“But Tom Brady lost in the Wild Card round this year”.
Just getting ahead of the comments before they start rolling in. Listen, I know the Patriots didn’t win really anything this season and overall, the offense was putrid. This was one of the most mediocre Patriots teams I’ve ever seen in my life. Which isn’t really saying much because I was eight when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl.
But the question honestly all season has been this. Is Tom Brady retiring after this season? There were signs upon SIGNS that this was going to happen and there were those who believed he was gonna and those who didn’t.
Brady didn’t look like he was having any fun this year and it showed more and more as the season grew older and the losses and underwhelming offensive performances became more frequent. And look, I’m not going to sit here and kiss the ass of Tom Brady. If you can’t acknowledge the fact that he took a pretty sizable step back during the 2019 season, then you’re blinded by your fandom.
Was it all his fault? Absolutely not. The running game for the majority of the year was completely ineffective. A lot of that was due to the offensive line allowing everybody through like a soft bouncer at a club. And then the receivers. Woof. The receivers were the worst part of this team offensively and it isn’t even close. Look, I love the guy. But you’re not going to win a damn thing when a 33-year-old, clearly injured Julian Edelman is your best target. Or when you trade your second-round pick for a guy who’s been pretty solid during his career and he turns out to be a dud.
All of this mixed with the fact that you went down during the Wild Card round? If Brady retired, it would have made sense. All of the signs were there. Well, all of the signs were there aside from the fact that he reassured us multiple times that he wants to play a few more seasons. But screw it, that didn’t matter.
Today, Tom Brady quelled the fears of Patriots fans when he posted this on Instagram on Wednesday morning.
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I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show – the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.
I know. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s going to be returning to the Patriots in 2020. He could sign a contract with another team if he and Bill Belichick can’t agree on the financial terms and length of the deal.
But I’ve been consistent in this stance and I’m going to stick with it. I never thought Brady would go sign with another team. IF he does decide to come back and play out another season, then it’ll be back at Gillette Stadium.
And then there’s the Bill Belichick factor in all of this. I know, he’s one of the toughest guys in football in regards to contracts. BUT, what has Bill been consistent with throughout his time in New England? He’s devoted in putting the best guys out there who give the team the best opportunity to win. Unless he’s seen something in Jarrett Stidham in practice that we haven’t been able to see as fans, the best chance you have to win is with Tom Brady leading your team downfield.
My final prediction on this: Tom Brady will be back with the Patriots in 2020. And honestly, they’ll probably win another Super Bowl after they load up on receiving threats.
-Nick Quaglia (@NickQuag)