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Taking the ending out of it, because that was a team failure anyway, the 2007 season has to be considered Tom Brady’s best, right? Fifty touchdown passes against just 8 interceptions, led the league in passing yards and a bunch of other stuff, and the team went 16-0. So here’s the real question: What was Brady’s second-best individual season? — Mike S.
Man, this is really tough! There are about a half-dozen that have a legit case – and that doesn’t include 2016, when he played just 12 game because Roger Goodell is a pandering, power-mad goober, and threw 28 TD passes to 2 interceptions while the Pats went 11-1 in his starts. Actually, maybe that is in the argument, because it was one of the greatest vengeful performances of all time.
Others that deserve consideration: 2017 (led the league in passing yards and attempts); 2015 (4,770 passing yards, 36 TDs, just 7 INTs); 2012 (4,827 passing yards, 34 TDs, 8 INTs); 2001 (just because no one expected that). And while 2004 wasn’t one of his best statistical seasons, I still think it was the most complete team of this era. That counts for something.
But his second-best season to me? I think it was 2010, even if that one had a lousy ending too. He led the league in TD passes (36), threw just four picks, averaged a league-best nine yards an attempt, and led the NFL in passer rating for just the second time, ’07 being the first. And the Pats went 14-2.
That’s my choice, 2010. I’ll hear you on just about every other season of his career as a possibility, though. Heck, we didn’t even mention 2011, when he threw for 5,235 yards. It’s almost like he’s had the best career of all-time or something.