Do two legendary quarterbacks need to hang it up? It seems that way after demoralizing upsets at the hands of the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers. Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers were beaten, looking more pedestrian than Super Bowl contender.
That's because both Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have looked pedestrian. Rodgers has a QBR of 40.5, good for 26th in the NFL. The reigning MVP hasn't thrown for over 300 yards once this season, which begs the question of if he's done for good. Once he retires, will we see him in the woods, injecting some mythical stuff to combat COVID-19. That's the better question.
Brady, on the other hand, is more complicated. While he's only thrown one interception this season (compared to Rodgers throwing three), Brady does have a QBR of 53.2 (good for 14th in the NFL). The legendary Bucs quarterback is still tossing over 300 yards every now and then. But he's also averaging 6.6 passing yards per attempt, which raises concerns.
That raises a legitimate question in itself: is Brady's impending divorce from Gisele Bundchen affecting his game? It's a good factor in why he hasn't been Tom Brady. However, there's also not having Bruce Arians as your head coach. Remember, Arians was the coach that turned an aging Carson Palmer into a competent passer.
It's easy to write off the older football quarterbacks as done. They've seen their time come to an end from either personal reasons (Brady) or spiraling off the deep end (Rodgers). But it would be a sad note to go out on if both superstars crashed and burned. That's why it should be time for one, if not both, to hang it up once the season's over.