Will potential reduction of offseason program affect Tom Brady’s decision?

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As the NFL delays until Sunday the potential postponement of the start of free agency, another potential postponement could become critical to the eventual decision made by Tom Brady.

If, as some expect, the coronavirus situation causes the NFL to shorten the offseason program, Brady will have a tougher time getting up to speed with a new team. Which could make him more likely to want to stay with his current team.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick could feel the same way. If Belichick is intrigued by the prospect of acquiring a veteran quarterback, the fact that the Patriots will have less time to get him up to speed could make Belichick choose to put a pin in that potential plan for a year.

The lockout in 2011 wiped out the entire offseason program for every team and shortened training camp. (That season, the Patriots returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in four years.) It’s unclear whether and to what extent the offseason program will be reduced in 2020, but the possibility that teams will have less time to prepare for 2020 definitely could be a factor in whether Brady moves on.

26 responses to “Will potential reduction of offseason program affect Tom Brady’s decision?

  1. Brady has skipped OTAs 2 years in a row anyway. It would be a horrible look if he leaves and attends for his new team, but not for the Pats teams of 2018 and 2019.

    So, it would appear this actually helps his excuse of “more family time needed” with this possible delay of otas, etc.

    Poor Tom. He needs more time with his family than the single father working two jobs 6 or 7 days a week.

    lmao

    I mean, that alone may be why BB is willing to walk.

  2. I’m not happy with the media fed hysteria around the events of the day, but at the same time I’m not seeing a way for things to get better anytime soon. What happens when these temporary postponements and cancellations run their course and everything is the same or worse? What exactly is going to facilitate things getting better and returning to normal? When will we finally see a light at the end of the tunnel that’s not an oncoming train?

  3. Who cares. A 43 year old QB is on the cannon ball drop off in his capabilities so no matter where goes or I find he stays, that immobile aging body is still all he’s got to work with.

  4. I doubt the virus is active into summer months, so he will be fine. He can study and get the play book down long before he starts practicing. The bigger impact is on the rookies.

  5. This whole Tom Brady thing is getting almost as bad as Kaepernick.

    GIVE IT A REST!!!!!!

  6. Of course, Dr Trump has already pointed out that the virus will die off come summer so Brady can plan on getting up to speed with his new team. Yea!

  7. Tommy has avacodo smoothie recipes to concoct and now movies to produce during the offseason so I don’t think he cares. Football is simply a way to further his brand. As a Pats fan I never thought I’d say this but I hope he doesn’t come back. I have a feeling Belichick and McDaniels like Stidham a lot more than they’ve let on and they aren’t going to cave on this one.

  8. chawk12thman says:
    March 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I doubt the virus is active into summer months, so he will be fine.
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    Been plenty active in warm climates so far.

  9. I’m becoming far more concerned of the media in a reduced program than I am about Brady.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    March 14, 2020 at 5:25 pm
    Brady has skipped OTAs 2 years in a row anyway. It would be a horrible look if he leaves and attends for his new team, but not for the Pats teams of 2018 and 2019.
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    Skipping ota’s on a team he’s played for for 20 years is different than skipping them for a brand new team where he has to learn a new system. Just my opinion though.

  11. Good luck with Stidham. 8-8 is the ceiling. Many people will soon find out that Brady cannot be replaced. Belichick is 51-65 in games Brady has not played.

  12. carloswlassiter says:
    March 14, 2020 at 6:28 pm
    chawk12thman says:
    March 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I doubt the virus is active into summer months, so he will be fine.
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    Been plenty active in warm climates so far.

    There do seem to be fewer cases and spreading in warmer climates though.

  13. Yay, another Brady speculation article with no information. What’s next, “Will helmet logos and team color schemes impact Brady’s monumental decision?” “Should he do a show on PFT Live like Lebron’s decision?”

  14. So tired of the Brady talk. Sports writers making up fake news . Just to write a article. What are they going to do now that almost all sports are shut down? What will they talk about all day long?

  15. Give Tom any chance he’ll take it. Give Tom any rule he’ll break it. He’s gonna make his dreams come true. Doing it his way. Nothing is gonna turn Tom back now. Stright on the track and there is no turning back now. There is nothing Tom can’t do. He’s never heard the word impossible. Because this time there is no stopping Tom. Doing it his way.

  16. Good luck with Stidham. 8-8 is the ceiling. Many people will soon find out that Brady cannot be replaced. Belichick is 51-65 in games Brady has not played.
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    Exactly. Brady didn’t need top paid WR, didn’t need top paid O-line, and took paycut, and Belichick still couldn’t put a stable squad around Brady. His “finding gold among stones” method won’t work with any other QB.

    Belichick took 1994 Browns to playoff due to playing against two 3-13 teams in the division.

    Matt Cassel? only morons bring it up: the schedule in 2008 was as easy as that in the first half of 2019 season that Jets, Bills and Phins won 19 out of 30 against non AFCE teams. 2008 season actually proved that without Brady, Pats were just another AFCE team, even with Moss.

    Defense? On defense, in last 10 years, Pats defense was worse on average than Packers defense on total yards allowed.

    On total points allowed, Packers defense allowed average 50 points a season more than Pats defense in last 10 years. You can say that most of the difference came from lousy offense from Jets, Bills and Dolphins, and other 20 points came from different playing styles of QBs.

  17. When skipping OTAs and the curse of Giselle are your go to arguments you are just sounding really dumb. You know who you are.

  18. Brady will just host his new teammates in private settings.

    No, it will not be a factor.

  19. The fact that we have NO other sports to watch and talk about is not helping this whole speculation fueled cesspool.

    I’m ready to start my own wiffle ball or croquet league.

  20. dannywhite11 says:
    March 14, 2020 at 9:16 pm
    When skipping OTAs and the curse of Giselle are your go to arguments you are just sounding really dumb. You know who you are.

    7 4 Rate This

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    Is this the same logic knowing Brady skipped the otas like an arrogant leader after BB told Guerrero to stop undermining the trainers on the staff?

    Hint: Brady did not skip otas by accident to “spend more time with family”.

    Glad I could help.

    PS I can still see Giselle blaming others after SB 46 after Brady choked it down again vs the Giants.

  21. ENOUGH OF THIS “WHATS THIS TOM GONNA DO STUFF ”
    The whole world is already sick of hearing about it.
    He’s gonna re sign with the Pats AND BE 1 of the few who can say they spent there career with 1 team.

    NUFF SAID, now go wash your hands

  22. I think Bill is trying to Motivate Brady. I think Bill is pissed Brady has missed OTA’s the past 2 season. This has lead to some of the receivers not always being on the same page as Tom, It’s very easy to blame the new guy for not being at the spot but the more reps the better the timing and knowledge of the route adjustment. Its a balance between family and more money. CBA allows optimal OTA but I think Bill is telling him if he wants more time with his family he’ll need to take less money.

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