The Tom Brady rumor mill is in full effect, and how crazy is it that nothing can happen without it somehow being connected to Brady?
A couple of weeks ago Danielle Murr apparently dropped some news that one of her sources had said that the New England Patriots long time offensive coordinator Dante Scarnecchia decided to retire because was definitely not returning to the Patriots.
She dropped this so called news on January 28, but I was not made aware of this until a Sportscastr viewer made me aware of it last night.
I spend my days pouring through everything that is written and said about the Patriots, so the fact that I didn't hear about this until February 13, made me very suspicious of the validity of the reporting.
Murr sent two tweets on January 28, the first one that gave us very little information.
"Scarnecchia out = Brady out #itsoverfolks"
That tweet of course told us nothing, and if I did see it, I probably would have just chalked it up to somebody yet again, giving their opinion on Tom Brady and feeding to all the speculation.
I also couldn't see the connection between the two. Why would Tom Brady leave the Patriots because the offensive line coach retired? Brady had already won a Super Bowl in 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks, when Scarnecchia wasn't a member of the Patriots coaching staff.
According to Murr, it wasn't Brady who was affected, but it was Scarnecchia's decision to retire because Tom Brady was definitely leaving the Patriots.
Murr's follow up tweet said:
" To clarify: I'm not saying Brady will leave because Scarnecchia did. I'm saying Dante is retiring bc Tom is either retiring or done with Pat's #Source"
Who Murr's source is, is unknown. But as of today, Murr seems to be the only one floating around this rumor.
I reached out to Mike Reiss of ESPN and asked if he had heard these same rumors. Reiss has clarified stories for me in the past, but he didn't respond to my tweet. I reached out to Reiss because I'm under the impression that he has a direct line with Dante Scarnecchia. Reiss had reported that he texted with Scarnecchia when news broke about his retirement.
I took Reiss's silence as there either being no truth to this rumor, or not enough evidence to say anything about it.
To me this seems like just another case of somebody speaking to somebody not in the know, and it resulted in more rumors, and another possible false narrative.
Considering that this story picked up no steam outside of WEEI, I'm going to file this latest development under "Fishy".
Let's not forget this is the second time that Scarnecchia has retired. He first retired in 2014, before returning in 2016. He's 72 years old and clearly at an age that shouldn't raise speculation about his retirement.
I think what's important to remember is not everything is about Tom Brady. It's almost becoming a little tiresome that any move that any person or coach makes is getting relates back to Brady.
This offseason for the Patriots has been unbelievable, and highly entertaining. The best part about it is, NOTHING HAS EVEN HAPPENED YET!