Lets get this straight as long as Tom Brady is playing QB for the Patriots they will be the best team in the AFC East, and Super Bowl contenders no matter who he throws the ball too. Since Tom Brady became the QB for the New England Patriots he has seen his fair share of different Wide Receivers and Tight Ends, and he never faltered, not once. The one season I go too, is the 2006 season when Tom Brady had a receiving core made up of Chad Jackson, Reche Caldwell, and Jabar Gaffney. Tom Brady and his group of wide outs made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game and was just shy of going to another Super Bowl, even with these guys catching the passes for Tom Brady. The Patriots finished the season 12-4, winning the AFC East title, and getting the 4th seed in the playoffs.
They faced off against the New York Jets in the wild card, beating them 37-16. Tom Brady finished the game 22 of 34 for 212 passing yards, and two TD passes. Gaffney had finished the game with 8 catches for 104 yards. Brady’s two TD passes went to tight end, Daniel Graham, and RB Kevin Faulk. The Patriots faced the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the playoffs, and the Chargers finished the season 14-2, had the number one seed in the AFC Playoffs, the NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson(RB), nine pro bowlers, 5 All-Pro Players, and were unbeaten at home during the regular season. The game was a great, classic, nail biting, game, that had one of those endings that you will always remember. In the fourth quarter, Tomlinson scored a rushing TD to put the Chargers up by 8 with only 4:44 seconds remaining in the game. Tom Brady threw an interception on a 4th down attempt, but WR, Troy Brown stripped the ball from Marlon McCree, and Caldwell recovered it for the Patriots. Just four plays later, Tom Brady threw a four yard TD pass to Reche Caldwell, and Faulk took a direct snap in for the two point conversion, and just like that the game was tied, 21-21. The Patriots defense forced the Chargers to punt and Tom Brady, a few plays later, hit Reche Caldwell down the right sideline for a 49 yard pick up to set up Gostkowski’s field goal attempt which he connected to put the Patriots up 24-21 with only 1:10 seconds left in the game. The Chargers drove the ball to the Patriots 36 yard line but Nate Kaeding missed the field goal attempt of 54 yards, and the Chargers lost to the Patriots, 24-21. Gaffney finished the game with 103 yards on 10 catches and a TD. The Patriots had to over come three interceptions by Tom Brady, but Brady finished with 280 yards and two TDs. The three interceptions could not shake up Tom Brady through out the game as he over came them all, with a little luck and lead an unbelievable come back to win the game and take this New England squad to the AFC Championship Game.
The AFC Championship Game, Tom Brady was having a good game, his defense did not in the second half. The Patriots were a wide open, dropped third down conversion, catch by Caldwell away from possibly winning the game. Caldwell dropped a crucial third down pass that he was wide open for and that forced the Patriots to settle for a field goal, leaving the door open for the Colts to tie the football game. If Caldwell makes that catch, New England might have put the game away, but the Colts tied the game, and then scored a TD to win the game, 38-34. After this loss though, the Patriots re-stocked the WR position during the 2007 off season.
The Patriots traded for Wes Welker, Randy Moss, and signed Donte Stallworth. Tom Brady had a good slot WR, and a great deep threat at the same time, and I think it was the first time in Brady’s career where he had a deep threat like Moss to throw too, and Brady just showed out that season with what he could do if he had weapons like Peyton Manning always had. Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s single season TD record by throwing 50 TD passes in one season, and he helped Randy Moss to break Jerry Rice’s single season receiving TD’s by catching 23 TD passes. The Patriots offense that season would also break the single season points scored, by scoring 589, which was 33 points more then the previous record. The Patriots were the first team to go undefeated in the regular season, and they were a few lucky plays away from being the first ever 19-0 Super Bowl champions. They fell short, but they were only a minute away, the defense just couldn’t make one last stand. Tom Brady won his first NFL MVP award that season too, he got 49 votes, only one vote went to Brett Favre. The 2008 season we all know Tom Brady was hurt, the 2009 season offered Tom Brady coming back from injury, where at many times you could tell Tom Brady was still trying to adjust to being back after a huge injury the previous season(ACL Tear). The Patriots as a whole team though was not one of their better teams but Tom Brady still got them to the Playoffs, the AFC East title, and won the come back player of the year award. The Patriots also finished the season undefeated at home, they finished the season with a record of 10-6. Tom Brady finished the 2009 season with 28 TD passes, 13 interceptions, and one rushing TD. The Patriots lost their wild card game to the Ravens though 33-14. The Ravens scored 24 points in the first quarter,capitalizing on 3 Brady turnovers. Brady, back from an injury was playing scared against a very aggressive, mean Ravens team, or at least he was to me. The defense was horrendous in the game too, as they had been all season, and Brady maybe played his worst playoff game ever.
The 2010 season for Tom Brady was much better as he lead the Patriots to a 14-2 record and a firs round bye, with home field locked up for the playoffs. Tom Brady broke an NFL record by throwing 335 pass attempts without an interception. The Patriots won their last 11 of 12 games that season and Brady broke his own 2007 record of TD to INT ratio of 9:1. Brady and the Patriots committed an NFL record low 10 turnovers, and set the NFL record for 7 consecutive games without a turnover. Brady was having a very hot season, and was back to his “Brady ways” in big time fashion. Tom Brady also became the first player ever to be voted unanimously NFL MVP. This was the season where the wide outs were Deion Branch, and Wes Welker, but it was the first season of the great duo tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski who came in to play with the New England Patriots. As great as the season was, it ended horribly, with the Patriots losing in the first round to the big underdogs, who happen to be their arch rivals, New York Jets. Tom Brady finished the season with 36 TD passes and only 4 interceptions. That was an amazing feat all its own.
The 2011 season was another great season by Tom Brady, who remained with Welker as the only real option at wide out, and the two tight ends, and a very bad statistical defense, who to their credit, didn’t allow many points to be scored, and pulled their weight in the playoff run. The Patriots grabbed the number one seed overall and went to the Super Bowl to face the New York Giants again. The Patriots were only a few plays short again to winning the Super Bowl. Wes Welker dropped a crucial pass in the fourth that could have helped seal the Patriots victory, instead New England punted to the Giants who drove up the field in similar fashion as in the 2007 season Super Bowl, and scored the game winning TD. Once again, New England felt defeat at the last second to the Giants. Need I remind you, Tom Brady was also playing without Gronkowski being full health, the biggest play maker on offense for Tom Brady that season. Tom Brady’s season though, considering the defense, and the lack of a legit WR threat, had a great season. Tom Brady threw 39 TD passes, 12 interceptions, and 5,235 passing yards that season. The 5,235 passing yards finished second in the NFL for most passing yards in a single season, second to Drew Brees who broke Dan Marino’s record that very same season.
This past 2012 season Tom Brady had another Brady like season. He seems to be aging gracefully on and off the football field. His play hasn’t faltered by any means. Tom Brady just needs a deep threat if New England’s offense hopes to quit stalling out in the playoffs. We have seen Tom Brady with deep threats, and the offense becomes unstoppable because if teams can’t focus on stopping the short passing game then how do you beat the Patriots? The only way would be to apply pressure pretty much every single down to win the game. Tom Brady didn’t have a deep threat in 2012, his only options being Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, who played more like a slot rather then a deep threat. The two tight ends were back and remained the best play making threats for the New England Patriots. The Patriots had finish the season without Gronkowski, who only played a few snaps in the first playoff game for the Patriots before injuring his fore arm once more. Tom Brady and the Patriots didn’t miss a beat during the season without Gronkowski, however, it did hurt them in the playoffs against a physical team like the Ravens. Tom Brady lead New England back to the AFC Championship game, which was amazing. Brady finished the season 34 TD passes, 8 interceptions, and 4,827 yards. The Patriots offense broke the NFL record of most first downs of 444.
Remember this also, Tom Brady wasn’t throwing to Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, or Randy Moss when he won three Super Bowls. Brady was throwing to the likes of Troy Brown, and David Patten in 2001. In fairness, Brown is one of the most loved WR’s in the Patriots history and rightfully so. In the 2003 season he was throwing to Troy Brown, Deion Branch, and David Givens. Tom Brady threw 3 TD passes in that game vs the Panthers that turn out to be a shoot out in which Brady won, 32-29. The next season, 2004, Brady and the Patriots beat the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, 24-21. Brady had a solid year, and it was truly a great year for that defense. In 2001 Tom Brady threw 18 TD passes and 12 interceptions. 2003, Brady threw for 23 TD passes and 12 interceptions. 2004, Brady threw for 28 TD passes and 14 interceptions.
Tom Brady is the glue that holds the New England Patriots together, not Welker, Moss, Lloyd, Chad Johnson, Branch, Givens, Patten, Gronkowski, or Hernandez. Tom Brady is just that good, that no matter who he is throwing the football too, the Patriots will win a lot of games, the East, and be Super Bowl contenders. Tom Brady is the best player on the Patriots, and in the NFL. The Patriots are happy to know they don’t have QB worries and that they have the best QB in the game because that allows them to get whoever they want or whoever is cheap because Tom Brady will make it work. He is one of those QBs that make everybody around him better and look better. Branch, and Givens are just two examples of guys who looked better playing with Tom Brady then they really were, ask the other teams they went too, where they did absolutely nothing. If New England doesn’t resign Welker, don’t fret, only worry about #12, because he is the reason the Patriots are as good as they are on offense. With or without Welker, Brady wins, and wins a lot. New England is a Super Bowl contender as long as Tom Brady is there. Doesn’t matter who Brady throws too, the Patriots are still the best, still boast one of the best offenses in the NFL, still win the East, still make the playoffs, and still are Super Bowl Contenders. That is all because of the best QB in the NFL, Tom Brady.