Tom Brady recently sat down with Peter King on the Monday Morning Quarterback segment and told King that he wasn’t surprised at the Patriots drafting Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
“I felt like I had a pretty good idea we’d take a quarterback,” Brady said. “Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win. It’s not my role to choose players here, thankfully. And this is not the first time they’ve taken another quarterback either. There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything. I just hope I’m the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here.”
Brady has often been put on the leaderboard of analyst’s top quarterbacks in the league, but he has also been sold short on his talents and it’s something that drives him. Finding things to motivate himself has never been the issue, but he doesn’t have to look far to see some speculating he’s on the decline.
Garoppolo is now the highest drafted quarterback since Tom Brady took over the helm and some think it could have been partly to motivate Brady. Some thought Brady, from high-fashion photo shoots to showing up to non-football events in hot air balloons, that his preparation might have been lacking. I mean he did have a family and is married to a super model after all.
Brady stormed back in 2013-14 to once again earn that parking spot given to the hardest working player in camp with the best attendance. What Brady has been lacking is an offensive weapon to compliment him with his three best assets being injured (Gronkowski), locked up (Hernandez) or left via free agency (Wes Welker).
Honestly, the commentary of people saying Brady is on the decline is a little exhausting and premature. I’m not defending him as much as I’m asking who has he had next to him? The preparation isn’t the problem. It’s never been the problem. The problem is the lack of weapons for Brady that he’s been surrounded by every season besides the Moss year. Different sport, but LeBron James won nothing until Dwayne Wade.
Do I object to the Patriots trying to light a little fire under Brady’s ass? No, I think it’s good and smart. Do I think Jimmy Garoppolo can beat out Tom Brady when he’s 40? No I don’t personally. I think Garoppolo was drafted with hopes he could develop into the next quarterback, but for anyone expecting Garoppolo to take the job from Brady forcefully, you’re likelihood of getting disappointed is high.
What I do like is reports that surfaced that Brady was in on the decision-making of drafting the next guy. Based on Brady’s comments to Peter King, he was told that they were likely going to draft a quarterback. Those are good signs to a happy ending with Brady in New England. We can’t handle another Favre ordeal.
I think Garoppolo’s presence will motivate Brady, but I also don’t think Brady needed motivating. He needs a Dwayne Wade, just like LeBron did, to get over a slump that has Patriots fans wondering if they’ll see the Lombardi Trophy before Brady retires.