Tedy Bruschi: Matthew Stafford “not tough enough” to play for the Patriots

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly didn’t want to play for the Patriots. Patriots legend Tedy Bruschi suggests the feeling is mutual.

He’s not tough enough to play here,” Bruschi said Wednesday on WEEI, via Radio.com. “He’s just not tough enough. I don’t think he’s tough enough to be coached hard. Do you realize the mental toughness that Tom Brady had to have for 20 years to deal with Bill Belichick and that type of coaching? I mean, constant pressure every single day. Does Stafford sort of grab you as a guy who could handle that? I just don’t think so.”

Then came the hammer: “He went to Sean McVay and his little best-friend relationship and go have fun over there. That’s fine.”

It seems a little harsh, and a little bitter. And a little petty. It’s hard not to wonder whether Bruschi’s assessment is influenced by feedback he has received from past and current Patriots assistant coach Matt Patricia, who served as Stafford’s head coach — and presumably coached Stafford hard — for more than two years in Detroit.

Any NFL starting quarterback that competes against NFL-caliber defenses has significant mental toughness. Stafford constantly played through injuries. Stafford played for perpetually bad teams. Stafford played with a revolving door of coaches and a perpetual cloud of dysfunction hovering over the franchise.

Could Stafford handle playing for the Patriots? Sure. But that doesn’t mean he should want to. He wanted to play somewhere else. That doesn’t mean he’s not “tough enough” to play in New England.

169 responses to “Tedy Bruschi: Matthew Stafford “not tough enough” to play for the Patriots

  1. Sounds like a bitter man to me. Stafford must not qualify for new England’s cheating credentials.

  2. This is stupid. He doesn’t even know this man. He could have vetoed the Patriots because it’s cold. He has no idea but is out here talking crazy.

  3. As a Vikings fan I’d just like to say Tedy Bruschi is full of it.  I’ve witnessed many games where the Vikings absolutely pummeled Stafford, sending him to the hospital at least once (but might be multiple times), and he rarely seemed to miss games after, if at all.  Stafford has his areas of weakness, but toughness isn’t one of them.

  4. Patricia didn’t fail in Detroit because Stafford is soft. He failed because he’s not a capable HC. And Stafford has played for years in an underperforming franchise and won games by rights he shouldn’t. Maybe he wouldn’t be a fit under Belichick, but Bruschi has gone full homer with those comments.

  5. Tedy Bruschi’s comments reek of bitterness knowing his Patriots will be without a decent QB for years and meander in mediocrity.

  6. It’s Matt Patricia whose to blame here. Stafford has played through so many injuries – all without a peep. He had a dislocated shoulder and came back into a game to throw a winning td va Cleveland years ago. Had one of the longer streaks as a starter after his year two injury. Stafford is as tough as any QB in the league.

    He didn’t want to play in NE because of one person: MATT PATRICIA. Patricia absolutely ruined the Lions. They didn’t just lose, the team looked horrible in their losses (think of Darnolds first game as a Jet, or all of the Trubisky looks like a pro-bowler games). Near all-time record bad defenses TWO YEARS in a row in terms of yards allowed, passing yards allowed, and points. Patricia was insecure and kept insulting players and journalists alike. Several Lions players under Patricia left because of him. Several more cheered his leaving.

    It is a credit to Stafford’s professionalism that he never went to the media with his gripes.

  7. Stafford had to be tough to play for the Lions all those years at a high level. Bruschi seems a little triggered for some reason.

  8. So the guy who didn’t fold when a team went 0-16 has no mental toughness? The guy who had Matt Millen as his GM and a parade of terrible coaches, with Matt Patricia being the latest? The guy who has played hurt late in seasons when the team was eliminated from playoff contention? That’s the guy who lacks toughness?

  9. being coached hard is ok when your team is winning. bill will find his way is going the way of the dodo bird with today’s athlete. adapt or die.

  10. That time four or five years ago when Stafford ran up to the line of scrimmage with seconds left on the clock, signaling to everyone he was going to kill the clock with a spike, then took the snap and dove into the end zone to win the game won my heart forever, and I’m a Bucs fan.

  11. Matt Patricia was a bad defensive coordinator in New England, a bad coach in Detroit, and is already doing bad things again back in New England

  12. I’m not a Lions or Rams fan, nor a particular fan of Matthew Stafford. But anyone that watches and knows football can see Stafford is tough as hell.
    The guys plays behind a spotty line, hasn’t had a ton of weapons, has undergone constant coaching changes, and has been beaten to a pulp, including broken bones in his back. It would have been easy and justifiable for him to take time of from the pounding and the losing, yet he also gets himself back into the lineup as quickly as possible. That takes not just physical but mental toughness.
    Tedy Bruschi was a terrific player and tough as nails, but off the field he often comes off as a giant and petty blowhard.

  13. This is kind of disappointing, since Bruschi is normally one of the few NFL commentators I enjoy hearing from. The problem is he is such a whiny fanboy when it comes to his old team. If some random guy said this I’d probably call him a moron… and I’d be right!

    Saying the Stafford isn’t tough is laughable, look how many injuries he has played through, we’ve all seen it. This has nothing to do with toughness, he simply doesn’t want to be on the same team with Patricia..plus they are flat out bad right now. Teddy may have to get used to FAs not wanting to play there.

  14. Ol’ Tedy must not have seen that clip going around right now of Stafford playing against the Browns and how he he toughed it out at the end of the game to win it. Get bent Tedy. Not tough enough to play here, give me a break. Did he hurt your feelings?

  15. Bruschi is a bitter ex-player that has gone off the rails lately making ridiculous comments . He talks tough for a guy who actually wasn’t when he played . He’s just lucky he landed in New England because anywhere else he wouldn’t have had the talent around him that covered for his many limitations on the field .

  16. Dude,why would he go there with 0 weapons? Until, they show consistency without Brady, they will not be a preferred destination

  17. Teddy made a comment before the trade and the information about Stafford not wanting to go to NE, which indicated Stafford isn’t a winner and therefore was a bad fit…Teddy is and was right as always!

  18. This sounds like something that would come out of the WWE. I don’t want that in the NFL. Teddy, shut up.

  19. anyone who played for the Lions for several years taking the beating he did and not quit, is one of the toughest there is in the game so Tedy is just spouting non-sence!

  20. Nope, Tammy Brady isn’t tough enough to play in Detroit. Tammy would be a broken pile of bones if he had to play on the teams Matt did. That poor boy took a beating playing on some of the worst teams of the last decade. Not many QB’s could take the beatings Matt took weekly, and still play the next week. One tough SOB…

  21. That seems a bit unnecessary. Are we to assume that playing in NE under BB is now the consensus measuring stick for the definition of tough? Ease-back Bruschi. Your comments scream that you’ve taken this a bit too personally.

  22. Lol he sounds like just another blow hard fan living off the old glory days of the cheating dynasty – oh he didn’t want to come here, well we didn’t want you anyway WAH WAH WAH!

  23. Always loved Teddy, but he’s taking Stafford’s comment personally. Everyone was “tough enough “ when you’re winning championships, now it’s different and there is very little winning that’s going to be happening. Couple that with a miserable coach and you have a destination by free agents to avoid.

  24. Stafford has missed 5 games thru 12 seasons playing behind a suspect line his entire career. To suggest he isn’t “tough” is pretty ignorant.

  25. Teddy nailed it like usual. Reminds me of a certain wide receiver from Indy who signed in New England and then abruptly retired saying they don’t have fun there. He went on and on about how they take things too serious, and the coaching was too hard, and he simply retired.

  26. Blowhards like Bruschi and Harrison are going to have a tough time now that the Patriot myth has been debunked. They were good but they don’t get to be the greek chorus of the NFL forever. Just go away. It’s not like you could have covered Kelce or any of these new gen freaks.

  27. the Bill apologists are going to be coming out of the woodworks now. Stafford has played with a separated shoulder. A separated shoulder!!!! And he always playing through some kind of injury. Maybe at 32 he wanted to have some fun, and not play for a jerk who thinks mumbling at the media is some kind of “way”. And maybe he didn’t want to be associated with cheating? Breswki, what a clown.

  28. Wow I don’t care. Stafford got a taste of how the Patriots work when Patrice was coaching the lions into the ground, and he decided it wasn’t a good fit, end of story, and when I think about the people in my life whose opinion really matters, Teddy doesn’t make the cut. Good luck to Stafford with the Rams and good luck to Bruschi with that negativity thing. And good job by PFT finding stories, no matter how thin, to keep the other 30 teams who not playing in the super bowl, relevant.

  29. Most of the comments here missed Bruschi’s point about toughness. He’s not talking physical toughness, but mental toughness. Frankly, I think he’s right. I also think that McVay is not quite the genius he’s made out to be. Time will tell on the boy genius.

  30. That’s pretty pathetic of Teddy. Stafford played and won a game with a dislocated shoulder. I don’t know if you can be any ‘tougher’. He sounds like an ex shooting off at the mouth because they’re with someone better.

  31. Bruschi not only drank the kool-aid in NE , he must have had the still in his basement.

    NE would be lucky to have Stafford , he is one tough guy.

  32. I’m thinking that Stafford didn’t want to go to the Patriots for the obvious reason. Bill doesn’t like to bring in offensive talent. He wants to keep giving his Quarterback another chance by getting the ball back. Stanford knows he needs talent around him,and he’s no Brady. Even Brady has been done with Bills philosophy for the last five years. He finally left. Stafford just knew it was a bad fit.

  33. While his comments sound protective to the his Patriots identity, they will further doom the Patriots. I’ll be interested to see the W-L record of the next QB who is tough enough.

  34. I’m thinking that Stafford didn’t want to go to the Patriots for the obvious reason. Bill doesn’t like to bring in offensive talent. He wants to keep giving his Quarterback another chance by getting the ball back. Stafford knows he needs talent around him,and he’s no Brady. Even Brady has been done with Bills philosophy for the last five years. He finally left. Stafford just knew it was a bad fit.

  35. This is why I always flip away from ESPN whenever Bruschi is on there. Constant pro-Patriot bias. With him, Randy Moss, and Rex Ryan, that’s a pretty horrible group. I’m guessing they’re dead last in the ratings for NFL pre-game coverage.

  36. I doubt that stafford has an issue with hard coaching, he just dealt with Matt Patricia and wants nothing to do with him.

    Patricia bombed in Detroit,and was arrogant the whole time.

    He also tried to do the whole BB jerk to the media thing, it didn’t work.

  37. Stafford is made of glass, but he didn’t want to come to the Patriots because of Matt Patricia. It’s as simple as that. I like Tedy Bruschi, but he is too much of a homer to be objective about anything.

  38. Bruschi really over-reached on this one. Stafford has not made a single negative public comment about either Patricia or the Pats — always been a class act. He did nothing to warrant that comment. More important, the guy played in Detroit for cripes sake, with how many head coaches? How many lousy teams? Played through how many injuries? Played through a spouse with a damn brain tumor? He’s probably one of the toughest QBs, mentally or physically, in the NFL.

  39. Tedy like that ex-gf that always running you down but would be back in a heartbeat if she thought you would take her. There’s a reason Vrabel is a coach and Bruschi just talks.

  40. Most of the comments here missed Bruschi’s point about toughness. He’s not talking physical toughness, but mental toughness. Frankly, I think he’s right.
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    I’m willing to bet Stafford has a chip on his shoulder, having carried a garbage organization all those years. Constantly getting his teeth kicked in by the Bears, Packers and Vikings.

    I won’t confuse the Rams with the Patriots, but they’ve been around the block.

    It will be fun to revisit this when Stafford is winning Playoff games.

  41. First of all there’s a different version of toughness to play in Detroit without it swallowing you alive.

    But these Patriots oldheads still think they’re the measuring sticks when they’re has beens at this point. I mean, by token of his employment alone he’s a has-been.

  42. I don’t know Stafford’s reasons for not wanting to come here and neither does Tedy Bruschi. I don’t agree that Stafford isn’t tough enough. He’s plenty tough. It just so happens that right now the Patriot’s lack of a decent roster is enough to scare anyone off of coming here. Matt Stafford has a right to play wherever he wants to play. Bruschi definitely went too far with his assumptions and comments.

  43. If you are Stafford why would you want to play for a non contender with no weapons? Sour grapes from tough guy Tedy.

  44. The Patriots just seem like a team that is any fun to play for anymore. I’ll give Bill two more years at the most and he will be departing New England. He had a great run he can be proud of though. I don’t blame Stafford for not wanting to go there. Your supposed to PLAY football not WORK football.

  45. Hey Tedy, spend a decade in Detroit and see how you feel about what you want to do with the next 5 or so years of your career.

  46. Let’s be honest here: the Patriots have been incredibly successful, and some people will always be jealous of such success. Others, perfectly justifiably, don’t want to live the life the “Patriot Way” demands. The fair assessment is to not look down on the Patriot Way, but also not look down on anyone whom that doesn’t work for. Bruschi isn’t wrong to point out that Stafford rejecting being a part of that means he isn’t willing to do everything reasonably possible to win, but that’s his choice and he shouldn’t be mocked for it either. But also, Bruschi shouldn’t be mocked for rightly understanding that anyone who rejects the Patriot Way is admitting a less than total willingness to do what is necessary to win. People and fans love to say that they accept nothing less than 100% – Bruschi apparently actually believes that, but anyone who is mocking him for his comment has to be honest enough to admit that they are the sorts of people who DO accept less than 100% (and there is nothing wrong with that…just pointing it out).

  47. Patricia trying to emulate NE and not doing it well probably made Stafford not want to go there, esp with Patricia working there. Veterans usually only go there to win the title and may be hard to offer that for the next year or two. Either way Stafford was not going to put them into anything more than WC contention. He isn’t a guarantee to do better than Goff in LA either.

  48. Steelcurtainn says:

    ‘Bruschi sounds like a bitter man to me’

    He played 13 seasons for the Patriots, went to 5 super bowls, and won 3 championships.

    What has he got to be bitter about?

  49. Tell him Teddy. There is a reason the Lions didn’t win squat with him over 12 years.

  50. For starters, this is all just filler. We all know the Patriots, Lions, and Rams are not winning the super bowl next season. These former players and current players bickering back in forth doesn’t change that fact. You can take this prediction to the bank. Stafford isn’t going to win anything with the Rams, Belichick will not sniff another super bowl without Brady, and the Lions will win six to nine games next season.

  51. Nothing wrong with moving your family to CA and retiring. Show Stafford some respect for being a good family man even if he’s not a winning QB.

  52. I am lifelong Pats fan and I love Bruschi, but he couldn’t be more wrong about Stafford, who is tough as nails and a class act. The Pats are not for everyone, and obviously Stafford had a terrible experience with Patricia. This is a needless cheap shot.

  53. You can question parts of Stafford’s game, but not his toughness. They don’t come any tougher that Stafford.

  54. Lots of Patriot hate being spewed here. Lots of jealousy as well. Brady had a great year with a team that was loaded on offense, but the fact remains he doesn’t win any of those Superbowls without a defense that makes key plays at key points in each Superbowl, so let’s not get too carried away with the nonsense.

  55. “Do you realize the mental toughness that Tom Brady had to have for 20 years to deal with Bill Belichick and that type of coaching?”

    We all know now, don’t we Teddy?

    Brady LEFT. It wasn’t worth it.

    But you criticize Stafford for not wanting to be a part of that?

  56. Stafford is certainly physically tough enough to play for anybody. As to mental toughness? How do you really measure that? I think Stafford is mentally tough also. I think the real question is whether Brady is GOAT because of, or in spite of, “the Patriot way”

  57. Didn’t Patricia crawl back to the Patriots to get his old job back? Why would Stafford want to follow him there? After watching Brady take the Bucs to the Super Bowl, it’s pretty obvious, to me anyway, that it was more Brady than Belichick that made the Patriots dynasty. I’m not saying BB is a terrible coach or anything, but with an average QB, he didn’t work any magic and even make the playoffs. Sure it was only one year, but again, it was one year without Brady, and we saw the result.

  58. I’m pretty sure Stafford didn’t want to play for the Patriots because Matt Patricia was there.

    This has nothing to do with toughness and everything to do with Matt Patricia. This is a bad take.

  59. One of the worst takes in the history of former players. Come on Teddi this guy is tough as nails, ever more than you! He played through sooooooo many injuries. Im quite sure he didnt want to see Patricia again.

  60. As a wildcat myself I love Tedy…but he’s he waaaaaayyyy off base on this one. No one should question Stafford’s toughness. He gave everything for over a decade to a losing franchise.

  61. Bruschi seeems to not understand the difference between having a preferred employer versus actually vetoing a trade.

    The truth is Stafford is nails — proven time and time again. The Patriots did not craft a competitive offer: a number two and a player now. Those are things needed looking to win immediately. After the job the Patriot’s own Quinn and Patricia did worsening the Lions roster, that offer had little value. The Lions need what they got: future draft picks when the retooling is nearly complete.

  62. Anyone who has followed Stafford’s career knows that he’s as tough as QB’s get.
    Dude is always taking monster hits and getting peeled off the turf, hobbling into the huddle and then playing through it.

    Teddy was an insignificant piece of NE teams that we now know were ‘mostly’ carried by TB12.

  63. Coached hard by Belichick for 20 years? Hey Bruschi, do you realize Belichick would have been fired about 18 years ago if it weren’t for Tom Brady? And Teddy, you would have no championships if it weren’t for Brady. Everyone’s a superstar as long as Brady is around. No player benefitted from Brady more than Bruschi. He’s a likable guy, but among the most overrated players of all time. Nobody would even know who Bruschi was if he hadn’t played with Brady.

  64. I love how all these retired players come out of the woodwork and make statement like this. You full of crap Ted……oops TEDDY

  65. Tell him Teddy. There is a reason the Lions didn’t win squat with him over 12 years.
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    Lions last Playoff trip, prior to drafting Stafford; 1999

    Lions 2000-2008; 40-104 (.277%) 7 of 8 seasons 10+ losses, with the famous winless season

    Lions with Stafford as starter; 74-90-1, 3 Playoff trips

    Nearly doubled the win total, tripled their Playoff appearances.

  66. Matt Patricia wasn’t smart enough to coach without Bill Belichick telling him what to do. Who cares what Matt Patricia or teddy Bruschi thinks?

  67. Wasn’t he already coached by a Patriots coach who probably put together a staff similar to what that coach was use to in New England? Maybe the coaching stlye is out of date and touch. Along with so having a no talent team. Good for Stafford

  68. Seems to me as if New England is going to be forever marred at the QB position. Almost as if Brady’s accomplishments were so great in NE that no QB wants to assume the role there. A reason why we will see perennially bad seasons out of them for the next decade or two.

  69. Almost 100 comments and I don’t think any of them actually read the article but ONLY read and reacted to the headline…

    He said NOTHING about him not being physically tough he said mentally tough.

    READ morons ….

  70. Sure, let’s ignore the Matt Patricia elephant in the room and say he can’t handle Belichick. LOL, WTF ever Tedy.

  71. Sounds like Patricia is the one who’s not strong enough and Teddy fight his battles for him.

    We all know what it looks like – Stafford said no to Patricia even tho he’d not be working directly with him. He’s fine with BB.

    Always laugh when these guys talk about “toughness” – so so many D1 college athletes simply break down and cry by week 3 of basic training when they decide to join.

    Athletes are not superhuman in the mental toughness column. Most are rather fragile compared to your average recruit or person working Subway. They’ve dealt with more on their own than some athlete that had it all handled for them.

  72. Who cares WHAT Tedy Bruschi says… Hahaha… I am sure he hasn’t watched 15 minutes of film on Matt Stafford. Guessing Patricia has been chatting with Tedy and is looking for scapegoats for his disaster of a stint as a HC in Detroit… Tedy! No one CARES what you have to say:)

  73. phinsfan66 says:
    February 4, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    Who cares WHAT Tedy Bruschi says… Hahaha… I am sure he hasn’t watched 15 minutes of film on Matt Stafford. Guessing Patricia has been chatting with Tedy and is looking for scapegoats for his disaster of a stint as a HC in Detroit… Tedy! No one CARES what you have to say:)

    But yet you took the time to click on the article and leaves comment. SMH

  74. Newflash. No one wants to play for BB and The Militant Way anymore. No money, the rings are dried up, and the culture is dictatorship awful. I guess Brusci is still employed by the team? His remarks are highly ignorant.

  75. as a fan of a different team in the nfc north I’ve watched Stafford quite a bit since he’s come into the league. guy is tough as they come. plays hard. seems like a good character guy. stuck on a miserable franchise with awful ownership and coaching. good luck to him I’ll be cheering him on.

  76. I saw Stafford take some brutal hits and get right back up. Speaking of Matt Patricia, I think he was the cause of the Patriots losing the S.B. to the Eagles…..He called a HORRENDOUS defensive game for the Patriots.

  77. Bill Belichick with Tom Brady = 219-64 77% (30-11 in playoffs; 9 SB appearaneces; 6 SB wins)

    Bill Belichick w/out Tom Brady = 61-72 45% (1-1 in playoffs & no Super Bowl appearance)

    Tom Brady without Bill Belichick = 11-5 69% (3-0 in play-offs & Super Bowl appearance)

    Maybe Tom Brady won all those SB despite Bill Belichick and not because of Bill Belichick?

  78. It’s true, did you see what happened to their QB “Little Bo Peep” Newton last year?

  79. The age old question of the chicken or the egg with regard to Belichick and Brady has been answered. No question Bill is a good coach but for Bruschi to say this is absurd. This revolves around Patricia. Stafford was not a fan of him. thats the story

  80. Teddy’s butthurt. Stafford has been playing through hell in detroit and through countless injuries and we NEVER heard a peep from him. Stafford should have requested a trade years ago. This is about Patricia. This sounds like Matt Patricia pouting to NE coaches/sources. Teddy should be above this, not to mention we haven’t actually heard anything from Stafford. Not a good look for Teddy.

  81. Cam Newton had the worst season of his career under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady left NE and took a team that had been to the playoffs in a decade to the Super Bowl. Maybe Stafford is a lot smarter than Bruschi

  82. Uh oh. Tedy’s feelings got hurt. Look Tedy, Stafford simply doesn’t ever want to see Matt Patricia ever again, because the dude was a lousy coach. It’s that simple.

  83. Jeez that is hilarious Teddy. Couldn’t be the fact that the GM and Coach that came from New England were a disaster as why he didn’t want to go there. Those are excuses coaches give for being poor coaches. I wasn’t a bad coach, they just weren’t mentally tough enough says the obese man in the chair.

  84. Hey, Teddy, I guess you missed where Detroit players said that Matt Patricia never connected with his players. Where he would come late to his own meetings and then spend the first 90 minutes berating players for mistakes on the field. I’m sure that’s why they played their hearts out for him, right? Matt Patricia was so good as a head coach that he was able to take a mediocre team and make them terrible for his entire tenure!

  85. The funniest part is this wasn’t even a tough decision on Stafford’s part. Pats are needing basically a full reload at all their skill positions and struggled through a year where 3 guys plays QB and every single one of them looked bad. The Pats are probably 2-3 years away, best case scenario, from having a decent offense no matter who their QB is.

  86. To be the worst head coach in Lions history is an astonishing accomplishment. I don’t blame Stafford one bit for not wanting to play for (or even against, all that often) New England with Patricia back there.

  87. I am most interested to see if Belichick survives long enough to build another team that has legit Title chances.

    People want to shoot at him for Cleveland. He laid the foundations for that Ravens Title team in 2000. The Patriot Way was pretty successful there, with Ozzie Newsome winning 2 Super Bowls, coinciding with the Belichick-Brady era.

  88. If I were Matthew Stafford, I wouldn’t be real concerned about taking criticism from a guy who can’t even spell his own first name correctly.

  89. To be the worst head coach in Lions history is an astonishing accomplishment.
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    Rod Marinelli – 10-38 (.208%)
    Bombur – 13-29-1 (.314%)

    .. bigger question why on earth did the move on from Jim Caldwell? 36-28, 3 of 4 winning seasons, 2 Playoff trips.

  90. How possible is it that Belicheck let Patricia win that game against Patriots. It seems nuts but it is such a contrast to almost everything else he/they did in Detroit? Maybe Belicheck juts used the game to work on things they needed to try, knowing it was ok if they dropped that one for Patricia?

  91. I’m not sure Tedy is tough enough to be an analyst. Apparently “tough enough” in New England consists of having the skin thickness of a paper mache Tom Brady NFL Starting lineup doll. Just another droopy eyed mouth breather that only calibrates something as “good” if it falls in line with their world view.

  92. I work for a research hospital. My boss was total jerk that treats his employees like children. I was offered a position at another hospital, but the boss there is the mentor (and basically a clone) of my terrible boss at the first job. Much bigger hospital with much more grant money to fund our research, but no way I’m taking that job. I already got a taste of hating the guy I work for, I’m looking for something with a boss that respects his employees and allows them to loosen up a bit because I believe happy co-workers makes them more productive. This is exactly why Stafford does not want to work for BB.

    Also, Bruschi is so annoying with this kinda stuff all the time.

  93. Anyone that brings up winning and thinks the Pats have a better chance of winning more than the Rams in the next 2-3 years is a joke.

  94. Separates shoulder, throws game winning touchdown – Yeah not tough, Teddy still trying to stay relevant.

  95. Stafford had broken bones in his back due to playing professional football and he is still a starter. I mean, if that’s not tough then I don’t know what is. Bruschi needs to go away.

  96. Bruschi seems jealous. “He went to Sean McVay and his little best-friend relationship and go have fun over there. That’s fine.”

    KC Chiefs sure seem to be having fun. Brady looks like he’s having fun with the Bucs.

    Bruschi Is just upset he played under Belichick and never got to have fun. Haha.

  97. Not all people are good with that type of coaching. That is just a fact. That type of coaching can bring the worst out of some players. Obviously Patriots try to not get those type of players. Some players thrive in a more lenient system. It is just the reality of it. Regardless I would never throw Stafford under the bus for not being “tough”. I know he is talking mental toughness but he screwed his shoulder up and got back in game to win against Browns years ago. That is physical and mental toughness he demonstrated. With that said I still think Stafford is severely overrated right now.

  98. Tedy took this personal for some stupid reason and now he sounds like a Junior high boy that found out the girl he wanted to go to the dance with, chose one of his friends instead. “Fine! I didn’t wanna go with you anyway!” Bad look for a TV analyst…

  99. (FREE ADVICE) Theodore, you’re just single-mindedly inaccurate with a skewed perspective. Both you and Stafford are tough physically, and tough-minded. Stafford simply didn’t have a great team around him- where he might have been measured considerably better in comparison. Teddy=Very good player at his position on great teams. Stafford = very good player on not so great teams.
    If Stafford plays great on his next team, you will not only look and sound irrelevant, but inaccurate and, might I suggest, not as good your current job as well. Stay fair, and drop the “PW” and “BB way” narrative… it’s run its course.

  100. buttfumbles says:
    February 4, 2021 at 11:37 am
    Why does Bruschi even care?

    *****************************************************************************

    Because he was on a Boston radio show trying to turn the situation into something edgy and controversial to give Patriot fanboys something to get excited over.

  101. poseidon420247 says:
    February 4, 2021 at 3:14 pm
    Separates shoulder, throws game winning touchdown – Yeah not tough, Teddy still trying to stay relevant.

    You didn’t read the article

  102. Anyone that doesn’t respect Teddy Bruschi as a player and a man is lacking in judgement. He switched from a defensive end in college to an inside linebacker who wore the green dot, playing for dominating defenses and super bowl winning teams.

    He survived two strokes, 14 years apart. After the first he returned to the NFL, ran marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. I think Bruschi knows tough.

    He’s also loyal to the organization, players and coaches that he had so much success with as a Patriot. Despite two decades of winning they have been called cheaters, the product of a head coach or a QB. The truth is they were the product of hard work, putting team above self, mental toughness and execution.

    Brady had to literally leave the Patriots so the haters could invent a one or the other narrative because they can’t admit both are GOATS. I suspect Bruschi got sick of listening to the bs. No apologies necessary.

  103. We are in a new era where players don’t all want to play for NE. His little feelings are hurt.

    This is going to become more common. People aren’t rushing to play in Boston anymore.

    But look at tedy getting so flustered.

  104. People want to shoot at him for Cleveland. He lai

    He laid the foundation to win 5 years later?

  105. All these ppl talking about physical toughness when that clearly wasn’t Bruschi’s point. Guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from ppl who hate anything and everything Patriots.

  106. jg2040 says:
    February 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm
    Bill Belichick with Tom Brady = 219-64 77% (30-11 in playoffs; 9 SB appearaneces; 6 SB wins)

    Bill Belichick w/out Tom Brady = 61-72 45% (1-1 in playoffs & no Super Bowl appearance)

    Tom Brady without Bill Belichick = 11-5 69% (3-0 in play-offs & Super Bowl appearance)

    Maybe Tom Brady won all those SB despite Bill Belichick and not because of Bill Belichick?

    ———————————
    I guess those championships as DC with the Giants don’t count for anything. That wouldn’t fit your argument would it? Also, last coach to take Browns to the playoffs until this year.

  107. I guess those championships as DC with the Giants don’t count for anything. That wouldn’t fit your argument would it? Also, last coach to take Browns to the playoffs until this year.

    ————

    I guess that playoff appearance in 2002 for the Browns under Butch Davis doesn’t count. That wouldn’t fit your argument would it?

  108. bfindeisen says:
    February 4, 2021 at 4:39 pm
    All these ppl talking about physical toughness when that clearly wasn’t Bruschi’s point. Guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from ppl who hate anything and everything Patriots.

    Exactly, they just read the headline not the article

  109. There’s nothing “tough” about the Patriots. Their coach is just a jerk. He was carried by a great QB for two decades, and when he lost that QB, the team was bad again. His protege, Fatt Patricia, thought that “being tough” was the key to success, but it wasn’t.

    Stafford knows better than to subject himself to more of that.

    As for people talking about Bruschi’s stroke, just stop. Bruschi isn’t any tougher than any other person who deals with medical issues. He had a stroke, ok. I’m glad he came out of it OK, but lots of people fight through medical problems, and most of them aren’t professional athletes with all the money and the best doctors in the world. That doesn’t give him any more room to say someone he doesn’t know at all isn’t “tough.” He just doesn’t want to work for a miserable jerk who hasn’t proven he can win when he doesn’t have the greatest QB of all time on the roster.

  110. bfindeisen says:
    February 4, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    ———————————
    I guess those championships as DC with the Giants don’t count for anything. That wouldn’t fit your argument would it? Also, last coach to take Browns to the playoffs until this year.

    ———–

    I think it’s funny that you think that the Browns team that Belichick coached was the same one that has played in Cleveland from 1999-2021. The Browns team that BB coached moved to Baltimore, and Brian Billick and John Harbaugh led them to Super Bowl titles, and before BB got to Cleveland Marty Schottenheimer and Bud Carson led them to Conference Championship games. In fact, even Sam Rutigliano had a better W/L percentage than BB with the CLeveland Browns. In fact, in that organization(Browns/Ravens) – John Harbaugh, Brian Billick, Bud Carson, Marty Schottenheimer and Sam Rutigliano, all had better records than Bill Belichick.

    The Browns you are referencing, was an expansion team in 1999 with a completely different ownership and front office. The only thing that was the same to BB Browns are the colors and the name.

    Also, Bill Parcels (HOF coach) had a lot to do with the NY Giants Super Bowls. In fact, Belichick without Parcels and Brady has a below average record.

  111. Belichick was credited by his defense for beating the two-time champion 49ers (Montana and Rice) with Matt Bahr field goals, in San Fran with Jeff Hostetler at QB. He then beat the Bills, a team that won the AFCCG by 48 points, and the K Gun offense. Steve DeOssie, who played for Tom Landry and Parcells, said he learned more playing for Belichick in two years than he did under all his other coaches combined.

    There’s no “Q” in NFL so chill with the conspiracy theories.

  112. Yes, Patricia talked to Bruschi and Bruschi vented Patricia’s anger about being fired. Patricia was disliked because he promised to improve the 9-7 Lions, but made them worse. Winning is the best deodorant. If the Lions had been a playoff team under Patricia, this wouldn’t be a story.

    Stafford is going to play for the Rams because he wants a shot at winning a Super Bowl. It also helps that he owns a house out here.

  113. Maybe it had to do more with leaving a dumpster fire just to go to another, had the Rams had the caliber QB Stafford is this year they may be in Tampa instead of Tampa..

    Think Tedy was just offended a player would turn down an invitation to NE

  114. tigerlilac says:
    February 4, 2021 at 5:44 pm
    Belichick was credited by his defense for beating the two-time champion 49ers (Montana and Rice) with Matt Bahr field goals, in San Fran with Jeff Hostetler at QB. He then beat the Bills, a team that won the AFCCG by 48 points, and the K Gun offense. Steve DeOssie, who played for Tom Landry and Parcells, said he learned more playing for Belichick in two years than he did under all his other coaches combined.

    ————————

    So, Bill Belichick’s defense won those 2 NY Giant Super Bowls. Let’s look at the numbers.

    1986 Super Bowl – NYG vs DEN:
    Denver offense averaged 326 yards per game that season. Belichick’s Defense gave up 372 yards.
    Giants offense possessed the ball for 34:39, and Phil Simms went 22-25, 88%, 268 yards, 3 TDs and 150 QBR and put up 39 points. But it was all Belichick.

    1990 Super Bowl – NYG vs BUF:
    Bills offense in 1990 averaged 329 yards per game that season. Belichick’s defense allowed 371 yards in the game. Thurman Thomas rushed for over 135 yards.
    Giants possessed the ball for over 40 minutes. Ottis Anderson 21 rushes for 102 yards. Hostetler 20-32 222 1 TD. (So Buffalo amassed 371 yards in just 19 minutes with the ball?)
    But it was all Belichick

    And at the end of the game when the Giants needed a stop Buffalo to win the game. Buffalo went right through them into FG range. And it took a missed makeable FG to win the game. (The same distance FG than Vinaterri made vs the Rams in 1999)

    Belichick’s defenses really shut down those powerful offenses by allowing 50 more yards in the game than they were averaging.

  115. Yards?? How about the defensive stat that matters?

    1986 Broncos – 20 points
    1990 Bills – 19 points

    Not the ’85 Bears, but thats how you win Super Bowls.

    .. it is funny, looking back though. Belichick could have lost every single Super Bowl he was part of. Even that Bronco game. A Bronco drive stalled at the goaline just before halftime, and Simms absolutely buried them in the 2nd half.

  116. aarons444 says:
    February 5, 2021 at 10:08 am
    Yards?? How about the defensive stat that matters?

    1986 Broncos – 20 points
    1990 Bills – 19 points

    Not the ’85 Bears, but thats how you win Super Bowls.

    .. it is funny, looking back though. Belichick could have lost every single Super Bowl he was part of. Even that Bronco game. A Bronco drive stalled at the goaline just before halftime, and Simms absolutely buried them in the 2nd half.

    ———————————-

    When the Bills offense in on the field for only 19 minutes in the game because the Giants offense controlled the ball with long drives, they are not going to score many points. And the same can be said for Denver. When Phil Simms only threw 3 incomplete passes in the game, and they controlled the ball for almost 35 minutes, Denver didn’t have the ball enough to score a lot of points.

    Not saying the Giants defense did not play well, just making the point that the Bill Parcels Giants were great at playing complimentary football, protecting the defense with a strong ball control offense. It’s a lot easier to play defense in the NFL when the opposing offense only has 10 possessions and has the ball for 25 minutes of less, instead of 13 possessions and having the ball over 30 minutes.

  117. Lions’ fan here (since before Tedy was born!). I had respect for Tedy. Now, not so much. He’s barfing his opinion from the standpoint of loyalty, not facts. Stafford is more than tough enough for the Patriots. You honestly think it was the Patriots that shaped Tom Brady’s work ethic? Are you blind? I come from Ann Arbor, dude! Tom Brady was dedicated before you knew what the word meant, Tedy! He came from Bo’s school of hard knocks, via Lloyd Carr. The Patriots… tough? Come visit UM Football in the 90’s.
    IMHO, the Patriots did little to make Tom Brady tough. In fact, it was entirely the other way around.

  118. Not sure if Tedy is Matt Patricia’s pal, but this has everything to do with Patricia and nothing to do with the Patriots.

    Comments like these never help, big picture, never.

    This can only hurt when it comes to future free agents, etc.

    Stupid move…

  119. For those who keep bringing up his toughness based on the td against Cleveland when he hurt his collarbone? That was 12 years ago. He was definitely a different player this year after the broken back. Scrambled less and took more hits

  120. Tedy hit the nail on the head many arent tough enough to take old school coaching! todays players want to be coddled and it doesn’t work that way in new England it’s all about team not anyone individual.

  121. This is sour grapes Bush League crap from a guy missing a D.. Stafford has played thru injuries enough times that he shouldn’t have to listen to this kind of garbage..

    Sean McVay running the offense vs Josh McDaniels, the clown who drafted Tebow in the 1st round?

    Woods/Kupp/Cam Akers etc vs the ragtag crew on offense in NE?

    LA weather vs NE? That’s an easy choice.. The Rams have a MUCH better chance of getting to the SB in the coming 2-3 years than the broken down Pats..

    Get a grip Tedy-Bear..

  122. I like Bruschi but damn, that was just being a bitter Betty. Sounds like someone who got dumped and is feeling so terrible about it that they project all this ugliness on someone else. Breathe Bru, breathe. It’s all going to be ok. The Pats will go get themselves a QB.

  123. Ridiculous!! Toughest QB ever! Is Bruschi hurt because he didn’t want to go to his alma mater. Poor baby!! Get over it!!

  124. It’s time to stop hiring former players to tv analyst jobs. They aren’t objective and usually offer nothing to any telecast, despite supposedly being “experts.”

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