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Are Tom Brady’s Best Days In The NFL Behind Him?

Submitted by on September 30, 2014 – 10:39 amNo Comment

Prior to the start of the 2014-15 NFL season, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about the idea of retirement. And he told reporters how he’ll know when it’s time for him to hang up his cleats for good. “When I suck,” he said, “I’ll retire.”

It was a funny, lighthearted moment that featured Brady essentially laughing at the idea of retiring anytime soon. He still has at least three or four more good years in him—and he’s going to savor every single year that he has left. He might be 37 now and the Patriots might not be as good as they used to be. But that’s not going to stop Brady from taking the field every week during the fall to try and win games.

Brady seems to be running into a problem right now, though. Namely, that he is starting to “suck” in some ways and that he’s not good enough to compensate for the Patriots’ shortcomings on the offensive side of the ball anymore. Gone are the days of Brady turning no-name wide receivers into stars on the strength of his preparation for games and his abilities on the field. That was crystal clear last night when the Patriots struggled mightily against the Kansas City Chiefs and lost 41-14 to drop to 2-2 on the season. Brady doesn’t have the talent surrounding him to lead the Pats to wins right now, and he just doesn’t look like the same guy who used to intimidate other teams when he walked onto the football field.

Does this mean that it’s time for Brady to retire? No. It would easy to jump to the conclusion that Brady can’t lead the Patriots to success anymore after seeing how bad he looked last night. But as we mentioned, the Patriots are 2-2 right now and have what it takes to win the AFC East this season since it’s one of the weakest divisions in the NFL at the moment. They just have to figure out how to get the best out of Brady. That probably won’t result in him playing the best football of his career. Those days are, sadly, in the past. But Brady doesn’t “suck” just yet.

Do you think Tom Brady’s best days are behind him? Or do you think he’s still got a little bit left in the tank? Let us know.

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