Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I wonder what Patriots fans are going to do with all their free time now that Peyton Manning is no longer around to try to discredit. "But . . . but . . . Peyton Manning was historically bad last season! He had nothing to do with Denver's Super Bowl win! Tom Brady is still the GOAT!"
Frankly, it's one less game to really look forward to each year. Brady vs. Manning was always a great story and their teams had some epic games. Manning was the only QB of Brady's approximate age / generation that could really have any claim at being the best in the NFL, so watching them was great fun. Now it's kind of anticlimactic. 14 years (not counting 2008) with Brady leading to 13 division titles, 10 AFC Championship appearances, 6 Superbowl appearances, and 4 Superbowl victories. Anything more at this stage is a bonus.
Originally Posted by HRoi
I can tell you what the ones around me are doing - they're working hard to convince themselves that Garoppalo will be a great successor to their "goat" once he inevitably retires
Not me. I expect a lot of sustained mediocrity with the occasional good or great season once Brady retires (or even in his last season if he has a noticeable drop-off). You're lucky to have one great dynasty period as a fan of a particular NFL team in a lifetime. Asking for two is just greedy.