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In your opinion, what is Brady's most amazing season?

  • 2001

  • 2003 or 2004

  • 2005 or 2006

  • 2007

  • 2010

  • 2011

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2014

  • This season baby ..... Brady's best is yet to come


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Soul_Survivor88

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Christopher Price says it best: “Trying to narrow downTom Brady’s best year is like trying to settle on your favorite season of ‘The Wire.’ There’s really no wrong answer, and you can come up with a great argument for just about any one of them.” I have a hard time myself narrowing down one single season in particular. But based on on overall statistical performance, late-game heroics, supporting cast and overall intangibles, I would argue that 2007 or 2010 should top the list of Brady’s most amazing seasons.

2007




2007 was one of the greatest seasons ever enjoyed by an NFL quarterback. This was Brady's "Michael Jordan moment" - the moment in which he elevated himself and took his game to new, unforeseen heights. His transcendent season came on the heels of a low-point in his early career. He had lost three consecutive games to Peyton Manning and the Colts, culminating in the epic 2006 AFC title game, where the Patriots blew a big first-half lead, before falling 38-34, in what was the greatest comeback in conference title history.That day, Manning out-gunned the Patriots and shred their defense using a talented array of receivers including as Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Brady, meanwhile, struggled to keep up, relying on aging journeyman Troy Brown and castoffs like Reche Caldwell as his primary offensive weapons. As the game morphed from rout to shootout, the Patriots struggled to find the end zone. Reche Caldwell had a brutal second half and dropped multiple passes. Despite everything, New England still had a chance to ice the game. With 2:30 to play, and the Colts down to a single timeout, a third and five was all that separated the Pats from the promised land. Tom Brady threw to the inside of aging vet Troy Brown who was leaning to the outside, when Bob Sanders suddenly knifed in to break up the pass.

The success of the Colts coincided with a changing rules environment that made it harder and harder for the Patriots to win with their defense. After years of watching their receivers be tormented by New England’s linebackers, coaches responded by demanding an increase in pass interference and illegal contact penalties. And, it seems, the league listened. With Manning’s receivers free to roam the field, Belichick had to watch as his team melted in the face of Indianapolis’ high-powered offense. After the epic defeat in the 2006 AFC title game, Belichick had had enough. He decided that a change was needed. And from that moment on, he vowed to never lose a shootout again, and to always have the firepower to outgun the opposition.

If they hoped to topple the Colts, the Patriots needed to win shootouts and pile up points faster than Manning could. So starting in early March, the Patriots worked out a trade with Miami to secure Wes Welker, who would grow to become the league’s most productive pass catcher over the next five seasons. After receivers Donte' Stallworth and Kelley Washington signed on, the Patriots finished with a bombshell: trading a fourth-round draft choice to Oakland for receiver Randy Moss. “I’ve always had a saying,” Moss said, “that Peyton Manning has his wide receivers, why can’t Tom have his?”

For Brady, the effects of these trades and acquisitions were utterly transformational. While he was already one of the most clutch quarterbacks in history with three Super Bowl rings to his credit, Brady never had been a prolific passer until now. In his first six seasons as a starter, Brady never threw for more than 28 touchdowns in a season and had eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark just once before. But through just the first thirteen games into the 2007 season, Brady led his team to an undefeated record and was leading the league in passing yards (4,235), passing yards per attempt (8.42), passing yards per game (302.5), quarterback rating (119.7) and passes for first downs (210). “To bring some clarity and perspective to Brady's season,” wrote Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN, “think of it this way: He has more touchdown passes than the rest of the AFC East (31), more than the combined totals of Brett Favre and Drew Brees (44), and the exact combined totals of Peyton and Eli Manning. He also has just five interceptions in 476 pass attempts. Dallas' Tony Romo threw that many picks in a single game this season.”

With a new series of options in the passing game, Brady led a nearly unstoppable passing game that put up some of the highest efficiency totals ever recorded for a quarterback. That season, he averaged 48 percent more passing yards than defenses had otherwise allowed and a mind-blowing 150 percent more touchdowns than his opponents yielded on average to their other opponents. With over 50% of his drives resulting in a touchdown, Brady’s team scored on 88 out of 167 offensive possessions, giving him an astonishing scoring percentage of 52.7%. By way of comparison, the team that ranked second in scoring percentage that season was the Indianapolis Colts (44.6%) So what does that mean? It means that if Tom Brady touched pigskin in 2007, the Patriots were more likely to score 7 points than 0 points! “Coach says he put us out there to score every time we touch it, so that’s what we’re trying to do,” Brady shrugged after a 56-0 win over Buffalo. “I think that’s the job description for any offense in the NFL – you score.” Indeed, Brady led an offense that scored between 34 and 52 points in each of their first eight games. On six occasions, Brady went toe-to-toe with top-10 defenses, including four showdowns against top-five units (and a Steelers team that had allowed the fewest points and yards in the NFL). The high point of the season was a 49-28 blowout in Miami against the Dolphins when Brady finished 21-for-25 for 354 yards and six touchdowns! The Patriots would go on to achieve a perfect regular season record, racking up an insane 75 touchdowns andoutscoring their opponents by 315 points (!) while Brady led the league in completion percentage (69 percent), passing yards (4,806) and touchdown passes (50). In recognition of these historic accomplishments, Brady was named the NFL’s MVP, taking 49 of 50 votes. Brady also was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and finished the season having been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month twice.

Favorite Highlight of Season – Tie between Week 9 vs. Indianapolis and Week 13 vs. Baltimore

Week 9 - With an offense churning at never-seen-before levels, the Patriots entered a Week 9 game that had been circled on the calendar of many NFL fans. It was a return trip to Indianapolis to face off against the defending Super Bowl Champions: Peyton Manning and the Colts. Dubbed Super Bowl XLI ½”, the game between the Patriots (0-8) and the Colts (0-7) marked the first time in NFL history that two undefeated teams with seven or more wins had faced each other. If the Patriots were to indeed run the table, this figured to be their toughest test. The Colts were the only other undefeated team left in the season, and had already beaten the Pats the last three times they played. And during most of the game, it looked as though the Pats would walk away from the field with another bitter defeat. Yet in spite of yielding 112 rushing yards to RB Joseph Addai, trailing from the end of the 1st quarter all the way to the end of the fourth, and committing a franchise-record 10 penalties for 146 yards, the Patriots came from behind to seize the win. Under Brady's calm leadership, the Pats scored two touchdowns in less than five minutes (!) and rallied from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit to clinch the game, 24-20.

Week 13 - For sheer dramatics, nothing topped Brady's performance in the regular season game against the Baltimore Ravens. Despite coming in as losers of five straight games, the Ravens played with a passion unlike anything the Patriots had encountered all season. They were simply tired of watching other teams give in to the Patriots, and were determined to play in Week 13 as if it were their own ‘Super Bowl.’ In what would become their toughest challenge of the regular season, the Patriots dropped or mishandled nine passes in frigid, windy weather, and for the first time all season, a team successfully managed to shut =down Randy Moss and Wes Welker (it’s worth noting that both Moss and Welker played their entire careers in warm or domed climates). On a night when they were hit from all sides, blitzed constantly, saw their receivers drop numerous balls, battled heavy winds and trailed 24– 20 late in the fourth quarter, New England urgently needed Brady to lead his team to victory… and Brady did not let his teammates down. When it mattered the most, Brady drove the Pats 73 yards on 13 plays— including a scramble to convert on fourth-and-six —and capping the effort with an eight-yard strike in the game’s final minute. Wild finish!
 

Soul_Survivor88

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
2010


During the 2010 season, Tom Brady tore up the NFL with precision passing and a revamped offense.This season was important for many reasons, not the least of which was that it signaled Brady’s full return to greatness following a disappointing 2009 season. Brady returned that year after missing a full season due to an on-field knee injury, but continued to suffer complications from surgery. He returned to play under a different offensive coordinator, and rejoined a team that was still in the midst of re-rebuilding its defense. To make matters worse, Randy Moss, the mainstay of the team’s 2007 offense, began to suffer a decline in skill. The numbers from that year show that Brady and Moss were able to keep the offense competitive (the Patriots remained in the top 10 in total offense, passing offense and points per game), but the team ended up with a 10-6 season record (one of the worst in the Belichick era) and suffered some ugly losses down the stretch, including defeats to the Dolphins and Saints. After Welker shredded his knee in the regular-season finale against the Texans, it was no surprise New England was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round – after being annihilated, 33-14, by the Ravens.

Now in his 10th NFL season as starting quarterback, Brady had to make crucial adjustments. The Patriots traded Moss and reacquired Deion Branch. The team also incorporated two rookie tight ends,Aaron HernandezandRob Gronkowski, and moved away from a deep-threat passing attack to one focused around shorter and intermediate routes. To compensate for the departure of Moss, Brady began to pass extensively in the middle of the field, finding tight ends and slot receivers who could exploit matchups against linebackers and nickel corners. It wasn't an easy transition to make. Brady, along with the rest of the offense, had occasional problems that climaxed in an ugly loss to the Browns in Cleveland, in a 34-14 defeat that left New England at 6-2. The quarterback had to help his young targets progress over these setbacks and grow. And he did this just as his no.1 receiver, Welker, was working to overcome a knee injury that limited his contributions through mid-November.

But as the distance between Moss and the 2010 Patriots continued to increase, so too did Brady’s productivity and his team’s success. From that point on, Brady learned to wear down defenses with long, methodical drives. He would master an offense defined by two-tight end sets, making shorter passes with more yards after catch, andgetting receivers in spaces with timing and direction. And he achieved an unheard of level of accuracy in the process.Heading into the midway point of the season, Brady headed into Week 9 averaging 228 yards a game and completing 64 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and four picks. Yet over the second half of the season, he completed 68 percent of his passes, averaged 259 passing yards per game and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 22-0.

He would pass for a total 3,900 yards and seta league record by finishing the regular season with 335 consecutive passes without an interception, His passing yardage of that year was far from the best of his career. But in 492 total pass attempts, Brady scored 36 touchdown passes, posted a 66 percent completion percentage, and threw just four picks. As a result, Brady set an all-time record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (9:1) -- beating out the previous NFL record he himself was responsible for making in 2007 (6.25:1).

Brady’s ability to pass and control the ball was extraordinary, but just as important as his passing was his ability to make everyone around him better. “Moss is gone. Welker has a knee scar….The Patriots' D [ranked 4th in 2007] is ranked 28th,” wrote Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN, “Meanwhile, Brady's tight ends are two rookies and 10-year veteranAlge Crumpler….[But] it doesn't seem to matter. Brady somehow transforms each of them into a mini-star.” As a team, the Patriots would roll into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak.

The most impressive aspect of the 2010 season was the sheer point totals that Brady accumulated against the toughest and stringiest pass defenses in the League. In a five-game stretch from mid-November through mid-December (from the Nov. 14 game against the Steelers through a Dec. 12 win over the Bears) Brady went against some of the best defenses in the league and came away 118-for-164 with 1,572 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and no interceptions. Seven of Brady's 16 games that year were played against the six stingiest scoring defenses in football (Co-No. 1s Green Bay and Pittsburgh, No. 3 Chicago, No. 4 Baltimore, No. 5 N.Y. Jets (twice) and No. 6 San Diego). Brady shredded almost all of them.

• 31 points against Green Bay Sunday night, the most any team has scored this year against the league's stingiest defense (15.7 PPG)
• 39 against Pittsburgh, the most any team has ever scored in a regular-season game at Heinz Field
• 33 points in the first half alone against Chicago; the Bears have not surrendered more than 26 total points in any other game this year.
• 45 points in their second meeting against the Jets; the team has otherwise not given up more than 31 points in a game in two years under Rex Ryan.

From the perspective of individual production, those same six teams all ranked in the top 10 in Defensive Passer Rating (a measure of each team's pass defense which takes the formula used to rate quarterbacks and applies it to pass defenses):

• The Packers were No. 1 in DPR (70.32). Brady posted a 110.2 rating against them with 2 TD and 0 INT.
• The Chargers were No. 2 in DPR (72.46). Brady posted an 82.7 rating against them, with 1 TD and 0 INT.
• The Bears were No. 3 in DPR (73.00). Brady posted a 113.4 rating against them, with 2 TD and 0 INT.
• The Steelers were No. 6 in DPR (78.16). Brady posted a 117.4 rating against them, with 3 TD and 0 INT.
• The Jets were No. 10 in DPR (79.94). Brady posted a 148.9 rating in his most recent game against them, with 4 TD and 0 INT.

In other words, Brady played half his schedule against defenses that shut down every other quarterback and every other offense during that year. -- all while working with two rookie tight ends and his main wide receiver less than a year removed from ACL surgery. This accomplishment earned him not only the second MVP award of career; it made him the first player to ever receive that award by unanimous consent of the 50-member voting panel. Of course, Brady did not set as many passing marks as in '07, but as the league's top-performing quarterback in 2010, he was totally without peer.

Favorite Highlight of the Season – Week 12 vs. Detroit

Week 12 - In a Thanksgiving Day match-up, the Patriots squared off against the Lions in a Week 12 visit to Detroit, and won 45-24 thanks to Brady’s surgical precision. Brady's performance was all the more impressive by the fact that he almost didn't even play due to injuries (he started the game despite injuries to both his foot and shoulder) Then to make matters worse, Brady took a couple of bone-crushing hits from Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the ferocious Detroit defensive line. But none of it phased him. Brady calmly led the Patriots back from a 17-10 halftime deficit and outscored the Lions 35-7, throwing four touchdowns passes in the second half. He was as close to perfect as a quarterback could get, going 21 of 27 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns, and earning him a perfect QB rating of 158.3 for the second time in his career.
 

Boomer B

2nd Team Getting Their First Start
2014

He was written off after the KC game. He was being called old and washed up. He was dragged through the mud right before the Super Bowl (and still is being). He led 2 late 4th qtr TD drives against the so called best D since the '85 Bears and had the greatest 4th qtr any Super Bowl QB has ever had. Maybe not his best statistically but 2014 was the most satisfying year ever.

I'm hoping when this question is asked next year my answer will change to 2015. Probably a pretty damn good chance it will.
 

jmt57

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How about 2006? Brady's top two targets were Reche Caldwell and Ben Watson; nobody else had more than 400 yards receiving. Despite the less than stellar supporting cast, Brady completed 62% of his passes and threw for over 3500 yards, with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Pats went 12-4 and would have gone to the Super Bowl (and defeated the Rex Grossman-led Bears) if not for a combination of the flu. Indy turning up the heat inside their dome, and a bogus face-guarding/pass interference penalty.
 

Kdo5

Pro Bowl Player
I chose the option that I found most impressive. Not the best statistically but 2006 showed more than ever that Brady was legitimately the best QB in the NFL. Reche Caldwell led the team in receptions that year. While we had Ben Watson who was a pretty promising TE, Brady worked magic with very little. We were on the brink of going to the Super Bowl against the Bears...which we probably would have won. No other QB could have done that. I don't think there was ever a set #2 receiver on the roster (not saying Caldwell was a starting calibre receiver). All of a sudden Jabar Gaffney emerged as the best receiver in the playoffs. One season later...Caldwell is cut and Gaffney is the #4 receiver.

2007 was the most dominant. 2010 he was freaking awesome (minus the playoff game!). 2014 was all kinds of special. But I thought '06 was damn impressive.
 
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Hoodie

In the Starting Line-Up
2001 because it was so unexpected. I'll never forget when he came into the Jets game. I was driving home from Newport in complete disgust because they had played so badly. When Bledsoe was knocked out I expected Damon Huard. When they said it was Brady, I said to the radio, who the f*&k is that?
 

Soul_Survivor88

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
2001 because it was so unexpected. I'll never forget when he came into the Jets game. I was driving home from Newport in complete disgust because they had played so badly. When Bledsoe was knocked out I expected Damon Huard. When they said it was Brady, I said to the radio, who the f*&k is that?

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PatsWickedPissah

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How about 2006? Brady's top two targets were Reche Caldwell and Ben Watson; nobody else had more than 400 yards receiving. Despite the less than stellar supporting cast, Brady completed 62% of his passes and threw for over 3500 yards, with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Pats went 12-4 and would have gone to the Super Bowl (and defeated the Rex Grossman-led Bears) if not for a combination of the flu. Indy turning up the heat inside their dome, and a bogus face-guarding/pass interference penalty.

Agreed

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primetime

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How about 2006? Brady's top two targets were Reche Caldwell and Ben Watson; nobody else had more than 400 yards receiving. Despite the less than stellar supporting cast, Brady completed 62% of his passes and threw for over 3500 yards, with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Pats went 12-4 and would have gone to the Super Bowl (and defeated the Rex Grossman-led Bears) if not for a combination of the flu. Indy turning up the heat inside their dome, and a bogus face-guarding/pass interference penalty.

Yup, I still think it was 2006.
 

anditsgood

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Patriots favorite year, 01-such a magical year, the brady magic from patten getting knocked out on the side line with possession of a fumbled ball, Pattens run, throw and catch a td, to troy browns laterals to harris to ty laws INT in the superbowl

But since this was about Brady, I go with the 04 Its a dynasty (i would have said 07 but david tyree killed that one)
 

5thRing-Hunt

On the Game Day Roster
In 2014 brady was on a mission. After KC remember that 5 or 6 game stretch the media said would be hard for the pats? He beat them all except GB and that was close. Then go to the offseason and being down 14 twice against the Ravens and he finishes with The best 4th quarter comeback that anyone has ever seen in a super bowl. The end.
 

Soul_Survivor88

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Yup, I still think it was 2006.

Agreed

You've been missed

Than again what you have missed was worth missing.
How about 2006? Brady's top two targets were Reche Caldwell and Ben Watson; nobody else had more than 400 yards receiving. Despite the less than stellar supporting cast, Brady completed 62% of his passes and threw for over 3500 yards, with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Pats went 12-4 and would have gone to the Super Bowl (and defeated the Rex Grossman-led Bears) if not for a combination of the flu. Indy turning up the heat inside their dome, and a bogus face-guarding/pass interference penalty.

I'm sorry. I should have made 2006 it's own category in the poll, but feel free to cast your vote in the "2005 or 2006" column
 

New England Pride

2nd Team Getting Their First Start
I'll say 2010. 36 to 4 td to into is hard to beat. Honorable mention would be 2006, Tom Brady in his prime with the worst weapons ever.
 

NashuaPats

In the Starting Line-Up
I got to go 2006. He got it done with no talent around him. Who was their leading receiver? Reche Caldwell with 760 yards and 4 TDs. What was their record? 12-4.

If the entire defense did not get the flu for the AFC Championship game, that was another SB win. I did not even know some of the names playing defense against the Colts in the 2nd half of that game. How many excuses did Belichick and the rest of the team make for that flu game? Zero. The rest of the league should take note of that.

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#1 receiver!
 

IcyPatriot

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I voted for 2001 ...

What Brady did in the playoffs ... what he did vs the Rams was incredible for his age and experience.

I think there would be 2 answers if it was broken down to best and amazing as separate opinions.

His best season I would vote for 2007 as many have for this thread.
 

Soul_Survivor88

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I voted for 2001 ...

What Brady did in the playoffs ... what he did vs the Rams was incredible for his age and experience.

I think there would be 2 answers if it was broken down to best and amazing as separate opinions.

His best season I would vote for 2007 as many have for this thread.

I changed the poll so you can vote for more than one ;)
 
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