Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but it's clear that the game of veterans who call the signal has taken new shape in recent seasons.
The New England Patriots often rely on short and quick passes to split the defenses, killing their opponents by a thousand cuts instead of trying to take off the cap. While Brady still has more than enough strength and precision in his arm to make these exciting pitches, he will rarely see the 41-year-old and force a pass in a closed window.
During an appearance on Monday at Mut & Callahan of WEEI, Brady explained what has changed in his playing style as his career has progressed.
"… Maybe part of my problem as I get older is that I want to make so few mistakes," said Brady. "Maybe there is not as much aggressiveness as I would like, because with aggression there is more risk, we have a 95 percent chance of winning when we do not deliver the ball and I think that's always on my mind." So be a little less fearful with the ball and a little more aggressive, I thought we did a better job than that yesterday, and I hope we can continue like this. "
While Brady's comment about the Patriots' chances of winning could have come off as hyperbolic, it really is not. As Colin Cowherd pointed out during Tuesday's edition of "The Herd" on FOX Sports 1, New England has 125-15 games in which it does not deliver the ball, only a 90 percent success rate.
The Patriots have certainly been careful with football in recent times, since they have not made a rotation in their last four games. And if Brady and Co. can continue that trend in four other contests, they will break a franchise record.
Coach Bill Belichick certainly puts a lot of emphasis on preventing turnovers, since players who have a tendency to make mistakes usually do not last long in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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