Tom Brady pumps brakes on comparisons to Pats’ past ‘magical years’
The New England Patriots in 2007 became the first NFL team to go 16-0 and the first squad to post a perfect regular-season record since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
Coming off a historic comeback victory in Super Bowl LI along with significant roster upgrades this past offseason, some have opined that the 2017 Patriots squad are in a position replicate the success of that 2007 team.
Not so fast, says Tom Brady. The Patriots veteran signal-caller went so far to say it’s “really unfair” to make such comparisons.
“It’s really unfair to set expectations,” Brady said Tuesday during an appearance on WEEI radio. “To me, in my mind, it’s really a setup. For this team, we need to be focused on so many other things than what people may think about us or say about us. There’s so much improvement we need to make. I love the guys I’m playing with this year. It’s a totally different version of the team we’ve had.
“We’ll have our own strengths and weaknesses, but how the season plays out will be determined by what happens moving forward. You’re talking about some magical years that we’ve had that may never be duplicated again. It’s really unfair to compare any of that to what has happened in the past. We’ll be able to write our own chapter. Hopefully, it’s a good one.”
Much like Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Brady isn’t one to dwell on the past or look too far into the future, either.
“We’re still a long way from building (a championship team),” Brady observed. “We’re going to build it over the course of the year. That is why we’re practicing. … Hopefully, we can be the best version of this team. We’ll see how it shakes out.”
The 2007 Patriots of course did not end their perfect season with a championship, losing 17-14 to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. As such, Brady recognizes that not only is it a pointless endeavor to look ahead, it all would be meaningless anyway unless the Lombardi Trophy is hoisted at the end of journey.