“I hope Brady signs somewhere else, wins another championship and exposes Belichick”. That’s the exact opposite of a Patriots fan.
During my Sportscastr show last night one of the subjects I talked about was Tom Brady’s free agency and the speculation that he won’t re-sign with the Patriots. I released that clip on YouTube and was reviewing the comments this morning to get a grip of what Patriots fans were thinking, and there were two common thoughts.
1. Tom Brady needs to just make a decision and get on with things. If he wants to win championships sign with the Patriots
2. Brady is sick of playing for Bill Belichick. It’s time for Robert Kraft to get rid of Belichick and re-sign Brady.
I would like to focus on the second thought if I could.
First of all, if Kraft did decide to fire Belichick, who do you propose he replace him with? Freddie Kitchens, Jay Gruden? Do you really believe that there is a coach out there that actually comes close to Bill Belichick’s pedigree? Is Nick Cesario a good replacement as the general manager? He’s done a great job with the Patriots, but Belichick is the ultimate decision maker. You know who else did a really great job in the director of player personnel position? Bob Quinn. Do you think that he’s doing a great job with the Detroit Lions? Last I checked he was on the hot seat, and if the Lions don’t make the playoffs he’s out of a job.
Brady fans, and I call them Brady fans, because they’re not really Patriots fans, and I believe if Brady does sign somewhere else, they’ll toss their Patriots gear for whatever jersey Brady is wearing. They believe that Bill Belichick is an awful GM. They like to point to Chad Jackson, and Duke Dawson, and say: “see he can’t draft”, and he’s awful at signing free agents.
I present to you, a list of players that were either drafted or signed by Bill Belichick that all the Brady fans love, but refuse to acknowledge it was Belichick who brought them to the Patriots:
The GOAT Tom Brady, Super Bowl 53 MVP Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, Danny Amendola, Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, Dant’a Hightower, Hall of Famer Randy Moss, David Andrews, Trent Brown, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, current defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore, Chandler Jones, Joe Thuney, Matthew Slater, Rodney Harrison, Corey Dillon, James Develin, Should have been Super Bowl 51 MVP James White, JC Jackson, Nate Solder, Super Bowl 49 hero Malcolm Butler, The guy who told Butler what to do prior to the interception Brandon Browner, Derrel Revis, 2004 Ben Watson, and so on, and so on..…….. I think you get the point.
Let’s stop pretending that Belichick is just a guy. There’s a reason that coaches and players respect him, and pick his brain. All you have to do is watch the Super Bowl 53 Mic’d up presentation to see Sean McVay gushing over Belichick.
Now that we got that out of the way, let me explain why dumping Belichick to sign Brady would be a disaster. Of course this is going off what Brady fans are saying, and nothing that the media, and “sources” are saying. There has been no talk of “tension” since 2017, and from everything we heard, Brady and Belichick had worked a lot of stuff out. But please, let’s not let facts get in the way.
Let’s pretend that Kraft decides that Tom Brady is more important than Bill Belichick, and he fires Belichick and signs Brady. The Patriots now have a 43 year old quarterback who at very best has two years left. Brady looked great in 2019, but I will actually agree with Max Kellerman, an ageing athlete can fall off a cliff very quickly, all you have to do is look at Peyton Manning and Bret Favre. Let’s pretend that doesn’t happen and Brady plays at high levels for the next two seasons. The Patriots are contenders, that’s it. There is no guarantee that Tom Brady without Belichick can go to the Super Bowl.
Could the Patriots find Brady weapons? Maybe. Let’s also not forget that one of the most common phrases that comes out of Brady’s fan mouths are: “Brady elevates the receivers around him”. If Brady hasn’t lost a step, why wasn’t he able to elevate Mohamed Sanu and N’Keal Harry? Could it be that Brady can still play at high levels, but he can no longer do it with just anybody? Does that mean he’s actually shown some decline? It’s your words not mine, “Tom Brady can elevate the receivers around him” has been the most common argument for Brady. So to blame Belichick for the lack of weapons is really contradictory to everything that has been said.
So Brady plays two more seasons, and then the Patriots are stuck with no Brady, no Belichick, and we re-enter the dark ages in New England. Please help me understand why this is the best option for the Patriots? Please explain to me how you can call yourself a Patriots fan, and then make comments like, “I hope Brady signs somewhere else, wins another championship and exposes Belichick”. That’s the exact opposite of a Patriots fan.
The problem with fairweather opinions is that they hold merit across the Patriots fan base, but it’s not actually Patriots fans saying it. I don’t like the whole “Bandwagon” label that a lot of us get, but when you hope another team wins a Super Bowl so “Belichick is exposed”, it’s exactly what you are. Be mad at me, I really don’t care. I also ask that you don’t come at me telling me how old you are either, because the bandwagon doesn’t have an age limit. Take a close look, there’s grey in my beared, you’re not talking to a kid.
Let me tell you the best option for the Patriots. Tom Brady re-signs with the team, and Bill Belichick stays with the team and starts looking for his replacement, since the first one plays in San Francisco. When father time finally wins, and he will, Brady will retire, the Patriots still have Belichick, and we carry on right where Brady left off.
Does this dismiss the last twenty years of Tom Brady? Of course it doesn’t, but you have to accept that all good things come to an end, and right now the end is very near. This logic of dismissing everything Belichick has done to prop of Brady is ludicrous. Tyson from Master at work once said “Some people don’t deserve this franchise” and he hit it right on the head. If you’re a true Patriots fan then you know that this piece was not directed towards you, you understand that this was not a slight at Brady, this was just addressing an obnoxious opinion coming from fake Patriots fans.