Tom Brady has a knack for crafting history. The 7-time Super Bowl Champion has secured his name within history books by setting countless records over the years. Brady finally announced his retirement from the league at the ripe old age of 45 earlier this year. But even after spending two decades as the top dog in the NFL, he seemed to have failed to ink his name as the GOAT of the sport compared to other legends. 

Just a minute, hear us out. While Brady has obviously cemented himself as the undisputed GOAT QB in NFL history, other legends in the sports world, like Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter, have had an uncanny advantage while carving out their own legacies in their respective sports. The system that allowed Brady to become the superstar that he eventually became, holds a vital flaw that held back the final potential of the league’s best. 

The systemic disaster that held back the greatness of Tom Brady


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Over the years, many have lauded the coaching staff surrounding Brady during his days with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But unbeknownst to many NFL fans, the system designed for the success of QBs across the league has also held them back. While QB coaches are the faces behind the grueling training regimen of the NFL’s biggest stars, their ‘ancient’ approach to QB training has left the stars in the league, decades behind their counterparts in other sports.

The good folks over at the Green Light podcast hosted by NFL veteran Chris Long brought this to the attention of NFL fans. Veteran QB Jordan Palmer, alongside Long, brought up this major issue lingering in the shadows of training the star signal callers of the league. 

“I believe that the QB position is a decade, in terms of how it’s developed, it’s a decade at least behind golf and baseball. They don’t use data, they don’t use feedback, they don’t measure any metrics,” Palmer said on the podcast. 

Having served as a QB within the NFL and as a QB coach tutoring young guns in the league like Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, and Josh Allen, Palmer knows the ins and outs of the league better than anyone else. From his years of experience, he pointed out the lack of data-driven training which has become a staple ingredient in carving out modern sports legends. 

The influence of data-driven training in sports

Over the years, many modern sporting legends have utilized the onset of the analytics and data-driven nature of modern sports. The influence of analytics in sports has been profound. The basketball world has seen superstars like James Harden and Stephen Curry utilize the data-driven modern game to craft their careers as legends. On top of that, sports like baseball and golf have especially benefitted from analytical training. 


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While QB coaching still relies on age-old fundamental techniques of training, legends like Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter have made use of advancements in training methods to reach even greater heights during the latter parts of their careers. One of the major advancements has been the data-driven progress in increasing swing speed, be it with a golf club or a baseball bat, allowing for greater results with minor changes in technique.

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While many sporting icons in recent times have been able to capitalize on their talents with the use of analytics, the football world still seems to be lacking behind. Modern NFL offenses have grown to embrace the influence of analytics, but training methods for QBs still follow the same ancient path. With the lack of advancement in QB training, who knows what a more advanced regimen would have allowed Tom Brady to achieve? 


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