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NFL Rumors: Tom Brady told Al Michaels he was 'unhappy' in November

NFL Rumors: Tom Brady told Al Michaels he was 'unhappy' in November

Even when things were looking up for the New England Patriots last season, Tom Brady apparently wasn't a happy camper.

Brady and the Patriots rolled into their early-November matchup vs. the Baltimore Ravens with a zero in the loss column. That wasn't enough to please Brady, however, as the ex-Pats quarterback expressed his dissatisfaction to NBC's Al Michaels before what ended up being New England's first loss of the year.

Michaels revealed to fellow NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico the surprising comments Brady made to him, which foreshadowed his departure from the Patriots in free agency.

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"I think the most revealing thing we heard from Tom is we went in for the midseason game in Baltimore on a Sunday night in early November, and [the Patriots] were undefeated," Michaels told Tirico. "And we were talking to Brady, and Brady said to us, 'I'm the most unhappy 8-0 quarterback in football.'"

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It's unclear exactly why Brady was so unhappy despite being 8-0, but there are some interesting theories. Perhaps he was tired of Bill Belichick's strict coaching style after 20 years, or he simply was displeased with the Patriots taking it season-by-season with his contract rather than committing to their 42-year-old QB. There also was the whole Antonio Brown saga, which unfolded six weeks prior and took a No. 1 receiver away out of Brady's arsenal.

Brady mentioned in his Wednesday interview with Howard Stern he "probably knew before the start of last season" it would be his final year of New England, so he may have been unhappy long before that Week 9 game in Baltimore.

Whatever it was that had Brady down, it ultimately culminated in the six-time Super Bowl champion beginning a new chapter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady signed a two-year contract worth $50 million guaranteed last month to become the Bucs' new signal-caller, and he seems rejuvenated by the opportunity.

NFL Rumors: Patriots may ask CB Joejuan Williams to play safety in 2020

NFL Rumors: Patriots may ask CB Joejuan Williams to play safety in 2020

If Joejuan Williams sees significant playing time in 2020, it may not be at his primary position.

The New England Patriots have asked the second-year cornerback to become more versatile on defense this season, posing Williams this challenge, per ESPN's Mike Reiss

"Can you be the jack-of-all-trades in the secondary?"

As Reiss wrote, that could mean Williams staying at cornerback, moving to safety or some combination of both.

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Why move Williams around? The simple reason: New England is stacked at cornerback, with reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore leading a four-man rotation with Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones.

The Patriots also are deep at safety -- Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung are the experienced starters with veteran Adrian Phillips and rookie Kyle Dugger joining as newcomers -- but Williams may be able to carve out a hybrid role as a slot cornerback or roving safety.

New England's second-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound cornerback could take a cue from McCourty, who spent three NFL seasons as a cornerback before successfully transitioning to safety during the 2012 season.

Williams contributed just one pass defensed in nine games played last season, though, so he if wants to see more action in 2020, he'll need to add more skills to his tool box.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.