NFL NEWS: Tom Brady
Repeat after me, future Hall of Famer New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not going to be a Buccaneer.
Some rumblings made near and afar were made about Brady’s future in light of the Patriots’ less than dominant start. Their 41-14 trouncing at the hands of Kansas City Chiefs on the road Monday night allowed rookie Jimmy Garoppolo to take over in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.
Brady left the game with 14 completions in 23 attempts for 159 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Garoppolo missed only one of his seven passes finishing the game with 70 passing yards and one TD.
Brady isn’t alone in shouldering the blame. Suspect offensive line play coupled with a trade Brady was adamantly against in veteran Logan Mankins to the Bucs has lead them to the 23rd rank overall in total yardage. Former teammate safety Rodney Harrison said Brady looked scared in the pocket and not trusts his line.
Despite all these problems, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t expect Brady to show up in a Buc uniform any time soon.
Bucs are more than a QB away from being a contender
To say the Bucs have problems might be the understatement of the year, but look at how far down the Bucs have to go. They’re 32nd overall in the pass and 24th in rushing offense. They’re also 29th in pass and 18th in rushing defense, The Bucs have been outscored 122-69 through four games despite the upset victory in Pittsburgh.
The Bucs have also had similar chemistry issues surrendering eight sacks as opposed to the Patriots 10. That being said, the 2-2 Patriots are far better a contender at this point with Brady at the helm than whoever is taking snaps for the Bucs.
The Price is Too High
Four coaches in six years, think about the gamble it took the Glazers to trade away to the Oakland Raiders for Jon Gruden to get that Super Bowl. To those who forgot, two first rounders and two second rounders (1st and 2nd in 2002, 1st in 2003, 2nd in 2004) Remember the years the Bucs had since that Super Bowl? How was that foundation since?
The Patriots’ asking price would probably be equivalent to two first round choices to start along with another potential high round choice for a 37-yard old QB.
Brady is a more accomplished Brett Favre
Brady has three rings in five Super Bowl appearances, but he’s also very conscious of his role as captain of the team. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Brady gave high fives to his offensive teammates, but stayed clear of Garoppolo when he threw his first NFL TD.
Brady’s earned the right to be the man, but he’s mortal as well. It’s not his job to mentor his replacement just as it wasn’t Drew Bledsoe‘s job to mentor him when he took over in 2001. It was the same as it was when Aaron Rodgers eventually took over starting QB of the Green Bay Packers from Brett Favre and when Steve Young took over Joe Montana‘s role as San Francisco 49ers QB. Not that anyone is annoiting Garoppolo now, but Brady’s time is coming up and soon.
If the Bucs ever bring in Brady, he’ll be a one, maybe two year rental at best and it can only diminish what they have in Mike Glennon as his rookie contract winds down. Brady’s looking out for no. 1 and the torch will have to be pried from his cold dead hands before Glennon ever gets a shot.