The last time he missed any major time, Matt Cassel, stepped in and won 11 games.
If you check the stats, you will see that in the seasons the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Brady’s numbers are considerably lower (3,566 yards and 26 TDs), than in other years (4,368 yards and 33 TDs).
That’s over 800 yards, and a 7 TD difference, in years the Patriots bring home the trophy.
In other words, when Brady is in the spotlight, other teams win.
When Brady is an afterthought, the Patriots win.
It shouldn’t take a genius to realize that Brady is not directly responsible for any of New England’s Super Bowls.
As a matter of fact, if the team just let Belichick focus on the run and shoot, and rely on defense like he did in his first three championship seasons, they’d probably win every year.
The fourth trophy came when Revis joined the team.
However, people love Brady, even though his numbers were very pedestrian until the league changed the rules in 2006 and 2007.
Check the stats. You’ll see he went from being an slightly-above average quarterback, to a star, as soon as the league let him start bringing his own ball to away games, and stopped letting people hit him.
If Tom Brady wasn’t such a commercial draw, you probably wouldn’t even know his name.
However, for some reason, the league loves the underdog turned superstar, who’s married to the supermodel.
Don’t be surprised if after four games we are talking about Jimmy Garappolo as the next messiah, and Brady is no more than an afterthought.
If you are a Patriot hater… Don’t get your hopes up.
If you are a Patriot fan… Don’t worry.
If you are a Brady fan…well that’s a story for a different time.
All that will come of this, is proof once again, that the personnel on this team doesn’t matter.
The “Hoodie” and the NFL will always find ways to make the team that won after 9-11, look like America’s Savior.