Mike Vrabel not ready to say Patriots’ Tom Brady is in decline
Mike Vrabel knows Tom Brady well. He knows Brady led his New England Patriots to a 12-4 record. He threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions on a 60.8% completion rate. Most would conclude that to be a good season, especially for a 42-year-old passer.
“I still see a lot of accuracy. I still see a quick release, decisive throws,” Vrabel said on Monday, via Henry McKenna of the Patriots Wire. “Been able to win a lot of football games, get the ball to a lot of people to get everyone involved. He’s got an uncanny ability to find the guy that’s open, execute the game plan plays, the play action. (He’s) very, very good.”
Brady is still a good quarterback. That’s not a question. However, for the greatest of all time, his season wasn’t anything to brag about. It may have been his worst in a long time. His 88 passer rating on the season was below league average is his worst since 2013.
However, nobody is sleeping on Brady. Yes, he has to play in the wild card for the first time since 2009. Yes, he’s been inconsistent. And yes, his weapons are subpar compared to years past. But, most importantly: yes, he’s still Tom Brady — the six-time Super Bowl champion, 14-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro and three-time MVP.
Don’t count Brady or the Patriots out. His opponents know that.