Billick: If Tom Brady Pulls This Off, Slam Dunk Him Into HOF

Jun 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures to a receiver during minicamp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Billick has been fairly vocal during the New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez situation. Billick suggested the Patriots new a good deal about the situation when Aaron Hernandez was released so quickly.

So as the Patriots head into the season potentially with out their top 5 receiving targets from last year, Tom Brady is in a rough spot. Out of the 5, only Rob Gronkowski is still on the roster and he is recovering from injuries and could be unavailable when the season starts. They do have Danny Amendola added to the mix and he wasn’t around last year.

“If Tom Brady can pull this off and come anywhere close to that level of productivity, they ought to at the end of the season just slam dunk him into the Hall of Fame,” NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said Wednesday on “NFL Total Access.” “Forget five years after he retires. Just do it at the end of the season.”

Never mind the three Super Bowl rings, the MVPs, the All-Pro’s and the Pro Bowls. Making the Patriots relevant this season is the most impressive bullet point on his resume. I get his point about how impressive it would be, but I don’t think it’d make him any more of a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame. I mean, maybe if Tim Tebow is seriously out there catching passes.

“At the end of the day, this league has been, is now, and always will be about talent on the football field,” Billick said. “And to remove the level of talent that we just talked about with Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez. And to take nothing away from Michael Jenkins, Jake Ballard and Danny Amendola, but these guys, to this point, have been somewhat pedestrian in this league.”

Topics: Brian Billick, New England Patriots, Tom Brady

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    The Pats teams during the SB years were more balance with basically no name receivers, a good running game and a solid defense. The recent teams have featured a great passing attack and a below average defense. The Pats offense will be fine not having a formidable passing attack but more likely a balanced offense. The big difference this year and the success of the team will rely on an improved overall defense. The offense will not have to score 30+ points every game if the defense can be anything close to what they had during the SB years. Seems like everyone is talking about the Pats offense and how it will suffer without key players but most people will take notice this year when the defense plays at a higher level. I am more excited about what the defense is going to do rather than surmise what the offense might not be able to do.

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