It must be a slow news cycle for the NFL because the media is covering Tom Brady like he is not returning for the 2018-19 season. To expect the face of the NFL, who plans on playing for at least the next four years, to not play is like expecting Giancarlo Stanton to not strike out at this point. It is no secret that there has been a rift between Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Brady since last season, especially due to the Garoppolo trade.
It is widely known that Tom Brady made Kraft choose between him or Belichick, and Kraft decided to make Bill trade Brady’s heir apparent to San Francisco for a second-round pick in this year’s draft. Based on last season, Brady proved that he remains the best quarterback in the NFL.
Adam Schefter in 2014: Will Tom Brady retire?
Adam Schefter in 2016: Will Tom Brady retire?
Adam Schefter in 2018: Will Tom Brady retire?
— Andrew Tashian (@Tashville401) April 18, 2018
In 2017, Brady lead the league in yards with 4,577, and was third in touchdowns with 32. The media is all about creating drama and intrigue to help build stories for the upcoming season; it’s a soap opera at its base and we feed into it every day of the week. In case people have forgotten, the Patriots still play in the AFC East, a division it has controlled since 2001 by winning 15 division championships, so it’s almost a guarantee that they will win and host at least two home games in the playoffs.
Drew Brees saw a 9 year streak of 30+ TD passes end in 2017!
Tom Brady has topped the 30 TD threshold 6 of the last 8 years!
Career 30+ TD passing seasons:
— Nick Whalen (@_NickWhalen) April 18, 2018
We all know that at some point, Brady and Bellicheck will both retire and end the era of domination that has not been seen in the NFL, ever. Brady is still performing at an elite level that no one his age in the league has ever done. The human body will start to decline at some point, and even though the mind will be able, his arm will eventually fail him. However, we haven’t seen that decline we expect from players five years younger than him. Until we see his stats and ability to throw the football drop off, Brady is here to stay.