Tom Brady’s departure from the Patriots just might be a blessing in disguise for New England. At least, one former member of the team is thinking that way.
Former tight end Christian Fauria, now a host on WEEI, said that Brady’s own agendas and priorities were holding the offense way back and the team will benefit greatly with him gone.
“They’re better off without him,” Fauria told co-hosts Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni on Wednesday, via Rob Bradford of WEEI. “Can I tell you why? And it has nothing to do with Brady’s skillset. It’s not because he’s not good or he can’t throw it or he’s lost some speed on his fastball. It’s because where he was in his career, his age, what he wanted to achieve and what the Patriots were trying to achieve were completely different. So it was never going to work out. They were never going to see eye to eye.
“This offense is not going to be able to move forward with Brady as the quarterback, not because he sucks. Those throwaways were important. It’s because he wasn’t willing to adapt. There’s the difference. He wasn’t willing to let N’Keal Harry grow.”
He then added that Brady’s style of play and need to trust his receivers was detrimental to those in the offense.
“A veteran quarterback who wants to win and throw the football and is not willing to take risks and doesn’t want his stats being messed with and won’t throw interceptions and would rather throw it out of bounds, that’s the guy that is going to delay the development of your star wide receiver who you won’t throw the ball to because you don’t trust him because he doesn’t have a long enough track record,” Fauria added.
New England’s offense was very stagnant in 2019, and it ultimately caught up with them during a week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins and a Wild card exit at the hands of the Tennessee Titans the very next week.