What went wrong with the Patriots marriage to Tom Brady?
It’s no secret the New England Patriots had a disappointing season. Maybe they thought they should have kept Tom Brady for another couple of years rather than bring in Cam Newton, but the case was there to move on. If you look at Brady’s numbers from 2019, it’s tough to blame Bill Belichick for deciding to go in another direction. That season was Brady’s worst year in his career in terms of stats and all the advanced passing metrics, and he was turning 43. Looking like his production is declining, into his 40s with an expiring contract, coming off his worst statistical season, what else could the Pats do? They couldn’t really fire him up and get another two year deal for a quarterback that we know has declined the past two seasons.
The big baffling thing is what they were doing at the receiver position. Sure, they with Josh Gordon with Antonio Brown, even Stefon Diggs, they tried to get into the building, but ultimately they failed. That’s what was kind of the ticking with Tom Brady. He was like, look guys, you did your best to try to get me weapons, and it’s not working out, so I’m going to head down to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers already had weapons and were establishing a culture of talent that Brady can thrive. In New England, the offense around him was actually holding him back. It wasn’t Tom Brady that was really derailing the Patriots’ offense the last two seasons; they just had minimal talent around him.
It’s just stunning to see what Brady has done this year, even though it still feels like they’re a work in progress, which is unbelievable. Sure, they still had some hiccups and issues in the second half of that NFC Championship game, but here they are in the Super Bowl in Brady’s first season there. It’s unbelievable.