LeSean McCoy: With how hard Tom Brady works, he could play five more years

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The oldest player in NFL history was George Blanda, who played for the Oakland Raiders in 1975 at the age of 48. LeSean McCoy believes Tom Brady could match that.

McCoy, the running back who played with Brady in Tampa Bay last season, told Pat McAfee that seeing how hard Brady works is eye opening.

“He’s the only player that I’ve ever been around that, when he speaks, when he talks, I believe him,” McCoy said, via MassLive.com. “He could tell me, ‘Shady, go walk on that water. You won’t drown.’ I’m going to be like, ‘OK.’ He has that type of thing about him. And the way he works. When I was younger, I wish I worked as hard as he does. We just won a Super Bowl and he’s back training, doing little things.”

McCoy believes that Brady could play through the 2025 season, when he’ll be 48.

“He’s 43,” McCoy said. “He’s dialed in. He can play another five years. Just because, not only just the talent or the big arm and all that. It’s just like, he gets it. He gets it.”

At 43 last season, Brady was already the oldest quarterback ever to serve as his team’s primary starter. But that doesn’t mean he’s close to quitting.

56 responses to “LeSean McCoy: With how hard Tom Brady works, he could play five more years

  1. Can you imagine if he does play until 48. At that time Russell Wilson will be turning 38 years old and possibly retiring as well. And Russell Wilson was drafted 13 years after Brady. That’s crazy.

  2. Early in his career he got banged around quite a bit. But he always popped right back up.

    Now with the rule changes, the hits are not as damaging.

    And he’s very good sliding around the pocket just a little to avoid the big hit.

    He would need a good o line to play that long. When he has pressure he doesn’t flinch. He stands tall in the pocket looking down field.

    He definitely has “it”.

    We should enjoy watching him while we can.

  3. Peyton Manning (2), Ben Roethlisberg (2), Drew Brees (1), and Aaron Rodgers (1), and Russell Wilson (1) have 7 Super wins between them,, the same number as Tom Brady.

  4. Here’s a couple of Brady stats I’d be interested in: How many teammates has he had over his career, and how many players from other teams have played in games he started? At this point, you must be able to populate a small town with the numbers.

  5. and to think Belichick didn’t want to give Brady a contract. Didn’t he know this man after working with him for 20 years???

  6. We’ll see about that but Brady can clearly keep playing unless he has a nasty injury. Unbelievable that he hasn’t really dropped off and still has the extreme passion for playing the game and winning. Just about every player he plays with says the same thing.

  7. Leading by example, the true GOAT, unlike those focused on individual stats, the POSERS.

  8. My attitude toward Brady changed during the super bowl comeback against the Falcons. Realized what a waste of energy hating on him was.

  9. He’s been a top notch QB over the years for sure. Nobody will probably win more rings than him. That being said, father time waits for no one and his play isn’t what it was. TB did it very well with a top notch D and multiple weapons on offense. 5 more years … big time stretch.

  10. Father time is not waiting for Tom Brady, because Tom Brady has defeated Father.

    The good Father is scared to death of the GOAT.

  11. and to think Belichick didn’t want to give Brady a contract. Didn’t he know this man after working with him for 20 years???

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    Yeah, not what happened. Pats had no salary cap room last year. They COULDNT sign him, they literally had 5 million in cap space, thats why they signed Newton on the cheap.

  12. I believe he could do it. He definitely still has the arm, that second touchdown to gronk was a frozen rope.

  13. Here’s a couple of Brady stats I’d be interested in: How many teammates has he had over his career, and how many players from other teams have played in games he started? At this point, you must be able to populate a small town with the numbers.

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    I’m interested to see how many offensive coordinators he turns into millionaire head coaches. So far it’s Weiss, McDaniels and O’Brien, with Leftwich on the clock.

  14. and to think Belichick didn’t want to give Brady a contract. Didn’t he know this man after working with him for 20 years???
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    Reports are BB was willing to offer him a contract but no where near what he was worth. Not to mention, the contract would have reportedly paid Brady less than what BB himself makes. I don’t blame Brady for walking and as this year proved, players are always more important than coaches when it comes to winning championships.

  15. Yeah, not what happened. Pats had no salary cap room last year. They COULDNT sign him, they literally had 5 million in cap space, thats why they signed Newton on the cheap.
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    Yea, that’s definitely not what happened. That had $5M left because of Brady’s dead money cap hit. Had they renegotiated and added more years to Brady’s contract, they could have opened up more cap space. Miraculously, they had another ~$14M a few days after signing Newton from the Brown settlement.

    Even if what you said was correct, BB is an even worse GM that I thought. He determined the best position to let walk was your franchise QB with no back-up plan? A half-decent GM would cut half the team before making the QB be the sacrificial lamb. Regardless, BB was wrong as he often is with offensive GM decisions.

  16. blessedunliketherest says:
    February 18, 2021 at 9:46 am
    and to think Belichick didn’t want to give Brady a contract. Didn’t he know this man after working with him for 20 years???
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    Reports are BB was willing to offer him a contract but no where near what he was worth. Not to mention, the contract would have reportedly paid Brady less than what BB himself makes. I don’t blame Brady for walking and as this year proved, players are always more important than coaches when it comes to winning championships.

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    Yeah, I don’t blame Brady either. Depending on which reports you believe, Belichick is making somewhere between 20-25 mil per year. Also, Brady’s contract has been year to year since the Garoppolo years. Whatever. Does it rally matter now? Brady is gone and Patriots have no QB.

  17. Di Wol says:
    February 18, 2021 at 7:50 am
    and to think Belichick didn’t want to give Brady a contract. Didn’t he know this man after working with him for 20 years???
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    Fact: Brady could’ve stayed on a year-to-year basis.
    Fact: even with Brady gone and 8 (many big contract) players tolling, Pats had no cap space left. They mortgaged 2020 to max-out 2019 for a repeat of 2018, thinking that Brady would retire. And if Brady had stayed the Pats would’ve had to shed even more guys and be at least a few years away from a contender – years Brady couldn’t spare.

  18. Pats had no cap space left.

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    People who love bringing up cap space miss the point.

    Brady didn’t need top paid WR, didn’t need top paid O-line, and took pay cut.

    There is absolutely no excuse that the WR group in Patriots was so bad, any decent coach would be able to give Brady a stable and decent WR group.

    Not mention that with all the resources spent on defense, Belichick never had a defense as good as 2020 Bucs built by Bruce Arians.

  19. Isn’t it all so wonderful? The first 43 year old man in the history of the NFL to perform at such a high level, and to add to the legacy of it all he performed the last few games this year with a knee injury severe enough that it requires more than a minor clean up. What a story!

  20. It was Belichick and it wasn’t cap room. Brady made up his mind he was walking before the 2019 season even started. I don’t know why people persist in saying Belichick didn’t want Brady.

  21. Brady’s leadership capability is off the charts. He resonates with people from all different walks of life and from all different age groups. It’s too bad for all Pats fans that Belichick wasn’t able to check his own ego at the door.

  22. mlhigh77 says:
    February 18, 2021 at 7:54 am
    Sorry,the GOAT is Muhammed Ali.

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    No disrespect to Muhammad Ali. But did he reach the pinnacle of his profession in 3 different decades? 2000-2009/2010-2019/2020-20xx

  23. Not mention that with all the resources spent on defense, Belichick never had a defense as good as 2020 Bucs built by Bruce Arians.
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    2020 Bucs – 8th

    Belichick has fielded the #1 D 3 times, including 2019, top 5 8 times.

  24. It’s too bad for all Pats fans that Belichick wasn’t able to check his own ego at the door.
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    Don’t have a dog in the fight, but it sure seemed to me Brady wanted a change of scenery, every bit as much as Bill may have shoved him out the door.

  25. Belichick has fielded the #1 D 3 times, including 2019, top 5 8 times.

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    Aarons,

    Belichick’s defense has been PAPER TIGER after 2002 SB, can’t have two back to back great games in playoff.

  26. It was Belichick and it wasn’t cap room. Brady made up his mind he was walking before the 2019 season even started. I don’t know why people persist in saying Belichick didn’t want Brady.
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    I’m most surprised Kraft didn’t side with Brady, and force Belichick out.

    If Brady plays 5 more years, and probably wins another Title over that span, I’m sure Kraft will want a do-over.

  27. Belichick’s defense has been PAPER TIGER after 2002 SB, can’t have two back to back great games in playoff.
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    2003-2004 are two of the best defenses I have ever seen.

    2019 they were #1 in points and yards, which almost never happens.

    Top 10 defense 17 out of 21 seasons… in an era of absurd offensive explosion.

    If you want to criticize him for what happened with Brady, go for it!.. to say the man can’t coach/build defenses? Insanity.

  28. At one time winning four Super Bowls was considered unapproachable. Only two guys sat at that table, Montana and Bradshaw, and they did for around 30 years despite all the great quarterbacks and teams that came along after them. Winning became measured by their success.

    It is almost unbelievable to think that if Brady gets one more he will have as many as those two players combined.

  29. to say the man can’t coach/build defenses? Insanity.

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    There are dozens of coaches who could build defense as good as Belichick did if they could spend as much as Belichick did.

  30. Good reason to invest in the O-line. The TB O-line went from “okay” to “excellent” over the course of the season, with Stinnie filling in nicely. Keep it up Jason and Brady may make it to 2025.

  31. They had great defenses because that’s BB strength and where most of the talent and money was. The reason the Pats were able to win so much was because Brady was able to lead top ten offenses to go along with the defenses, even without the talent that the other great offenses had. This is often overlooked.

  32. The reason the Pats were able to win so much was because Brady was able to lead top ten offenses to go along with the defenses, even without the talent that the other great offenses had. This is often overlooked.
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    Sorry, won’t go along with that.

    Rodgers has led top 10 offenses most of his career. The defenses lagged WELL behind, usually bottom half.

  33. Rodgers has led top 10 offenses most of his career. The defenses lagged WELL behind, usually bottom half.

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    aarons444,

    Let me show you the right way of thinking:

    It is not hard to build top defense if a coach spends as much as Belichick did. (a PAPER TIGER defense)

    It is not hard to build top offense with a really good QB if a coach invests a lot on offense, like Sean Payton did.

    What is hard is to have BOTH top defense and top offense.

    Pats offense was ranked better than defense was though Belichick invested most on defense, WHY?

  34. It’s the coach!
    It’s system!
    He’s cheating!
    People just need to accept reality… Tom Brady was cloned and is a bionic lizard person.

  35. BTW,
    2019 – total 68 points in 6 games by Jets, Bills and Dolphins.
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    2016 – total 99 points in 6 games by Jets, Bills and Dolphins.
    Texans 28th
    Browns 31th
    Bengals 24th
    49ers 27th
    Rams 32nd
    Ravens 21st
    Broncos 22nd
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    2004 – total 76 points in 6 games by Jets, Bills and Dolphins.
    Cardinals 26th
    Browns 27th
    49ers 30th
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    2003 – total 76 points in 6 games by Jets, Bills and Dolphins.
    Giants 30th
    Browns 29th
    Jags 25th
    Texans 28th

  36. aaron444,

    Ndamukong Suh ‘not ready to hang them up yet,’ wants to remain in Tampa with Tom Brady

    “If you watch and go back and look at all his teams, and this is one of the things I was excited about when he signed with us, THOSE DEFENDSES ARE TYPICALLY WELL-RESTED,” Suh says. “Dinking and dunking, making big plays, moving the ball downfield and scoring points, it gives you opportunities to one, rest, but also come out fresh and rush the passer. And get sacks and not really have to play the run. Because a lot of the time, teams are either playing from behind or it’s neck-and-neck and they have to find ways to score. And most teams in this league want to pass it. So I was excited about him coming. And obviously his competitive edge and the knowledge that he has and brings to the team. I got to learn a lot of stuff from him during camp, which was great. And we got to get to know each other on a whole different level versus me always trying to chase him down.”

  37. More excuse making..

    Again P Manning went into the playoffs EIGHT times with a top ten defense in scoring and yards seven of those eight times he went one and done.

  38. I wonder how it feels to have a great career with no superbowls but then you win 2 in a row without you really playing much. I know he was inactive for the first not sure about the second but mentally as a competitor sure its great 2 rings in a row but knowing you didn’t really earn them. Certainly more than I have but wonder how he can process that.

  39. Yea, that’s definitely not what happened. That had $5M left because of Brady’s dead money cap hit. Had they renegotiated and added more years to Brady’s contract, they could have opened up more cap space. Miraculously, they had another ~$14M a few days after signing Newton from the Brown settlement.

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    New England has earned money from settlements in the Antonio Brown grievance ($4 million) and the Aaron Hernandez grievance ($2.55 million), according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. With the additional cap space, the team now has $7.79 million in available cap space.Jul 11, 2020

    Some nice verbiage from Sports Illustrated from July 11, 2020. Even after that took place they only had 7.8 million in cap space…somehow they were supposed to come up with 25-30 million for Brady alone? Okay, sure.

    To top it off, this happened in July, about 3-4 months after Brady became a free agent so this cap space wasnt available to use to sign him.

  40. Sometimes I sit and think about how many rings Brady would have won had he been on some of these offensive powerhouse teams like Brees, Rodgers have had or Peyton when he was with the Colts especially considering most of the teams Brady won rings with had a bunch of nobodies on them on offense. I mean other than Gronk who’d Brady ever have, sure he had Moss but everyone thought and said he was washed up at the time, Brady won mostly all of those rings with players other teams cut or didn’t want and they weren’t that good before going to the Pats like Burkhead, Welker, Woodhead, Armandola, etc.

  41. I wouldn’t say it’s likely, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if it happened. People have been trying to write him off and predict his decline for the better part of a decade now, and he keeps proving them wrong.

  42. “Sometimes I sit and think about how many rings Brady would have won had he been on some of these offensive powerhouse teams like Brees, Rodgers have had or Peyton when he was with the Colts especially considering most of the teams Brady won rings with had a bunch of nobodies on them on offense. I mean other than Gronk who’d Brady ever have, sure he had Moss but everyone thought and said he was washed up at the time, Brady won mostly all of those rings with players other teams cut or didn’t want and they weren’t that good before going to the Pats like Burkhead, Welker, Woodhead, Armandola, etc.”

    Championships are often more about defense than offense.

    Brady played for the GOAT coach, and for a top-notch organization. Peyton Manning had 5 different coaches.

    I wonder the opposite: how many rings would Manning have if BB had been his coach the whole time?

  43. Don’t worry, in 8 months, Rodgers will throw another TD pass and everybody will forget about Brady’s existence.

  44. I wonder how many championships Brees would have won on the Patriots with his accuracy and fantastic attention to detail.

  45. cancerman2020 says:

    February 18, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Yea, that’s definitely not what happened. That had $5M left because of Brady’s dead money cap hit. Had they renegotiated and added more years to Brady’s contract, they could have opened up more cap space. Miraculously, they had another ~$14M a few days after signing Newton from the Brown settlement.

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    New England has earned money from settlements in the Antonio Brown grievance ($4 million) and the Aaron Hernandez grievance ($2.55 million), according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. With the additional cap space, the team now has $7.79 million in available cap space.Jul 11, 2020

    Some nice verbiage from Sports Illustrated from July 11, 2020. Even after that took place they only had 7.8 million in cap space…somehow they were supposed to come up with 25-30 million for Brady alone? Okay, sure.

    To top it off, this happened in July, about 3-4 months after Brady became a free agent so this cap space wasnt available to use to sign him.

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    Pats had $20mil of dead money when Brady left. If they keep Brady they could have used that same dead money as part of his contract. Pats salary cap was bad but would have been less so if they kept Brady cause that money had already been used on him this year whether he was on the team or not.

  46. I wonder the opposite: how many rings would Manning have if BB had been his coach the whole time?

    Manning went into the playoffs EIGHT times with a top ten defense in scoring and yards allowed

    Seven of those eight times one and done.

    If the coaching was good enough for 16 games why wasn’t it good enough for one game when his team was the higher seed ?

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