I’ll tell you what, the bombshell describing the ongoing turmoil between Patriots coach Bill Belicheat, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft totally took this brotha by surprise. Normally stuff would never leak out of New England, and especially anything juicy like this.
I’m not going to regurgitate all that Seth Wickersham wrote – and boy, did he do an awesome job – so if you want to read up on all the drama that is going on in Patriot-land, click here. For those of you only interested in the highlights, just take the time and read, it would be worth the time, trust me.
So now that – assuming you read or at least heard about the juicier tidbits from Wickersham’s piece – Belicheat traded top backup Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for just a 2nd round pick, and another backup with a good future in Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts (the same team that started “Deflate-gate”) for a little-used high draft pick (Phillip Dorsett), it has left the Patriots bare at QB. If Brady’s 40-year-old body were to betray him, the Pats would be left with the “immortal” Brian Hoyer.
And then there is Belicheat doing the unthinkable in hyping up his top lieutenants, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, for open NFL head coaching jobs. If as if Belicheat is plotting his own departure.
There are many plausible reasons to think Belicheat could walk away at the end of this season. As mentioned earlier, he traded away his two promising backup QBs for essentially nothing. He is opening stumping for his top assistant to get head coaching jobs. And last, and certainly the most important part of this conundrum, he lost in a power struggle with Brady.
And therein lies the problem.
As far as Belicheat (and any coach) is concerned, no owner should meddle in the day-to-day affairs of football operations. It doesn’t work in Washington, nor in Cincinnati, and certainly not in Dallas.
Belicheat knows that as long as Brady is still employed as the starting QB, he could never fully implement a QB succession plan and leave the franchise humming moving forward. Yes, Belicheat is really concerned about his legacy, as he should.
I know one thing for sure, I’m going to begrudgingly enjoy this dynasty while it lasts, because we will NEVER see greatness like this again.