Last offseason, Tom Brady took to social media and announced that he was leaving the New England Patriots. He signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs and promptly went through the NFC for the first time and won the Super Bowl.
That had people wondering: Why the heck did Brady leave the Patriots? What happened? Why did he ever become a Buc?
Jason Smith appears to answer that question: Bill Belichick wanted it to happen.
Smith on the Patriots’ boisterous offseason in 2021 as opposed to when they had Brady:
“Why didn’t Bill Belichick do this in the last couple years of Brady?? It’s pretty simple, and not nearly as far-fetched as it sounds. Of course you think Belichick wants to win championships, but you heard about all the dysfunction that was going on in New England in those last couple years. Brady and Belichick couldn’t stand each other and Belichick wanted to move on.
When he found a way he decided ‘I am just NOT going to go help him, Brady is going to look bad, and eventually he’s going to leave and I’m going to restart the team’, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen. There is no reason to not keep getting Tom Brady help. It’s not like Belichick is a ‘dumb’ head coach, he’s the best head coach I’ve seen.
He knows he needs to keep getting Tom Brady weapons, but there’s only one reason the Patriots stopped getting Tom Brady weapons, and it’s because they WANTED to. They wanted Tom Brady to go… There is no reason why they shouldn’t have gotten Brady help.
They got Brady all sorts of help in Tampa Bay and they won the Super Bowl. The Patriots didn’t want to do it, they wanted to push him out, they finally pushed him out, and now it’s ‘VOILA! HERE’S ALL KINDS OF HELP!’ and they signed eleven players in the last few days… Belichick is playing the longer game because he’s going ‘I’m going to be around longer than Brady is, and now we’re going to make this right and see what we can do.’”
The New England Patriots have been among the most aggressive teams in free agency this week.
They signed ten players from outside the organization while also re-signing three others and placing tender sheets on two more.