Tedy Bruschi Says Matthew Stafford “Not Tough Enough” To Play For Patriots After He Wouldn’t Accept Trade
After Matthew Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, a report came out that stated he would’ve accepted a trade anywhere in the NFL, except for the New England Patriots.
Patriots legend Tedy Bruschi didn’t appreciate that way of thinking.
“He’s not tough enough to play here,” Bruschi said Wednesday on WEEI, via Radio.com. “He’s just not tough enough. I don’t think he’s tough enough to be coached hard.
Do you realize the mental toughness that Tom Brady had to have for 20 years to deal with Bill Belichick and that type of coaching? I mean, constant pressure every single day. Does Stafford sort of grab you as a guy who could handle that? I just don’t think so.”
“He went to Sean McVay and his little best-friend relationship and go have fun over there. That’s fine.”
Tedy Bruschi might think it’s a personal shot that Stafford would shun the Patriots, but it likely had more to do with the fact that his former head coach Matt Patricia returned back to the team. The report says Stafford had a hearty taste of “the Patriot way” under Patricia and did not want anymore of it.
Bruschi added that while it won’t be as easy as it was with Brady, there is still reasons to play for the Pats.
“I think it does make [it] harder because Tom Brady was a big factor in getting guys to come here and continue to win here. You’ve got Tom Brady, and so you want to come play with him,” he said. “However this is what I will say about last year, how do you think Cam Newton felt about his experience here in terms of playing for Bill Belichick? I only heard Cam talk glowingly and positively on how he was coached. Cam Newton and Tom Brady couldn’t be more opposite.
“Like I was saying, Bill Belichick finding a connection with Cam to get a lot out of him and then also that reconnection with his locker room — I think he did through the pandemic and the social justice issues and all of that went through the NFL.”
The 32-year-old Stafford played in all 16 games in 2020 and racked up 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.