If you add up the difference between the five rings Tom Brady could've had and the three rings he has, it's only a few minutes of field time. Brady needs to take that personally.
Brady had a ruthless chip on his shoulder during his Michigan days. That chip only intensified when he arrived in New England. Brady wasn't the starting quarterback in either place, but he elbowed his way into legendary status.
At this point, Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time. The question is: How much does the word "arguably" bother him? There are critics out there who think Peyton Manning is better. There are critics out there who give the edge to Johnny Unitas, Sammy Baugh, Bart Starr and Otto Graham. And of course, there's the ever-present ghost of Joe Montana.
Only Brady knows how satisfied or dissatisfied he is with being "arguably" the greatest. But two things are certain: Brady plays his best when he has something to prove, and he did not play his best in his last two Super Bowl appearances.
When critics debate the best athletes of all time, Bobby Orr always gets bumped by Wayne Gretzky, Bill Russell gets bumped by Michael Jordan and Ted Williams gets bumped by Babe Ruth. Tom Brady has the opportunity to be the only Boston athlete in history who dominates the top slot in his sport.
To fulfill that quest, Brady needs to get back that chip on his shoulder. He needs to get angry. He needs to answer all of his critics and make sure that no one ever uses "Tom Brady" and "arguably" in the same sentence ever again.