Report: Patriots will only “pause” game when Tom Brady sets career yardage record

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When Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws for at least 68 passing yards on Sunday night (if/when, technically), there will be no laminated sheet of paper from a white-gloved David Baker or anyone else.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Patriots plan to “pause” to acknowledge the achievement. The game won’t be stopped, however, for any sort of ceremony.

In 2018, when former Saints quarterback Drew Brees set the current record of 80,358 in New Orleans, the game stopped for a ceremony, a celebration, and yes a laminated sheet of paper. Brees will actually be present for tonight’s game. It would be even more memorable for a moment to happen between the two of them.

If it’s going to happen, it needs to be quick. The game will not shut down.

On the surface, that’s a strategic mistake by the Patriots. As we’ve said all week, they improve their chances of winning if they can cut through the cyborg layer and get to human being within Brady. Stopping the game and giving him an ovation and hoping the moment hits him as he’s getting ready to continue to play (unless the 68th yard comes on, say, a 62-yard touchdown pass) would be the smartest move.

Although Schefter’s report doesn’t mention this, it wouldn’t be a surprise to know that Brady specifically requested that no big deal be made when he gets to 80,359. From his perspective, he shouldn’t want any sort of pomp and/or circumstance. The robot must remain robotic until the game ends and he turns off the battery.

Presumably, at that point, we’ll see a human moment from Brady. Unless Nick Foles somehow ends up in the building, because we know that whenever Brady loses a game with Nick Foles present Brady hightails it to the locker room.

18 responses to “Report: Patriots will only “pause” game when Tom Brady sets career yardage record

  1. I think you might be onto something about Brady requesting the pageantry be kept to a minimum. I also believe Kraft thinks enough of Brady to honor that request.

    What I don’t understand is this call to amp up the ceremonies and emotions to somehow get disrupt Brady’s concentration. First, I don’t think it would work. Secondly, as a lifelong Patriots (who is still a fan of Brady, but not the Bucs), it would make me sick to see the Pats go over the top with it. My philosophy would be to give Brady a big standing-o when he comes out of the tunnel, give him some respectful applause when he breaks the record, and give him a good cheer after the game… but during the game? Nothing but boos.

  2. “Presumably, at that point, we’ll see a human moment from Brady. Unless Nick Foles somehow ends up in the building, because we know that whenever Brady loses a game with Nick Foles present Brady hightails it to the locker room.”

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    Long way to get to that one

  3. The Bucs have a lot of injuries – the starting secondary & now Gronk, JPP & Carlton Davis are out. Pats aren’t going to need all that much to make it difficult for Brady.

  4. jrterrier5 says:
    October 3, 2021 at 9:29 am
    The Bucs have a lot of injuries – the starting secondary & now Gronk, JPP & Carlton Davis are out. Pats aren’t going to need all that much to make it difficult for Brady.
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    Out: Bucs 2 Pats 1 Doubtful: Bucs 1 Pats 0 Questionable: Bucs 1 Pats 8.

  5. These ceremonies arent necessary.. do anything after the game but stopping the game for 15 minutes to have a party about 1 player I dont ever think is really good for the game.

  6. jrterrier5 says:
    October 3, 2021 at 9:29 am
    The Bucs have a lot of injuries – the starting secondary & now Gronk, JPP & Carlton Davis are out. Pats aren’t going to need all that much to make it difficult for Brady.

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    Have you seen the Pats offense? TB could play their entire 3rd string and we would be lucky to hang 18 points on them

  7. I doubt if Brees was the road team they would’ve allowed that ridiculous ceremony. Stop play, flash something in the screen, give home a standing ovation and then complete the blowout win by the Bucs.

  8. Oh, I know, maybe after he gets the record 2 guys can play keep away with the ball and Brady can run back and forth after it, that might be fun

  9. They can still bring Brady’s family onto the field, they just need to use one of those carts and instead of stopping just slow the cart down and Brady can jog alongside it and high five his wife and kids. Then the cart drives off the field and we are ready to go.

  10. Jeez this game cant come soon enough for me. The celebration pre-game stuff is waaaaayyyy over the top.

  11. As much as I would LOVE for the Pat’s to win, they won’t. Remember, Brady’s played in that stadium more than any other Patriot except Belichick in the last 21 years. It’s HIS home territory!

  12. If he barely sets the yardage record and it’s followed by a sack will they stop the game twice?

  13. Tom Brady is all about respect for the game, respect for his opponents, his teammates, and himself and his family. He knows how the Patriots’ fans feel about him. He wouldn’t want to do anything classless. He wouldn’t want to take away from his goal, which is to win a football game. There will be plenty of time to dwell on his accomplishments. Chances are that some of his most meaningful records will still be intact for the rest of his life. He doesn’t need a ceremony today in Foxboro. That would be very un-Bradylike. He accomplished a lot working together with Bill Belichick. He’s not going to try shove anything down Bill’s throat. That’s why Brady is a winner. It’s part of his mental makeup to be the ultimate pro.

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