Well the season is over and the only ones still interested in the NFL are GMs, scouts, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Well that would be the case except for the whole collective bargaining agreement the Owners and Players Union are trying to work out. We don’t really have to get into that, but the next biggest thing for the NFL is the draft scheduled for April 28th-30th. Teams and players are preparing and it looks like we are in store for a pretty solid draft. I will be discussing what the Patriots are looking for and who they may be interested in in future blogs. However, for this particular section, I would like to discuss Tom Brady and his MVP season. Now the Patriots had high hopes, had the best regular season record, and were prepared to go to the Super Bowl, but fell a bit short. That does not mean that their season was a complete sham. After all Tom Brady won the MVP and he deserves to be mentioned.
After covering the Patriots all season and being involved in a few fantasy football leagues, I really did not think Brady had that good of a year. I felt as though he was not throwing for many yards a game and the Pats defense was scoring a lot of points as well as Benjarvus Green-Ellis. I was taking what Brady was doing for granted. I rank him as a top 2 QB in the league and I expect him to be throwing 300+ yards a game and at least 2 TDs. When he was throwing 150 yards a game with 2 TDs, I just thought of it as a disappointment. However, I did not consider his completion percentage or his ridiculous streak of pass attempts without throwing an interception. Brady finished the regular season with a 111.0 QB rating which was the best in the NFL and 2nd best of his career, next to his record setting 2007 season. Brady completed 65.9% of his passes not to mention he only threw 4 picks! He also added 3,900 yards and 36 passing TDs. This definitely ranks as one of Tom Brady’s best seasons; possibly even his 2nd best. He did not throw for a ton of yards, by Tom Brady standards, but was consistent and was a huge reason his team was so successful. He rarely made a poor decision and even though he did not throw for a lot of yards, he still threw 36 TDs which again ranked 1st in the league. His teammates definitely deserve credit for some of Brady’s success this season since they made things much easier for him. There were a few games where Brady threw for around 200 yards or less, but that was okay because that’s all he had to do. He had help in the running game this year, which Brady is not really used to, and his defense added a ton of points to the board which took a lot of pressure off Brady.
All in all Brady had a fantastic season, and though the Patriots did not win the Super Bowl, they still had a great regular season and this year’s MVP on their team. Kudos to Tom Brady and his second career MVP.
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Written by David Reid