When the NFL suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for a full season due to he bounty scandal, the team put a large photo of Payton inside the practice facility with the message “do your job.” With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady starting his four-game #Deflategate suspension on Saturday, the Patriots have put an even larger photo at Gillette Stadium, along the length of the lighthouse.
The “do your job” is implied.
It’s a significant show of support for Brady, and it will be interesting to see whether it remains for the trio of home games that will be played there while Brady is suspended. The slate includes a nationally-televised Thursday night game against the Texans.
The Patriots didn’t consider carrying Brady on the 53-man active roster during his suspension. Although that would have been an even bolder show of support, it also could have undermined the team’s effort to win as many of the four games as possible by giving them one fewer available player each week. As one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told PFT, Brady would not have wanted that.
It’s unknown whether he wanted to have a gigantic photo of himself on the stadium lighthouse, but he got it.
[Photo credit: Twitter.com/Patriots.]