Originally Posted by AndyJohnson
I would suggest that to you. Having a wife and kids changes your personal life. People do not give up their jobs, or fail at them because they have a better personal life.
YOU have the blinders on. Why would I? I am a life long, hard core Patriots fan. You've never said anything negative about a Patriot player in your life. I am open minded. Thus, one of us has blinders on and it's not me.
It's futile to argue with you, because your approach is to state the obvious, and change that to be the argument. That's what you do, and you did it again.
Case in point, who said having a wife and kids makes people give up their jobs? That's assinine. Give up their job? Really AJ?
Do you watch sports? Have you ever noticed a pattern, that some of the all time greats seem to have this unbelievable work ethic. They work long and harder, and study film, and practice, and practice, and prepare? Brady was famous for it during the Super Bowl years.
Let me just say that he has EVERY right to put his family first. But for you to blindly and automatically say that any change in Brady's ways absolutely has nothing to do with the 3 straight one and dones.
So having a wife and kids doesn't make a person fail, or give up their jobs. I do know this. When I was single I worked out 2 to 3 hours a day. I'm a husband and dad now, and am lucky if I even get to the gym. I used to skate all the time, and can't remember the last time I did. I played in a county football league when I was single, but am doing too many family things, and can't any more. I played in a Sunday night basketball league for years, until getting married. I studied religiously for continuing education, and just don't have the time to do so anymore. It doesn't matter in my line of work, but can you at least consider that it might, just might matter to a professional quarterback.
So, I don't begrudge Brady, because I'm the same way. But for an athlete that was the first to Gillette, the last to leave, was a workout warrior, was intertwined with his teammates in preparation, and was legendary for his film sessions with Weis and others. To say, 'oh, he still works out, it doesn't affect him, he's still the same', is (no disrespect) ignorant, and yes, tells me that you have blinders on.
Is he one of the top 5 QBs in the NFL with what he's doing to prepare now? Yes. However, he's arguably had better targets to throw to since the 07 Super Bowl, and has lost 3 straight games. When we knew him as the Brady winning parking spaces for his offseason work ethic, he was 10 and 0 in the playoffs. In the last 9 games he is 4 and 5.
Many here would blast Manning for his great regular season, and poor playoffs. Now that Brady is doing the same, we are hearing an awful lot of excuse makers and apologists.
I love Brady, and am proud he's our QB. But, I am not willing, like so many, to put others down for even the mention of the possibility that his change in approach has anything to do with the less than desireable post season results. Again, that's ignorant.