Now, before all you Patriots' fans get defensive, hear me out. For years, Tom Brady has been the cornerstone of the Patriots' organization there is no denying that. Having won three super bowls, with five appearances since entering the league, it can be argued that he is one of, if not the best QB ever to play the game. However, as much as this statement is true, Tom Brady is human and as his age starts to creep up, his play may start to slowly deteriorate. With the uncertainty surrounding the Patriots pass catchers this year, it is not unreasonable to think that Brady could struggle this year.
Brady has had underwhelming weapons in the past. In 2006, for example, the receiving core consisted of players like Doug Gabriel, Chad Jackson, Reche Caldwell, and Brandon Childress among others. That season, although he put up good numbers by normal NFL Quarterback standards, for Brady his play left a lot to be desired. That season, he threw for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He had a total of 3,529 yards passing and a very average 61.8% completion percentage. A 2/1 TD to INT ratio isn't exactly stellar from your star quarterback, either.
Why is this significant? Well, the Patriots have a very similar looking offense in 2013, with players like Donald Jones, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins, Aaron Dobson, and Jake Ballard to name a few. Brady has gotten by with subpar receivers, however, in 2006 he was only twenty nine years old in the prime of his career. Now, with Brady about to turn thirty six before the start of the season, and with the lack of proven receivers around him, one may start to wonder whether we could see a rare subpar season from number 12 in 2013.