Tom Brady's Biggest Season Yet

Kevin LaMantiaContributor IJuly 16, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

This season in the NFL will be a great one—that's a given. Though for one player this season, more so than any season before it, is the most important of his career.

For Tom Brady this season is a turning point in his career, a defining moment if you will. Last season was to be the season of seasons for him and his Patriots, but unfortunately he went down with a torn ACL.

This will be the season in which we find out the true greatness of one Tom Brady. Will he regain his winning ways, or will he fall apart because he does not know the defensive signals?

Yes, this article just took a spin, and I understand that people are going to have strong opinions, but one truth holds steady; we have not seen Tom Brady play a season without knowing the defensive signals.

So the 2007 New England Patriots were caught cheating, and there is no doubt that this cheating improved Brady's statistics, let alone given the team an advantage over every NFL team they faced for the entirety of their "Dynasty."

But this article isn't about the Patriots; instead it's an article trying to bring attention to something many people have forgotten about.

Tom Brady needs an outstanding season to reclaim his "greatness" in the eyes of many NFL fans and players. He needs this season to put away the talk of cheating and to prove he is actually that good.

In this writer's opinion, Tom Brady will have a mediocre season at best. Brady will have problems trusting his knee, but I guess he shouldn't worry too much since the NFL bent over backwards and made a new rule appropriately named "The Brady Rule," in which if a defender is on the ground, said player has to literally stand back up before he can resume rushing the QB.

But I don't want to make this article a NFL rules bashing, because it is not, it is about Tom Brady and what he needs to do to silence his critics.

Brady, as stated, will have a mediocre season at best. He won't have full trust in his knee as an ACL injury is a two year injury. If the injury was to his right leg instead of his left plant leg, he wouldn't have as much trouble with it.

Look at Carson Palmer after his ACL injury, it took him nearly two years to get back to form, but then another injury sidelined his season(s).

Brady's mediocre season is going to be his downfall in the eyes of the public and sports writers. They will simply state that Tom Brady cannot get it done without the help of cheating, even though he has Randy Moss and a downright talented team.