What if we told you there was a quarterback in the last seven years that won two league MVP awards, won 78.4% of his regular season games, and had a 101.8 passer rating with a 203:63 TD-to-INT ratio? He led three of the 10 highest scoring teams in NFL history in that span.
Then what if we told you that same quarterback in the postseason had a 7-6 record (.538), 0-2 in the Super Bowl, lost two home playoff games by 26 points and had an 87.1 passer rating with a 27:17 TD-to-INT ratio? Finally, in those three historically high-scoring seasons, he lost in the playoffs by scoring only 14, 21 and 17 points (the 14 and 17 represent season-lows).
That is not a fictional quarterback at all. That is Tom Brady from 2005 to 2011.
For all of those people who say Tom is a "winner" when referring to his legacy as opposed to that of Peyton Manning please refer to this article.
You mean that is the Patriots from 2005-2011, it is a team sport, I am in no way a Brady fan and happy that the Giants won, but Brady made clutch passes in that game especially near the end and his WR's did not come through.
But the loss was a team effort, just like his wins were.
Hasn't won a championship since his clutch kicker won him a few Super Bowls. Maybe Brady just isn't that magical clutch QB everyone acts like he is.
Could someone mock this up as a video montage, complete with voice over mimicking ESPN's "30 for 30" ad campaign ("What if we told you..." blah blah blah)? I'm just dying to send it to Bill Simmons. Please?
@paulcareyjr What clutch pass did Brady make in that game near the end? His throws to Welker and Branch (twice) that were 'dropped' were all average throws. The Welker one was high and outside, and the two to Branch were behind him. I will say that he was on fire until that Tuck sack but he was not good in the 4th quarter.
@paulcareyjr Exactly. Just as Peyton Manning's wins and losses. Too much credit and too much blame for QBs in this league.
@BlitzburghBrian consarnit, but peyton hasn't won a superbowl without vinny, either.
@pierrezombie ...I might actually do that.
@dmstorm22 The pass to Welker was actually very nice, he put in a spot where his receiver could make a play on it, he also put it where when his receiver caught it he could get extra yards, and he put it in a spot where his receiver was not in danger of getting destroyed by Phillips.
Welker made a good play on the ball and it hit his hands square on, he should have came down with it.
The Pass to Hernandez for the first was right on as well and he did not catch it.
Not every pass was on target but there were some that were clutch. In big games big plays have to be made, Wes coming down with the ball should have been a big play.
As I've said though, he gets too much credit for his wins and too much blame for the loss. There were so many mistakes made by the Patriots last night that you can't point to one as the cause for the loss. They lost as a team.
@BlitzburghBrian Seriously? That would be... awesome.
Here's one for reference:
(Selected at random, of course.)
@dmstorm22 I have seen Welker make crazier catches than that and gain YAC, but the thing is the QB's job is to put the ball in a place where only his WR can make a play on the ball and that is what his guy did, Welker had the ball in his hands cleanly and did not hold on to it.
I just do not think that Brady played as bad overall as everyone is trying to claim he did.
Interesting point, this was the game that was not made for the short receivers. The pass to Branch although outside could have been made by a taller receiver who had more extension, the play that was to Welker could have been made a lot easier to a taller receiver. I bet they will target one in this upcoming draft, not to say the current guys are not good but this is just one of those things that make teams think this way.
@paulcareyjr How was Welker going to gain extra yards if he had to spin around and leap in the air to just catch the ball?
It wasn't a horrible throw, but I think it was overly cautious in trying to place it away from Phillips, and it was too high.
The pass to Hernandez was fine, but they might have been better off with him not catching it. It might not have even made a 1st down, leading to a 3rd and 1 with the clock running still 70+ yards away from the end zone.