Tom Brady: Patrick Mahomes’ situation different from when he became starter

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat his rookie season too, and then played really well his second year.

That’s about the extent of the similarities he sees between himself and Patrick Mahomes.

During his weekly spot on WEEI, Brady said the changes in the football landscape now make it hard to compare him taking over for Drew Bledsoe and Mahomes taking over for Alex Smith.

Football was different then. I think now, in some ways, pro football is more glorified college football. Maybe the transition is a more similar game than what it used to be when I first started,” Brady said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “I think football now, removing some of the physical elements of the game, it’s more of a space game, you see a lot of college plays more in the pro game than what I remember when I started. That’s kind of how things have went over the last bunch of years.”

The Chiefs are certainly running a different offense than Brady was or is, and Brady noted the Chiefs tailoring what they do to their platoon of skill position talent.

Brady’s boss was also effusive, for him, in his praise of Mahomes.

Asked what impressed him about the Chiefs quarterback, Bill Belichick replied: “Pretty much everything.”

“He gets the ball to all of his receivers quick, quick release, sees things quickly, can extend plays . . . makes good decisions, accurate, gets the ball out on time.”

Yes, that’s one way to put it.

Mahomes is 112-of-176 for 1,513 yards with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions in his first five starts this year, winning all five.

In Brady’s first five starts in 2001 after Bledsoe was injured, he was 99-of-159 for 1,023 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions, going 3-2 along the way.

23 responses to “Tom Brady: Patrick Mahomes’ situation different from when he became starter

  1. Mahomes was going to be the starter though mini-camp, training camp, etc and that is a lot of preparation reps. Brady took over for an injured starter, without the benefit of all that first team preparation. Not at all comparable.

  2. He’s had a great start. But we all know it’s not about how you start but rather how you….

    Good luck and may the best man win.

  3. Brady’s played for so long that some people seem to forget he played his earliest years in a completely different league. Go look at his 2002 stats, when he led the league in touchdowns. It was a different time.

  4. League is easier now for QBs than back in 2001. Once Polian started threatening people in the league to make anything illegal contact or PI, it opened up the game more with a litany of annual rule changes.

    It’s a mystery why so many teams struggle to identify a quality QB.

  5. So the patriots got a slack Thursday night game while the Chiefs played the Jaguars. I wouldn’t be so suspicious if this didn’t happen every time the Patriots played a playoff contender.

  6. Sandlot football won’t sustain. Look back at his Texas Tech career. How many big games/bowl games did he win?

  7. Starting your career with Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill at your disposal probably helps too! Not to mention Kelce is not exactly a bum. No doubt he’s a talent, but like Goff, he’s starting out his career with supreme- pro bowl talent offensive players.

  8. Yes, back in 2001 there weren’t rules changes benefitting QB’s to where one could continue to play at nearly 42 years old. But back then there was this “tuck rule” that nobody had ever heard of that was used to launch a so called dynasty, if only of cheating.

  9. I didn’t know that a correctly enforced rule on one play could create a 20 year HOF career until It was explained to me.

    If only that’s all it took—that would be awesome. Amazingly ludicrous take.

  10. rgorr44 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    People still whining about the tuck rule? What about the rest of Bradys incredible story?

    ————————–
    Walt Coleman will always be my favorite ref. 🙂

  11. Mahomes is the perfect combination of Athleticism and Intelligence, his command of the offense and the chemistry he has with the skill players on that offense give Andy Reed unlimited possibilities.

    I hate what the NFL has become, they have legislated defense out of the game, so it makes no sense to make any real attempt to build a great defense, as a GM coach, you invest in offensive skill players and ride the river. KC is a perfect example.

    Bet the over Sunday night, it will be a lock , both teams will be over 30pts in a flag festival game.

  12. “But back then there was this “tuck rule” that nobody had ever heard of ”

    Dude stop embarrassing yourself. 2001 was the 3rd year the tuck rule was in place and it was called an average of 1/year/team in favor of opposing teams.

    And in fact the tuck was called in favor of the Jets in the 2nd Jets-Pats game of the 2001 regular season, reversing a turnover the Pats got and quite possibly costing them the game.

    But yeah, “nobody ever heard of it” SMH

  13. skawh says:
    October 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Yes, back in 2001 there weren’t rules changes benefitting QB’s to where one could continue to play at nearly 42 years old. But back then there was this “tuck rule” that nobody had ever heard of that was used to launch a so called dynasty, if only of cheating.

    Still salty over 2nd & goal from the 2 I see.

  14. How many times have we heard that Brady is done and (insert flavor of the month) is the next best thing? Hey, who knows, maybe Mahommes will win 6 rings in less than 17 years. Maybe my hair will grow back!

  15. Throwing subtle shade at a young QB is unbecoming of Brady. Brady is the greatest system QB in the league’s history, he doesn’t need to worry about a QB with only five starts in the league.

  16. Sure KC has a lot more talent, but everyone the pats play should have more talent given that the pats have picked last for two decades. But the GOAT coach and GOAT qb usually manage to make a game of it anyway.

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