Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but it's clear that the veteran caller's game has been revamped in recent seasons.
The New England Patriots often rely on short, fast passes to defend themselves, killing their opponents a thousand times, trying to take over. Although Brady still has enough strength and accuracy to make these thrilling throws, you will rarely see the 41-year-old trying to force a pass through a narrow window.
At a Monday appearance on WEEI Mut & Callahan, Brady explained what had changed in his style of play over his career.
"… As I get older, I may want to make so few mistakes, that may be part of my problem," Brady said. "Maybe there is not as much aggression as I would like because aggression is more risky. We have a 95% chance of winning when we do not turn the ball over and I think that's still a concern. So be a little less fearful with the ball and a little more aggressive. I thought we had done a better job in this area yesterday and I hope we can continue in this direction. "
While Brady's comment on the Patriots' chances of victory may have been hyperbolic, that's really not the case. As Colin Cowherd pointed out at Tuesday's edition of "The Herd" on FOX Sports 1, New England is 125-15 in games where she does not spill the ball, a success rate of 90%.
The Patriots have certainly been cautious with football lately, having not made a comeback in their last four games. And if Brady and Co. can continue this momentum for four other contests, they will break a franchise record.
Head coach Bill Belichick certainly insists on preventing turnarounds, as players who tend to make mistakes do not usually last very long in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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