Tom Brady: Best deep ball in the NFL isn’t going anywhere

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Tom Brady still puts the rest of the NFL to shame at 44.

Tom Brady is a modern miracle that athletes will try to replicate for years to come. While he may not look like one of the most dominant athletes of all time, his longevity and ability to produce at such a high level for so long will make his career next to impossible to recreate.

Brady has won everywhere, and his one season in Tampa only adds to his legend. Taking a team from the depths of the NFL to the spotlight overnight is a feat most quarterbacks couldn’t accomplish, and Brady’s ability to change his game to fit the Buccaneers’ style speaks volumes about his skill.

Everyone has heard the Brady jokes. Some Twitter accounts dedicate most of their time to poking fun at Brady as a system quarterback or as a player who can only throw screens, but this past year should have changed that notion.

Tom Brady threw the deep ball better than anyone in the NFL last season. That may come as a surprise to people with Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Aaron Rodgers in the league, but Bucs fans know what a Bruce Arians offense looks like; the deep ball is critical.

Brady led the NFL in intended air yards and intended air yards per passing attempt amongst starting quarterbacks, and he finished third in completed air yards. Brady also had fewer YAC yards than Allen, Rodgers, Mahomes, and Russell Wilson, meaning his players did less to help him than most of his counterparts. Check out the stats here for yourself.

The GOAT threw the ball as much as anyone, threw it deep more than anyone, and still finished with the third-most passing yards in the league and tied for second-most touchdowns. Did we mention Brady did all of that with a new team and no offseason? Oh, and he is still 44, the oldest quarterback ever to find so much success by a healthy margin.

Quit it with the lazy Tom Brady narratives. The GOAT is here, and he makes the Buccaneers substantially better with the best deep ball in the NFL.

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