It has become evident that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots no longer have any interest in what’s best for Tom Brady or winning Super Bowls in the near future. For all of Brady’s loyalty to the team, constantly towing the company line he has been rewarded with insolence and indifference.
Year after year, Belichick has provided Brady with halfwits, dimwits and nitwits at WR and still he remained silent, even restructuring his contract to give the Patriots salary cap relief. His reward was Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins, and injury reserve mainstay Danny Amendola … while they let Wes Welker walk.
Season after season, Brady has been asked to make chicken salad out of chicken feces, but enough is enough and Brady should take his talents elsewhere. If he doesn’t, he will be mired in the mediocrity of Belichick’s arrogance and never have the opportunity to win another Super Bowl.
Brady should ask or force the Patriots to release or trade him, or perhaps pull a Brett Favre and retire — only to unretire to play for another team. Perhaps a contender that is missing one piece of the puzzle, a QB, instead of missing multiple pieces like the Patriots. There are certainly numerous teams that could benefit from having Brady that have superior offensive weapons and defenses more capable than anything Belichick has put on the field since Spygate.
Take the Kansas City Chiefs, because everyone knows Alex Smith is just a game manager. The team went 11-5 last season before losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. Their defense allowed fewer points and yards per game, while producing more interceptions. There should be no argument in suggesting Jamaal Charles is better than any RB on the Patriots’ roster and the Chiefs’ offense put up similar production in terms of points scored.
If not them, then the Arizona Cardinals, as Carson Palmer is just a placeholder. They finished 10-6, barely missing the playoffs in 2013 and had a top 10 defense in terms of yards-per-game, allowed fewer points and yards per play, and produced more turnovers than the Patriots.
Offensively, they have Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd at WR, Andre Ellington at RB, and there is no way Brady throws 24 interceptions like Palmer. Having a deep threat in Fitzgerald would solve a lot of the woes Brady experiences in New England.
Maybe he could go to the Houston Texans, who desperately need a QB. He would be reunited with former offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien. You don’t think WR Andre Johnson wouldn’t love this move? They were a 12-4 playoff team in 2012 before the wheels fell off the Matt Schaub wagon in 2013. They were a top-five defense in terms of points allowed and interceptions, and allowed fewer yards per game than the Patriots’ underwhelming defense.
In addition to Johnson, throw in RB Arian Foster, WR DeAndre Hopkins, and Garrett Graham at TE. With Brady, that offense wouldn’t make drive-killing mistakes and be just as potent as anything the Patriots are offering.
Perhaps, with the regression of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers would be interested in a few years of Brady as signal caller. He could finish his career playing for the team of his boyhood idol, Joe Montana. Imagine what Brady could do with WRs like Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, Vernon Davis at TE and Frank Gore at RB.
Those weapons are clear upgrades over everything Belichick has given Brady the last five years, and the 49ers’ defense makes the Patriots’ defense look like a flag football team.
Or why not the Minnesota Vikings with Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson at WR, Kyle Rudolph at TE and Adrian Peterson, who would be the best RB Brady has ever played with? Sure, the defense is just as horrid as the Patriots’, but at least Brady has weapons to respond with.
The truth is, if Brady wants to win another Super Bowl, he needs to leave New England, and the above teams present the best-case scenarios to achieve that goal. At 36, the clock is ticking and Belichick has decided to let it keep ticking. If Belichick wants to continue surrounding Brady with second-rate weapons, then Brady needs to forget the “Patriot Way” and do what’s best for Brady: departing New England.