Much of the New England Patriots' lackluster 3-2 start to the 2017 season is being blamed on the defense, and rightfully so. But the Pats may have a bigger problem looming — Tom Brady is 40 years old and is getting hit more than ever.
Through five games, Brady has already been hit 32 times, one shy of his 2016 total. Brady has also been sacked 16 times, one more than his total for all of last season. Brady is on pace to be sacked 51 times this season — nearly as many times as the past two seasons combined (53) and a number that would easily be the most in his career.
Brady goes to great lengths to keep his body in top physical condition, but none of that may matter if he keeps getting hit at this pace.
The age-40 season is projected.
(Mike Nudelman/Business Insider)
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