Hot takes on Tom Brady’s demise have been happening for years, and every time people start to buy into them, he ends up in yet another Super Bowl.
That was the case when Bucky Brooks, a former NFL player and scout now writing for NFL.com, published a story with the headline, “Pats doomed with Tom Brady at QB.”
“The New England Patriots are 9-1 and well on their way to an 11th consecutive postseason bid, but the defending Super Bowl champions are a quarterback away from claiming their seventh Lombardi Trophy.
“It’s widely viewed as blasphemous to take a shot at the G.O.A.T, due to a remarkable track record as the ultimate winner in the sport, but Tom Brady is more mystique than magic at this stage of his career.
“Let’s be honest: TB12 hasn’t really played like an elite quaterback since the middle of 2018, and his declining play at age 42 suggests that we will never see him perform at that level again. He might walk into the ring like Mike Tyson preparing to knock out Michael Spinks, but he’s really “Iron Mike” facing Lennox Lewis at the end of his career. The swagger and intimidation factor remains, but the game is no longer there — and it is only a matter of time before opponents realize the bite isn’t nearly as ferocious as the bark.”
Injuries and lack of playmakers are reasons the Patriots aren’t running like a well-oiled machine on offense, but the team is still 9-1. There are 31 other teams in the league that would love to be ‘doomed’ with one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.