‘Don’t Think He Can Carry a Team’ – NFL Coach Thinks Tom Brady Isn’t the Player He Once Was

Published 07/30/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 29: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts following their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. The Chiefs won 27-24 over the Buccaneers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Tom Brady is the GOAT. There’s very little debate when it comes to that in the NFL community. While some might still wish to argue, Brady’s resume speaks for itself.

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With three MVP awards, 10 conference titles, and seven Super Bowl rings, no one past or present comes close to what Brady has achieved over the past two decades.

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Now entering his 22nd season in the league, Brady aged 43, continues to do what he does best – win football games. Picking up his seventh ring last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback showed that he still has what it takes to perform at the highest level. 

So where does Tom Brady rank among quarterbacks in the league at this current moment? The Athletic recently published it’s quarterback tiers list for the upcoming season where they segregated the league’s starting QBs via the inputs of coaches, GMs, and other NFL executives from around the league.

And a bit surprisingly, Brady wasn’t ranked number 1.  

Has Tom Brady lost the edge?

As per the list, Tom Brady was placed among Tier 1 quarterbacks. Ranked third overall, based on the inputs of 50 coaches from various teams, Brady’s rank saw him placed behind the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers

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While Mahomes and Rodgers garnered Tier 1 votes from every voter, Brady could only manage 41. Nine individuals voted Tom Brady as a Tier 2 quarterback despite winning Super Bowl MVP last season. 

The reason? Well, one offensive coordinator said that the quarterback simply doesn’t have what it takes to carry his side to a win on his own.

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Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heads off the field following a game against the Detroit Lions. The game was held at Ford Field on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

“Brady is a 2,” the anonymous NFL offensive coordinator said. “There were too many games where they weren’t really doing a whole lot, and the defense or somebody made a big play. I think he’s really good. I just don’t think he can carry a team now.”

The issue is that those who voted him as a Tier 2 quarterback see him as lacking the physical attributes needed to turn a game around. Brady will be 44 when he takes to the field against the Dallas Cowboys on September 9 to kick off the 2021 NFL season. 

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The esteemed panel believe that it’s more down to Brady’s mental resilience that has helped him thrive and succeed for so long. And as long as that translates to winning, we don’t think Tom Brady will mind not being the athlete he was in his 20s or 30s.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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