NFL.com’s Vic Carucci has joined in the discussion that I thought ended last week about QB Tom Brady’s absence from the Patriots’ voluntary workouts. To be fair, Brady has gone back and forth between Foxborough and LA where his family lives. He has not completely stayed away from the team this offseason. However, he has not been with the team as often as he was in the past so that he can spend time with his family. This topic was discussed in detail on this site here, here, here, and here. You can click on the link at the beginning of this article to read Carucci’s piece, but here’s a snippet of what he had to say:
“So why is the fact he’s not fully participating in the Patriots’ offseason workouts such a big deal? Why has it been a topic of debate on talk radio and any other place in New England where fans and media voice their opinions?
Because what Brady means to the Pats’ ability to return to the mountaintop doesn’t end with his on-field performance during the regular season. He sets the standard for the entire team — how it plays, how it practices, how much it cares about being the best.”
I’m not going to get into detail yet again how I feel on this. Basically, Brady’s family MUST come first, as it would with anybody, and as long as he’s here for mandatory camps and puts in the time then, this is not an issue. If Brady’s play significantly declines this season, then maybe we can have this discussion again.