It only took one year for the New England Patriots to find Tom Brady’s long-term successor. That’s a huge accomplishment, given most teams find it extremely difficult to transition from a recently-departed franchise QB to the next guy.
Off the top of our heads, the Packers, who went from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, and the Colts, who went from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck, are the only teams in recent memory to transition from one great QB to another.
It goes without saying Mac Jones doesn’t belong in the same sentence as two all-time great talents in Rodgers and Luck. The point is the Jones pick last year really helped the Patriots and their fans move on from the Brady divorce.
Is the feeling reciprocated by No. 12? Not exactly.
While it was definitely tough for Brady to leave New England, he was feeling extremely confident after making the earth-shattering decision. So much so, in fact, that he dropped a F-bomb while describing his search for a new team.
Tom Brady’s F-bomb quote about leaving New England won’t sit well with Patriots fans.
At the end of the day, the Patriots are always going to look like the fools for forcing Brady’s hand in leaving as a free agent. After they finished 12-4 during the regular season mostly due to the defense, they unsurprisingly got bounced in the first round by the Titans in a game where the offense scored just 13 points.
As a result, Brady wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots — both contractually speaking, and through investments in the offense. For a guy that left around $60 million on the table via pay cuts and other cap loopholes during time in New England, that hardly seemed like an unreasonable request from TB12.
If you remember, Brady sought a long-term contract the previous offseason and had his contract restructured to create more cap space in 2019.
When you couple the countless pay cuts, the Patriots’ bottom-barrel receiving corps and the reports that shed light on the growing friction between him and Bill Belichick, it’s really not a surprise Brady left and (seemingly) still holds a grudge.
Maybe Brady simply wanted a change of scenery, but this quote indicates he still feels a certain way about how things ended. After all, we’re now more than two years removed from Brady’s departure and it’s still a talking point.
That doesn’t figure to change anytime soon, so Patriots fans should always be prepared for the occasional dig from Brady.