Sun, 20 December 2015
Gronk is the Patriots MVP
But isn't Brady winning the league MVP?
BP 2: 12/17/2015
Rob Gronkowski is the most valuable player on this 2015 Patriots roster. He showed us why over the past 2-3 weeks. I’m talking about the injury to his knee, which looked worse than it turned out to be. Whose stomach didn’t plummet when they saw him go down and writhe in pain? Would we have the same sinking feeling if Tom Brady went down like that? YES, YES, YES! Sixty-nine thousand Yeses!
In fact, I think both players are the heart and soul of the team. Losing either of them would devastate the chances this team has to win its 5th Superbowl title.
Tom Brady is the Greatest Of All Time finally and firmly recognized as the GOAT after Superbowl win number four last year. To conclude his GOATness became easy after last year. Brady is simply the best all-around quarterback who ever played, period. He wins games, division titles, leads the Pats to conference championship games. He battles in Superbowls at an astonishing rate. If you’re being honest with yourself, Patriot fan or not, you know he is the winningest quarterback who ever played. The only two pieces I (and I suspect many others) needed to have in place in order for me to fully consider him the GOAT, were career stats excellence (not just volume but consistency, efficiency, passer rating etc.) and that fourth, glimmering, audacious ring.
Done and done. Tom Brady is the GOAT.
He is having an exceptional 2015. This is why I almost cannot believe I am making this argument, I love Brady, like in a - he’s my hero even though I’m 42 and have never met him – way. Its incredible to see him put together this late career burst of elite-level play. From 2010 – 2014 he averaged 4,482 yards passing, a 63.82 completion percentage, 7.62 yards per attempt, 33 touchdowns, less than 9 picks, 280 yards per game, a passer rating of exactly 100 and a microscopic 1.46% pick ratio; all either leading the league or in the top 10. Now this year - Brady is only exceeding each of those numbers, and a dozen more, all the while leading a wickedly injured offense to the #1 seed in the AFC as of week 15. He is the GOAT indeed.
However, he’s not the Patriots 2015 MVP. The team is more dependent on Gronk to create wins with not only his performance, but his presence. He alters opponent game plans, creates multiple mismatches with the opponent’s secondary. His presence alone allows the Pats to execute their offense to the high degree of efficiency and productivity that has become their norm since 2010. Now throw in Gronk’s performance; the catches, runs, touchdowns, blocks; whatever else he so astonishingly and recklessly does on the gridiron, and you have a player that is the functioning heart of the team.
The proof is in the results; you can’t escape the facts. The team doesn’t have as much of a chance to win games when Gronk is not playing. With Gronk the Pats are 11-1, without Gronk they are 0-1. Yes, a very skewed sample and Julian Edelman is out also. But a closer look at the loss to the Eagles shows an offense that struggled mightily without Gronk’s presence. Brady threw for a very Tebow-ish 51.8% completion percentage, 5.6 yards/attempt, and a 71.40 passer rating, both season lows. Tossing around a couple picks completely stuck a fork in it
It was an awful game all around for the Patriots. Did the special teams decide to take a day off? Were they depressed or something? They played like they were dosed on Sereoquel. And the offense didn’t - couldn’t– perform well. A sub 50% 3rd-down percentage (7/17) and the inability of the pass catching core to get open left Brady with no one else to throw to but the ghost of Brandon LaFell. No joke, I saw a BOLO for Jojo on one of those LED Highway billboards over the Mass Pike.
Brady was there doing the best he could, but the difference between victory and defeat was the lack of big number eighty-seven out there.
It hurts to say it, I feel like I’m betraying #12.
Where is my loyalty as a fan?
I should always want him to win the MVP every year! I think he should most years! But I can’t ignore what my eyes and the results on the field are telling me.
After all that I have to tell you I think Cam Newton is the MVP before either of them!
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31am EDT