Yep, Brady needs to learn how to stand in the pocket like Sanchez.
Tx, it has been a long time coming but Brady has finally slipped to the point where it is noticeable. We are not talking AROD type slippage yet but Tom Brady simply is not the same player any more.
We shall see. I don't think the Pats can afford to spot this Jets team two or three touchdowns this Sunday and think that you will be a lock to come back. Everyone has the Jets getting crushed. Why even bother to show up? Talk about flying under the radar. Just sayin'... House money.
Tx will learn .... he's only been a Pat fan since January 2002 when Walt Coleman created the first ever double elimination postseason game so he has no memory of what happens when a great QB loses his skills and his career comes to an end.
Long term Jet fans watched this happened in the early 70s when Broadway Joe Namath declined due to age and injuries to a shell of his once great self. Anyone watching Brady in 2012 in the losses to the Cardinals and Seahawks sees signs of the same decline...
balls hitting the ground and missing the target when thrown too quickly due to fear of being hit
Intentional grounding for just hurling the ball to avoid a rush
and worst of all
Falling to the ground in the pocket when not even being hit
Like Joe Willie at the end, the fear of those footsteps and the priority for survival in the pocket has taken over for hanging in there and hitting secondary targets.
But we must be compassionate for the Guidos, Robots and TXs that post here. Prior to Coleman their autumns were spent watching BC college football, waiting for the Celtics and Broons to get going and an occasional round of duckpin bowling ---or in TX's case days of clearing brush, rounding up the cattle and chickens and cow chip throwing contests
With Namath - was it one big injury that set him back suddenly? How swift was his decline? Was he a mobile QB?
he was very mobile in college but by the time the Jets drafted him his knees were seriously compromised. There was no arthroscopy so surgery was always major reconstructive and Namath (actually no players) completely regained mobility as they do now.
He wore large braces on both knees and was not at all mobile for his entire NFL career. He received great protection and his quick released allowed him to play at HOF levels in the late 60s and the beginning of the 70s
but his knees continued to degenerate and by the mid seventies the combination of those injuries, the cumulative hits he had taken and to some extent age (although he was only 32 in 1975) took their toll and he was pretty much done
Now Brady, while already half a decade or more older than Joe was at that point in his career is of course healthier with only one repaired knee. But he is also far from mobile and watching him this season, the signs are evident that he is beginning to shy away from contact, hear footsteps, intentionally ground the ball and even hit the ground taking a sack even before a defender touches him.
The clock is ticking. My guess is that he will be announcing his retirement no later than the end of next football season (1913-14)