This is going to sound very weird, especially to me as I'm almost always a Patriots hater, but I just feel like Brady is on another level this year.
I literally don't care who he's throwing to, I won't listen to reason. He's in the zone right now and seems like he's just got preturnatural instincts and more ridiculous ball placement than ever. I really can't shake the feeling that he's about to embark on a historic-type season that will cement his legacy even as he's still got years left at his peak.
I'm a Patriots hater, but there's no denying Tom Brady this season.
I honestly regret, for the sport of football, that he suffered that season-ender right after his 50 TD season, who knows where he'd already be on all-time lists. Well, probably 4,500 yards and 40 TD's higher or so, but you all know what I mean. It was a shame seeing him miss an entire season of his prime, although Peyton's neck injury kinda kept them on the same level in that regard.
I took a close look at brady/pats stats for another pats thread, and what I found was that pretty much the main difference between crazybrady and regular brady was scoring efficiency.
people have this impression of '07 being all about moss and some kind of crazy offensive airshow, but a lot of brady/pats stats over the last few years are fairly similar, with the '07 difference being that they converted drives into td's at a historically elite clip, rather than just an annual top 3 league clip.
obviously, moss helped improve their offensive efficiency, but I think there's a lot more upward mobility for scoring than people would give even brady credit for just based on potential drive efficiency.
basically, what I'm saying is that every year they're right there in terms of potential td, but in '07 they actually managed to convert that opportunity at a historically efficient rate.
I know there are a few that say his receivers have been wiped out, but in 2006 they were 7th in the league in passing td with his leading receiver being reche caldwell,
as a bit of a post mortem post, football outsiders has the pats leading the league this past year in td/drive at .333, which is nearly identical to 2011 and the average league leader, but not at that freakish .400 level I was hoping for.although, hernandez missed quite a bit of time.
With Amendola heqlthy (he is already hurt and apparently will not travel for this week's game), Brady is good for his usual 3800-4200/28-32 td season.Without Amendola, all bets are off..The young guys will have to pick up the slack..Edelman might become the poor man's Welker ...