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Tom Brady Draws Power from Lamentations of Opponents, Not Back-up Quarterbacks

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The New England Patriots quarterback is still getting better in his old age.

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The New England Patriots have had Tom Brady on the roster for 16 seasons and the quarterback doesn't seem to be slowing down. There were plenty of rumors of blood magic that would sustain Brady's run at the top of the league, where he would sacrifice his back-up quarterbacks in order to feed his youthful appearance. It's no secret that top tier prospects like Kevin O'Connell and Ryan Mallett never panned out; it was just assumed that Brady siphoned off their abilities to add them to his own skill set.

You know. Typical Bill Belichick Patriots.

But a recent turn of events revealed a little more into the psyche of Tom Brady and what actually drives his desire and ability to play at such a high level.

When Brady was preparing to play the Jaguars in week 3, the Jacksonville media threw him the softball question are you going to play ten more years?

"That might be a little bit of a reach at this point," Brady said on September 23rd. "But hopefully it's a lot more than what people would typically predict. A lot of it is...there's a lot of luck involved."

A lot of luck he says. Interesting phrasing.

Fast forward to after the Indianapolis Colts victory, and we find that the New York Jets media asks a similar question.

"I want to play for a long time," Brady stated. "Maybe 10 more (years)."

Is it any coincidence that Brady said that he needed luck to play 10 more years, and then, after defeating Andrew Luck and the Colts, the Patriots quarterback is all of a sudden prepared to play 10 more seasons?

I don't think so. Brady isn't drawing his power from his back-up quarterbacks; he's stealing it from his opponents.

Just wait until he starts saying that his future hinges upon [Peyton and/or Eli] manning up against opposing defenses or that Washington's defense is [Kirk] cousins with Tony Dungy's old schemes or [EJ] man, you will have a great show against this Bills team.

Read between the lines, folks. So long as Brady continues to crush his opponents, he will draw more and more strength. He was mad after beating the Colts. He's still building up power for this season. You haven't seen his final form yet.