Patriots by position: Quarterbacks
|01.23.10 at 9:36 pm ET|
Over the next couple of weeks, as the Patriots offseason gets underway, we’ll present a snapshot of the team by position. Earlier this week, we started with the running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. Today, we put the quarterbacks in the spotlight:
On the roster: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer. (Jeff Rowe is on the practice squad.)
Stat standouts: Leading passer: Brady, 371-for-565, 4,398 passing yards, 28 TDs, 13 INTs; Hoyer, 19-for-27, 142 yards. Best single game: Brady, 29-for-34 for 380 yards, six TDs vs. Tennessee on Oct. 18, 2009.
2009, in three sentences: Re-acclimation. Brady spent the first third of the season working his way back to speed after spending all of 2008 on the shelf because of his knee injury. Then, just as it appeared he might be hitting his stride (he was absolutely red-hot through the middle third of the season, averaging 328 passing yards and just over than two TDs a game from Oct. 18 through Dec. 6), a flurry of injuries down the stretch (finger, rib) proved too much to overcome
By the numbers: Brady’s 66 percent completion percentage was the second highest of his career, trailing only the 69 percent rate he posted in 2007.
Money quote (tie): “I think watching him, he’s not throwing the ball mechanically like he did two years ago. But he’s gone through spells this year where he wasn’t as mechanically as good as he could be, he knows what he’s supposed to do and snaps out of it. It’s normally very repairable, and I think obviously for him, it’s repairable.” —Longtime Brady advisor Tom Martinez said after an Oct. 15 stretch where the quarterback struggled in a loss to Denver.
“I spoke to Wes [Welker], and I said, ‘Things kind of change and evolve in your life a little bit when you have an injury like that,’ and I think you just really appreciate the game, for whatever reason. Not that you didn’t appreciate it before, but it’s just a different level when you don’t have the opportunity to play. It’s different for us athletes. I played 15 straight years without ever missing a game, whether it was high school or college or professional. Every time you walk off the field, you feel very blessed. You feel good to get on the bus healthy — win or lose. Obviously, you’re disappointed with the loss, but you feel good that you have the ability to go out and play again the next week. More so than anything, I think it was a great lesson and experience — life experience, not only football experience — that I was able to have.” —Brady, reflecting at the end of the season on winning the Comeback Player of the Year Award and his return from injury.
The skinny: It was a long season for Brady, maybe the longest and most difficult of his career. If it wasn’t the knee, it was the ribs. If it wasn’t the ribs, it was the finger. And if it wasn’t the finger, it was a collection of No. 3 receivers who came up short all year long. In short, you can’t really blame the guy for skipping out on the Pro Bowl. Brady, who enters the final year of his contract, will be 33 at the start of the 2010 season, and will command a mammoth payday with his next deal, maybe the final one of his career. Hoyer appears to have adjusted nicely to the role of backup to Brady. However, as they have done in the past, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Patriots take a look at a veteran backup when camp rolls around.
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