New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still getting better. That may sound crazy given that the 35-year-old, three-time Super Bowl champion is beginning his 13th NFL season. But the stars are aligned for Brady to have his best season yet.
Brady achieved career-best numbers in passing yards (5,235, the second-highest single-season total in NFL history), yards per attempt (8.57) and pass attempts (611) for the Patriots last season.
But none of his other key passing statistics—including completion percentage, touchdowns, interceptions, true quarterback rating (QBR) or traditional quarterback rating—were the best we've seen from Brady.
As a traditional pocket passer, Brady's game is not predicated on elusiveness or mobility, skills that tend to diminish with age.
He's also four years removed from the torn ACL that cost him his entire 2008 season, the only year in which he's failed to play in all 16 games since he became New England's full-time starter in 2001.
The Patriots underwent significant changes this past offseason, following a bitter defeat to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. All of those moves point towards Brady having the best season of his NFL career, and here are five reasons why.