FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady would be foolish to leave the New England Patriots as a free agent, and Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick would be even more foolish to let him leave. Brady as a Los Angeles charger? Brady as an Indianapolis foal?
Yes I know. It is no longer absurd than Michael Jordan as a wizard in Washington.
But as much as Brady would like to do something that Jordan hasn’t done – winning a seventh championship ring – the modern athlete who could serve as the best confrontation is another former Michigan man, Derek Jeter, who has understood the power of being a icon with a uniform and that could enter the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end of this month as the undisputed second unanimous.
Jeter was great in New York. Brady is largest in New England. If the 42-year-old quarterback had a perfect end-of-career situation waiting for him, as an opportunity to play for the home team of his childhood dreams, then perhaps this would be a rather difficult call. The problem is that the aspiring successor Brady has conquered, Jimmy Garoppolo, he’s got that job nailed to San Francisco. It’s funny how life sometimes works.
If nothing else, you should understand it after Tennessee made all the Titans remember Saturday at the Gillette Stadium shrouded in London fog: you didn’t see the last of Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. in shotgun formation. After initially dismissing a press conference question about his future following the Titans’ 20-13 AFC victory (“I just left the field,” he said), Brady called the possibility of retiring “rather unlikely.”
Given his restraint when it comes to saying something substantial for public consumption, this was clearly Brady Gronk who gave the possibility that the pick-six he threw at former teammate Logan Ryan will drop as his 11,614th and last step NFL.
Brady has said more than once that he could have played over 45. In September, his father said Brady was in the best shape of his life and able to face five or six more seasons. Tom Sr. also spoke to ESPN.com at the time of his son’s decision to put his Brookline, Massachusetts property up for sale (the price was reduced to $ 33.9 million).
“You don’t want the house to be on the market for two, three, four years if you get cut,” said Tom Sr .. “It is a two-way street. Patriots can feel they have the arsenal to continue for many years later. that Tommy is gone, and that makes Tommy disposable. You also know that Bill is not in the least sentimental with his baseball players If Tommy regresses in Bill’s eyes, then he becomes expendable, and Tommy would have no choice but to go elsewhere . “
Although Brady played this season at the same declining level he played in 2013, just before Belichick chose Garoppolo to replace him, he just won his sixth Super Bowl title 15 minutes ago. He is still good enough to win 7th place with some improved directors on the outside and with the return of his left tackle, Isaiah Wynn and its center, David Andrews. Brady played the whole season without his starting center – and without Rob Gronkowski as a save option – and managed to pass 12-4, an improvement from last season’s 11-5.
Brady was still good enough to win AFC East for the 17th time. So, after this defeat defeat, he was asked if his eleventh consecutive division title was a factor to consider when entering the agency for the first time. Brady was essentially asked why he would move away from AFC East when nobody managed to get him from him.
“I just don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said, “and I’m not going to predict it. And nobody needs to make choices at this point. I love playing soccer. I love playing soccer for this team.” I loved playing for this team. for two decades and win many games. And again, I don’t know what it’s going to be like, so we’ll take it day by day. “
Saturday from the start, fans tried to make Brady’s decision for him. “PLEASE STAY TOMMY” pleaded a large sign in the stands. When Brady took the field for New England’s first possession, the crowd greeted him with a deep roar. Fans sang during the game: “Bray-dee … Bray-dee. “
But it wasn’t meant for the man who had won 20 of his previous 23 home playoff games and whose 30 post-season wins were four better than the combined total of the other 11 starting QBs in the tournament. Brady delivered some vintage passes, including a third place dart to Julian Edelman at the end of the third quarter who cut four Tennessee defenders, but his infraction failed to score a single point in the second half, scoring only the third time. that Brady Patriots was left without points halfway through his 41 post-season starts. In addition, New England’s leading defense in the league failed to stop Derrick Henry, who was good for 182 yards and a touchdown on 34 carry.
Down 14-13 with 4 minutes, 44 seconds left and ball at 11, Brady heard the fans sing for him once again. He responded by going three and out, but only after his cherished goal for eternity, Edelman, did he drop an easy ball that would have gained a first down and could have rewritten the story all night.
In the end, stuck on his 1-yard line in the last few seconds, Brady saw Ryan make up for the almost certain pick-six that he dropped near the end of the first half, leaving the Patriots to star in a tragicomedy that was football d return start that ended their season.
“Thanks for being the best NFL fans,” the public domain announcer told the crowd as the fans headed for the humid and miserable night. “Please come home safely.”
Seeming dumbfounded, Brady is engaged in a series of handshakes and hugs with a team of Titans that presents a large circle of players, coaches and managers who have learned their trade under Belichick’s surveillance in Foxborough. In the meantime, after finishing with his handshakes in midfield, Titan coach Mike Vrabel ran away from the field like a kid running to see his new puppy.
Three-time linebacker champion with the Patriots, Vrabel was the right guy to put his old team to bed. When asked about “The Patriot Way” during the week, he joked that Patriot Way is the name of the street where local cinema is located. Yet Vrabel embodied the Belichick system as much as all the players who crossed it. He had 56 bags, 11 interceptions and 10 receptions – all for touchdowns, including two in Super Bowls – during his career in New England. He stuck St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (no flag thrown) in the head on the pick-six he threw at Ty Law in the first Super Bowl victory in Belichick, and recovered the free kick against the Giants to preserve the 16- 0 regular season in 2007.
A prankster who wasn’t afraid to express himself, Vrabel sometimes made suggestions to Belichick about what he should have run in defense. “When you are a coach and call defenses,” Belichick said then, “you should go ahead and do it.”
Vrabel did it that Saturday night and sent his former teammate Brady to face the most important offseason of the rest of his life. Would Brady really follow offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels outside the door? Would he really have left New England behind if Kraft and Belichick hadn’t finally paid him the market value – or close to it?
“I love patriots,” said Brady. “I mean, this is the biggest organization, and playing for Mr. Kraft in all these years and for coach Belichick, there is no one who has had a better career, I would say, than me, just being with them. So I am very blessed and I do not know what the future will be and I do not foresee it “.
This should be a simple call for the quarterback and the people who employ it. 1997-98 The Chicago Bulls disbanded after winning title no. 6 and their main actors – Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson – played and trained after the untimely end in Chicago.
Although intrigued by the idea of winning without Belichick, Brady shouldn’t leave for the unworthy franchises that seem suitable for him. He was born in California to be a uniform liffo in New England. The time has come for Mr. Brady to register.
It is time for n. 12 to get to work on ring no. 7.