Sport Opinion: Tom Brady had better heed warning signs when considering 2020 season

04:15  03 december  2019
04:15  03 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Announced in early April that he had prostate cancer, but has since had surgery that his staff called “completely successful.” Signature issues: Has called for modernizing the economy in fields like artificial intelligence and for increasing infrastructure spending.

Another pro football season is about to begin, Tom Brady will again be taking snaps for the New When a season finishes, he goes back and twice watches video of every play that he was involved He has studied the Patriots’ offensive schemes well enough so that if the wide receiver he intends to

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a person wearing a helmet: Tom Brady will turn 43 before the start of the 2020 season. © Thomas Shea, USA TODAY Sports Tom Brady will turn 43 before the start of the 2020 season.

Anyone who has watched New England this season, or checked Brady’s stats, knows the 42-year-old is a lesser version of himself. His completion rate, touchdowns, yardage per attempt and quarterback rating are way down, and the numbers have gotten worse as the season has gone on. His laser-like accuracy is off, evidenced by the passes that sailed over his receivers’ heads or beyond their outstretched hands in Sunday night's loss vs. Houston, and he has struggled against pressure.

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Brady ’ s lawyers had argued that he was unfairly suspended after he was accused of involvement in a scheme to deflate footballs used in a playoff game, and last summer, a Federal District Court judge agreed, allowing Brady to play the entire 2015 season .

I think Tom Brady has put together a better career than Peyton Manning. I’m about to make a few points That is significant. Brady has led his team to the Super Bowl 5 times in 12 seasons in where he Both players have had great success in their careers, but when it comes down to it Brady has

Yes, the Patriots are closing in on another AFC East title and a first-round bye. They might even wind up back in the Super Bowl. It’s also true the entire offense has struggled, and the absence of Rob Gronkowski has been felt more deeply than expected. 

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But the days of Brady being, well, Brady, conjuring victories out of nothing or single-handedly carrying the Patriots down the stretch, are no longer assured. That isn’t likely to change, considering he’ll turn 43 the month before the 2020 season starts. In fact, the decline will only accelerate, making it more and more obvious that his skills have deteriorated.

Which leads to an uncomfortable, if not awkward, decision for Brady and the Patriots this offseason.

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The day after he turned 40 – and with no end to his career in a dangerous sport in sight – Tom Brady was vague on whether he had sustained concussions last season .

Forecasters may be anxious not to be caught out, as they were by the 2008 recession. Nonetheless, the signs look ominous.

On paper, Brady’s contract runs through 2021. But according to multiple reports, it voids after this season and includes a provision that won't allow New England to franchise him. Given that he's said he wants to play until he's 45, he's going to have options.

Brady won the Patriots six Super Bowl titles and they have no heir apparent, so owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick aren’t likely to rush him out the door. If he does decides to walk, some other team will gladly scoop up the future Hall of Famer. 

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Brady is also a fanatic about his fitness and his diet, and says that’s what has kept him playing this long. No doubt he’ll tell himself that redoubling his efforts in the offseason, drinking a few more protein shakes and taking more of trainer Alex Guerrero’s snake oil will get him back to his MVP form.

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When Popeyes’ new fried chicken sandwich went viral for its deliciousness last week, I did not pause, not even for a second, to consider the vast toll of suffering and environmental destruction inherent in its rise.

It would have been better to have held more stocks in early 2009, and to have reduced them when stock prices were high, as they are now. “You don’t want to panic and sell after the market falls,” Mr. Kinniry said, “but that’ s what a lot of people did.” Dividing a portfolio between stocks and bonds is a

But history is littered with the names of athletes who didn't see the steep decline coming and hung on too long.

Brett Favre had the Minnesota Vikings within a game of the Super Bowl in 2009. The next season, his last, he recorded career worsts in yardage, touchdowns, interception percentage and quarterback rating. Johnny Unitas was benched in his final season in Baltimore and again the next year, his last, in San Diego. 

Shaquille O’Neal was a shell of his former self in Cleveland and Boston. Stumbling around the outfield wasn’t the only indignity of Willie Mays’ days in New York. And on it goes.

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If Brady insists on playing next season, or the season after that, there is no guarantee his stellar career won’t end in pitiful fashion. In fact, the odds of that are better than him going out in a blaze of glory.

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Tom Brady tied Peyton Manning' s NFL regular season record with his 186th regular- season victory on Thursday night. (Brett Favre has also won 186.) With a statue of Manning being unveiled Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, it seems like the perfect time to answer the age-old question: Who was better ?

Goodell had suspended Brady in connection with accusations that he played a role in deflating footballs for competitive advantage in a January But when it comes to punishing players for criminal behavior or cheating on the field, Goodell has faced far stiffer opposition and has a spotty record.

Like Brady, New England’s roster is aging. Eight players, six of them starters, are in their second decade in the NFL. More than half of the 53-man roster – 28 players – has been in the league for five seasons or longer. Even if Belichick wanted to de-emphasize Brady’s role in the offense, how would he do that? With two of the team's top three running backs being over 28 next season.

New England’s gap on the rest of the NFL has narrowed considerably, too. Lamar Jackson is redefining both the quarterback position and the AFC’s natural order this season, and New England will likely have to go through him and the Baltimore Ravens just to get to the Super Bowl in Miami.

Patrick Mahomes makes Kansas City a threat every year, and that’s with the Chiefs having a mediocre defense. The Patriots got a good look Sunday at the trouble Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans can pose.

Watching Brady, knowing what’s inevitable, it’s hard not to think of another future Hall of Famer who stuck around even though he was in obvious decline.

Peyton Manning struggled mightily in his final season, missing six games with injuries and being ineffective in most others. Like Brady, he was bailed out repeatedly by a stingy and opportunistic defense and stellar special teams. When Manning and the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, he wisely walked away, lucky to have been spared an ugly and embarrassing exit.

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Unsure what had caused this potentially lethal problem, Nasa did nothing. The official 'inflight anomaly report' filed by the engineer records no resolution. A couple of flights later, when Discovery went back into orbit to visit the International Space Station in March 2001, the same thing happened again.

Tom Brady has won 77% of his starts in his NFL career. In 20 games, his back ups–all starting Since then he has been shipped around the league, playing back-up for four teams the last four seasons . Also to consider is that New England finished the season 4-0. In their last six games, they went on

It's a tough decision, leaving the game you've loved and played your entire life. But better for Brady to leave when there's still a debate than wait for the answer to become painfully obvious.

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