Making the Case: Why Tom Brady Won't Be Tom Brady in 2009

SBContributor IMarch 21, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play 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)

In the 2008 season, many expected Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots to live up to the 18-1 season from 2007. But then, the team took a unexpected blow. Tom Brady tears both his ACL and MCL in his left knee in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Thanks Bernard Pollard.

To my point, no player has ever returned to their peak after getting the surgery to repair it. To make matters worse, the knee was infected due to the surgery. Tom Brady says he'll be 100 percent by training camp, but I beg to differ.

For those who are going to bring up Philip Rivers and his torn ACL, here's what I say to you. Did Philip tear both his MCL and ACL? I think not. Did Philip get tackled awkwardly like Pollard did to Brady? I think not.

Did Philip have a LT? Yes, he did. Did Brady have a LT? No, I think not.

Brady and Rivers are two completely different stories. Although I wonder, if Brady was in Rivers shoes, what Brady would have done and would I even need to make this argument?

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Some players that have had this type of surgery and hasn't yet returned back to peak form, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Brain Griese, Daunte Culpepper, and of course the recently mentioned Philip Rivers(Although he has improved his career bests in the 2008 season).

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams has been a fantasy sleeper for the past three seasons, and each of the past three seasons he's disappointed because he always re-injures the same knee.

Luckily we got a glimpse of Cadillac returning to peak form during the last four games of the 2008 season. and yet again, he injures his knee. Carnell is a worst case scenario for New England and Tom Brady.

Brain Greise suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the 2005 season and hasn't been a full time starter since for the Bears or the recent reuniting of the Bucs. Griese has yet to be at full potential and now age has been creeping ever so slightly and I believe ruining his chances.

Griese's situation is a mid-level worry for Brady and the Pats.

The most intriguing player to me is Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper, basically had the same exact surgery and has yet to return to peak form. It seems 2009 could be the year, but after two stints with the Dolphins and Raiders, I think Culpepper could be back to the Minnesota Viking years and help turn around the Lions.

Culpepper has yet to return to peak form but is still regarded in sense to be a top-notch QB when healthy. Tom Brady most likely has his situation in front of him. Not the trading nor the switching of teams, but rather to the amount of time needed to return to 100 percent.

Philip Rivers, the best possible outcome for Tom Brady. Rivers may have only torn his ACL and that's what most of you are going to argue in his situation. But the time length for Rivers to return to peak was little to none.

That's what some are expecting Tom Brady to be in 2009. This is the best outcome for Brady because I believe that he has the slim, very-slim chance to be at peak position by the fourth game of the NFL season.

But again, Rivers and Brady are two odd players in the NFL Puzzle.

Culpepper, Griese, Rivers and Cadillac are not Tom Brady but Tom Brady is not any of them. 2009 Season to me is a rejuvenating season and the process that begins on returning him to peak 100 percent form.

Brady has gotten even more power with the recent FA acquisitions or Greg Lewis, Joey Galloway, Chris Baker, and Fred Taylor. Those should take off some of the pressure from defenses.

I give Tom Brady a rain check for the 2009 season, but I expect with the athletic gifts of Brady he should be a QB to watch for the 2010 season but 2009 I think Brady has yet to prove to me he's not another case of the "Culpepper" or "Cadillac."