Thursday, March 2, 2017


The kid in me never wants to see Superman leave. I'm not old enough to remember Drew Bledsoe starting a game for the New England Patriots. If you let little boy Mike have his way, Pedro, Nomr, Paul Pierce and Tedy Bruschi would all still be chipping away at their billion dollar contracts , while President Adam Sndler passes legislation on pizza and ice cream Friday's. But little Mikey doesn't run things. The real ruler of New England is a cold, calculated man named Bil Belichick. A boy who read the trades at story time and told his mother when to go to bed. If there's anyone who gives less of a fuck about nostalgia, I've missed them. And if Jimmy Garoppolo isn't traded now, it's not because BB will miss gazing into those baby blues. It's because he's the guy who will replace the GOAT.
This is not me saying that the Patriots should cut Brady, or that TB12 is washed up. I'm simply telling you that our boyish desire to see Tommy finish his career here on his terms is not shared by the coach. He's traded Jamie Collins and Richard Seymour. He's cut Vince Wilfork and Lawyer Milloy. He's let Ty Law and Wes the potential of a walk. And to us, none of those guys are Tom Brady. But to BB, they're all just a cap number that is or is not living up to their value. TB12 has far exceeded that value every year of his career. But in Bill's notebook, you don't get credit for past performance. nd when that computer of a man looks at a 40 year old QB, the oldest skill player in the league, vs. a 25 year old who he feels has the potential to be the next guy, there's only one logical answer to that equation.
Bill hasn't always had Tom at that position. He lived through Cleveland with no one and when he got here he had a washed up Drew Bledsoe. He knows how difficult it is to find THE guy. He got incredibly lucky that the 199th pick in the draft was the greatest ever. And now, when he looks at Jimmy G's potential, 1, 3 or even 5 years of whatever Brady has left, doesn't equal the benefit of finding the next guy.
I know any Patriots fan that reads this will jump straight to me saying Brady's done. Let me be clear, I'm not a fool. There are no signs, other than his age, that Brady is close to done. But no one has ever stayed at this level into their 40's. And personally, I'm of the belief that the the Patriots owe it to Brady to let him go out on his terms. But, I assure you, Wild Bill does not share that sentimental belief. So this is not my The Patriots aren't good anymore moment. This is not dummy Max Kellerman saying Brady's about to fall off a cliff. This is just my attempt to warn you. If the Patriots do not trade Jimmy now, you best get your bib. Because it's going to get messy.

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