The Decline of a Star
By Scoop Fox
This is something that no New England fan wants to hear. It’s the day that Patriots Nation feared it would come but continue to believe it hasn’t. After years of consistently putting up big time passing stats, in the year 2013 we are now seeing the beginning stages of QB Tom Brady’s decline.
If the stats still don’t convince you that Tom Brady is on a decline, let’s try the eye test. A few years ago, Brady’s release of the ball was crisper, having more of a spiral. Also he was able to hit his receivers with almost pinpoint accuracy 10+ yards down the field. Now he seems to be holding onto the ball more, his release is becoming awkward, and the ball isn’t traveling as far, falling short many of times or end up behind his receiver when he tries to throw a pass longer than 10+ yards.
Bottom line is that Brady’s best years are now behind him. He’s falling back down to earth and it’s normal. All the greats went through the same process. Johnny Unitas, Fran Tarkenton, Joe Montana, Dan Fouts just to name a few. But the fact of the matter is that Brady is 36 and after playing at a high level for so long, his body is starting to breaking down from the physical wear and tear. #12 can elude defenders on the gridiron but he can’t elude Father Time.
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