Here’s what Tom Brady had to say about Patriots’ struggles
By Jerry Trotta
Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally addressed the team’s struggles so far this season.
Though every sensible football fan knows that an eight-game sample size isn’t nearly enough to accurately determine whether Bill Belichick or Tom Brady was more essential to the Patriots’ dynasty, media members have predictably opted to defy logic and engage in this polarizing debate.
What’s even more befuddling? The fact that this subject is being talked about on a game-by-game basis. We all know the pointlessness of doing so, but it’s not even worth harping on because our opinion isn’t going to change anything.
What we do know, however, is that no team, not even one coached by Belichick, would be capable of replicating greatness after losing a quarterbacking legend and several other key starters in one offseason.
That isn’t to say that we expected the Patriots to be 2-5 through seven games, but winning the division and finishing with one of the best records in the AFC again was wishful thinking (to say the least) for some fans, who are probably tired of hearing from people within the organization about New England’s struggles this season.
Well, consider your wish granted, because Brady himself was asked about his former team during his virtual conference with Buccaneers reporters on Thursday.
It must be election season, because this was one of the most political responses Brady’s unleashed in quite some time. In all seriousness, this is probably the most professional way the three-time MVP could have worded his answer without actually showing sympathy for the Patriots, which he probably doesn’t feel even considering his ties to the franchise.
We would also understand, however, if Patriots fans viewed Brady’s comments as sincere. After all, the 43-year-old signal caller is as obsessed with winning as any player in NFL history and probably (and psychotically) wants every team standing in his way of a championship to be playing at their best at all times.
Or, maybe Brady is just a good dude and wishes nothing bad upon anybody — not even a franchise or coach who grossly unappreciated him despite the fact that he took several team-friendly deals so that their championship window would remain open for as long as possible.
Regardless of which side you fall on, Brady speaking about a struggling a Patriots side is a fundamentally bizarre optic. Welcome to 2020, folks. Glad you’ve made it this far.