Tom Brady doesn’t run from competition; he thrives on it

Getty Images

One of the running themes in the ESPN article regarding the alleged Peyton Place at Patriot Place comes from the notion that long-time starting quarterback Tom Brady felt threatened by the lingering presence of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

As one source with knowledge of the situation told PFT, this image of Brady runs counter to 18 years of NFL experience. In his generation as a pro football player, Brady hasn’t run from competition. He has thrived on it.

Competition has been the constant fuel for his career. When he arrived in New England, the goal was to compete with every other quarterback on the depth chart. When he became the starter after franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe suffered a serious internal injury in 2001, Brady continued to focus on competing with anyone and everyone the Patriots would add.

Remember former Colts G.M. Bill Polian’s cockamamie claim that he had pegged Brady as a first-round talent but didn’t draft him before the Patriots took Brady in round six because Indianapolis wasn’t in the quarterback market? The Patriots have drafted eight quarterbacks during Brady’s tenure as starter. Eight.

They took Rohan Davey in round four of the 2002 draft. The drafted Kliff Kingsbury in round six a year later. Matt Cassel arrived via round seven in 2005. Kevin O’Connell came courtesy of round three three years later. The Patriots drafted Zac Robinson in round seven in 2010. Next came Ryan Mallett in 2011’s round three, followed by Jimmy Garoppolo in round two of the 2014 draft, and Jacoby Brissett in round three of 2016.

Through it all, Brady never complained or whined or worried or buckled. Instead, he has embraced the competition, and he has used it to get the absolutely most out of his abilities.

So if, as the ESPN article contends, “Brady has become an advocate of positive thinking” as he has gotten older, why in the world would Brady feel threatened by Garoppolo or anyone else — especially when Brady has never reacted negatively to competition in the years before becoming an “advocate of positive thinking”?

If the not-so-subtle premise that Brady wanted Garoppolo gone due to the perception that he’s a threat to Brady’s ongoing career with the Patriots collapses, the primary basis for any dysfunction or disharmony about Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft evaporates. Which means that, even if every off-the-record source told ESPN the God’s-honest truth about every aspect of the story, Brady’s history coupled with basic common sense makes the whole thing fall apart.

40 responses to “Tom Brady doesn’t run from competition; he thrives on it

  1. But the realityof it is that out of all those 2 bit backups they had Garoppolo was the only real talent they have had in there. Everybody else is a career backup or washed out of the league.

  2. Jimmy G …. good back up, but come on replace Brady before the GOAT is ready to toss his cleats on the the telephone wire? Need to be better than 7 Tds/5 Ints in 5 games in SF to do that.

  3. Didn’t even mention his college career where he had to constantly fight to start and prove himself. Football and competition go hand and hand.

  4. Easy to say that he embraces competition when he never had one. Como, none of this qbs where good starters ir First round talent until garopollo. The only true competition that he has he Lost to bledsoe until the later Lost he job to an injury

  5. Sounds like some people are starting to understand what a complete and utter piece of garbage the famous ‘Network’ has put out. None of it so far stands up to any deeper scrutiny and if Wickersham or the network want to maintain any credibility (Not that they truly have any more in my opinion) then lets name some names!

  6. I think it’s funny Jimmy G plays 6 games in the NFL, and he’s now the next Joe Montana. If he continues to scramble the way he does(like Rodgers), he’s going to wind up on the IR quicker you can say “Collarbone”. He got injured, and only managed to play 1 1/2 games when forced to replace Tom. Not worthy of praise, sorry. Let me know when Jimmy G finishes 17 of his 18 seasons healthy.

    Your QB is useless when he isn’t in the lineup. Ask Green Bay.

  7. In 3 years when Brady, Belichick, and Kraft are celebrating another title, we’ll all sit back and laugh at this article and wonder at what McDonalds Wickersham is flipping burgers.

  8. Regardless of how much this article may or may not be true, I can’t imagine either guy walking away from an opportunity to tack on more championships. Brady is smart enough to know that he stands a much better chance to win in NE than anywhere else. Belichick is smart enough to roll with Brady until the wheels fall off. Kraft is smart enough to know that he needs to keep both guys as happy as possible because the prospect of trying to find another winning HC/QB combination might take more years than he has left on this earth. It is in the interest of all three parties to make it continue to work.

  9. .
    Someone should take a highlighter to Wicketsham’s piece. And they should only highlight those sentences that were from a named source or what they knew as truth independently. Then they would see that the piece is wafer thin on factual substance.

    The whole Garopollo saga is particularly troubling. It simply goes against what we know about the football operations of the Patriots. The portrait of a 76 year old Bob Kraft issuing an edict to move Jimmy G because the 5 time Super Bowl champ is afraid of competition seems highly unlikely.
    .

  10. The question for Tom is whether he instructed or approved the TB12 extended shunning of Jimmy Garoppolo who sought treatment at the rehab facility in Foxboro or did Alex Guerrero just do it without consulting his partner? This sounds as shady as not knowing the balls were deflated.

  11. The guy who is afraid of competition? You mean Tom Brady, the league MVP who’s sitting home watching other teams vie to survive the wild card round (since his team is the # one seed and has a bye week and has finished the season with his team the highest ranked team in the entire-freaking league)? Yeah, I’ll bet he’s really relieved.

  12. It also doesn’t stand to reason that a guy with MVPs and Superbowl Rings is all butt-hurt about not getting “Patriot of the Week” honors.

    If you add all of this stuff up, Brady’s character would have been such that he would have had to be paid #1 contract in the NFL year after year, lest he feel even further ‘disrespected’.

  13. The idea that Jimmy G was a threat to Brady in any way is a joke which is what Pats nation has been trying to say. Comments here saying they never had one like Jimmy is dumb. The only thing that the espn article reveals is that No matter what the cost, No matter at whose expense, No matter how relevant, if there’s a way to take a shot at Brady, the Pat’s, Belichick, Kraft or even anything that remotely rings good and decent, some dope will roll it all for click bait!

  14. The same Tom Brady who threw a tantrum fit for a 5 year old after one of his coaches rightfully criticized him for missing a wide open receiver? Yeah, he’s definitely not at all insecure about his slowly slipping play.

  15. Jimmy G on Brady:
    “Tom helped me in so many ways,” Garoppolo said in his introductory press conference with the 49ers. “I mean, it was a special thing we had — on the field, off the field. Whenever I had a question, he always helped me out. I thank him for all the help he gave me in New England. It was time well spent. He’ll always be a good friend of mine.”

  16. Hmm, come to think of it, seth has just about as much evidence as deflate-gate, lol, none at all! I’d be willing to bet he got baited into this. Somewhere in NE, there’s a guy pretending to be a “Person in the Know” Laughing his ass off right now!

  17. I love all the armchair quarterback experts now chiming in telling us how great Jimmy G was before they ever saw him playing for San Francisco. What a bunch of maroons.

  18. Any QB who was not insecure, and a good teammate, would put the team and teammates ahead of his own selfish tendencies. Insecure people feel threatened they’re about to be replaced, which is why over 3.5 years Jimmy G didn’t receive any assistance from Brady.

    BREAKUPGATE lives!

  19. Can’t understand why so many people have been discussing this. They couldn’t trade Brady, because his dead money would count against the cap this year: $27m. And Garoppolo wasn’t coming back.

    Why is this a mystery?

  20. uglydingo says:
    January 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    The question for Tom is whether he instructed or approved the TB12 extended shunning of Jimmy Garoppolo who sought treatment at the rehab facility in Foxboro or did Alex Guerrero just do it without consulting his partner? This sounds as shady as not knowing the balls were deflated.

    ———————————————–

    That’s not a true story- it’s been talked about for at least 2 years on the Patriots podcast (PFW) that Jimmy G was working with Brady’s regimen.

  21. so who didn’t know it was hogwash coming from espn on the eve of the playoffs (AGAIN!).

    And there’s a huge difference between “Peyton Place” and “Patriot Place”, just count the rings ,playoff pct., total wins, TD/Int, and oh yea all those gut checks vs puke jobs in the 4th quarter.

  22. Jimmy G on Brady:
    “Tom helped me in so many ways,” Garoppolo said in his introductory press conference with the 49ers. “I mean, it was a special thing we had — on the field, off the field. Whenever I had a question, he always helped me out. I thank him for all the help he gave me in New England. It was time well spent. He’ll always be a good friend of mine.”
    __________

    This Jimmy G direct quote got 4 down votes. How the heck do you down vote a direct quote? Idiots.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!