Tom Brady said goodbye to Pats Nation on Tuesday. Although he is a free agent and proven winner, Brady and the New York Giants aren’t good fits for each other.
Many football fans consider what happened as unthinkable. New England’s six-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback Tom Brady said goodbye to Patriots fans in a series of Instagram posts on Tuesday morning. It’s not a far leap to think he might be interested in playing for New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge, one of his former assistant coaches with the Pats. That would be a mistake for both parties.
There is a reason why Brady is called the greatest of all-time (GOAT). In 20 NFL seasons, the Northern California native has accomplished everything. Aside from the titles, here are a few of his accolades: seven-time All-Pro, two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year, fourth all-time games started (which he will break if he starts all 16 games in 2020), second all-time in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, fourth-quarter comebacks, and number one in Approximate Value (roughly football’s version of Wins Above Replacement).
At this point in his illustrious career, Brady is looking to play for a winner. He wants a legitimate shot at going to the Super Bowl in the near future. As sad as it is to say, the New York Giants are nowhere near that level. In addition, Big Blue’s porous offensive line would be a huge problem. He is almost immobile in the pocket at 42-years-old. Opposing defenses would tee off on him. Brady doesn’t need those types of headaches.
A union like this doesn’t work for the New York Giants either. Whether or not they believe Daniel Jones is the future quarterback of the team, Big Blue doesn’t need a standing target taking snaps. In today’s wide open and uptempo offenses they need a quarterback who can make plays with his feet in addition to completing passes. That’s not Brady.
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This is a rebuilding team, someone of Brady’s age isn’t a quarterback who will be around when the G-Men turn it around in a few years. Having him come in as a mentor isn’t the answer either. Eli Manning was a master of preparation as well as a multi-time Super Bowl winner, there isn’t much more Jones can learn from Brady that he hadn’t already gotten from Manning.
Last but certainly not least, The GOAT has lost a step. Brady says he wants to play for several more years but if 2019 is an indicator, he’s trending way down. Last season’s final regular-season 88.0 passer rating was his lowest since 2013. Jones was just behind him at 87.7, and Danny Dimes played for a bad team. For the big money Brady wants, the upgrade would be marginal.
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