Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meets with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL: Does Tom Brady have any more Super Bowls left?

When Tom Brady was 27 he had three Super Bowl rings on his hand. Now, he’s staring down 37 and hasn’t won another since. Who cares if he’s near the top of whatever the latest “Super Elite Quarterback” rankings is if his Super Bowl window is closing in on him? Does Tom Brady have any more Super Bowl wins left in him?

The NFL Network recently debated the topic of Tom Brady’s closing Super Bowl window. The arguments in favor of Brady hoisting another Lombardi Trophy explained that the Patriots have won their division eleven times out of the last thirteen seasons. Tom Brady has been to five Super Bowls and has had his team in the AFC Championship game the last three seasons. There’s no real reason to think that he can’t set his team up with the same chances again anytime soon.

The Patriots have been “struggling” to find offensive weapons for Brady but still have the success as a team that dozens of other teams wish they could boast. While they’re expecting to have a healthier Rob Gronkowski this season, it’s not out of the question for Brady to lead the team back to the AFC Championship with another roster of no-name receivers and offensive weapons.

When Brady first became a starter in New England, he benefitted from a stellar defense and excellent special teams. It wasn’t until he was throwing to the likes of Randy Moss and Wes Welkerdid he explode in the stats but even that didn’t translate into Super Bowl victories. The Patriots have realized it’s more important to put a better all-around team around Brady including defensive players instead of just loading it up with offensive weapons.

Brady is coming off of one of his not so great statistical seasons in 2013 that has him lower on some of the “Super Great Elite Quarterback” lists around the NFL, but even with that the Patriots were in a position to reach their sixth Super Bowl under Brady and Belichick. If he has a healthy Rob Gronkowski in 2014, those odds to have improved stats and get back to the AFC Championship are pretty high.

Year Age Tm G QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Rate Sk 4QC GWD
2000 23 NWE 1 1 3 33.3 6 0 0 6 42.4 0
2001* 24 NWE 15 11-3-0 264 413 63.9 2843 18 12 91 86.5 41 4 5
2002 25 NWE 16 9-7-0 373 601 62.1 3764 28 14 49 85.7 31 2 3
2003 26 NWE 16 14-2-0 317 527 60.2 3620 23 12 82 85.9 32 4 7
2004* 27 NWE 16 14-2-0 288 474 60.8 3692 28 14 50 92.6 26 0 2
2005* 28 NWE 16 10-6-0 334 530 63.0 4110 26 14 71 92.3 26 3 4
2006 29 NWE 16 12-4-0 319 516 61.8 3529 24 12 62 87.9 26 3 3
2007*+ 30 NWE 16 16-0-0 398 578 68.9 4806 50 8 69 117.2 21 4 4
2008 31 NWE 1 1-0-0 7 11 63.6 76 0 0 26 83.9 0
2009* 32 NWE 16 10-6-0 371 565 65.7 4398 28 13 81 96.2 16 1 1
2010*+ 33 NWE 16 14-2-0 324 492 65.9 3900 36 4 79 111.0 25 2 3
2011* 34 NWE 16 13-3-0 401 611 65.6 5235 39 12 99 105.6 32 2 3
2012* 35 NWE 16 12-4-0 401 637 63.0 4827 34 8 83 98.7 27 1 2
2013* 36 NWE 16 12-4-0 380 628 60.5 4343 25 11 81 87.3 40 5 5
Career 193 148-43-0 4178 6586 63.4 49149 359 134 99 95.7 343 31 42
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/29/2014.

On the other hand, as they pointed out in the debate on the NFL Network, what stands in Brady’s way of another Super Bowl victory at this point in his career is pretty significant. There’s Peyton Manning’s Broncos, who have the offensive firepower that the Patriots just can’t match at all. No other AFC team can, really. On top of that you have the NFC teams like Seattle and San Francisco that seem to be playing at a completely different level than the AFC teams.

At this point in his career and his life it’s no secret that he doesn’t need to win another Super Bowl to justify anything. But, there’s no way he’s still playing at 37 if he doesn’t want another one more than anything.

If you start to pile up everything that stands between Tom Brady and another Super Bowl victory, you’ll see it’s not looking good. He’s got Peyton Manning’s Broncos, who can put up 35 points without breaking a sweat, an NFC that is capable of embarrassing even the likes of a Manning-led offense, and Father Time. I’d be leaning on the side of the window being closed on Brady’s future Super Bowl chances.

I wouldn’t expect the Patriots led by Tom Brady and coached by Bill Belichick to have an under .500 season anytime soon, but there are too many things standing in their way to reach the pinnacle again.

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