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A GAME MANAGER WITH A POPGUN ARM


I wrote a column (click HERE) calling Tom Brady “a game manager with a popgun arm.” So it was written. So it shall come to pass.

Heck, it’s already true.

Brady averaged a pathetic 6.6 yards per passing attempt last season. That figure ranked 27th in the NFL. Brady has better targets at Tampa Bay in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. But they’re downfield receivers. Can Brady get it there?

With Brady out of New England, you’ve got to argue with both Patriots fans and Buccaneers fans. New England fans are mad at the Patriots, not Brady. Bucs fans immediately fell in love with Brady, and why wouldn’t they?

If you call Brady “a game manager with a popgun arm,” Brady marks don’t argue that. Instead, they switch the heat:

*BRADY’S THE GOAT!

*BRADY KILLED THE STEELERS!

*BRADY’S BETTER THAN ROETHLISBERGER!

All those things may be true. Brady has definitely owned the Steelers. There’s certainly no arguing Brady’s body of work.

But those arguments don't disprove that, at 42 (43 in August), Brady is a game manager with a popgun arm.

This isn’t about then. It’s about now.

Age is just a number. But 43 is a high number.

Wild Card Round - Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots

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