Tom Brady: It’s about execution, not experience or youth

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It’s been noted this week that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota have the biggest age gap between two starting quarterbacks in a postseason game in NFL history.

The 16 years between the two players account for a big edge in experience for Brady and that’s also illustrated by the fact that Brady will be making his 35th postseason start on Saturday. Mariota made his first playoff start last Saturday and Brady was asked at a press conference on Thursday if he thought there was a built-in edge that comes with that experience.

“I think it just comes down to how well you play,” Brady said. “At the end of the day, it’s not about old guys are going to win or young guys are going to win, the home team, the road team. It’s really going to come down to execution. No one’s going to be able to do it for you. You’re out there, you’re in the position to succeed. Your coaches have put a lot on you. The team’s really relying on you. You’ve got to go out there and make the plays. You’ve got to make the tackles, you’ve got to make the throws, the catches, the blocks, the runs, whatever it takes. Whoever does that better is going to win the game over the course of 60 minutes. Again, all these plays matter, so we’ve got to go out there and make sure every one counts.”

The older quarterback has won all four times quarterbacks with at least a 13-year gap in age have met in the playoffs, but it would be hard for Brady to say that experience always trumps youth since he won the Super Bowl at the same age that Mariota is now.

41 responses to “Tom Brady: It’s about execution, not experience or youth

  1. skawh says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    Sure executed 2 SB wins gifted to him. Great work if you can get it.

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    were you ever aware that the Patriots were already leading the game when Butler made the pick?

  2. Tom speaks the truth. But it should also be noted that while his birth certificate says he’s 40, he happens to have the body of a 26 year old. Let the execution begin, another Super Bowl is there for the taking. Patriots to smash the Titans.

  3. tylawspick6 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    I heard it was about magical videotapes and deflated balls. Goodell told me this.

    “”””””””””””””””

    First true statement you’ve made on this site.

  4. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    I heard it was about magical videotapes and deflated balls. Goodell told me this.

    “”””””””””””””””

    First true statement you’ve made on this site.
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    Still puts him well ahead of you

  5. were you ever aware that the Patriots were already leading the game when Butler made the pick?

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    I always forget this too. Preparation won that game. Conditioning won the Falcons SB. They were smoked in the 4th quarter and the Pats had a full tank. Hawks fans are losers.

  6. tylawspick6 says:

    I heard it was about magical videotapes and deflated balls. Goodell told me this.
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    The Deflator agrees.

  7. lippy51 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    were you ever aware that the Patriots were already leading the game when Butler made the pick?
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    With less than 30 seconds time left from the 1 yard line is not exactly a lead. Honest pats fans understand it was a faulty play call that gifted them that SB.

  8. 8oneanddones says:
    January 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Brady won his first ten playoff starts.
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    It’s a team sport. Brady didn’t win anything by himself. Fans need to get over the misleading stats.

  9. terripet says:
    January 11, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Here comes 2 interceptions Saturday night
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    Even if that’s the case, that will probably also include 4 TDs and a W.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I heard it was about magical videotapes and deflated balls. Goodell told me this.

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    Rattling around rent free in all that empty space…

    And seriously, Goodell is a proven liar so why would anyone listen to him…

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    It’s about the Patriots system.

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    As completely disproven by Jimmy G’s success and Belichick 18-19 record as Pats coach when Brady doesn’t start. Sigh

  12. skawh says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    Sure executed 2 SB wins gifted to him. Great work if you can get it.

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    Yeah… I guess Brady didn’t have to do anything to get those wins except the two greatest 4th quarter comebacks in the history of the Super Bowl. All those completions were just luck.

  13. Skawh is correct, it is a TEAM SPORT….& the SEACHICKENS lost because the BETTER TEAM WON…
    Brady is the leader of that BETTER TEAM

  14. skawh says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    Sure executed 2 SB wins gifted to him. Great work if you can get it.

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    Ummm….did you see the last SB? Brady and the Pats weren’t gifted anything. They grabbed the Falcons by the throat in the 2nd half and choked the life out of them. The look on Arthur Blank(stare)’s face said it all.

    As for Seattle, they controlled most of that game. Seattle made a freak pass completion to make it interesting and the Pats responded with a freak interception.

  15. Willie Beamen would be an All Pro in Billy’s system. Why do people think Tommy is some sort of superhero? Even Matt Cassel looked like a pro bowler, it’s all about the system.

  16. Brady works harder than the rest of them. He would not be as successful with a lousy head coach but under Bellichick, Brady can win with the motley crew of castoffs that comprise the Patriots each year. Not every QB could do that even under Bellichick.

  17. Seems to me that 31 teams need to change their “system” then.I wonder why no one has tried to copy this “system”?Blametrump you need to become a coach..use the “system” and be in the HOF.You will be immortalized forever.

  18. Every “team” needs not only a coach but leaders.Brady has proved time and again that he can lead his team to wins.He missed the first 4 games last year and his teammates,after every game,looked in the camera and said “this wins for you tom”.Edelman “lets win it for your mom”.Yeah its a team sport,but it’s not misleading to say Brady leads his team to wins.

  19. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm
    Willie Beamen would be an All Pro in Billy’s system. Why do people think Tommy is some sort of superhero? Even Matt Cassel looked like a pro bowler, it’s all about the system.

    Riiight! It’s just the “system”
    If Tom played for another team he all of a sudden wouldn’t know how to read a Defense
    he wouldn’t know how to move in the pocket
    He would not know how to throw the ball

    The “system” allows him to do all this.

    Pssssd I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s NOT Bills “system”
    It all comes from Charlie Wise’s offense.

    The “system” argument is lame and played out

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