Patriots will struggle in post-Tom Brady era - AFC East Blog - ESPN I usually think Walker is a decent writer for ESPN and he mainly writes about the Pats but I think its a ridiculous guess of his that he claims for sure that the Pats will immediately struggle without Brady in 4 or 5 years from now. I can't say we will ever see a QB like Tom again but... Who says the defense won't become a top ranked one by then who may cover deficiencies on offense like it is in reverse now? Who says we won't have a all-star RB who carries much of the burden by then? Who says the Patriots won't go spending in FA and pick up a Drew Brees or a Cam Newton type QB by then instead of assuming that Mallett or Hoyer will be the heir apparent? Brady has been a HUGE part of this teams success over the years, but life will go on when he hangs it up and I don't think its a guarantee that the Pats reverse to the horrid records of the early 90s when he is gone so all this guessing is just pure speculation on anyone's part right now. Doug Williams,Trent Dilfer are a few examples of SB champions with average QBs....and they didn't have Belichick at the HC position.