With their 22-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Patriots were eliminated from playoff contention in their first season without Tom Brady. One more loss and they’ll finish under .500 for the first time since 2000.
Brady, who has the Bucs at 9-5, was recently recently asked about the weather in Florida and how different it is from the climate he played in the first 20 years of his career.
His response wasn’t received well by a lot of people.
“It’s amazing just to be at this point in the season and to still be outside practicing today. I know we have a warm one coming up on Sunday. I always came down to Florida late in the year — we always played the Dolphins [because] they were in our [division]. It was pretty tough to adjust to. Just being in it really prepares you for the heat because it definitely takes a toll if you’re not used to it. But I’ve loved just being outside every day. I was a native Californian for a long time in my life and I went away from it for about 25 years. You won’t catch me dead living in the northeast anymore. I’m loving the warm weather and it’s been a great feeling.”
WEEI’s Ken Laird took exception to the comments and proceeded to slam the former Patriots QB:
“Brady’s jab at our weather was more than just mean, it was a from-the-heart moment that revealed he’s glad to be gone, and that he doesn’t remember his time here very fondly. A week later, he hasn’t even bothered to craft a token apology for having his words taken out of context. No, Brady doesn’t care about us. Worse, he probably regrets us. Brady could have stayed and completed the race, tougher though the final few miles may have been. It would have been a real-life Hollywood script, a near-perfect run from obscurity to the penthouse..”