With one exception I’ve had little use for the new Woke NFL this season. As you may or may not know I’ve never been a huge football fan, but I’ve been a fan of three players in my lifetime. The 1st of Steve Grogan who I thought was the toughest player to ever play QB and the 2nd was his favorite receiver Stanley Morgan.
The 3rd is Tom Brady, who single handedly turned around the Boston Sports scene. His success forced the other franchises to get serious about winning. During his time in Boston 12 championships came here, six of them won by him but every major franchise won at least one title (Ironically just as Brady won as many titles as all the major franchise combined his three losses in title game also equals all the other Boston franchise during that time).
While I’ve tuned out the work NFL I’ve kept tabs on Brady. He’s hated by many in the media/ Left as a Trump friend, although not vocal on it, but it’s no coincidence that Tampa Bay’s is the one franchises whose ratings have been consistently up.
So let’s revisit my expectations for Tampa this season. In their pre-Brady era Tampa Bay:
- Had a winning record 30% of the time (13 seasons)
- Won 11 or more games 7% of the time (3 seasons 1999,2002,2005)
- Won their division 12% of the time (1970,1981, 1999,2002,2005,2007)
- Made the playoffs 23% of the time (10 seasons)
- Won at least 1 playoff game 9% of the time (1979,1997,1999,2002)
- Won the Superbowl 2% (100% of the times they went 2002)
Meanwhile Tom Brady Patriots during his career has
- Had a winning record 100% of the time
- The Patriots won at least 12 games 70% of the time
- The Patriots won their division & made the playoffs 90% of the time
- The Patriots won at LEAST one playoff game 70% of the time
- The Patriots went to the Superbowl 50% of the time
- The Patriots WON the superbowl 30% of the time (67% of the times they went)
and Brady after Age 40 not counting this season has:
- Had a winning record 100% of the time
- Won at least 12 games 67% of the time (at least 11 100%)
- Won his division 100% of the time
- Made the playoffs 100% of the time
- Won at least 1 playoff game 67% of the time
- Gone to the Superbowl 67% of the time
- Won the Superbowl 33% of the time
During those three years Tampa Bay has
- Had a losing record 100% of the time
- Missed the playoffs 100% of the time
We now however have Tom Brady both at age 43 and without Bill Belichick in a division with a Saints team run by the man who he has been fighting for the all time lead in TD’s.
So How is Tom Brady doing at age 43 at the end of a long season.. Well Brady went into yesterday’s game with a chance to send the Bucks to their first post season since 2007. Here’s what he did:
And that’s just in the 1st half.
Bottom line the worst Tampa Bay can do is a 10-6 record and a date with Seattle in the 1st round of the playoffs. Their best case scenario is an 11-5 record and a trip to face the former Redskins.
I set my expectations for Tampa based on three season suggesting they should:
- Tampa Bay Should expect to have a winning record 100% of the time
- Tampa Bay Should expect to win at least 10 games 67% of the time
- Tampa Bay Should expect to make the playoffs 67% of the time
- Tampa Bay Should expect to win at least one playoff game 67% of the time
- They should expect to win their division at least 33% of the time
- They should make the NFC Championship game at least once
As of this moment Brady is 1/3 of the way toward #1 and half way home to 2 & 3. He has two more seasons to manage #5 and we’ll see show he does in the playoffs this season to judge 4 & 6.
But as of right now we must conclude the Brady experiment in Tampa Bay is a success
Closing Thought #1: Brady has had at least one senior moment this season (vs Chicago) and frankly the coaching in Tampa Bay has been abysmal. Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Belichick was coaching this team they would be at worst with 11 wins and be in the hunt for the division title and at best with 12 wins and the Saints chasing them?
Closing Thought #2 It’s worth noting that even if the Playoff Schedule was not expanded then the Bucks would have clinched a berth this year and a trip to Washington.
Closing Though #3 With the Woke NFL ratings crashing and burning the league should thank it’s lucky stars for Brady. Their playoff ratings will likely depend on how far he goes. I hope he goes all the way, not only because I like him but it will make all the right people miserable.