Brady has put up huge stats the last few years...and then he has screwed the pooch in the postseason. I just think the Brady era has run its course. Not saying Belichick should throw Mallet in to start, not saying there is really anything he can do about it...but I just don't see this team winning another title behind Brady.
I'm not going to further defend this point, because I'm aware that I'm gamethreading and there isn't much statistical support for the argument.
I made my general point in my above post, but to respond to this directly:
Seriously? Like... seriously? If you actually feel like Brady has "screwed the pooch," then your sense of entitlement during these years of plenty is really going to take a pounding when the years of famine come in (Brady and BB retiring). Brady in addition to being one of the leagues topmost elite QBs, is also a QB that has remarkable consistency from game to game. Most of Brady's "bad" games come from when the team overall has failures and Brady simply plays "good" instead of out of his mind fantastic.
SPOILER ALERT: No QB in the league can remotely stand up to the standard you're trying to hold Brady to.
Honestly, I think one of the only cases you can ever make for an elite QB being anathema to winning a championship is Brett Favre. And that's only because his playstyle was one that lended itself to wild inconsistency within any given game. Even though Favre ended up on the good side far more than not (and put up winning records in the regular season often), that sort of inconsistency is really bad in a 1 game playoff format the NFL operates under. If the NFL were a league in where the playoffs were even best 2 out of 3, you probably would have seen Favre win far more championships than he did.
Brady is not Favre. Brady is remarkably consistent. You cannot ask for anything better than a remarkably consistent elite QB in this league, and you are kidding yourself if you think that any other QB could meet the standard you are attempting to set for Brady. Years of the Patriots being awesome and Brady being elite have spoiled you beyond belief.
Edited by ZP1, 15 October 2012 - 12:32 AM.