A few years ago, football analysis website Pro Football Focus shook the football world by claiming Tom Brady was the 33rd-best player in the NFL in 2010, the year that he became the first-ever unanimous NFL MVP. Now, PFF is sure to cause a similar reaction.
PFF’s Sam Monson wrote an article for ESPN (subscription required) which claimed that Brady is no longer a top-five quarterback in the NFL.
Before you start Gronk-spiking your computer, listen to what the man had to say.
“His decline is well underway, and it’s showing up in one key aspect to his game in particular,” Monson wrote.
Monson noted the following:
1.) Brady completed just 57.6 percent of his passes when pressured last year, which ranked 28th in the NFL. His PFF grade went from plus-33.2 in a clean pocket to minus-14.8 when pressured.
2.) Brady struggled to avoid pressure, taking twice as many sacks as Peyton Manning despite facing pressure just 10 percent more often.
Monson summarized his article thusly: “Brady is no longer an elite quarterback "
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