“What’s a comp for what Brady is doing? What fanbase had to digest success like this from a former player?” Curran asked.
“The one that stuck out for me? The Red Sox selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees a hundred years ago,” Curran wrote. “At least the Sox got $100,000 back and owner Harry Frazee was able to bankroll the play “No, No Nanette!” What did the Patriots get? A vacancy for Matt Stafford? If things go well?”
Boston Globe Patriots beat writer Ben Volin wasn’t as harsh on Belichick and the Patriots for letting Brady go, but asked a simple question: “Why is Brady doing this for the Bucs and not the Patriots? Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick have to be feeling pretty sheepish about this.”
Volin focused more on how Brady’s win Sunday meant a lot to his legacy, even if Brady’s legacy was already cemented.
“To think that entering December the Bucs were 7-5 and barely clinging onto a playoff spot,” Volin wrote. “Now they have won seven straight games and are heading to the Super Bowl.
“This may be Brady’s 10th Super Bowl run, but given all that he has accomplished this year with a new team, it’s definitely the best of his career.”
Both hosts on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Mazz” took time to mock the Patriots for letting Brady leave.
“Humble pie! That’s what they’re serving down in the cafeteria today in Foxborough,” Tony Massarotti said while making a sniffing sound. “I think [the smell] is coming from Belichick’s microwave. Humble pie!
“Look, at the end of the day, here’s the bottom line. Tom Brady left the Patriots as we all know. There was a duel there. There was a fight there. One guy showed up. The other guy didn’t. One guy showed up. The other guy didn’t. Plain and simple. Brady against Bill. One guy was ready for the duel. One guy wasn’t. And the guy who wasn’t got his a– kicked.”
“He made the plays he had to make as usual. And the opponent did not,” Michael Felger said of Brady’s performance in the win over the Packers. “Stupid me! Stupid me and those like me. I thought it was the coach. I thought it was the coach more than him. Obviously, not one or the other. I thought it was more of a function of the coaching and the Patriots laundry and that thing vs. Brady — and it turns out it’s just Brady.
“I had the wrong guy. I had the wrong guy, so did everybody. So did Robert Kraft. So did everybody. With every week and every day and every game, I don’t know how you can come off of your spot if that’s the spot you’re on. That’s just a fact.”
While it seems like most people in the Boston media sports scene are killing the Patriots, not everyone is. The Athletic’s Jeff Howe made a point to say that while Brady’s had more success in Year One of the separation, that shouldn’t change how important both Brady and Belichick were in the past.
“If nothing else, this season has validated Brady’s decision to jump ship while the Patriots were tipping toward a rebuild — a job Belichick must still complete,” Howe wrote. “But it shouldn’t, in any way, change the narrative about the previous 20 years.”
Howe went through the 20 seasons Brady and Belichick were together in New England, arguing that Brady made up for the lack of talent on the roster in some seasons and that Belichick coached up teams to better records than they should have.
“They lifted each other time and again, with Brady playing at such a superhuman level that he could mask deficiencies on the roster and Belichick coaching to a level where the Patriots’ worst seasons would have been major successes for most franchises,” Howe wrote. “While Brady plays the most important position in all of sports, consider how many great quarterbacks across the league have been wasted by substandard coaches over the years.”
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