Tom Brady is headed back to the Super Bowl with a new team. I hate to write it but he is the best quarterback to ever play the game. He is headed to his tenth Super Bowl in just 21 years.
Tom Brady has been to the Super Bowl 10 times which means he has been to the Super Bowl 48 percent of his career. Many will say that is because of Bill Belichick, but he showed it this year it was not Belichick. Brady showed this year that he can lead any team to the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers were 7-9 last season. They finished 3rd in the NFC South, and quarterback Jameis Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in a season.
The Buccaneers opted to go with Tom Brady this year and signed him away from the Patriots. The Patriots on the other hand won the AFC East for the 11th straight season, and finished 12-4, but they were upset by the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card game.
This marked the first time the Patriots lost a home postseason game since the 2012 AFC Championship Game, and the first time the Patriots failed to reach the AFC Championship Game since 2010. The Patriots were also the only NFL team that made the playoffs, and had a winning season in every year of the 2010’s decade.
This year, the Patriots signed Cam Newton in free agency and would eventually bench him in the regular season. In the first season without Tom Brady, 10 plus players decided to opt out of the season, saying it was because of COVID-19, Julian Edelman was no where to be found, and the team quit on Bill Belichick.
The Patriots finished 7-9 and finished third in the AFC East. The Patriots looked horrible. Cam Newton looked pedestrian. If Bill Belichick was such a great coach, he should have been able to get the playoffs with the 2015 NFL MVP. The Patriots did not play with Jarrett Stidham, they played with Cam Newton, the man that put the Panthers on his back and led them to the Super Bowl.
Cam finished the season with more interceptions than touchdowns. He threw 10 picks and had 8 touchdown passes. He finished with 242 completions, for just 2,657 yards. The Patriots wide receivers were horrendous, and the Patriots did not look good at all. Before this season, Cam Newton had 8 straight seasons of 3000 plus yards. Cam Newton looked like Tyrod Taylor this year.
I am sorry, but Bill Belichick could have retired before the start of this year and he would have been better off. Next year the Patriots will have to go out and find a new quarterback, and I would not be surprised if they sign another veteran. Maybe Matthew Stafford, Jimmy G, Carson Wentz or trade for Deshaun Watson. Shoot, yesterday in an NFL Mock Draft, they had the Patriots drafting Trey Lance. Unfortunately, I do not believe Belichick can develop quarterbacks, and if he cannot find a veteran to fit in his system, he may end up playing his way out of the league.
Belichick the ball is in your court. You couldn’t do it with an MVP, I will give you one more shot. If you cannot get it going next year, you were not the reason the Patriots were winning.