Over the last couple of weeks, the talk around the New England Patriots has centered around Tom Brady’s long-term future with the franchise beyond the 2019 season. Brady has been particularly centered on focus on just discussing this year, which has led some to believe that he could be in his final year with the franchise. With all that in mind, the 42-year-old has voiced that he has only one thing on his mind besides football at his point.
Tom Brady’s future beyond 2019
Throughout the last couple of years, the underlying storyline around Brady has been how much longer he will play in the NFL.
For quite some time, he had stuck firm to the stance that he wanted to play until age 45, but that dialogue has changed a bit. There has been a sudden decision to only talk about lies ahead of this year, which has brought forth the conversation that it could be his final year with the Patriots.
What has risen that to the next level has been the contract extension that allows him to become a free agent next offseason while he’s also selling his Boston home. All this has only added more fuel to the flame, but Brady hasn’t wavered in the chatter, but rather further hone in on leading the Patriots forward this season.
However, the 42-year-old did state something intriguing recently about his current mindset at this stage of his career that is expected.
Tom Brady’s only other focus
It has been an ongoing storyline that Brady has had deal with to a higher degree this season given that he’s now in his 20th season, which is a point that many players don’t reach in their careers.
Beyond that, Brady has maintained his focus and commitment to the game. During a recent interview with WEEI radio, he did make a point to state that he lives in the now with his family being the only other thing on his mind at this moment.
“I don’t know why it is being brought up,” Brady said. “I had a good quote that came to mind that someone told me, ‘The past and the future are in the mind. I am in the now.’ I think that is a great way to live life. I am not thinking about many things beyond this week. There’s some family things I am thinking about with the holidays coming up, but outside of that I am thinking about football and how I can be the best for the New England Patriots.”
That doesn’t stray away from the typical responses that Brady has given about any of his personal decision. But it’s clear that his only two focuses are on the game of football and his family.
Patriots’ 2019 season outlook
The Patriots are off to a blazing start to the 2019 season, having won their first eight games that have them on the fast path towards making another run towards the Super Bowl.
New England looks by far the most complete team in the league with their strong balance on both sides of the ball. Brady has continued to remain productive as he’s passed for 2,251 yards with 13 touchdowns to four interceptions with a 64.7% completion rate and a 95.0 passer rating.
These are not standout numbers by any means, but his play has been steady, especially for being in his 20th season that could garner some MVP consideration. It also doesn’t hurt to have arguably the best defense in the league on the other side of the ball that has only taken their Super Bowl aspirations up another notch.
Regardless of the outside noise around Brady, the Patriots are in prime position to contend for another Super Bowl.