Originally Posted by ObsiWan
Actually Tom Terrific took over for Bledsoe late in the second game of the 2001 season. LINK
Even he had a learning curve early on. And this was his second year with the Pats. He was not a rookie like Yates when he was thrown into the breach.
That is hardly any different. Brady had been in the league one season as a back up that saw no playing time. Big difference there. He was thrown right into the wolves the same way though. It was just an earlier part in the season, and Brady took off from the start. He may not have been a stat gobbler right away, but he looked damn impressive and was leading his team to wins. Taking Bledsoe's job that year was not something that slightly above average play was going to do.