throw accurately. His offensive line has to keep him especially clean for him to be really effective. The Chefs moved him and he became less than ordinary when they did.

    The real problem for the Patriots is that their defense was exposed. KC could have, and should have put up over 60 on them except for shooting themselves in the foot. Pats got run over.

  16. “…not when the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2001, or in 2004, 2005 or 2014.”

    I thought those years looked weird. Pretty sure he meant 2001, 2003, 2004 or 2014.

  17. Once I saw his high, poor trajectory throw to a wide open DWayne Allen, I knew it was going to be one of those games.

    Some folks who were at the game, noticed Brady was missing wide open WRs or TEs all night, which means Brady Lock” was in full effect.

    When he loses a binky, he sometimes stares down the only one he has left. In this case, it’s Gronk.

    If you look at 2015 when Edelman broke a bone in his foot and tried to come back, not really being himself, you can see these red flags with Brady as well. I can through many points of his career, where these bad habits bubble up, his stats go down a bit, and sometimes his INT rate spikes.

    Game 1 may be just an outlier, but it bears watching.

    Neither D played well (KC allowed a whopping 27 points through 3 qtrs on an off day from Brady), but Brady’s sulking and pouting in the 1st qtr is reminiscent of early 2013 when Gronk was out and Brady (in his mind) only had Edelman and Amendola (torn groing) to throw to.

    Painful to watch.

    This and the fact no other All Pro or HOF QBs struggle so much accepting new personnel like Brady does. Been going on since 2007 when he got spoiled with all the toys.

    I do agree his 2016 season was superb in terms of consistently throwing the ball well. 2007, 2010 and 2014 also come to mind as far as when he’s worked with McDaniels.

    Thurs night’s game is a classic, classic case of McDaniels and Brady over-analyzing.

    I have no idea why they’re not simply rotating a combo of Gillislee/White and Burkhead/Lewis on rotating drives in 2 back sets.

    The obsession with a “slot” WR is also wildly overrated. Brady clearly likes it, but it doesn’t have to be that.

    Hogan at the X, Cooks at the Z, Gronk in-line and a 2 back set. White, Lewis or Burkehead can
    masquerade in and out of the backfield alongside another RB, if they want a guy in motion or in the slot.

    People are acting like Brady has no weapons, which is absolutely preposterous.

  18. Much ado about nothing. Every time Brady has an off game, the media starts digging his grave. Fact is, KC is pretty damn good, the Pats D was a sieve & with Edelman gone and a bunch of new faces on offense, it’s going to take time for the machine to get going again. But it will be humming when it counts, you can bank on that.

  19. I think it was Charles Barkley talking about age, re: Garnett and Pierce. Something to the effect that as you get older dialing up the elite performance every time is less likely. You can still hit the highs but they don’t come as frequently.

  20. bencoates57 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 10:45 am
    And yet they still managed to put 27 points on the board through 3 quarters. This is a Belichick type loss. It’s early in the season. He does more than other coaches to keep starters off the field in the preseason to avoid injury but this means the team is behind many others when it comes to gelling as a unit at the start of the regular season. This is compounded by the fact there was also a lot of player turnover from 2016. This really is a new team. To throw them to a beast like Kansas City (I do believe the Pats would have handed the Steelers the usual opening night defeat had the Steelers been scheduled for Week 1), is quite a trial by fire. And the defense never really proved itself in the preseason. The second half in Detroit in Week 3, the 40 points to Giants backups, and those big plays to Jacksonville in Week 1 (I think there were two TD rushes of 70 plus yards) — I mean sound the alarms. Maybe the starters weren’t on the field as Belichick did his diligence evaluating players for bottom of the roster positions, and I know he doesn’t draw up much Xs and Os in the preseason; but seriously, it’s the defense that’s not ready.

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    All very true, which is why I am laughing my balls off at some Pats fans claiming it’s the personnel. LOL

    If you look at the ages of the players, it’s still a very young team, so it’s not age either.

    Bad scheme, bad effort, bad deployment of personnel.

    Sorry, and I loved Nink, but Flowers is not worse than a 32 year old Nink, Sheard is not better than Lawrence Guy, Logan Ryan not better than Gilmore and an old Chris Long is not going to be more effective in 2017 and beyond than what Cassius Marsh can do.

    They need Valentine back this week and McClellin and his sneaky effective skill set is needed badly. Assuming a concussion again with him at the moment.

    Get Valentine back and McClellin, have a sound, traditional gameplan, and then judge.

  21. Can’t wait until Brady throws for 300 yards and 3 TDs this Sunday vs. the Saints and all the Brady haters go back into hiding until Brady’s next bad game.

  22. “Everybody knows that his hands are too small to grip a fully-inflated ball. That’s why he instructed the trainer to deflate them then destroyed his phone to hide the incriminating texts. ”

    Lolz all your comment shows is you failed 5th grade science, have poor reading comprehension and the brainpower of a mentally deficient chipmunk

  23. Well 2016 is also when Brady took that Italian “vacation” a week before he returned from suspension. Then he comes back and throws the football better than at any stage in his career at 39 years of age? Nothing suspicious about that at all.

  24. Not vintage Brady, but that guy that says he looks old doesn’t really know if he is over the hill and neither does anyone else. The long ball has never been Brady’s game and he threw too many of them against KC.
    I expect against NO there will be a lot more quick shorter throws, particularly to the running backs. With Amendola out, someone is going to have to show that they can take over the Edelman role. Maybe Hogan? Remains to be seen.

  25. Brady is right–he never has thrown the ball better than he did in 2016! Now as much as I can’t stand the Pats (being a Fins fan) Brady’s Supe 51 performance really is the GOAT. but guess what, Pats fans–just as Peyton Manning had a great 2014 then a less than stellar 2015 (injuries, they put Brock in), so he does win a supe the retires at age 40, I have a funny feeling Brady is on his last legs despite an awesome organic diet (he should thank God every day he’s wealthy enough to afford it!). And then the Pats have another problem coming up–do they resign Garapolo, who has started exactly two games, or lose him to FA? Face it, Pats fans, your team can’t go on forever. And Miami has Adam Gase.

  26. The thing Brady should focus on are crossing patterns and screen plays. Just to throw it 50 yrs he has yo step into it with all his force, plus it’s a rainbow. We all saw how Manning did. Problem is the pats have a terrible defense leaving a lot of pressure in Brady to make throws he no longer can.

  27. This story has absolutely zero merit. Brady was 16/36. Coverage was very tight. 11 of his passes were either broken up, thrown away or dropped. Arguably even more but 11 for sure.

    Take those away and Brady would be 16/25 which is 64%. That’s pretty normal. He has very rarely had to throw the ball away to the ground or out of bounds as much as he had to in that game. He wasn’t missing open guys other than two throws.

  28. sjl61470 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 11:48 am
    I think it was Charles Barkley talking about age, re: Garnett and Pierce. Something to the effect that as you get older dialing up the elite performance every time is less likely. You can still hit the highs but they don’t come as frequently.

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    That’s true for sure. However, Brady isn’t a basketball player. As long as he has the arm and can still slide in the pocket then he can play at an elite level because it’s more about his brain than anything else. Heck, Peyton was able to win a Super Bowl with basically no arm because of his brain.

  29. Brady definitely peaked in his career. Just be thankful the system is designed for other QB’s to adapt. Last year he had some rest as well as the Italy trip which played a huge factor in his dominance as a system QB.

  30. And if Brady was able to score more than 14 points with the highest scoring team in history, the lucky catches wouldn’t have mattered.

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    theringisthething says:
    September 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
    Some haters will never be convinced of Brady’s greatness. For these select people, nothing is good enough. If the Giants didn’t have to final drive TD’s (one following the luckiest catch in post season history), and he was 7 for 7 in super bowls, you would still figure out a way to discredit him.

  31. “Brady never had a long ball. Now his short ball is bad too. ”

    Huh. The Pats were 2nd in the league last year in completions of 20+ yards in the air. And the entire world saw Brady dropping 40 and 50 yard bombs right in the breadbasket during the playoffs to Hogan, Mitchell and the rest.

    But hey, don’t let actual facts get in the way.

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