Joe was great but he had bad games also, especially near the end of his career.
I'd take Brady over Joe. JMO The WCO was more exciting though. And I'd take Bill Walsh over Bill Bellichick. again JMO
The grim reality (for Pats fans) is that with yesterdays loss the Brady-Patriot era is near it's end. Brady will be 36 this summer. How many more years will he play? And regardless of whether he plays as few as 2 or as many as 5, clearly he is not going to become a better QB over the next few years.
This realization has sunk in with many long time Pat fans. I share with you an email from a long time friend in Boston who has already arrived at the "reminiscing" stage of grief.
A tough loss.
But as a long suffering Pats fan-arguably the worst franchise in the NFL save the Lions in the Super Bowl era until Parcells arrived-I appreciate how good really great the Pats have been the last twelve years -7 AFC title games-5 Super Bowl Appearances-3 titles. We have had a great run…it is almost over- I think. The Pats lost this year to both the Super Bowl teams and I think they are just a step behind those two teams. The WR position is an issue and it would have really helped to have Gronkowski.
I find it amusing that the Pats are so relevant that people actually hate them. The Pats did not sellout many game throughout much of the 80s and early 90s-were moving to St. Louis on several occasions-had exactly one (1) playoff game in their first 18 years of existence-a loss to Houston Oilers and were blown out in Super Bowl against the Bears. The old stadium was lousy-I mean really horrendous, no decent seats not much parking, bathrooms that did not work, terrible traffic, a bankrupt owner, drug scandal, sexual harassment issues, etc. So all in all the last twelve years have been a pleasure.
We can agree to disagree on the QB's. I could also argue that Brady won his 1st 2 Super Bowls as more of a caretaker QB than as the player he is now. You can't really go by passing yards, it's not even a big deal for a QB to throw for 4500 yards any more.
As for the actual topic, Pats still have another run or 2 left in them. Who else is in the AFC? This is the Ravens last shot, they are very old on defense. The Broncos have an older QB with more health concerns, who tends to come up small in big games. The AFC East is still nothing, the Texans are not in the same league, Pitt?
Pats should win 11-12 again next year, and have a top 3 seed.