Pro Bowl Player
Serious question : if « wearing them down » leads to multiple SBs, isn’t that much better than losing and « making players feel at home » ? I’d rather cheer for championships than on-the-field celebrations of a player‘s plaque for sticking around 15 years...
Well that isn't really what i'm arguing and if you frame it like that then of course it's better to wear players down if it leads to super bowl wins. What i'm talking about is the Brady effect and how that made guys stick around here who likely wouldn't have. Of course then you have to win without Brady which would be another challenge, but let's assume you had another elite level QB. Also this argument pertains more to the last 3 wins than the first three. They certainly needed both Gronk and Edelman to show up big in all those super bowls. Are they here if not for Brady? I don't think so.
There is also the question of how Brady effected the defensive side of the ball. How many players came here even though it wasn't the most fun place to play because they thought they had a chance to win? How many took discounts to do it? How much of that is due to Brady? It isn't as obvious as Gronk or Edelman but it certainly had an effect. It kind of snowballed on itself. While both BB and Brady made those 6 wins possible I've always fallen much more on the Brady side for various reasons.