The 2013 NFL Pre-Season has arrived.
After hearing all about the PEDs in Major League Baseball, and hearing about the growing scandal that is enveloping Johnny Manziel, and his alleged involvement with selling his autograph(and his off the field antics), I am so glad the NFL is back, even if it is pre-season, where the starters make just a cameo appearance.
Another reason why I am so glad the NFL is back is that a very tragic scandal happened during the NFL off season.
I am sure my readers know about it already, so I won’t go into all the details, but former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was arrested(and sits in jail)for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd.
As most of you know, Hernandez was released by the Patriots, and the team has received harsh criticism for the handling of the Hernandez situation.
[adinserter block=”1″]Even Head Coach Bill Belichick’s and QB Tom Brady’s statements at Training Camp were not enough to calm down the criticism.
I’ve also written a blog concerning Hernandez, so that will be it about him.
It is time to move on, and I am writing this blog to discuss the Patriots QB, Tom Brady, who turned 36 on August 3rd of this year.
Many commentators on ESPN, NFL Network, and Mike Florio on Profootballtalk.com have been harping on several themes concerning Tom Brady.
One theme concerns Tom Brady and the offense, and what will Brady do without Hernandez (in jail),TE Rob Gronkowski (surgery, and may be on regular season PUP), and WR Wes Welker (a member of the Denver Broncos). They kept hitting at whether TEs Jake Ballard, and Danny Amendola (provided he stays healthy)could do the job.
They also talked about the new receivers, such as rookie Aaron Dobson.
The “experts” also didn’t think Brady could lead the 2013 to another playoff run, as Brady, they said, had lost his last two Super Bowl appearances.
Of course, the Patriots defense took a verbal hit, but Brady doesn’t play defense.
There is the expression, “Time waits for no one.”
That is true. Father Time catches up to all of us, and especially athletes.
There is a reason why teams do not like to pay running backs huge money. It’s due to that not very magical age of 30. I don’t know what it is. I don’t have a medical background, but at 30, that is when a running back’s body starts to break down.
That being said, I have been keeping up with the practice reports, and from looking at the two series Tom played in the August 9th pre-season game against the Eagles, Tom Brady was looking like he was playing at 26.
Brady had that offense going very smoothly. Now, I DO realize it was only the first pre-season game, so I am not getting TOO excited yet. I did like what I have seen so far.
There is still much work to be done, however, so let’s not put them in the Super Bowl like Rich Eisen and Brian Billick tried to do the night before with Denver/San Fran.
Honestly, let’s wait till the proverbial gate opens. Now, the “horses” are in the early part of the post parade. It is so annoying when announcers try to crown a team before the season has even started. May as well call off the season.
Back to the game, the Eagles DEFENSE (their offense looked real good)looked like they needed to tighten up a bit. A Mack Truck could have gotten through some of those holes.
The Pats defense looked good on the run plays, but still needed work in the secondary. Just my opinion. I mean, on that TD play, from Michael Vick to LeSean McCoy, McCoy just blew past Aquib Talib. It was as if Talib was jogging.
The Pats defense did get pressure on Foles, and that was good. I do love how Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly had the nerve to call a 2pt conversion in a pre-season game.
Anyway, it just looks like to me that Brady has plenty left as an elite QB. He was laser sharp, just like he was in the practices. I was astounded, and very pleased.
It is really a joy to watch someone with that kind of talent perform his/her craft. I am not the greatest Peyton Manning fan, but I went to that infamous “4th and 2″ game in 2009, when Peyton was with the Colts, and that man was a sight to see. Seeing Peyton operate his offense is a gem.
Anyway, Tom was like a surgeon when he threw the ball. That TD pass looked so easy. I just loved it. I really can not say much more. I just think he has a good 2-3 years left of being a top QB.
The offense showed a lot of promise, and I think it may start a little slow when the season gets underway, but once it gets rolling, it will be an excellent offense.
I am glad that the team is showing that it can run the ball. I know that it is pre-season, but the running game shows promise. Yes, it was in the latter part of the game, but LeGarrette Blount was a beast. I hope he keeps it up.
I just hope that Ryan Mallett won’t be out too long. Tim Tebow did some nice plays in the package meant for him, but when he tried to throw the ball, my goodness, he was awful. Plain terrible. Tebow overthrew guys. He missed targets. He needs to learn to throw a ball away.
I bet Skip Bayless was jumping for joy, when he saw Tebow on the field. I am sure of that. Bayless loves him some Tim Tebow.
As for Brady not wearing the proverbial blanket of Roses(the Lombardi Trophy) in some time, well, I think winning the Super Bowl is done by a TEAM. It is also very hard to win a Super Bowl. I mean, ask Brady’s rival Peyton Manning how hard it is.
Ask Dan Marino. Marino had only BEEN to the Super Bowl ONCE in his storied career. Brady has led his team to the Super Bowl five times. Dan Fouts, a Hall of Fame QB, NEVER got to a Super Bowl.
I mean, there teams that have had gaps between Super Bowls. The Steelers had a 26 year gap between their 4th(1979 Season) and their 5th(2005 Season). Dallas Cowboys have not won a Super Bowl since their 1995 Season. The Detroit Lions have never won it. The New York Jets are STILL in a 40 plus year long drought since their 1968 team hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
[adinserter block=”2”]Now, is that gap of that window closing on Tom Brady? Well, with the loss of many veterans, such as Rodney Harrison, Tedi Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Adam Vinatieri, etc., I definitely think it has been more difficult. After all, if you are given different cards, you can’t play the game the same.
However, and again, it is only ONE pre-season game, and there is a lot to work on, I still think Tom still has a pretty big window of opportunity left, provided he stays healthy, etc.
I just feel that a lot of the hand-wringing over Brady and the Patriots offense by the media has been very unwarranted. They will have their ups and downs during the pre-season, and possibly early in the season(every other team will have ups and downs), but I didn’t see the need for the prognosticators with their gloom and doom predictions for Brady and his offense.
Yes, time will eventually catch up. It catches up to all athletes, but don’t worry about Brady for now.
Brady still has it.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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