Colin doesn’t like hypotheticals, but when it comes to speculating about the future of Tom Brady in New England, he can’t help himself. Brady has put up another MVP-type season, but played poorly against the Texans in the Divisional Round.
In his last two postseason games, Brady is completing 47.9% of his passes, has more touchdowns than interceptions (3 TD, 4 INT), and a passer rating of 61.3. At some point, the 39-year old Brady and the Patriots are going to part ways, the question is, when?
Colin thinks that if Brady plays poorly and the Patriots lose this weekend, conversations will start taking place between Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft about Brady’s future, and if it’s time to make the organizational shift to Jimmy Garoppolo as the future of the Patriots franchise.
“If Pittsburgh wins this game and Brady’s average, you’re darn right Kraft and Belichick are having that ‘let’s have lunch and talk.’ You’re darn right they are, and I don’t blame them one bit.”
Colin cited Belichick’s long history of moving on from players a year early, rather than a year late, as a reason the move could happen. He doesn’t see why his handling of the Brady situation will be any different.
With Belichick, there are no sacred cows, only pieces of his master formula based on getting valuable assets for players before they fall off the cliff. This includes Tom Brady.
“Bill Belichick has never given us one moment that makes you think he deeply cares about his players. They’re retail, baby. He gets rid of guys a year early, not a year late. If you think he’s gonna get held hostage by a situation, it’s not gonna happen.”
Colin pointed out that there isn’t a quarterback in football that’s more ready-made to assume the mantle from Brady than Garoppolo. And while Brady may have some good years left, at 39, he doesn’t have many. Despite putting up MVP numbers this season, Brady won’t play forever. Decision time is coming sooner than one might think.
“The end comes very quickly in pro sports.”
Belichick never waits until the end in sight, he trades players when it’s just around the corner.
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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 17, 2017