Re: Knockout WEEK 2 *Official Thread*
posted at 9/17/2012 8:58 AM EDT
Whenever Brady used to have time, as he did on the 2pt conversion attempt, he would almost ALWAYS find the open guy and deliver a perfect pass. He tried to force that into Gronk. There wasn't a window to throw through, he was trying to throw it through a wall.
Over the past few seasons I've seen balls skip into players, or them pick them off the turf more and more.
His long ball, which was questionable early in his career, and got better...has seemingly declined again. Both Gronk and lloyd looked lost chasing a deep ball, during different games. I wonder what the ball is doing up there, it seems it's flight isn't as steady and straight as it used to be.
The happy feet I ALWAYS goofed on Manning for have been apparent with Brady since the knee injury. Can't defeat your brain sometimes. He simply does not set his feet, and step up into the pocket as confidently as he used to (I think that leads to a lot of those shorter/skipping passes).
WRs lose a step. RBs get old quickly. QBs degrade over time as well. He's been the starter now in his tenth season since day 1, 11th if you want to count 2001. He missed an entire season due to a bad injury. He's in his mid-30s.
Maybe people don't want to believe it as he threw for a billion yards last year...but so did 3 other guys. And a few more had almost as many. The league has trended in a way that has padded Brady's stats (and ALL QBs, for that matter), so, looking at the numbers..."He's as good as he was in 2004!" But, no, he isn't. The rules have changed dramatically in that time.
And all that said, I'll ride with him until his arm falls off or his knees won't hold him up. He's earned that.