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OT: Brady “checked out” after Steelers loss in 2018?

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RobertWeathers

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2018 was really an amazing run. The team never looked championship caliber until the post-season began. I do remember Brady talking to the reporter after the Chargers game saying how everyone was saying the Pats suck and that we'll see what happens. That moment really galvanized them as they blazed into KC and won in a shoot out and then dropped the hammer on the Rams offense. If all this happened while Brady was somehow checked out which really is laughable, then it makes me love that run even more. LOL.
Yea I'm just not buying Betard's take. I do think Tom was down in the dumps though. Season/BB grind, Josh gone, Gronk moving like Frankenstein, he was a little banged up, record, tough loss, bad throw, etc.

Slater and McCourty said after that Pitt loss there was a player only meeting which was "clear the air" in nature and forced everyone on the team to commit to not giving up.

Maybe Tom needed a kick in the butt or a wake up call but Betard is reaching big time.
 
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PatsDeb

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Nah, he checked out (and checked out isn't really the right word - his heart wasn't in it any more for NE) when the Pats refused to offer him two more years before last season. He's said so himself.
 

amfootball

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Nah, he checked out (and checked out isn't really the right word - his heart wasn't in it any more for NE) when the Pats refused to offer him two more years before last season. He's said so himself.
That was last year. Bedard is talking about 2018 when we won the SB.
 

patsfanincleveland

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I’m not saying I believe Bedard.

But I’m open to the possibility that he didn’t want the run heavy offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if he thought that - after the Steelers game - the team was going nowhere. And so, despite the fact that they won the SB, it’s very possible Brady still had enormous confidence in his passing ability and thought it best to « give him the chance to win it » like he had done so many times before.

love me some Brady, but he can be whiny. This isn’t out of the realm...

theganggreen predicted several years ago that the Patriots shift back to I formation, power running offense once all the league loaded up on small, fast linebackers to counter the Pat's two TE spread, hurry up style offense.

What's old is new again.

These things are cyclical and nothing lasts forever.
 

amfootball

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theganggreen predicted several years ago that the Patriots shift back to I formation, power running offense once all the league loaded up on small, fast linebackers to counter the Pat's two TE spread, hurry up style offense.

What's old is new again.

These things are cyclical and nothing lasts forever.
That's interesting. Brady has played in every type of offense from the power run teams from 01-06 to the shoot out offense of 2007-2010 to the TE offense post 2010. I can't imagine he would care about the approach of the offense as much as the weapons he has to work with. What is true over the past couple of years is our skill positions have been atrocious. I would imagine that was frustrating Brady more than the design of the offense itself. Of course the fact that he did not get his contracted extended either is probably just as much of an issue as well.
 

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Tough to promote his fountain of youth mumbo jumbo when all the team needed him to do was hand off, hold the trophy, and look pretty.

Probably felt like an ex boxer acting as a greeter an off the strip casino

No doubt he called his agent and said “find me a team loaded with weapons to make me look good again..... and make sure I can market the sh*t out of my hokey trademark ideas”

Brady looked pretty and handed off in every game he ever played, and has held more trophies than anyone. What's not to like?

I agree that Tompa Bay is a great choice for him. We know he wasn't wanted back here.
 

sb1

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I think the bye week during the playoffs may have rejuvenated him. Being "checked out" doesn't mean you don't check back in later on. Brady may have been frustrated about the run-first offense, but part of that is on him since he wasn't playing anywhere near his 2017 season. If McD doesn't transform the offense around Michel and the running game, SB 53 doesn't happen.

Im happy to put that Pats running game at the end of 18 right up against what the Ravens had last year anyday. The Pats obviously didn’t have a QB running threat like Lamar but they were absolute money in the red zone like few teams I’ve ever seen. They could ground and pound it all day plus obviously teams still had to think of Brady throwing and that helped too. Either way the league had no answer for it. Wish they stayed healthy in 2019 cause then our season ends very differently than it did. :(
 
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Lavictoire

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I think the bye week during the playoffs may have rejuvenated him. Being "checked out" doesn't mean you don't check back in later on. Brady may have been frustrated about the run-first offense, but part of that is on him since he wasn't playing anywhere near his 2017 season. If McD doesn't transform the offense around Michel and the running game, SB 53 doesn't happen.
The run offense saved the season. The defense came on wonderfully too.
 

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Brady didn't have the best of receiving talent last season; that's a fact. Brady wasn't capable of adjusting to weaker receivers; he showed that.

Summation, age was checking Brady out.

Now in TB, he has excellent receivers. He can stay in the pocket. He can't get out of his way if he leaves the pocket. Long passes won't be his thing. He will have a decent season for an old QB.

FU TB

Go Pats
 

captain stone

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I refuse to believe that Brady would've been very upset about the offense turning to its playbook's Running section more often as the 2018 regular season was drawing to an end...
...outside...
...in the Northeast...
...with an OL 3/5 physically better-suited for run-blocking than pass-blocking anyway...
...with one of the best blocking FB/TE groups in the league...
...and with a First-round halfback who appears at last to be finally healthy...

It would be illogical for Bill, McD & Brady to NOT have wanted to emphasize the running game for the final weeks of that season...Besides, Tom Brady plays Anti-Hero-Ball; if he knew (as I'm sure he did) that standing back and throwing less often, and handing off the ball more often, will give his team a better chance to win the next game, then why wouldn't be be down with that?
 
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Sicilian

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This just reeks of one of those times when someone hears "Brady felt a little down in the dumps after back to back tough losses" and decided that wasn't going to drum up enough interest so he punched it up into "Checked out". Hey, when you never have to name your sources, you can take a lot of liberties with wordplay.
 

patsfanincleveland

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Nah, he checked out (and checked out isn't really the right word - his heart wasn't in it any more for NE) when the Pats refused to offer him two more years before last season. He's said so himself.

Personally, I think the refusal of a contract is more with macro factors than something personal. We are reaching the point where QB's take up so much cap that teams will be distorted with paying "franchise" QB's.

Prescott making $35 million?......come'on man.

BB has always been at the front of where the game is going.

Best secondary to counter franchise QB's
Great special teams
Power run game
Non cap busting QB.

A 6 time Lombardi winner does get odd man out status.

it will be interesting once KC has to pay Mahommes and what that team looks like.
 
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