By Austin Payne
Tom Brady is the goat, right? Well sure, he might be, although this is undefinable and entirely subjective to your perspective on it, but being one of the greats is about full resume, not just one year.
This was evidenced recently as we see that Tom Brady was not selected to participate in the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2008, which was when he was sidelined due to injury. Despite the fact that he’s an annual occurrence in this prestigious honor, how often do we actually see Brady play in it? Think about the fact that players selected from playoff contenders and Super Bowl teams do not participate in this game, because well, they obviously have something more important to pursue. (More)
The fact that TB12 has so often been selected yet doesn’t even have to humble himself enough to participate simply due to the sheer continuous success of his teams and their habitual Super Bowl appearance tendencies, is the exact definition of a flex. But…this year that’s not the case.
Tom Brady has had by definition a down year, especially for his own standards. As i discussed in my article regarding the Patriots still managing to blowout the hapless Bengals despite his underperforming, this blame can’t be put entirely on him. The cause for concern undoubtedly comes when we think about all the vernacular surrounding his age and whether or not he will be able to maintain his elite level of play for much longer.
We’d be lying to say Tom Brady’ game is predicated upon athleticism, but the reality is that even throwing a football at such a precision level as he has done for decades requires a skill set that will be deteriorated by age and attrition. Brady has thrown for roughly 3,500 yards this season, 21 touchdowns, and 7 picks in total. This isn’t…bad, per say, but it isn’t anything better than okay either. He’s been held under 200 yards on multiple occasions, with there being many games that ended with a running back being his leading receiver. (Brady’s stats)
It’s fair to question whether or not he may be falling off the metaphorical cliff, paging Max Kellerman, but it’s also fair to bring up the offenses lack of weapons, along with the fact that it’s not even exactly necessary considering the elite level of defense they’ve been playing.
We could essentially quantify this as something worth paying attention to, but not something to freak out over. I’m sure if you watched him closely throughout this season you could parse a fair assessment, but we also have to realize it’s a short sample size. All in all i’m sure Brady could care less about playing in the Pro Bowl, and simply hopes to participate in the Super Bowl while riding the back of this all time defense.