Re: Brady In Decline?
posted at 1/26/2013 1:28 PM EST
In response to agcsbill's comment:
How many QBs in the NFL today wish they were in "decline" like Brady was last year as Joyner implies with his pick and choose stats? I'd say a lot. It has been said, give Brady a receiver corps like Manning had, like Flacco has today, his career stats would be lights out. But, early in his career, the Patriots offense did not center around him like the Colts did with Manning. Now with a running attack, with possible additions of "real" WRs next year and healthy TEs, 2013 could be a big year for him and the Pats.
I agree that his decline is better than most QBs in their prime. The funny thing about him need a better receiving crew is that going into this season all I heard about was all the "weapons" Brady had (Welker, Gronk, Hernandez, Lloyd, Ridley, Vereen, Woodhead). I agree that they need a better actual WR group, but I tried telling people were over rating a lot of these guys.
Gronk is the one guy who I think is not overhyped. When Gronk was out and Welker, Hernandez and Lloyd, could not step up and fill the void. Welker couldn't catch and Lloyd and Hernandez (still to me the most overrating player on the team) couldn't even get themselves open.
Even the running game suffered without Gronk in there. I saw a stat that the yards per carry fell about a yard after he was injured.