One week from today, it’ll all be over, New England Patriots fans. Well, for the most part. You won’t have to hear about Tom Brady’s run to the Super Bowl without his former team. We’re not going to promise all of the discourse will be dead if he defeats the Kansas City Chiefs, though.
But in the meantime, you have six more days to have your head filled with Brady’s greatness, how he doesn’t need Bill Belichick, and how the Patriots’ 7-9 season in their first year without him says it all. It doesn’t matter if you turn off your notifications. You’ll have to throw your phone in a river, cancel your cable subscription, and cut your internet wire.
The latest? Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola putting the team on blast and backing Brady as the future Hall of Famer eyes his seventh Super Bowl ring.
OK! Safe to say we can cross another former Lion off the Patriots’ offseason list. First, Matthew Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, now Amendola just made himself available to only 28 teams in free agency.
Regardless of whether you agree with Amendola or not, he played five seasons in New England, went to three Super Bowls, won two rings, and is largely a Patriots postseason legend. He’s got 57 receptions for 709 yards and six touchdowns in 13 playoff games with the team. It’s safe to say he has a good grasp of the culture and how important Brady was.
Would Pats fans have preferred he didn’t unload like this? Sure. But you can’t have it your way for 20 straight years without getting some pie in the face afterwards.
You wanted to know Amendola’s opinion on the Brady-Belichick debate? There you have it.
Then again, we’d like to point out the veteran wideout didn’t take into account that the Patriots suffered countless injuries, lost a number of other free agents aside from Brady, and had a league-high eight players opt out of the 2020 season. They still managed seven wins despite all of that.
The Patriot Way may not have been evident in New England this past season due to all of those factors, but Amendola’s strong comments suggest he feels that’ll be the case as long as Brady isn’t there.