The majority of you have probably heard the saying “Father time is undefeated.” According to the Urban Dictionary, father time symbolizes the flow and its effects. His old body is a reminder that time is the devourer of all things and that, like the sand in the hourglass he often carries out his life will run out, as all good things come to an end.
Many sports personalities, such as Stephen A. Smith and Charles Barkley have used this phrase to describe certain athletes, whose performance may be declining due to old age. In about two years, they may very well use the father time saying to describe Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. These three quarterbacks have set the standard for when it comes to determining who is an elite quarterback in the National Football League.
These quarterbacks have broken numerous records in the NFL and had 6 Super Bowl titles between the three of them. Many around the league have already expressed that Peyton Manning days of picking apart defenses in the National Football League are over. However, Manning may have an alibi when it comes to his dismal performance at the end of the 2014 season.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Manning played with a torn right quadriceps in the divisional-round playoff game and in the month of December. Manning’s injury was more severe than he would lead on to, in regards to speaking with the media about it. I think he has at least a season left of reliable production. But there are those who believe that Manning will do his usual, which is tossing five TD passes in multiple games, only to fade away in the cold months of November and December.
The talk of Tom Brady possibly on the decline started up at the beginning of the 2014 season when the Patriots started off the season 2-2. The debate of rather Brady was on the decline heated up after the Patriots got taken to the woodshed by the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14. Tom Brady would remain “cool, calm, and collected” as the Patriots would go on to a 10-2 record in their next twelve ball games.
They would eventually go on to win their fourth Super Bowl title in team history after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Brady will be 38 by the time the season starts, but he may be suspended for four games for his alleged participation in the Deflategate Scandal. Brady recently stated that he would like to “play as long as he can” and will retire when he “starts to suck.”
Brady could very well eat those words in 2015. If the decision to suspend Brady is not overturned, the Patriots could find themselves with a 1-4 record at the beginning of the season. If Brady comes back, but cannot attempt to dig the Patriots out of possibly last place in the AFC East, then the talk of him being done will start up once more. The interesting part in all of this is whether Brady will remain a Patriot forever. We all know that head coach Bill Belichick is not afraid of releasing his best players.
In seasons past, he has released key players such as Richard Seymour, Wes Welker, and recently Vince Wilfork. The time could very well come when Belichick may indeed release Tom Brady. Saints quarterback Drew Brees will also try to fight the father time itch as well. In 2014, Brees passed for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdown passes. For any other quarterback, those are MVP numbers, but by Brees standards it was a down year.
Due to a weak offensive line, Brees was constantly under pressure, which resulted in the Saints going 7-9 last season. People say that Brees’s play is declining, but when you don’t have stability at the O-line position, any elite quarterback will suffer. In the year that Goodell delivered the Bounty Gate suspension to Sean Payton and other Saints officials, Brees was almost like the coach and quarterback of the team.
It felt like that last season as Brees tried to do too much, which eventually led to their downfall in 2014. Drew Brees will most likely have two seasons left in New Orleans before the Garrett Grayson era begins. All three of these future Hall of Famers have something to prove in 2015. I believe it’s time we start to sit back and appreciate all that they have contributed to this league.
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