Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) take the field bebore their game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots Should Look At Drafting Tom Brady’s Successor


Tom Brady is 36. Ryan Mallett is the only other quarterback currently on the Patriots roster. The 2014 draft is stocked with quarterback talent. This is the time for the Pats to pick number 12’s successor.

How many years does Tom Brady have left? He is currently 36, and while he has spoken of wanting to play until he is 40, it is possible that he will only have a couple of years left. Not trying to hurry the future Hall of Famer out the door, but the Patriots ought to consider following the Packer’s lead and drafting their quarterback of the future, even if there is no intention of him playing right away.

The 2014 draft is expected to be stocked with quarterback talent, and with a young receiving corps,  improving defence (when everyone is healthy), and no pressure on the incoming QB, the Patriots are ideally suited to take a young signal caller and get him to learn from Brady – study his approach, work ethic and drive to win. There may also be the added bonus of pushing Brady on to prove he is still the guy in Foxborough – much like Favre in Green Bay after Rodgers arrived.

Setting the team up for the future is a wise move, even though it is possible that Brady and Belichick will retire at the same time. This would leave a massive void in the organisation, and having a quarterback in place who is good enough to step up, and already has an understanding with, and respect of, his team.

If the team choses to promote from within (Matt Patricia or Josh McDaniels most likely) then that continuity will be continued, and will mean not having to blood a rookie signal caller and a new head coach.

In any case, there is also the risk that Brady can get hurt. He has been very durable during his career (Bernard Pollard aside), but at 36 his health cannot be taken for granted. So why not have a player on the books who can take the team on, and use the time to develop as a long-term alternative.

While Ryan Mallett could be one of the better back-ups in the league, he doesn’t have the supporting cast that Matt Cassel had in ’08 (in many ways, it would be more similar to the Brady/Bledsoe handover in terms of receiving quality).

Regardless, there is a lack of long-term solution at quarterback on the Patriots roster, and with an ageing starter it would make sense for the team to bring in a young gun who can contribute if required, but if not can get coached up and learn behind one of the best to ever play the position.

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  • sYnsYko

    I agree, I feel like drafting AJ McCarron could be great for the future of this franchise. He has a lot of similarities to Brady and the way he plays while minimizing mistakes.

  • Sivart9876

    Similarities:

    ******David Fales: San Jose State***********
    Processing Speed > Magnificent. Fales is only a 1 Year Starter, but is already operating at a phenomenallyadvanced level. He roars through’is Progressions like a 10 Year Veteran. I can only imagine how effective he’ll be when he’s had a few Years to master a System at The Next Level. This guy will be absolutely deadly during The Only Games That Really Matter. He won’t win Passing Titles. He’ll just win PlayOff Games.

    Accuracy > Tremendous. Outstanding Touch & Timing on the Short Stuff & Intermediate Routes.

    FirePower > Awful. No DownField Precision at all, and even lousy Velocity on the Short Stuff. Mechanics might be part of the problem, though. I expect that he’ll become much better with better Coaching.

    Pocket Presence > Exceptional. Great Poise Under Pressure, and outstanding Spatial Instincts both for the Rush and for his Perimeter. Balls of a Lion.

    OutSide the Wickets > Excellent. Rarely panics, and sustains exceptional Field Vision even On The Run.

    ******Tom Brady******
    Notes: Baseball catcher and football quarterback in high
    school who was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the June 1995
    baseball draft. Opted for football and redshirted at Michigan in ’95. Saw
    limited action in ’96 and ’97 and started the past two years. Completed 3 of 5
    passes for 26 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in ’96, 12-15-103-0-0
    in ’97, 214-350-2,636-15-12 in ’98 and 180-295-2,216-16-6 in ’99, when he often
    shared time with super sophomore Drew Henson. Went all the way against Alabama
    in the Orange Bowl and completed 34-46-369-4. Unlike many Michigan
    quarterbacks, Brady is a pocket-type passer who plays best in a dropback-type
    system.

    Tom Brady Positives: Good height to see the field. Very poised and composed.
    Smart and alert. Can read coverages. Good accuracy and touch. Produces in big
    spots and in big games. Has some Brian Griese in him and is a gamer. Generally
    plays within himself. Team leader.

    Negatives: Poor build. Very skinny and narrow. Ended the ’99 season weighing
    195 pounds and still looks like a rail at 211. Looks a little frail and lacks
    great physical stature and strength. Can get pushed down more easily than you’d
    like. Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush. Lacks a really strong arm.
    Can’t drive the ball down the field and does not throw a really tight spiral.
    System-type player who can get exposed if he must ad-lib and do things on his
    own.

    Summary: Is not what you’re looking for in terms of physical stature, strength,
    arm strength and mobility, but he has the intangibles and production and showed
    great Griese-like improvement as a senior. Could make it in the right system
    but will not be for everyone.

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