The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Tom Brady is back from his bullshit 4-game suspension and is ready to begin tearing up the league just as he does every season. As far as the state of the team, 3-1 is probably better than we all expected. The defense has played very well through the first 4 weeks, and if it weren’t for Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury, they may just be 4-0. Regardless, let’s just appreciate the fact that Tom Brady is back.
Not only are we going to get to see a fresh and ready to go Tom Brady; we’re going to see Psycho Tom. This pissed off, fiery, massive chip on his shoulder version of Tom Brady happens to be the same one who we saw carry the team to a 10-0 start last season. The only differences are that now he has even more reason to be pissed off after losing the deflategate appeal, and he now has a semi-legitimate offensive line and receiving core after having to work with a practice squad-esque roster toward the end of last season due to many key injuries. This is bad news for the city of Cleveland. Not only are the Red Sox going to knock them out of the ALDS on Sunday, but Tom Brady is going completely ruin the hopes and dreams of an already hopeless Cleveland Browns franchise on the same day.
As for predicting how the team will do the rest of the season, I would not be surprised to see them go 12-0. They only have 3 tough games remaining on the schedule. One against the Seahawks, one in Pittsburgh, and one in Denver. Out of those 3 games, the one in Pittsburgh worries me the most because I am not extremely confident that any one of the Pats cornerbacks can cover Antonio Brown. Malcolm Butler is undersized and has a tendency to get beat for big plays, Logan Ryan is bigger but does not not have the coverage skills that Butler does, and there’s no one outside of those two that could even think about covering Antonio Brown. However, now that we have our fearless leader back at the helm, anything is possible.
After the Patriots 3-0 start, the army of Patriots haters were ready to label Tom Brady as a system quarterback. All I’d see on Twitter each Sunday was, “Tom Brady isn’t any better than Jimmy Garoppolo! Brady is nothing without Belichick!” What they don’t understand is the unmatched intelligence and pinpoint accuracy that goes into each pass that he throws. Over the past 4 weeks, we as fans have had to suffer through the growing pains of a young quarterback that we haven’t had to go through in a very long time. Between seeing 60 yard bombs launched on 3rd and short, wide open receivers neglected in favor of tightly guarded ones, and just not seeing the offense in sync; I think I can speak for all of us when I say that I’m ready to see Tom. I’m ready to see the greatest quarterback of all time at the helm of the best offense in the league. Also just a quick reminder to all the haters; system quarterbacks don’t lead all QB’s in nearly every statistical passing category in NFL postseason history. Tom Brady is not simply a game manager, he’s a game changer. And come Sunday afternoon, everyone will be reminded.
PS- In the words of fellow contributor Alex Reimold (@reimolda15): “Deflate this Goodell! The Pats are 3-1. To all the people who say that Brady is a system quarterback, a sincere fuck you. Tom Brady is a God.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.