One of the pitfalls of pro football evolving, much to the NFL’s glee, into a yearround topic of discussion is that there has to be something to fill the emptiness, even if it’s conversational empty calories. Exhibit A of this palaver is the debate about the decline of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Has there been marginal slippage in Brady’s game as he grows older and seems to experience paranormal activity in the pocket? Sure. But his decline is only a relevant discussion if TB12 has diminished to a point where he is not a good enough quarterback to win a Super Bowl with, if his decrease in ability has noticeably increased the Patriots’ championship degree of difficulty.