January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts against the Denver Broncos in the second half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Should the New England Patriots draft Tom Brady's replacement?

Tom Brady is 36. Ryan Mallett is the only other quarterback currently on the Patriots roster. The 2014 has a number of quality quarterbacks, and several more with excellent potential. This is the time for the New England Patriots to draft 12′s successor.

How many years does Brady have left? He has spoken this season of wanting to play until he is 40, and while he will be 37 by the time next season starts, he has at the absolute most two years left. He has also lost in the AFC championship game for the second year in a row. Not trying to hurry the future Hall of Famer out the door, but the Patriots ought to consider following the Packer’s lead and drafting their quarterback of the future, even if there is no intention of him playing right away.

The 2014 draft is expected to be stocked with quarterback talent, and with a young receiving corps,  improving defence (when everyone is healthy), and no pressure on the incoming QB, the Patriots are ideally suited to take a young signal caller and get him to learn from Brady – study his approach, work ethic and drive to win. There may also be the added bonus of pushing Brady on to prove he is still the guy in Foxborough – much like Favre in Green Bay after Rodgers arrived.

Setting the team up for the future is a wise move, even though it is possible that Brady and Belichick will retire at the same time. This would leave a massive void in the organisation, and having a quarterback in place who is good enough to step up, and already has an understanding with, and respect of, his team.

If the team choses to promote from within (Matt Patricia or Josh McDaniels most likely) then that continuity will help the transition, and will mean not having to blood a rookie signal caller and a new head coach.

In any case, there is also the risk that Brady can get hurt. He has been very durable during his career (Bernard Pollard aside), but at his age, health cannot be taken for granted. So why not have a player on the books who can take the team on, and use the time to develop as a long-term alternative – after all, look at what happened to the Indianapolis Colts when Peyton Manning hurt his neck.

While Ryan Mallett could be one of the better back-ups in the league, he doesn’t have the supporting cast that Matt Cassel had in ’08 (in many ways, it would be more similar to the Brady/Bledsoe handover in terms of receiving quality). If the Patriots draft someone like AJ McCarron or David Fales in the middle rounds and let them learn from Brady, wouldn’t that be in the best interest of the franchise, long-term?

Regardless, there is a lack of long-term solution at quarterback on the Patriots roster, and with an ageing starter it would make sense for the team to bring in a young gun who can contribute if required, but if not can get coached up and learn behind one of the best to ever play the position.

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  • Willy

    Aging is spelled like this, not ageing.
    I was saying the same thing yesterday, the Pats must plan today for what may come tomorrow. IE, they must draft their next Q.B. because Tom is declining right in front of our eyes. I know he missed practice time this week because of a bad cold but because he missed wide open receivers, left several points on the field, it isn’t good, it’s unacceptable. The Pats lost that game because Tom was bad…the defense wasnt great but they did keep the Broncos to under their regular season average for points. The Pats gave up on the run, ran too conservative of offensive plays and like I said…Tom couldnt hit wide open receivers that would have at least amounted to 1-2 TD’s and perhaps a field goal or two as well, you cant do that and expect to win.

    • ben le

      tom brady is the BEST QB!!! when i play madden as tom brady, and i throw an interception, i turn the game off. TOM BRADY DON’T THROW INTERCEPTIONS!!

    • nick rios

      While Brady is not of the hook you can’t say the defense even played decent keeping Denver under their average doesn’t matter if they can’t get off the field Brady brought the team to ten points down which the way they played they should have lost by 30 Denver dominated TOP which was their plan because the pats obviously had to throw the ball to still have a shot at winning

  • Brodo789

    You obviously have never watched Mallet play. He should be the next man up when Brady retires.

    • ben le

      ryan mallet sucks