Jarrett Stidham claims he isn’t thinking about whether Tom Brady will be back in New England

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If Tom Brady exercises his prerogative to move on from the Patriots in free agency, Jarrett Stidham potentially becomes the starting quarterback, in only his second season. Stidham claims he’s not thinking about that.

“Right now, I can’t really think too much about all of that,” Stidham told Mike Reiss of ESPN.com on Friday. “I have to worry about what I need to do to prepare to enhance my game, to learn as much as I possibly can. That’s the biggest thing I’ve focused on, making a big stride from Year One to Year Two.”

Spoken like a true Stepford Patriot. But, surely, Stidham realizes that he could be the successor to the best quarterback in team and league history.

Then again, maybe it won’t be Stidham. Plenty of veteran quarterbacks will be available in free agency, through potential trades, or the draft. Just because the Patriots supposedly “like” Stidham (which is sort of obvious given that he’s on the roster), they may not be ready to entrust him with running the offense — especially when players like Teddy Bridgewater (5-0 as a starter in 2019), Cam Newton (2-0 lifetime vs. Patriots), and restricted free agent Taysom Hill (mobile quarterback with untapped potential) may be available.

Hill is the most fascinating of the bunch. If Drew Brees stays with the Saints and New Orleans applies a first-round RFA tender to Hill, the Patriots could easily make Hill an offer the Saints couldn’t or wouldn’t match. The question is whether Bill Belichick would be willing to give up a first-round pick to pilfer Hill.

But if Brady is moving on, it could be time to revolutionize the offense with the kind of quarterback that often given the Patriots fits. And Hill could indeed fit the bill.

So, really, Stidham shouldn’t be thinking about Brady leaving. Stidham should be thinking about who will be arriving, if Brady’s gone.

47 responses to “Jarrett Stidham claims he isn’t thinking about whether Tom Brady will be back in New England

  1. The last scrambling/running/QB to win a Super Bowl was Wilson in 14. Before that, well never. So revolutionizing the game isn’t happening. The athletic intelligent move in the pocket QB’s will continue to dominate.

  2. the patriots will likely use their first round pick to get best quarterback available-If BB judges Taysom HIll is the one he will make an offer-if not then no.

    I have no idea if Taysom Hill is the one.

  3. It’s time for patriots fans to grasp the reality of the ride being OVER, with or without Brady. The patriots will be looking up at the rest of the AFC East for the next decade, and patriots fans will only have their dead-end jobs and fat wives to look forward to.

  4. As a Saints fan, I love Brees, and he’s been great for us for years, now I think it’s time to walk away. I believe the Saints will wrap up Hill with a contract even before free agency begins…

  5. From what I’ve read & seen, Belichick really likes Stidham, but is prob also happy to let him learn from the GOAT for at least another year (or two if Brady is still rolling ok). And Brady isn’t playing anywhere else, and the salty haters will also be crying through Stidham’s career.

  6. And why would he worry. To the poster who believes the Pats are drafting a QB in the first round. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Don’t pay attention much.

  7. “The only veteran QB that NE will pursue is Tom Brady”

    On the surface one might think that. But 20 years of Belichick and the one and only safe thing you can say about what he’ll do is nobody knows. Very often its been entirely different than what everyone expected.

  8. It makes me chuckle when people think that if Brady is done in New England, that all of a sudden they will be a perennial 6-10 team. Do you not remember Belichick going 11-5 with Matt Cassel? Seriously. Dude hadn’t started a game since high school and went 10-5 as the starter the rest of the way.

    Will they be in the AFCCG every year? Super Bowl every other year? Winning a ring every 3 years? No, not likely. That is what separates Tom Brady from everyone else. Brady takes a playoff team and makes them a super bowl winning team. But they are just gonna miss the playoffs cuz Brady is gone. Will they be “looking up at the rest of the division for a decade”? Absolutely not. Lmfao. Your hopes and prayers are making you delusional. Belichick builds a playoff team every year. And Brady puts them over the top. Any of the other 31 starting QBs in the league wins the division with belichick’s roster. But not all of them can win in January. Will be interesting to see how it plays out. But thinking that Belichick will forgot how to assemble a roster, just because Brady left is ridiculous.

  9. Brady plays in NE or retires.

    He is 43 and I can’t see any other team being a fit unless they pay him an unbelievable amount of $ and he would help them sell tickets more than anything.

  10. How the heck does this separate Tom Brady better than everyone else? You left that out. Why can he turn a playoff roster into a SB roster but Rodgers, Mahomes, Wilson, etc.. can’t? It’s not like SB53 was won by him it was won by Belichick shutting down the 35 ppg rams offense, otherwise Tom would’ve been blown out of the building by halftime. If Belichick can get another great game manager who’s terrific on 3rd down and can read defenses well, he’ll be fine. He had that in Jimmy G and now look at Jimmy. Hell Peyton Manning carried a team to the SB that then started 0-12 without him a year later. Now THATS called elevating a less-than team to championship contention. Brady ain’t the only one who can do that, I’m sorry.

  11. I’m sure Belichick will squeeze playoff teams out of Stidham. They just won’t be of the 12-14 win seasons, weak AFC East, and playoff bye, variety.

  12. “ Belichick builds a playoff team every year. And Brady puts them over the top. Any of the other 31 starting QBs in the league wins the division with belichick’s roster.“

    Belichick has made the playoffs exactly one time (in 1994) in his 7 full seasons without Tom Brady as his QB. Most of those years, they weren’t even close to playoff contention. The 11-5 with Matt Cassel gets thrown around a lot to say he could win with anyone, while ignoring the fact that team was basically the same roster that went 18-1 the season before. That team lost every game they played against a team with a winning record, and that’s why it also failed to qualify for the playoffs. Belichick needs a good QB to make it to the playoffs. There aren’t 31 of those sitting around.

  13. The ride is over? What? The patriots have the #1 defense and it isn’t close. They have the best coach and GM ever. They’ll be better next year, even without the great Brady. If Belichick isn’t retiring, the Pats are in it.

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    Anthony Delmonico says:
    January 18, 2020 at 11:00 am
    How the heck does this separate Tom Brady better than everyone else? You left that out. Why can he turn a playoff roster into a SB roster but Rodgers, Mahomes, Wilson, etc.. can’t? It’s not like SB53 was won by him it was won by Belichick shutting down the 35 ppg rams offense, otherwise Tom would’ve been blown out of the building by halftime. If Belichick can get another great game manager who’s terrific on 3rd down and can read defenses well, he’ll be fine. He had that in Jimmy G and now look at Jimmy. Hell Peyton Manning carried a team to the SB that then started 0-12 without him a year later. Now THATS called elevating a less-than team to championship contention. Brady ain’t the only one who can do that, I’m sorry.

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    I sm a Pats fan and I agree. I have a hard time believing a hard working prospect under BB’s tutelage everyday like Brady was when Bledsoe went down or when Brady down and BB had to go to Cassel or then grooming JimmyG DAILY.

    BB is no dummie. No one will be Brady. But, it doesn’t mean they can’t have another JimmyG type with good drafting and a healthy cap.

  15. Taysom Hill benefits from being used in very creative & dynamic ways. No one has ever thought anything about the way Tom Brady was used is creative & dynamic. Would be interesting to see if Belichick would try to make a player like Newton or Hill into Brady clones or use some imagination to utilize the things they can do that Brady couldn’t.

  16. I’ve tried to tell you people repeatedly that Tom Brady is not coming back to New England. He’s being pursued by multiple teams right now and chances are he’s going to end up the Chargers new quarterback. They are holding back on doing anything wth Rivers until they get an answer from Brady. If it turns out it’s not the Chargers then there’s a chance he ends up a Raider in Vegas… There you’ve been informed

  17. The 11-5 with Matt Cassel gets thrown around a lot to say he could win with anyone, while ignoring the fact that team was basically the same roster that went 18-1 the season before.
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    Many teams have big changes in their record year to year with virtually the same roster. Look at the Rams and Bears this year alone. The Colts went from Superbowl contender to first overall draft pick without Manning. The Matt Cassell argument is extremely relevant.

  18. margoadams says:
    January 18, 2020 at 8:28 am

    The last scrambling/running/QB to win a Super Bowl was Wilson in 14. Before that, well never.

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    May I introduce you to Steve Young, MVP of Super Bowl 29?

  19. I’m not saying they’ll do it but if ever there was a time to intentionally be the worst team in the league wouldn’t 2020 be the time to do it? Trade enough assets for future picks and you too could be in the Trevor Lawrence running.

  20. And the the thing that’s most relevant about the Cassel season is he took a functionally superior roster playing an easier schedule to a record that that five games worse than the year prior

  21. My Bills forever enabled the “BB still took Cassell to 11-5” argument. The 2 games they had w/ the Pats that season were classic “pulling defeat from the jaws of victory” games. They could and really should have won those game – BB would have then taken an 18-1 team to 9-7, and it wouldn’t look nearly as impressive.

    It’s still not that impressive. That ’07 team was one of the best of all time.

    I’m sure Pats fans don’t think the run is over. Why would they? It’s been 20 years, and it’s all most of them know. That’s coming from a place of emotion, though – it’s not logical.

    The rest of the division (finally) is catching up, and with Brady’s decline, each team is poised to make big strides. The Bills should be favored to win the AFCE next year. The Jets won’t be too far behind. And Flores looks like the real deal.

    Times are definitely changing. The Pats won’t continue to have a “just add water & make the playoffs” blueprint. I can see them getting a WC here & there, but more likely seeing 3rd or 4th place finishes for quite a few years.

  22. 1. Does BB want Brady back?
    2. Does Brady want to return?
    3. What are the options?

    Answer to 1 and 2 looks to be “Doesn’t look like it.”

    Leaves #3. I think the offseason will be interesting for the Pats.

    Where would Brady go?

  23. The only thing Brady hasn’t done in his career is……..

    Get to test free agency. Doesn’t mean he’s leaving or staying. But he should absolutely get to try it much like Peyton Manning did when he left. Although his neck and Luck were main factors Peyton even had free agency as an option

  24. margoadams,

    You sure about that? Steve Young and Roger Staubach come to mind right off the top of my head. Staubach’s nickname was the Dodger for Christ sakes, lol. Niether of those guys were statues and ran about as much as Wilson did, which wasn’t often as people try to make it out like Wilson did since he came out of a pro style offense at NC State before he played the one year at Wisconsin. He’s just extremely mobile like most of the great ones are.

  25. Several reports have stated that Brady was EMBARASSED by his contract with the Pats, tired of taking less while 13 other NFL qbs made more and is moving the hell out of NE. Way to treat the GOAT. He aint coming back.

  26. He sold his house, and resigned his position from his number one charity Best Buddies, and his trainer sold his house and bought a new house in California people what does that tell you? The writing is on the wall wake up

  27. Patriots’ fans are convinced that everything that happens to the team leads to a championship. When the Ravens embarrassed them, they walked out of the stadium claiming that Belicheat lost on purpose so he could eliminate Baltimore in the playoffs. How’d that work out? Lots of crow eaten on that one! What did the team accomplish this year? Well, they got caught cheating again. Poor scared sideline video guy offered to destroy the tape cause he knew he’d been nabbed red handed.

  28. u4iadman says:
    January 18, 2020 at 9:29 am
    Brady and the fans are insufferable
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    Pot meet kettle.

  29. changeosea says:
    January 18, 2020 at 11:19 am
    The ride is over? What? The patriots have the #1 defense and it isn’t close. They have the best coach and GM ever. They’ll be better next year, even without the great Brady. If Belichick isn’t retiring, the Pats are in it.
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    They had Brady and BB this year and went 4-5 in the last nine games and the defense was nowhere near as dominant in the last third of the season. Truth is they lost to every playoff team on the schedule. I’m a 50 year Pats fan and I know slipping when I see it. In Bill we trust sure but my optimism took a big hit in the second half of this season. Fact is I put a lot of the blame on the people who make personnel decisions. Clearly the offense was an afterthought if a thought at all.

  30. theexcitedshoplifter says:
    January 18, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Several reports have stated that Brady was EMBARASSED by his contract with the Pats, tired of taking less while 13 other NFL qbs made more and is moving the hell out of NE. Way to treat the GOAT. He aint coming back.

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    Gary Tanguay, a local Boston talking head reported (i.e., made up) the embarrassment story. However, Tanguay is well known by Patriots fans as a total joke. The “several reports” are repeats of Tanguay by writers who don’t know any better than to pay attention to him.

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    camstinks says:
    January 18, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    He sold his house, and resigned his position from his number one charity Best Buddies, and his trainer sold his house and bought a new house in California people what does that tell you? The writing is on the wall wake up

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    Nope. Brady has listed his house, but he hasn’t sold it. When he first listed it he said it takes a long time to sell a property like that and pooh-poohed any suggestion that it meant anything about where he’d be playing.

    Alex Guerrero, Brady’s trainer, sold his house but bought another one in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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    We’ll know about Brady when we know. Until then, there is no writing on the wall that tells us anything definitive.

  31. #1 Defense ???……. oooooo more dub stats – those clowns played next to nobody: always claiming “ next man up & do your job “ but only when it’s suits their narrative: Miami walked in there with Parker taking your defensive MVP to the wood shed – then Tennessee walked all over that D-
    The aging sheep at QB is toast – the table has turned nobody is afraid of your scripted team …….

  32. Taysom Hill is 29. He will not be a franchise quarterback for any team outside of New Orleans, and that will be a stretch, despite the fact that he is most fun player to watch in the NFL today in my humble opinion.

    Belichick is not going to sign Newton to a long term deal, as he is neither a pocket passer primarily nor is it certain that he has healed fully from his injuries. He is also a bit old to taking on the mantle of a franchise starter for another team.

    Bridgewater played well, but not well enough to erase concerns over his decision making and ability to read defenses. He has the best case, injury and potential considered, of the three mentioned, but he seemed to struggle at times moving the ball downfield and relied a lot on his coaching and Michael Thomas this year in relief. To be fair, Brees did as well, but Brees reads defenses with the best of them.

    Bridgewater could be a starter with a good coaching staff, or at least have an audition to be a starter. Newton could go to a team like Chicago or LAC (Jacksonville?) and push them into the playoffs for the next few years, if he has healed up, while they mull a long term quarterback solution (if the next season with Trubisky bombs, as it figures to be his last audition). The other teams looking for QBs (Miami, Cincy, New England, possibly New Orleans and possibly Pittsburgh) figure to draft somebody and build around them, rather than sign a FA. Chicago already has a team in place for the most part, which is why they’re the most interesting option for a veteran free agent, especially a mobile one like Newton who can move like Trubisky but produce better results in the passing game. Chicago will likely give Trubisky one more year to try and get it right, given their investment in him to this point, and the fact that he has one more year on his deal. Oakland is an interesting outside possibility for FA quarterback, if Gruden really is as exasperated with Carr as some reports claim he is. I don’t quite believe that, but it could be true.

  33. Brady’s moving out. Belicheat is going to get booted for Spygate II. Wheels officially coming off.

  34. Can we stop acting like Taysom Hill is worth a first round pick ? The guy is not the 2nd coming of Steve Young, Hill is a great football player but he is not a good down to down NFL QB because he’s not a good passer. No team is going to move forward with him as their starting QB.

  35. Brady was a fringe top 10 quarterback two years ago and was a replacement level quarterback last year. He’s 42.

    He wants to get paid like a top 5 quarterback.

    You do the math.

  36. Stid, you might be the guy that replaces the GOAT… No pressure but I am expecting at least three Super Bowls….

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