What drives New England Patriots QB Tom Brady? Head coach Bill Belichick aka The Hoodie.
Brady told the Washington Post:
“Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win. It’s not my role to choose players here, thankfully.
And this is not the first time they’ve [drafted] another quarterback either. There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything.”
That being said, Brady is 100 percent correct in his assessment. Belichick has always and will always go with the players he believes give the Patriots the best chance to win — period. It doesn’t matter what a player has done in the past. Belichick wants to know one thing: Which player at each position gives the Patriots the best chance to win? Whoever does will be playing. It’s that simple with Belichick. This does not make Belichick a jerk. It simply means that the Patriots head coach understands he must get the best out of each of his players and put the team in the best possible position to win each week to ultimately win another Super Bowl.
Brady’s attitude and his work ethic are part of what make him one of the best QBs to ever play in the NFL, and even at age 36 (he will turn 37 in August) possibly the best QB in the NFL right now. Brady’s current contract is through the 2017 season. Fans of the Patriots are hoping Brady will still be playing at a high level at that time. Brady himself told Peter King that “you know, you don’t have to suck when you get older.”
The numbers in King’s article show that Brady may indeed be better in his 30s than he was in his 20s, but given that he’ll be 40 when his current contract is up, Patriots fans probably should not count on Brady play too far past his current contract. Who knows, though; maybe The Hoodie will keep motivating him to work hard and to stay in football shape even after his current contract is up in New England.