Could Tom Brady Decide to go the Full George Blanda Someday?

by Datechguy | January 22nd, 2018

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Could Tom Brady Decide to go the Full George Blanda Someday?

Yes­ter­day Tom Brady once again came from behind in the 4th Quar­ter to once again lead the Patri­ots to the Super­bowl, their 8th in the 16 years that he has been the starter (I don’t count the year he got injured in game 1) which is only sur­passed by a fel­low named Rus­sell who used to play bas­ket­ball in Boston back in the day.

Despite this suc­cess, even with Gronk hurt there have been a lot of var­i­ous debates on if Brady has 2 year or 3 year or 5 years left in him and how many of those years does he have left at the Tom Brady level vs a human QB level and what do the Patri­ots do when it’s time for the tran­si­tion. Every­one has an opin­ion, Tom says he wants to play to his mid 40’s but nobody has to my knowl­edge asked about a pos­si­bil­ity that has been run­ning through my mind for weeks.

The George Blanda Option.

For those too young to remem­ber George Blanda came up as a Quar­ter­back and kicker with the Chicago Bears in 1949 and played with the Bears till 1958 (with a one game stint in Bal­ti­more as a Line­backer) as QB, Kicker punter and for one sea­son a linebacker

After a one year retire­ment he came back with the new AFL (now the AFC) with the Hous­ton Oil­ers lead­ing them to the first two AFL titles in the pre-​superbowl era as a QB while still kick­ing up a storm. In 1968 he signed with the Oak­land Raiders as a kicker while still com­ing in occa­sion­ally to sub at QB. After the 1975 sea­son he hung up his cleats still kick­ing at 61% which was con­sid­ered respectable in that era of the game, play­ing his last game in Jan­u­ary of 1976 at the ripe old age of 48.

What if Brady decided to do the same?

What if he spent part of the off sea­son train­ing as a Punter? Does any­one doubt for one moment that if Brady put his mind to it that he could not pick up the punt­ing game and play for another decade as a kicker, a holder for field goals and emer­gency 2nd or 3rd QB once he decides he can’t start every day at the left he is used to?

Can you imag­ine the night­mare that would be for a spe­cial Teams coach coor­di­na­tor or the defen­sive coor­di­na­tor of a team play­ing a Patri­ots team with Tom Brady as a punter and holder for Field goals? All of a sud­den every sin­gle punt and field goal becomes a poten­tial pass play from the great­est quar­ter­back of all time.

And even worse what hap­pens in a play­off game when your defense has stymied the pats offense and sud­denly the great­est QB of all time comes off the bench fresh with­out hav­ing taken any of the pun­ish­ment of a full season?

Of course all of this is appar­ently years away, if Brady wins another Super­bowl this year (and I see no rea­son why he won’t) it might not be until 2020 before the Blanda option comes into play and by then he might be out of fin­gers for rings.

I really won­der if Brady has con­sid­ered this at all?

Yesterday Tom Brady once again came from behind in the 4th Quarter to once again lead the Patriots to the Superbowl, their 8th in the 16 years that he has been the starter (I don’t count the year he got injured in game 1) which is only surpassed by a fellow named Russell who used to play basketball in Boston back in the day.

Despite this success, even with Gronk hurt there have been a lot of various debates on if Brady has 2 year or 3 year or 5 years left in him and how many of those years does he have left at the Tom Brady level vs a human QB level and what do the Patriots do when it’s time for the transition. Everyone has an opinion, Tom says he wants to play to his mid 40’s but nobody has to my knowledge asked about a possibility that has been running through my mind for weeks.

The George Blanda Option.

For those too young to remember George Blanda came up as a Quarterback and kicker with the Chicago Bears in 1949 and played with the Bears till 1958 (with a one game stint in Baltimore as a Linebacker) as QB, Kicker punter and for one season a linebacker

After a one year retirement he came back with the new AFL (now the AFC) with the Houston Oilers leading them to the first two AFL titles in the pre-superbowl era as a QB while still kicking up a storm. In 1968 he signed with the Oakland Raiders as a kicker while still coming in occasionally to sub at QB. After the 1975 season he hung up his cleats still kicking at 61% which was considered respectable in that era of the game, playing his last game in January of 1976 at the ripe old age of 48.

What if Brady decided to do the same?

What if he spent part of the off season training as a Punter? Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Brady put his mind to it that he could not pick up the punting game and play for another decade as a kicker, a holder for field goals and emergency 2nd or 3rd QB once he decides he can’t start every day at the left he is used to?

Can you imagine the nightmare that would be for a special Teams coach coordinator or the defensive coordinator of a team playing a Patriots team with Tom Brady as a punter and holder for Field goals? All of a sudden every single punt and field goal becomes a potential pass play from the greatest quarterback of all time.

And even worse what happens in a playoff game when your defense has stymied the pats offense and suddenly the greatest QB of all time comes off the bench fresh without having taken any of the punishment of a full season?

Of course all of this is apparently years away, if Brady wins another Superbowl this year (and I see no reason why he won’t) it might not be until 2020 before the Blanda option comes into play and by then he might be out of fingers for rings.

I really wonder if Brady has considered this at all?

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