Tom Brady’s risky gamble Drew Breeze, laid bare in Saints loss


Before his big family trip from New England to Tampa, Tom Brady boxed and wrapped everything except his gear, his football, his six Super Bowl rings, the AFC East. What a shame that he couldn’t bring his favorite division with him.

Did you see Brady’s first 85-yard drive and two-yard touchdown on Sunday for the rest of his life?

How often do you think the AFC East team would have effectively taken over, and resigned in a single day in office, while Brady built another memorial for himself at the expense of that team?

But the New Orleans Saints are not the New York Jets, or the Miami Dolphins, or even the Buffalo Bills, who could actually be strong enough this year to win a playoff game for the first time in more than a quarter-century. The Saints are not just a team; They are a program. Not a program like the New England Patriots, but a program nonetheless.

Brady had not faced one of them since he was playing in the Big Ten. Inside the Superdome on Sunday, Bill Belichick opened the final leg of his career – with Cam Newton at quarterback – beating Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins, Brady tried and failed to defeat Drew Breeze, the first Ballot Hall to leave for a Tampa Bay. Famer, along with the Buccaneers team, was advertised in New England as having a lot more firepower than Brady last year.

A 34-23 final score as a pain could have been for Brady, especially after Ballistic had made a 1-0 start and had all kinds of praise for Newton (two quick touches), making it a surprise Should not come in the form. Trees and Sean Peyton won 13 games together in each of the last two seasons. They have won six NFC South titles as a partnership, including the last three, and have won 11 or more games in seven seasons.

It was always a part of Brady Gamble that never made much sense. And that’s why in the last question he fielded as Patriot last January, after losing his playoffs to the Titans, I asked Brady why he would move on from a division he had won 11 times and yet he gave him The most obvious path provided back in the Super Bowl.

Brady gave a lengthy non-answer, including this gentle observation through a thin smile: “I have loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games. And then, I don’t know that this further. Looks like a hike., So we’ll take it day-to-day. “The quarterback thanked reporters, leaned over to pick up his bag, and disappeared after hugging teammate Devin McCotti and then whispering,” See you tomorrow. ” Huh.”

There will be no tomorrow in Foxboro, Massachusetts – not after being decided by Brady, in the words of a close source, that he will be “belichkied out” after 20 years. After the 2017 season a different source said that Brady wanted to divorce Belichick. It took him just two years to file the paperwork.

And that’s fine. Brady and Belichick decide they like the new challenges, and we all should have spent more time on the fact that their marriage had lasted 20 years, despite the stress of high stakes, and less time thinking that they would Why not arrive at 21?

Brady can make a case for himself that at the age of 43, he earned a break from Bellich’s 24/7, 365-days-per-year intensity, and Bruce Arion’s lighter, weird man’s touch and history with Peyton Manning , Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer made him the perfect antidote, even though Arian had a win to his name as head coach, 30 fewer than Belichick.

But considering that Brady’s main goal is the seventh championship, a mountain that even Michael Jordan couldn’t climb, it was difficult for him to jump into a divisional Cage match with the Saints. It became difficult to understand on Sunday, when Brady threw two fierce interceptions, the first ball that went over Mike Evans’ head, the second on a sideline behind Justin Watson, and intercepted with Janoris Jenkins, who drove it back . For a touchdown that put New Orleans ahead by three points.

Arion at first contradiction: “Mike read it right.”

Arian on second interception: “Bad decision.”

Brady called Arian in line at the check: “Some were good, some weren’t.”

So light, to the touch of a strange man.

If Brady knew of his new coach’s evaluation, and was blamed by it, he would not have done so in his postgame video news conference. “They were thrown bad,” Brady admitted to his contradictions. He said more than once that he “needs to do a lot better.” In the hype surrounding the Bucks’ all-star cast, Brady said, “It doesn’t matter how much talent you have if you throw the returned interception for a touchdown. I got it right.”

This was not when Brady was expecting to arrive, he walked into the Superdome arena wearing a dark shade and a crimson-colored shirt carrying the message “TB x TB, Season One, 2020, LFG”. He looked as happy as a young father that he no longer had to wear a jacket and tie and overcoat.

This opener may have seemed easy to Brady and Bellich bombed Newton in his opening act. Instead, Newton skillfully threw the ball against Miami, responsible for those double digits, and ran for more yards (75) than any Patriots quarterback since 1977, the year Brady was born.

“Cam has been very good to us. … He’s a very, very selfless player,” Belichick said. “He is a great teammate. He has earned the respect of everyone, in fact, daily. He is just doing everything he can to help our team and he can really ask all of you, and He does so consistently, finalizes and puts himself in. Team first. So, I think he did a tremendous job there… “and on and on.

Brady’s family members and friends were long exhausted by Belich’s refusal to trust his franchise player, who won a conference title against Jacksonville a few years ago with an arm pass, only Belich. “We had reduced the real effort by saying ‘No’. Here we are not talking about open heart surgery.”

At the start of free agency, some inside the Patriots’ organization wanted Belichick to temporarily quit the difficult-to-do task and give Brady some love, if only in a private conversation, to try to win him back. This was never happening. Brady made his choice, and there he was, six months later, wearing the Bucks colors in the Superdome, looking as odd as Jordan Washington in the Wizards’ colors, when he was again inside his gorgeous 2001 Madison Square Garden Was opening

Tampa Bay played like a team of marquee names that were only slapped together and made up by Brady and his old friend Rob Gronkowski like a pair of lost tourists who strayed from Bourbon Street. Arian said the fan-free setting – forced by a coronovirus epidemic – created a playing environment with absolutely no energy, and his quarterback agreed that the game felt like a scrimmage.

But of course, this scuffle counted. The record shows that Brady became the oldest man to score a touchdown in the NFL, and he has now played more games (327) than any quarterback in league history, including Postson. It would also show that Brady lost this duel between the NFL’s most prolific passers, the league’s first duel between 40-something starts.

Yes, Brady needs a full offspring before this game and should prescan with his new receivers. But more than that, perhaps he needed the kind of divisive rivalry he had built in New England. Brady won the AFC East, and earned a wild-card round bye during all nine of his Super Bowl seasons. His Patriots had to play in the wild-card round four times, and only once did they make it to the conference championship game.

The revised playoff format devalued the number 2 seed, as it bye only the number 1 seed. The system has made the road harder, and Brady never faced a Super Bowl winning coach like Sean Payal in his division. He never faced a Super Bowl winning quarterback like Drew Breeze in his division. (Brett Favre played for the Jets in 2008, but Brady was almost out of season.)

Tom Brady can overcome the loss, go 13-3 and win his seventh ring. It’s just that on Sunday he was given a cruel reminder that the AFC East would be easy to pull off.

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