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Tom Brady believes NFL quarterback play has ‘gone backwards’

Tom Brady isn’t the all-in NFL quarterback of today.

“I think NFL quarterbacks have taken a step back a little bit,” Brady said. He told Yahoo! Sports “I don’t think it’s gotten better. I don’t think the coaching has gotten better. I think the physical fundamentals may have gotten a little better because there’s better information out there for quarterbacks to learn about mechanics,” he said shortly before he was inducted into the Patriots’ Hall of Fame.

“But I don’t think quarterbacks are as much commanders of the field as they used to be.”


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks out at the crowd at the end of the Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium. AP

Brady knows a thing or two about being a great quarterback — he’s a GOAT candidate with seven Super Bowl wins, five Super Bowl MVPs and 15 Pro Bowl nominations over his 23-year career — but lately he feels the position hasn’t delivered as well as it once did.

He says today’s passers lack proper development, and it’s all down to coaches trying to control the game themselves.

“I think there’s an element of control among coaches right now. They want to be in control,” Brad continued, “and they’re not teaching and developing their players with the right tools to go out on the field and make their own decisions that are best for their team.”

“When I watched Peyton Manning, he was a player I looked up to because he had the ultimate control. And when I think about what’s happened in high school, college and the NFL, I think the game has kind of taken a step back in that sense. The NFL is getting much more unskilled quarterbacks at this point.”


    Tom Brady waves to the crowd at the end of the Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady waves to the crowd at the end of the Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at Gillette Stadium. AP

The NFL has no shortage of star quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson these days, but teams without a franchise player to lead their offense will undoubtedly struggle.

Brady will have ample opportunity to further analyze and offer his views when his first season as a Fox analyst begins on Sept. 8, when Dak Prescott’s Cowboys face off against Deshaun Watson’s Browns.

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