I think when all is said and done it will be pretty clear that belichick held into brady for pretty close to exactly the right time. He clearly showed decline last year and since he is still Tom Brady and with diminished skills probably could still carry a championship team for a game or 2, it had to be at the right price. I think we will also see that jimmy g ultimately will be an very average qb and whatever comes next isn’t a decidedly worse option than him.To summarize for the umteenth time:
1. In 2014 Garapolo was a great choice to pick given his potential and Brady's age. There was never a thought that Garapolo was even a thought to replace Brady in his first 3 years. He was very raw, playing at a small football school and needed a long time to develop.
2. In 2016 he showed some promise in the 5 quarters he played before getting hurt. When he was drafted the HOPE was he'd be ready to take over for the 40+ year old Brady for the start of the 2017 . That was historically a reasonable expectation.
3. However Brady ruined that plan by playing better and longer than could reasonably be expected, which blew "the plan" out of the water.
4. Time simply ran out. There were no "internal disagreements". No backbiting or fights. There is one simple overriding factor that seems to get lost in all this. At no time during Jimmy's stay with the Pats was he ever the best QB on the team. So when it was clear that he would opt for FA the ONLY option was to trade him OR Brady. And why in the world would you trade the better QB????
5. Brady proved he was the better QB by leading his team to THREE straight Superbowls, and winning 2 and narrowly losing one AFTER the trade of JG.
6. If Brady had even a nominally normal athletic life for a football player, Jimmy G would still be a Patriot. But, as we found out, Brady isn't even close to that. And while he has clearly slipped a bit over the last season, 4 years AFTER the trade no one can doubt that the Pats made the right decision. In fact the ONLY question you can reasonably ask is did they get the most for him.
^^^^THIS^^^^Please keep political side opinions off Patsfans
So, the players are wrong for kneeling to make a political statement? Ok, got it^^^^THIS^^^^
whenever you are tempted to post some political comment, remind yourself “‘Tis better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”
inability to separate politics from football is foolish, regardless of your politics.
get your priorities straight!