|Connelly’s Top Ten: Comebacks, Championships and Doobie Brothers||Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Quarterbacks||Cubs Hire Manny, Youkilis to Try to Become ’04 Red Sox…Literally||Red Sox 2015 Preview: Buchholz, Porcello, Miley, Masterson, Kelly|
The New England Patriots may have the best QB in football in Tom Brady, but who else do the Patriots have to back up Brady? Currently the Patriots have Brady as the team’s obvious starter and Ryan Mallet backing him up. If both players are unable to play, the Patriots will have to rely on the services of Tim Tebow. The Patriots currently do not have any other quarterbacks on their roster.
Brady, entering his 14th season, has compiled quite the resume. Brady has passed for 44,806 yards with 334 touchdowns while recording a 63.7 completion percentage. Brady also has also one of the best passer ratings of all time with a rating of 98.6. The Patriots QB also holds numerous records; including most touchdown passes in a season with 50, and a perfect undefeated regular season (16-0 in 2007).
Brady and Joe Montana are also the two only players in NFL history to win the NFL MVP and Superbowl MVP multiple times. This season, the Patriots should not expect to see any regression in Brady’s skills. Last year Brady had one of his best seasons, passing for over 4,800 yards with 34 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions.
Mallet, entering his 3rd season with the Patriots, has been a back-up since being drafted by the Patriots in 2011. According to Michael Lombardi of NFL Network, the Patriots had Mallet rated as the highest rated QB in the draft, even though six quarterbacks were taken before Mallet. Mallet was a stud while playing at Arkansas. Mallet threw for 7,500 yards in just two seasons, earning the 2010 Premier Player of College Football Trophy Winner. Mallet is well known for his strong arm, but needs to improve on his decision making and mobility around the pocket. Mallet at times looks like past Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe also struggled with decision making and mobility in the pocket, but had a rocket of an arm.
Lastly, the Patriots have socialite Tim Tebow as the team’s 3rd string QB. Tebow has had some success since entering the NFL, but it has been very limited. Tebow was originally drafted in the 1st round in the 2010 draft by the Denver Broncos. Tebow delivered a huge upset during his 2nd year in Denver, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in OT during the 2011 playoffs.
Despite his success in 2011, Tebow still finished with the lowest NFL completion percentage in the NFL, causing analysts to question Tebow’s ability to be successful starting QB in the league. Although raw in talent and a work in progress, Tebow brings passion and fire to his job like no other. Like Brady, Tebow has the ability to rally his troops, have them follow behind him and play hard. Tebow provides great leadership and always gives 110% for his team. This may be the sole reason that Patriots signed Tebow.
Since Bob Kraft bought the the Patriots, the Pats have always enjoyed taking on projects and players that are supposedly past their prime. The Patriots have done this and gotten career years from players like Randy Moss, Corey Dillon and Wes Welker. The Patriots are hoping they can do the same with Tim Tebow.
Regardless of what happens with Mallet and Tebow, the Patriots have their star QB Tom Brady locked up through 2017, with that being said, the Patriots have a chance to win a Super Bowl year in and year out until Brady chooses to retire. Brady has already brought the Patriots to five Super Bowls, winning three of them.