By Tom E. Curran
DALLAS - For the first eight games of the 2010 season, the Patriots offense was just OK. Going into the Steelers game, Tom Brady had 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. In four of those games, Brady completed less than 60 percent of his passes. Sunday after Sunday, Wednesday after Wednesday, Brady was in front of the media lamenting missed chances. Blown assignments, bad execution, ill-timed penalties all were conspiring to keep the Patriots offense from going hitting their potential. During that Sunday night game in Pittsburgh, Brady's agitation bubbled over late in the second quarter with the Patriots leading, 10-3. A spate of penalties and drops had kept them from being further in command. In the second half, the Patriots put up 29 points, Brady closed the game 13-for-18 in the second half with two touchdowns, and the New England offense was never the same. In the final eight games, including the Steelers matchup, Brady threw 22 touchdowns and no picks. Only once down the stretch did he complete less than 60 percent of his passes (55.6 percent in the frosty conditions at Buffalo). Brady won the NFL's MVP Award unanimously on Sunday and his 2010 season should go down as one of the greatest a quarterback has ever had. But there was a very specific moment that made it go from a normal "Tom Brady year" to one for the record books.
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In South Baltimore, "Armour Day" was held in order to celebrate Under Armour's 20th year in business. Brady was one of many athletes in attendance, including Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, Cal Ripken, Boomer Esiason and Roger Clemens.
Brady is one of the faces of Under Armour, along with Spieth and Warriors guard Steph Curry. When he signed in 2010, he received equity in the company as part of the deal.
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As part of the Quick Slants the podcast draft recap episode, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus told Phil Perry that Mitchell looks to be a fit in the role previously filled by Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. Palazzolo said Mitchell could serve as a complement to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Martellus Bennett.
“I think that’s where Mitchell fits in. And I think he does a pretty good job there creating separation on the routes the Patriots need him to run,” Palazzolo said. “He flashes some really good downfield ball skills.”
To hear Palazzolo’s analysis on the rest of the Patriots draft picks, use the Sound Cloud player below or search CSNNE on iTunes.
Lou Merloni and Gary Tanguay debate who is the most important member of the New England Patriots.