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Brady's gone and so is all I've known

Future hall-of-famer has taken his football talents south to Tampa Bay
By Zack Miller | Mar 25, 2020

Well, the day came on Thursday, March 20. The day a lot of New England Patriots' fans feared, me included.

Our savior quarterback Tom Brady packed his belongings and headed south to Tampa Bay, with a wake of memories and sense of dread left behind.

Brady agreed to a two-year $50 million deal with the Buccaneers — all of that money is guaranteed by the way, and rightfully so — after 20 years full of titles, records and comebacks here in New England.

Now, as we watch his brake lights fade into the distance, Patriot fans turn their heads and ask each other: "Now what?"

All hope is not lost as Bill Belichick is still the head coach, but, for me, this will be the first time in memory in which Brady won't be under-center leading my favorite pro football team.

Brady joined the Patriots when I was eight, and one of my first sports memories was when he led New England to its first Super Bowl championship in 2001, so he's all I've known.

After 74,571 passing yards, a record 249 wins (210 in the regular season and 30 more in the playoffs), six Super Bowl championships (nine appearances in the big game), 14 Pro Bowl selections, nine American Football League titles, three first-team All-Pro selections, three regular-season Most Valuable Player awards and four Super Bowl MVPs, a void is left at the most important position on a football team, with no clear answer on how to fill it. And that troubles me.

When I think about the news I let out a sigh each time. Does this mean the Patriots will fall back to the irrelevancy they often faced before Brady arrived, or, will things be fine since Belichick is still the man in charge?

I'm going to lean towards the latter. People think Brady is a system quarterback, and that will be put to the test this season in Tampa Bay, but I never thought that, because he's always excelled with a less-than-stellar supporting cast.

Belichick will see us through this "uncertain time," because it's hard not to trust the future hall-of-fame coach after all he has accomplished in his time leading the Patriots.

The most important question I have is what will New England do? Right now it looks like Jarrett Stidham is the quarterback of the future, with veteran — and former Patriot backup quarterback — Brian Hoyer as the backup, but maybe they will compete for the starting job.

I'm not sure, and for the first time it's a little frightening, since myself, and the rest of New England fans, haven't faced this issue in decades, but now will.

It's an unsettling time for Patriot fans around the world, and our questions will be answered in time, but for now speculation runs rampant and holds the playbook.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Mar 28, 2020 09:29

Yes and I am sure Mrs. Brady will be enjoying the sunshine in Tampa Bay and not missing those harsh New England winters.  Oh to be the bird on a wire over Brady's backyard pool.

Posted by: Eric Thurston | Mar 25, 2020 15:22

We were in Tampa a little while ago. They are pretty excited about Brady down there.

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