Tom Brady leaving the Patriots is the storyline we all need right now.
Unless you’re a Pats fan, this breakup between Bill Belichick and Brady is something we’ve all been rooting for. If you are a Patriots fan, no one has any sympathy for you. You had two decades of winning. Welcome back to mediocrity with the rest of us New England.
There’s a whole bunch of layers to this massive power shift, but most important here is the fact that something we as sports fans have been accustomed to, has been flipped on its head.
The unknown is going to be polarizing every day from here on out, and if you thought Brady was in the news a lot before, this will be like throwing a box of lit matches into swimming pool full of gasoline.
First comes the question we can all stay glued to: where Brady goes. The Bucs? The Chargers? Does some mystery team swoop in with a Godfather offer because they’re desperate for relevance?
Once the “Brady destination” question is answered though, we’re still only at the starting gate of the best soap opera-style storyline of this saga.
Brady has been in a 20-year relationship, and now he’s single again. He’s used to things being done a certain way, with someone who knows him better than anyone else. The “Patriot Way” is in his blood. Belichick and Robert Kraft brought a certain comfort level for Brady—even if they had their ups and downs at the end.
Now Brady is looking for a new relationship. Can he adapt to unfamiliar routines? How willing is he to changing at all himself for the good of this new relationship?
It’s hard to believe that any of these teams linked to Brady can bring something close to the culture in New England that Brady is used to. He’s bound to get frustrated and at some point use the “in New England we didn’t do it that way” phrase.
Which as everyone should know, mentioning your ex in your new relationship doesn’t really go over well.
And then in the long term, we have the question of whether either Brady or Belichick can win without each other.
Belichick clearly has the advantage when it comes to post-breakup success potential.
Brady’s success is predicated on his health and physical abilities. Belichick just has to stay sharp mentally, while still having the comfort level of the same organization he’s been with for over two decades. Belichick isn’t forcing himself back onto the dating scene, he knows exactly what his weekends will be like and couldn’t be happier.
Brady is as smart as anyone that’s ever played the game, but if he can’t throw the ball the way he wants to, it doesn’t matter. It’s just that simple.
It’s foolish to try and judge Brady’s legacy on his post-Patriots resume though. He’s 43 years old, and his last play of the 2020 was a terrible and memorable pick six.
This is about his love of football (okay, and maybe a little spite towards the Patriots too). That’s all part of this long list of questions though. How is Brady both physically and mentally in 2020? Not to mention all of the outside factors that can interfere along the way.
We’re all left with a million questions surrounding this league shifting news, but one thing we already know for sure, is that Tom Brady in a new uniform is great for the NFL and its fans, and we have so many more pages to this story that still have to be written.
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