Tom Brady: I’m ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what I do

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Tom Brady has taken to the written word in order to expand on his decision to join the Buccaneers as a free agent this offseason.

In a piece for The Players Tribune, which was founded by Brady’s Tampa landlord Derek Jeter, Brady wrote that he “wouldn’t change anything” about his 20 years with the Patriots. He called moving on “a great opportunity, a great change and a great challenge” and that those things are exciting after such a long time in one place.

Brady also sounds eager to prove that he can be successful away from the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick. He wrote that he wants “to see what more I can do” and “how great I can be” before calling the Buccaneers a team that believes he’s still as capable as he’s ever been.

“They’ve welcomed me as one of their own,” Brady wrote. “They want to listen to what I have to say. I’m excited to be embraced fully for what I can bring to the Bucs. In turn I’m ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what I do — and what I bring — and is willing to go on this ride with me.”

Some will see an implication that the Patriots didn’t show the same confidence in what Brady can do on the field at this point in his career given reports about a lukewarm push to bring him back. The piece ends with Brady’s vow to “show everyone what I’ve got” and there will be plenty of people in New England, Tampa and elsewhere watching closely to see how that plays out.

75 responses to “Tom Brady: I’m ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what I do

  1. Blame Max Kellerman and Rob Parker for why Brady is still playing and trying to prove himself. Every week for the past 10 years it was “Brady is a system QB and cannot win outside NE.”

  2. So he will be handing the ball off a lot and throwing a lot of screens and dump offs in the flat. Pretty much what New England realized he was reduced to. #thetapedontlie.

  3. And this is the ego and why BB walked. BB had it corralled by just drafting JimmyG. Brady got the Bledsoe treatment in 2014 when he saw, daily, BB working 1:1 with GM.

    If BB doesn’t draft JimmyG and groom him daily, no way Brady gets that fire again. No way.

    It’s why if you just look at his postseason stats from 2007-2012, for example, you can see his crappier work and his INT rate started to skyrocket, throwing upwards of 40+ times per week, out of the shotgun almost exclusively with a lead. Minbdboggling to see him run the offense prior to 2007 in better fashion, yet with less talent and still winning SBs because of the better QB management. Once 2007 hit and got addicted to the stats, the real Tom Brady disappeared. Yep.

    There’s a lot more to this beyond the scenes jockeying, mainly by BB to try to rein in a big ego like Brady, trying to get him to realize the team was built offense FIRST in an offensive era. So, BB gave him everything he wanted, and when Brady failed badly, the Boston media totally ignored it and just kept trying to blame BB as if he runs the offense in the games. lol

    Outside of 2009, 2013, etc, Brady had loaded weaponry all over since 2007. So, in the postseasons of 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, Brady and the offense failed miserably in multiple ways, even in the AFC title games of 2007 and 2011.

    Without the D and STs sort of covering for him (as the weaker part of the team), they don’t even make SB 42 and 46. In other words, stats became more of a focus for the ego in 2007, to chase Manning’s stats, as opposed to managing a game well.

    I’ve literally seen this guy refuse to run 3 yards on a 3rd and 3 with 15 yards of space in front of him. Mindboggling.

    Think the loss in KC in 2014, why it happened, and then angry/old school Brady under Center, handing it off more, and “we’re onto Cincinnati”. Right there was the turning point, IMO. BB had had it.

    And, for the record, there is a guy at PFF who was recently interviewed by Phil Perry who saw the EXACT same thing. I had it nailed in real time early in the 2011 season where Brady threw the game away in Week 4 up in Buffalo, with 4 INTs, one in a pick 6. It was almost like he was trying to throw the games that year. That’s how much he had dropped off from his 2010 MVP season.

    We can only guess how many times he’d check out of a good run option into a pass, too. Only BB/O’Brien and McDaniels (and Brady himself) knows that. All these things add up to an ego just lone gone, unable to be reined in.

    Brady had tons of power with the gameplanning, the autonomy at the line to change plays, and it’s because Peyton Manning had it.

    Even Gomer Manning checked his ego at the door 2 SB rings. Brady lost 2 SBs to the Giants over horrible in-game management.

    For Brady to treat Pats fans like idiots is not cool and unnecessary. BB gave you everything and then some, Tom. Much of your career is because of him.

    You were not a college star or a 1st rd pick talent.

  4. Arians and the OC are going to be a lot more open to Brady’s ideas, in game and in the video room during the week, than BB was with whatever ideas they tried in the game, with his blessing or not.

    It will be a challenge for Brady in that regard, not have that same level of task maker watching him. And, not just Brady left to his own devices, BB had everyone, from the starting OLine to the third string RB, all knowing what thier role was to the detail, which in the end helps out Brady be on the same page as everyone else and makes everything flow together. Very safe guess that Arians won’t have the same level of control over the rest of his roster (no matter how cool players say he is) in the way that BB had it set up, and that could spell trouble for Brady too.

  5. Tom can all kinds of plans, but how’s the Oline? Well, in 2019. NE’s Oline ranked #9 in run blocking, #5 in pass protection. Tampa Bay? 23 and 22 respectively. Best of luck, 43-year old Tom Brady. You’re going to need it.

  6. Glad he isn’t a Titan!

    Yeah, because Tennesee paid Tannehill 118 mil, with 91 mil guaranteed. Thanks for the belly laugh. I needed it.

  7. So basically he is saying no longer the Patriot way and he can now voice his opinion.

  8. He was an objectively terrible quarterback last year. He makes one quick read and if it’s not there he throws the ball away. He is more terrified of getting hit than any quarterback I’ve ever seen. I watched every game he played last year and it made me not like watching the Patriots anymore. If he took it personal that Belichek was honest in his post season assessment of him, then this entire TBxTB thing comes from a place of ego. Good luck with your 10 point games next year.

  9. Good luck Tom…. we still love you & thank you for all you did!!
    Just time for a change & fresh start for all parties involved….
    GO PATS!!!

  10. BIG Tampa Bay fan. Let me tell ya, he won’t more than get 1 sec to get rid of that ball….its going to be intresting. They better draft a offensive lineman #1.

  11. For the love of God, I just cannot wait for the season to start so we can see him play and not see any more Brady articles

  12. Tampa Bay Tommy was done in NE and the feeling from Belichick is clearly mutual.

    Now we will finally learn the answer who meant more to this team’s success. My $ is on the hoodie.

  13. 43 year old Brady(still good, but past his prime) vs Belichick in a bridge year, will tell you exactly NOTHING about who was more responsible for the Pats historic, unprecedented run. It was the perfect storm.

  14. VinScope says:
    April 6, 2020 at 4:34 pm
    Funny to see all these Patriots fans turn on him so fast

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    He turned on us. I kept asking “why does he keep publicly saying ‘I want to play until 45’ over and over”?

    Well, that’s why. He thought he was entitled for more and more and more guaranteed money based on ego and past laurels with his family and friends telling it was all him.

    That comeback vs Atlanta, after his god awful Pick 6 and the D shutting the door in the mid 3rd qtr on, to help that comeback to happen, went to his head.

    Yep.

    Tom turned on himself and what made him and he’ll regret it the rest of his life.

  15. knowspinzone says:
    April 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm
    One thing is for sure, he’s not going to be able to blame his receivers.

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    With no OTAs and camp of any kind, maybe an abbreviated season, you sure about that?

    I will laugh to high heaven when it happens, because it will. A horrible OL, inferior everthing across the board in TB.

    On D, outside of old man Suh, Barrett or David at LB, I have no idea what people are talking about in terms of this supposed high end talent.

    Sure, Evans and Godwin are talented guys as is Howard, but if you have a QB who has binkies, defenses know the binkies and tendencies.

    Those guys are going to have a heck of a time getting into his little Circle of Trust.

  16. tedmurph says:
    April 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm
    43 year old Brady(still good, but past his prime) vs Belichick in a bridge year, will tell you exactly NOTHING about who was more responsible for the Pats historic, unprecedented run. It was the perfect storm.

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    I think it will. If Bill can lead the Pats to 9-10 wins with Jarrett Stidham as starter, losses on defense and not much at receiver and TE then that will speak loud and clear.

  17. I think it’s more like 8/9 wins, but that’s expected, not a great achievement. The WRs are decent and the D is still good. If he makes the expanded playoffs with this team, then I would agree. I also don’t believe Stidham or Hoyer will be their starter.

  18. TBay has 2 great WRs and 2 good TEs. The Interior offensive line is among the best in the league. They’re in position to draft one of the many stud OTs in the draft. By every metric, the D was good last year, but had no chance with 35 turnovers by the QB. Studs all over the D, including CB. Anyone that doesn’t think that Brady takes this 7 win team to 11 is #clueless.

  19. Without Brady, BB has had losing seasons in all but two campaigns. But that’s not the funniest thing – it’s the “Turn on TB12 to support Stidham” attitudes from Pat*s fans that is the funniest. The guy threw for 14 yards with an interception (against the Redskins!) and he’s now the second coming. Hilarious!

  20. All good things must end and I’m happy for Brady that he’s excited about this new situation. It’s going to be tough considering how little teams will be able to play together before the season starts, if there is a season, but I bet he’ll embrace the challenge.

  21. Neither Brady nor Belichick have been perfect but they have been perfecter than any other coach/qb duo. It’ll be fun to see if Brady can rekindle the old magic and if Belichick can win while rebuilding almost from scratch. LET THE GAMES BEGIN ! Well, as soon as the virus gets done.

  22. tedmurph says:
    April 6, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    I think it’s more like 8/9 wins, but that’s expected, not a great achievement. The WRs are decent and the D is still good.
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    I think it was the secondary that was very good, the rest of the defense meh. I expect they’ll improve this year.

  23. harshestreality says:
    April 6, 2020 at 5:37 pm
    Without Brady, BB has had losing seasons in all but two campaigns. But that’s not the funniest thing – it’s the “Turn on TB12 to support Stidham” attitudes from Pat*s fans that is the funniest. The guy threw for 14 yards with an interception (against the Redskins!) and he’s now the second coming. Hilarious!

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    BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.

  24. You do realize Belichick never made the playoffs without Brady. 51-65 without Brady, Pats fans think it was Belichick. Note to football fans, the quarterback touches the ball every play. I’ve seen every Pats game since Gino Cappaletti and John Hannah and Grogan and Francis and Plunkett and Gronk. Cannot believe people think they will still win without Brady. 7-9 this year and I’m being nice on my old team. When you force a Bobby Orr or Larry Bird off the team, lm done with you. Go Tampa

  25. Tampa Bay Tommy is still thinking about and talking about the Patriots almost a month after he decided to move on.

    Dunno about anyone else but that seems a little bit odd to me. 🤔

  26. It will also be interesting to see if the referees continue the “We’ve got to protect
    Tommy” routine now that he’s in TB…you know what I mean Pats fans:

    1) TampaBay Oline will be allowed to Hold

    2) 3rd down incompletions by Tommy will have either Pass Interference or Roughing Passer Flag thrown IMMEDIATELY to give automatic 1st down and extend drive

  27. Did you guys know that Belichick started the funk Cleveland is still in? Before he got to Cleveland, the Browns were in the playoffs 5 out of 6 years. Then he gets the gig, has a losing record, makes the playoffs once and gets fired. What’s funny is that the people who think he’s great will tell you he’s the last coach to get them to the playoffs. So 5 years,one playoff season, 1-1, after they did it 5x in six years prior

  28. Oh yeah, it’s the refs. Biggest joke since Brady missing OTAs. Belichick beat the mighty Rams in the Super Bowl as a 14 pt underdog. With a green QB and a waiver wire team. Best coaching job of all time. That should go to Canton next to the defensive game plan from the 1990 Giants. 2008 wasn’t too shabby either.

  29. BB made Brady, not the other way around. He acts like an entitled baby. Brady is no Joe Montana.

  30. BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.
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    Speaking of facts, what about 2000 and 2001 (before Brady became the starter) when BB was 5-11 and 0-2, respectively. Does that not count because it doesn’t fit your narrative?

    BB is the best coach of all-time, hands down. Him and Brady were the best coach/combo of all-time and both bear some responsibility for the Pats success. However, BB has never played a down of football for the Pats in his life. Planning and strategy is great but is means nothing without execution. A coach never deserves more credit than a player, especially a player of Brady’s caliber.

  31. If the Browns were so great before Belichick, why did Schottenheimer, then BCarson get fired? Belichick inherited a team bereft of talent,in cap jail, and turned them into SBowl contenders before Modell pulled the plug. Belichick set up the Ravens for success by giving Ozzie Newsome his 1rst chance. BB deserves a lot of credit for the Ravens early success. #lame

  32. A coach never deserves more credit than a player, especially a player of Brady’s caliber.
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    The coach deserves a ton though.

    The difference between Cassel going 11-5 without Brady and the Colts going 2-14 without Manning is the quality of the coach.

  33. Edward Halverson says:
    April 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm
    Toms way or the highway!

    This will not end well for Brady

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    Even if it ended 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or now, it still has ended in a HOF career for Brady, so not quite sure what you mean with that.

    He’s going to play until he can’t play. Even you would have to agree he’s one of the few in history who has earned the right to do that.

  34. BB has never played a down, but besides the strategy and coaching, Belichick does something else. He picks players that fit the standards and buy into the Patriot Way. Belichick did’nt throw any passes in the 28-3 game. but, he drafted Edelman,JWhite, MMitchell, Hightower, MCCourty etc. He signed guys like CHogan, Amendola, CLong and Ninkovich. Why does it have to be one over the other. Sorry, I just think it’s a dumb discussion.

  35. The coach deserves a ton though.

    The difference between Cassel going 11-5 without Brady and the Colts going 2-14 without Manning is the quality of the coach.
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    Actually, it has more to do with the quality of the QB. Matt Cassell was a serviceable back-up QB that went on to make the Pro Bowl a few years later in KC and stuck around the league for years. Curtis Painter was a disgrace and the Colts were also clearly tanking for Luck. Even still there was a 5 game drop off for the Pats year over year and an 8 game drop off for the Colts year over year (they went 10-6 the year before) while clearly tanking.

    As I’ve said before, BB deserves a ton of credit for what the Pats accomplished but he never played a down of football. Only so much can be done on the sidelines. We don’t know how Brady would have fared without BB, but safe to say he would not have had the same amount of success. However, we KNOW how BB has fared without Brady and he is a coach with a losing record.

    The year before the Colts went 2-14, they were 10-6. That’s

  36. I feel like Brady can only damage his legacy at this point. Sad the way this might turn out. Man was it great to be a NE fan the past 20. Good Luck Tom!

  37. “Funny to see all these Patriots fans turn on him so fast”

    Not all of us. And for those who did go salty – shame on you.

    And a special shout-out to the BB-phile – Brady made Belichick at least as much as the other way round.

  38. He turned on us. I kept asking “why does he keep publicly saying ‘I want to play until 45’ over and over”?

    Well, that’s why. He thought he was entitled for more and more and more guaranteed money based on ego and past laurels with his family and friends telling it was all him.

    That comeback vs Atlanta, after his god awful Pick 6 and the D shutting the door in the mid 3rd qtr on, to help that comeback to happen, went to his head.

    Yep.

    Tom turned on himself and what made him and he’ll regret it the rest of his life.
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    Brady turned on PATS fans? LOL. Butt hurt much? Your problem is that you have been severely spoiled by the fact that if you don’t make it to the AFC championship game, that is a bad season in the eyes of your fan group. The rest of the NFL cannot say the same.

    For the most part, Brady has been nothing but class in how he handles himself and his dealings with what most players have said to be the most difficult coach they have ever had and that they don’t have fun. Sure Belichick wins but 20 years of the same boss who by all accounts is quite difficult, might wear down anyone. So what if the guy doesn’t want to play for Belichick anymore? Who cares if he said he wants to play until 45? hasn’t he earned the right to do so?

    Get over yourself with Brady turned on PATS fans. BOO HOO. In 20 years, he took the PATS to 9 Superbowls with 6 wins. For 17 out of 20 seasons, the PATS have won their division and his overall win/loss record with the PATS is 242-70.

    Just the season before they won the Super Bowl so i wouldn’t call Brady done as some in the media suggest…. The Bucs have welcomed him with open arms which lets be honest, is what the PATS should have done. Even if Brady wanted more money to stay, so what? The man has been playing for less than maket value for his entire tenure in New England.

    I honestly thought there was no way that Robert Kraft would let him leave but they are moving on and do you see Brady bad mouthing Kraft, Belichick or the fans? Then why would you bad mouth him? Show a little class and wish this guy and his family well.

  39. You know who Tampa Bay Tommy didn’t thank by name?

    Bill Belichick. I think Bill deserved a mention in a speech like this for what he’s done for Brady rather than one of a nameless collection of coaches. It was the least he could do. I suspect that was intentional.

    That type of pettiness is beneath him imo. Or maybe this is the real Brady. Sure ain’t the guy I knew and cheered for. 😔

  40. Tom Brady was real good for a long time. Emotions cloud judgment. Even he knows that he is ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what he did. “Can do” is still in the future. Do well, Tom. Peace.

  41. blessedunliketherest says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    The coach deserves a ton though.

    The difference between Cassel going 11-5 without Brady and the Colts going 2-14 without Manning is the quality of the coach.
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    Actually, it has more to do with the quality of the QB. Matt Cassell was a serviceable back-up QB that went on to make the Pro Bowl a few years later in KC and stuck around the league for years. Curtis Painter was a disgrace and the Colts were also clearly tanking for Luck
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    Ehhhh I don’t know about that. Remember Cassel was absolutely terrible that preseason and there was talk he was in jeopardy of not making the team. Then he was called when Brady went down. So the question is – did he become serviceable once he got first team reps and he was coached up that year?

    The Colts didn’t tank – teams don’t do that in the NFL. They were just bad. One of the reasons for that is their coach had a career .286 win percentage in college. Manning did a lot of that lifting for them and without him he was exposed. Put Belichick on that team and they are a lot better off. IMO.

  42. tedmurph says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:48 pm
    BB has never played a down, but besides the strategy and coaching, Belichick does something else. He picks players that fit the standards and buy into the Patriot Way. Belichick did’nt throw any passes in the 28-3 game. but, he drafted Edelman,JWhite, MMitchell, Hightower, MCCourty etc. He signed guys like CHogan, Amendola, CLong and Ninkovich. Why does it have to be one over the other. Sorry, I just think it’s a dumb discussion.

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    Because when they didn’t win it all when they should have, or
    fell short, the anti-BB media spent the last 15 years brainwashing Millennials to think BB was a big meanie instead, people fell for it.

    Not once did the media point to Brady having any accountability, so BB was finding ways to get that back and he drafted JimmyG.

    His work developing Brady and supporting him under the Cap and providing him with best environment to work off of, has been the best i sports for 20 years.

    Brady clearly doesn’t see this and looks like a fool for thinking it
    was mostly about him when he started looking for some large contract into a new cba at age 43.

    Shame on BB for being so responsible being the main reason the roster had depth and quality (most of the time), to help the qb win so many games.

    This is a team sport. Period. It’s not tennis or the NBA with a few players being the focus of a title.

  43. Sounds like tommy is very home sick but it’s only for a year or 2 and you will be back in foxboro to retire as a patriot go get that last big pay day.

  44. blessedunliketherest says:
    April 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm
    BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.
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    Speaking of facts, what about 2000 and 2001 (before Brady became the starter) when BB was 5-11 and 0-2, respectively. Does that not count because it doesn’t fit your narrative?

    BB is the best coach of all-time, hands down. Him and Brady were the best coach/combo of all-time and both bear some responsibility for the Pats success. However, BB has never played a down of football for the Pats in his life. Planning and strategy is great but is means nothing without execution. A coach never deserves more credit than a player, especially a player of Brady’s caliber.

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    Dear lack of education person,

    Environment matters.

    BB inherited garbage in Cleveland in ‘92 and the same
    deal in 2000 in NE.

    How immature do you have to be to think a human arrives to a team, and in one season flips a switch?

    Are you honestly this dumb?

  45. If I’m the owner of the Patriots, Brady stays put for the next 2 years and goes out a Patriot. People seem to forget that without terrible refereeing in the Chiefs game, the Pats get another bye and probably on to another AFC championship matchup.

    Brady took paycuts for many years. Throw the guy the $30 million for 2 years and finish it up. Instead Belichick played hardball as usual. Does he really think he’s going to win a SB in the next 2 years anyway? I just don’t get it.

  46. BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.
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    Actually the Cleveland years DO go on his resume. He was 5-13 before Brady took over

  47. Brady’s stint will either be a success or not, but he will have a lasting positive effect on the Tampa Bay franchise. I’ll bet they make the playoffs and make some noise with him. If not, history still will not care what he didn’t quite accomplish there. He’ll hang it up at 45 and that’s amazing enough in addition to his unparalleled career.

    Brady’s legacy is firmly cemented—the best in the history of the modern game. Nothing can change that.

  48. I remember when Joe Namath came to the Rams.

    Brady is wearing plastic, where as Joe was wearing metal.

  49. I’m a huge Tom Brady fan, but this was no farewell or thank you letter to New England. This was a self motivational tool only. Period. And that’s fine. Whatever makes you feel good. Just don’t pass it off as an emotional thank you note. It wasn’t.

  50. blessedunliketherest says:
    April 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm
    BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Speaking of facts, what about 2000 and 2001 (before Brady became the starter) when BB was 5-11 and 0-2, respectively. Does that not count because it doesn’t fit your narrative?

    BB is the best coach of all-time, hands down. Him and Brady were the best coach/combo of all-time and both bear some responsibility for the Pats success. However, BB has never played a down of football for the Pats in his life. Planning and strategy is great but is means nothing without execution. A coach never deserves more credit than a player, especially a player of Brady’s caliber.

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    He took over a terrible, declining team in 2000. Other than Bledsoe, they had nothing on offense. They had some defensive players like Law, Milloy, McGinest and Bruschi, but not much else. In the off season between 2000 and 2001, he added Antwain Smith, Marc Edwards, David Patten, Mike Compton, Grant Williams, and drafted Matt Light to beef up the offense. He added Mike Vrabel, Bryan Cox, Terrell Buckley, Otis Smith, and drafted Richard Seymour to beef up the defense. So no, I don’t think you “count” the 2000 season in the same light as some of the other seasons. It takes a season or two to flip a roster. Even Belichick will tell you that winning the SB in 2001 was a surprise. Even look at Cleveland. He took over a terrible team turned it around by 1994. Then all of the external BS happened with the move to Baltimore. The team was distracted and BB was fired. Imagine what those early Ravens teams would have been with Belichick as coach and after drafting Ogden and Ray Lewis in 96?

  51. Tom Has a new chip on his shoulder……. and ALL OF THE NFL knows what happened when he had his first chip on the shoulder….

  52. bcgreg says:
    April 7, 2020 at 7:47 am
    blessedunliketherest says:
    April 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm
    BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Speaking of facts, what about 2000 and 2001 (before Brady became the starter) when BB was 5-11 and 0-2, respectively. Does that not count because it doesn’t fit your narrative?

    BB is the best coach of all-time, hands down. Him and Brady were the best coach/combo of all-time and both bear some responsibility for the Pats success. However, BB has never played a down of football for the Pats in his life. Planning and strategy is great but is means nothing without execution. A coach never deserves more credit than a player, especially a player of Brady’s caliber.

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    He took over a terrible, declining team in 2000. Other than Bledsoe, they had nothing on offense. They had some defensive players like Law, Milloy, McGinest and Bruschi, but not much else. In the off season between 2000 and 2001, he added Antwain Smith, Marc Edwards, David Patten, Mike Compton, Grant Williams, and drafted Matt Light to beef up the offense. He added Mike Vrabel, Bryan Cox, Terrell Buckley, Otis Smith, and drafted Richard Seymour to beef up the defense. So no, I don’t think you “count” the 2000 season in the same light as some of the other seasons. It takes a season or two to flip a roster. Even Belichick will tell you that winning the SB in 2001 was a surprise. Even look at Cleveland. He took over a terrible team turned it around by 1994. Then all of the external BS happened with the move to Baltimore. The team was distracted and BB was fired. Imagine what those early Ravens teams would have been with Belichick as coach and after drafting Ogden and Ray Lewis in 96?

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    They would have won multiple SBs. Baltimore would have a statue of BB outside their stadium instead of a double murderer.

  53. Watching him fail so spectacularly outside of NE will be the highlight of the 2020-21 season.

  54. VinScope says:
    April 6, 2020 at 10:13 pm
    BB is 14-6 without Brady as GM and Coach.

    Get tour facts.
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    Actually the Cleveland years DO go on his resume. He was 5-13 before Brady took over

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    The difference between the two and contexts are important. Anyone who refuses to acknowledge this is a liar or disingenuous about the topic.

    BB had no control in Cleveland as Modell was set to leverage his team for a free stadium, while Kraft is not a meddler and BB created the recipe over the past 20 years.

    Your argument is a non-sequitor after 20 years of proof what he’s done in NE as GM and coach, including drafting and developing Brady. End of story.

    For you people to arrogantly pretend we’re supposed to lean towards Modell in Cleveland as a good example for any coach during that time and a good environment during a sneaky move to Baltimore, is hilarious and disingenuous, especially since Cleveland was a SB favorite in 1995.

    Get over it already. You lost. There are numerous documentaries out on this very subject.

  55. flaviusgermanicus says:
    April 6, 2020 at 10:10 pm
    If I’m the owner of the Patriots, Brady stays put for the next 2 years and goes out a Patriot. People seem to forget that without terrible refereeing in the Chiefs game, the Pats get another bye and probably on to another AFC championship matchup.

    Brady took paycuts for many years. Throw the guy the $30 million for 2 years and finish it up. Instead Belichick played hardball as usual. Does he really think he’s going to win a SB in the next 2 years anyway? I just don’t get it.

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    It wouldn’t have mattered. Goodell will do anything to take down NE. He finally got what he wanted. The Boger calls in the KC game are because of Goodell. It’s why something like the Clement Fake TD in the SB stood, while all year long any ball jostling around before showing complete control/possession, was ruled an incompletion.

    Brady wasn’t playing well enough to fight through the Goodell Antics we’ve seen through the years.

    That’s one thing the Haters will have going for them…..Goodell. Goodell won’t stop because Brady is gone. He still wants someone new winning in the AFC to make it seem like there is parity as much as he can.

    It’ll be hilarious when BB fights through this cheating by Goodell, too, just with a new QB.

  56. LaserJock says:
    April 7, 2020 at 8:40 am
    Tom Has a new chip on his shoulder……. and ALL OF THE NFL knows what happened when he had his first chip on the shoulder….

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    Except one thing: The environment changed. Look how subpar Brady’s 2011 season was with no camp, no OTAs, nothing. He was not very good for his standards. His INT rate when up, and that was with Welker, Gronk, Branche, Hernandez, etc. The roster was in tact.

    In TB, he has an inferior GM, Coach, OL, STs, secondary, defense as a whole, no RBs to speak of whatsoever, which is ironic, because he had very good ones last year, pretty much unused until very late in the year where MIchel was getting more lead back carries with Burkhead than earlier in the year.

    It’s going to be a disaster regardless of how “victimized” Brady feels wanting to sabotage the Pats moving forward with some obnoxious long term deal until “45”.

  57. Dear lack of education person,

    Environment matters.

    BB inherited garbage in Cleveland in ‘92 and the same
    deal in 2000 in NE.

    How immature do you have to be to think a human arrives to a team, and in one season flips a switch?

    Are you honestly this dumb?
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    “Dear lack of education person”? Wow, the irony in that opening line is amazing. And as always, no one knows less about football than Ty. BB’s first year in Cleveland was 1991, not 1992. If you are going to call people out on facts at least try getting yours right. Also, he spent 5 seasons in Cleveland and had a 36-44 record. Somehow saying this doesn’t count for his legacy is an embarrassment, even for Ty.

  58. bcgreg says:

    He took over a terrible, declining team in 2000. Other than Bledsoe, they had nothing on offense. They had some defensive players like Law, Milloy, McGinest and Bruschi….. So no, I don’t think you “count” the 2000 season in the same light as some of the other seasons

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    You are vastly under valuing the talent of the 2000 Pats. 2000 Pats team also had Terry Glenn (who Brady did not have for basically all of 2001) and the greatest kicker of all time. And they also had Chris Slade. 2000 team will end up with at least 3 Hall of Famers and likely 7-8 team HOFers. Belichick was also very familiar with that team as he coached many of those core players in the ’96 super bowl team.

  59. tylawspick6 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    You keep saying the team is in cap hell, but BB never spends a lot in FA. They’re loaded.
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    ’19 Pats offense was FAR from “loaded” . They had FOUR major flameouts last year at wide receiver in JGordon, ABrown, Harry and Sanu. And Edelman finished the year obviously hurt.
    All of them cost assets. They got nothing from the tight end position, which was a poor personel job by BB. Also the rushing game took a significant step back from the year before. Facts.

    And Brady is not the bad guy you portray him as for wanting the best situation for himself. Settling for Nick Foles money with bad weapons is not a great situation. Facts.

  60. tylawspick6 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 10:01 pm
    Dear lack of education person,

    Environment matters.

    BB inherited garbage in Cleveland in ‘92 and the same
    deal in 2000 in NE.

    How immature do you have to be to think a human arrives to a team, and in one season flips a switch?

    Are you honestly this dumb?

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    Yea that terrible 2000 Pats team with 3 sure fire Hall of Famers and likely 7-8 team hall of famers, a core which BB coached in their ’96 Super Bowl run. An offense he disliked so much that he made the QB the highest paid player in the league the next year.

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