Saturday, August 09, 2014

H4TV: Is Patriots’ Golden Child, Tom Brady, Still Elite As He Turns 37? - The Sports Journal

Is Patriots’ Golden Child, Tom Brady, Still Elite As He Turns 37? - The Sports Journal

New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady turned 37 this past week, and celebrated it like he has probably for the last twenty-plus years: out on the practice fields working with his team. With much discussion about his decline this offseason, all eyes will be on Brady, as he takes the field in 2014 to see if he can win that elusive fourth Super Bowl championship. Brady is the elder statesman on the Patriots’ roster, and unlike Peyton Manning, who is only in his third season in Denver, Brady has been wearing Patriots red, white, and blue since he entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick in 2000. The names of players on that team are distant memories, as Drew Bledsoe, Kevin Faulk, J.R. Redmond, Troy Brown, Terry Glenn, Lawyer Milloy, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, Ted Johnson, and Willie McGinest have long since retired. Only kicker Adam Vinatieri (now in Indianapolis) remains in the NFL from that squad. Despite the analysts and media members ready to drop Brady from the list of elite quarterbacks in the NFL, he is far from finished.

First Stop Fantasy: 32 in 32: Houston Texans

32 in 32: Houston Texans – First Stop Fantasy

No one could have predicted the Houston Texans self-destruction in 2013. Sure, the loss of defensive end Mario Williams on defense was expected to slow the ferocious defense a step, but at no time did the prospect of a 2-14 record and the number one overall pick ever enter anyone’s mind. It was a snowballing season that ended with the Texans bottoming out like they did last year.

Houston started 2-0 to open the season and looked well on their way to the playoffs. Then the losses started snowballing: an overtime loss to Seattle; blown-out by San Francisco and St. Louis; a one-point loss to Kansas City going into the bye week; six straight losses by seven points or less coming out of the bye week; and then finally–mercifully–limping to the finish line to secure the first overall pick in the draft after losing 14 straight games.

Musketfire.com: Ryan Mallett's Deja Vu Preseason Performance

Ryan Mallett's Deja Vu Preseason Performance

The key story coming out of the Patriots-Redskins preseason game one was the struggles of backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and the coronation of third-string quarterback and 2014 second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo. In the instant analysis of social media Mallett was declared a bum who should be released immediately and Garoppolo is the obvious heir to Brady. While this may bear out, it is hard to base team decisions based on a single preseason game. The game and reaction stirred up memories from the past and reminded me of the 2008 preseason. 

FullPressCoverage.com: New England Patriots’ Top 2019 NFL Draft Picks Show Evolution on Both Sides of the Ball

The New England Patriots may have tipped their hand with their first two 2019 NFL Draft picks. Choosing a bigger, more aggressive outside-...