Patriots Talk Podcast: Is Bruce Arians right to believe Tom Brady still has it?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Is Bruce Arians right to believe Tom Brady still has it?

Tom Brady officially is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, and his new coach Bruce Arians probably is thrilled with the addition of the six-time Super Bowl champion.

With Brady coming up on his age-43 season, Bill Belichick and the Patriots seemingly had a desire to move on and roll with a younger quarterback in second-year signal-caller Jarrett Stidham.

Will the Buccaneers be proven right in adding Brady, who couldn't help a depleted Patriots team get past the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs?

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On this week's episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran was joined by Phil Perry to discuss whether Arians is right to believe Brady still can play at a high level. Curran, who advocated for Brady, believes the Bucs coach made a smart decision because 2019 was a result of New England not getting Brady the help he needed. 

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I don't see a dip in velocity. I don't see a dip in arm strength. I don't see a dip in pocket movement. What I saw in 2019 was a guy who was a bit shell-shocked. He didn't know where guys were going to be coming from. They could be coming from his left, could be coming from his right. He knew he had one guy to throw to in (Julian) Edelman and he was getting triple-teamed. He didn't know what was going to happen on the outside and that's what led to accuracy issues. That's what led to unsettledness. That's what led him whipping it into the cheerleaders.

It had nothing to do with his birth date, and that to me is why I wanted to ask Arians, 'What are you seeing? Are you seeing a guy who's got the velocity?' Because you watch that Tennessee Titans game, Phil, and you're watching that game and they're getting their asses kicked but the throws that he made, some of them, even the ones that were dropped, were boom -- right there.

Curran then mentioned the drops by receivers in that AFC Wild Card Round matchup and said the Bucs' faith in the 43-year-old future Hall of Famer will be rewarded as they've surrounded him with a much better offense in Tampa Bay. 

To hear more from Curran and Perry about Brady's fit in Tampa Bay, if Brady took the high road when addressing his departure from the Patriots, why the Pats now are rebuilding and what the Brian Hoyer signing means for Stidham, check out this week's episode Patriots Talk Podcast.

Patriots Talk Podcast: How did it come to this with Tom Brady? And what's next?

Patriots Talk Podcast: How did it come to this with Tom Brady? And what's next?

It's a concept that will be hard to grasp for a long time, but Tom Brady's 20-year run as quarterback of the New England Patriots is over.

How did we get to this point? How did the most iconic figure in Boston sports history come to the conclusion it was time to continue his football journey in Tampa Bay? What could the Patriots have done to keep him in New England?

On this week's episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Michael Holley discuss all of those questions.

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Curran explained what Patriots owner with Robert Kraft said about Brady's departure, which is that this was Brady's decision. But as Curran has reported, that isn't entirely true. Brady had wanted an extension, but never got it.

Everybody understood that what Tom Brady wanted was an extension. So to me, it's extremely disingenuous to pretend that Tom Brady did not want to stay with the Patriots and it was his decision to leave. It was his decision after once again being rebuffed and getting an extension that takes him through his 43rd year, that he was going to move on.

Because he was tired of feeling as though he was going to get one thing at the negotiating table and then being told to settle for something else, and settle for less. So he said, 'I'm not going to do it next year. I'm going to be a free agent.' And when they didn't do [expletive] to try and make it any better for him, especially over the last two weeks, he chose this day and said, 'I'm going to be moving on.'

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Curran also shed some light on what Brady and the Patriots were at odds on during contract negotiations, and for years leading up to his departure.

Tom Brady and the Patriots had philosophical differences. How long Tom Brady could continue to play at a high level or even if he is at a high level is something the Patriots debate internally. He's 43 years old, do we want to commit that kind of money to a guy and just keep propagating a situation where this team needs more help in different spots, and it's time to rip off the band-aid.

And Brady's saying, 'Look, don't worry about my age. Don't worry about 1977. Look at me and look at how I perform. Give me the players around me and every single time you've ever done that, look what you get. And they are at loggerheads, and Brady has sensed this for years.

To hear more about the philosophical differences between Brady and the Patriots, as well as whether Brady can play beyond 45 and a big picture look at his legendary Pats career, check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or on YouTube.

Patriots Talk Podcast: If Patriots wanted Tom Brady, they would've tried harder to keep him

Patriots Talk Podcast: If Patriots wanted Tom Brady, they would've tried harder to keep him

Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reportedly signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and maybe New England should've tried a bit harder to keep him.

On this week's episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran discusses why he believes the Patriots would've tried harder if they really wanted Brady to stay in New England, among other topics. 

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Curran notes that if Bill Belichick really wanted Brady around for the long haul, he would've started negotiations long before the tampering period began on Monday. 

If the Patriots wanted him to stay, if the Patriots wanted to negotiate they would have exchanged numbers and gotten to the table with him and conversed before this tampering period began. And when the tampering period began and the offers crystalized, that's when Brady said 'you know what, they're not going to call. Every indication they've sent me in the past few years about how they feel about continuing on with me no matter how much they value me, no matter how much they love me, no matter how much we're part of the same family, the end of my economic value to them has come and gone. We need to move on here,' and that's what they're doing.

That's why I hope we can look at this parting and instead of necessarily laying complete blame, we could discuss reasons for why things happened and I don't blame Bill Belichick for doing what he's always done which is to try and make things as economically sound as he can for his team.

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Although Patriots owner Robert Kraft was playing the blame game Tuesday saying Brady wanted to leave, he may have only wanted to leave because he had tired of Belichick's approach and the lack of offensive weapons being brought in for the future Hall of Fame QB to work with. 

Belichick making his team "economically sound" has resulted in Brady and linebacker Kyle Van Noy signing big deals to play elsewhere. So, cutting payroll doesn't necessarily help the Patriots become a better team in the coming months. 

Who has more to lose in 2020, Belichick or Brady? Curran answers that question later in the pod. To hear more about the lack of negotiations that led to Brady's departure, how Belichick will do without his safety net in Brady and reflections on Brady's career in New England, check out this week's episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or on YouTube.