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June 5, 2014

Mark it down: Brady is still the best

Blame it on the Bruins.

They were supposed to be playing the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings last night. We were all invested in another late Stanley Cup run and that was cut way, way, way too short.

So we are bored. We need some Tabasco Sauce thrown on top our active, every day sports lives and we got it with this story circulating about Tom Brady on the decline, which is now in Day 3.

Some Irish guy, from Ireland, says Brady isn’t a “Top 5” quarterback anymore.

Not that it matters that much, because the last two Super Bowl championship quarterbacks, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Seattle’s Russell Wilson weren’t anywhere near the Top 5 when they “led” their defense-dominated teams to the Super Bowl titles.

I have to give credit to our newest Boston sports radio icon, Michael Felger, who has had the “guts” — not really guts, because he likes to needle Boston people whenever possible — to broach this subject a few years ago and then a few weeks ago. Felger’s “controversial” comments a few years ago were more about his playoff performances since winning the last Super Bowl in Jacksonville in February of 2005 and then some talk recently about possible “slippage.”

The playoff performances speak for themselves. Brady has not played his best in January and February the last decade. After leading the Patriots to a 10 straight playoff wins to begin his career, he has gone 8-8 since with 29 TDs and 19 interceptions.

Brady will have to live with those less than impressive stats or change it over the next year or two.

The premise of the ESPN.com story, from Ireland, was Brady’s failings in dealing with “pressure” from defenses. His touchdown-to-interception percentages have dropped exponentially from 6-to-1 to 1-to-1 over the last several seasons in “pressure” situations.

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