Re: Tarkenton says Brady
posted at 9/22/2012 9:49 AM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
Brady used to stand, and slide around the pocket masterfully. He would stare down the rush, and deliver the pass while taking the hit.
Then his knee got blown out doing exactly that.
At that point, he went from "All Time Great", to merely "Pro Bowl Caliber". I say that slightly toungue-in-cheek, but I absolutely mean it. He is still about a Top 5 QB, but he's no longer THE best in the league, hands down, or one of 2. It's to be expected of QBs as they enter their mid-30s.
He's still good, but has become far too aware of the rush, and looks for it too much. He is no longer willing to take a shot in the chest to deliver a pass, he folds and takes the sack, or tries to avoid the hit as he throws it away.
It's ok to realize a guy isn't just on the back 9, he's on the back 4-5. He is still plenty good enough to lead a team to a championship, but he needs more help to do it that he has in the past. The D is doing their part. The running game is doing their part. It's up to the OLine and coaching to carry their weight, and everything will be fine.
I'm not going to argue that he is 35 years old and thus older than when he was 29, but to say he is watching the rush and is afraid to take a hit in the chest to deliver a ball is ridicolous. The guy got absolutely creamed delivering balls in meaningless pre season games THIS year. I mean if you're afraid to do that, why do it in a pre season game? This guy gets pummelled fairly regularly...he broke his damn nose 30 minutes into the season. The guy has played with just about every known injury to man throughout his career and played pretty damn well.
Did you watch the game last week? If you did, all you saw was a guy sliding/stepping around/up the pocket trying to avoid the rush and keep the play alive. If it appears he's mindfull of the pass rush around him I assure you it's because he doesn't want a sack (strip sack) to result in a turn over that will lose the game for us. I think this "he's getting old" crap is starting a little prematurely...he threw for 5 thoudand yards and 39 touchdowns last year...old, diminishing guys don't do that. If the line was the same as last year - we win that game Sunday and it's not even close.