Thanks to the NFL season being in a lull period, the hottest topic of conversation this week among NFL writers on Twitter seemed to be whether or not Tom Brady is over the hill. Hypothetically, all of this doubting of Brady will likely make him a little bit angry, and you won’t like Tom when he’s angry — no seriously, Tom Brady is nasty when he’s angry.
Brady and Belichick have a tendency to step up under pressure. They’ve lost the last two Super Bowls they’ve been in, but they underwent a season worth of pressure to get to that point, a season that included three and sometimes four additional playoff games. The media pressure is heating up and analysts toss around a second round draft selection out of Easten Illinois as if he’s the second coming of Brady, but please, don’t drink the cool-aid. Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he’s not going anywhere.
Not this season at least.
The season on which everyone is evaluating him (last season), his No. 1 receiver was Julian Edelman for most weeks, he lost Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski to injuries and both Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez were no longer part of the team for very different reasons. Instead of his elite core, Brady had three rookies and Edelman. While it was rough to watch at times, the experience for those four players is going to pay off in dividends this season and in future seasons.
The Patriots major additions were on the defensive side this offseason. They making big splashes in free agency by signing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. They were getting torched in the middle of the field last year, and these two guys can help with that. Better defense normally means less scoring pressure on offense, but don’t think Tom Brady is going to let off just because his defense has game.
Remember when he and Bill Belichick blew out the Redskins 52-7 during their perfect season? Tom Brady just doesn’t stop — ever, for anyone.
And he won’t slow this year just because a few nay-sayers think he’s getting old.