This last Super Bowl was disappointing for fans who love to see offense. The score at half time was 3-0 with the New England Patriots in the lead. The game ended with a score of 13-3. In a game all about defense, it makes sense that there were no passing touchdowns. However, Tom Brady threw for zero touchdowns and one interception in a game where Julian Edelman was clearly capable of making big moves. Edelman came out of the game with ten receptions for 141 yards. Brady threw for 262 yards, so subtracting the Super Bowl MVP, Brady only threw for 121 yards to receivers not named Julian Edelman. Taking those 121 yards into consideration, Rob Gronkowski was responsible for 87 of them. What does this have to do with anything? What these numbers show is that two targets were putting in all the work on offense, and most of the passes to them were short passes by Tom Brady where the receivers did the rest of the work.
The other key piece of offense, in an otherwise defense only game, was running back Sony Michel for the Patriots. Michel basically opened up the offense and helped the Patriots get down the field each time they had a successful drive. He carried 18 times for 94 yards and the only touchdown of the game.
When these numbers are taken into consideration it is easy to see how Tom Brady’s sixth ring, like most of his other rings, was given to him by being part of a successful system. Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams had the same amount of touchdowns and interceptions as Tom Brady with only 33 less passing yards as he threw for 229 yards. Everybody is so quick to blame Jared Goff for the Ram’s loss, but those same people claim Tom Brady is the greatest of all time for winning that game. The fact that Brady and Goff basically had the same stats, but the Patriots still won by 10 points just goes to show how Brady is part of a winning system, and is not in fact the greatest of all time.
It is easy to look at a person with six Super Bowl victories as the greatest of all time, but people need to realize that even players on the bench get rings. Any mediocre quarterback who was placed into Bill Belichick’s system for as long as Brady has, will have the same results in the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are two quarterbacks, in this era alone, that are better than Tom Brady with little to show for it because they did not luck out in the Bellichick system.