Re: What do my fellow Pats fans think of this?
posted at 8/4/2012 7:27 AM EDT
In Response to What do my fellow Pats fans think of this?
[QUOTE]I was listening to Felger and Mazz on the way home from work a couple days ago, and a Pats fan called in and made in interesting point about our HOF QB Mr. Brady. He basically said that he loved Brady, bla bla bla, but he brought up the point : When is the last time Brady has won a meaningful game? When was the last time Brady was clutch in a huge game, like the Brady of old? He went on to even say Brady is living off his past success and superbowls he won almost a decade ago. He said that is seems he has turned from a mediocre regular season QB with clutch postseason games, to a Peyton Manning type QB with mind blowing regular season numbers, but suspect post season performances, coming up short in the big games. He said it seems there used to be the " Me against the world " Tom Brady, and now its the " Hey my wife is Giselle and I won 3 superbowls " lol. Felger disagreed with him, and stated that Tom had a good enough performance to win this past Superbowl, had Welker caught that pass. The caller disagreed, arguing that Brady played much worse in that game than he did all season, bringing up the intentional grounding for a safety on the first drive etc. It made me think......is he kind of right?? I mean, I do NOT take Brady's greatness for granted...but its been almost a decade, and although the Pats put up these great numbers and records in the regular season, is it a legit argument to question if Brady is still clutch in the big games? Is he still that guy who can lead his team to a late game comeback? His window is closing, the team is stacked...I just wonder how many more chances he will get...What do you guys think?
Posted by ReeGzUSMC[/QUOTE]
Tom really hasn't played that well in the play-offs since SB 42. I thought then, and still believe now, that his confidence was shaken by that heart-breaking, 17-14 loss. Since then, though he's performed like a champ in the regular season, the truth is that he's been mediocre at best in the play-offs. But, how much does that have to do with the Patriots not having as good a team overall, as they did in the championship years, and in 2007?
Last season, Tom didn't play well against the Ravens, and was not so hot in SB 46. But, in his defense, he was playing back to back games against perhaps the two toughest defenses in the NFL. Whether you're Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, or Hugh Millen, no QB is going to consistently shred the top defenses in this league.
In the play-offs, Tom needs more help from his defense, and, especially, the strong support of his OL...which was so severely lacking in SB 42.