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With Brady's Exit-There Are So Many Questions


The earth is officially standing still in New England.

Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots.

We never thought this day would come, but here we are.

The greatest quarterback of all time will be wearing another uniform in September. His last pass as a Patriot was a pick-6 in a playoff loss to Tennessee.

It wasn't supposed to end like that. And Brady's announcement on social media comes on a St. Patrick's Day where watering holes throughout New England are closed.

Beer and liquor may fly off the shelves faster than toilet paper throughout New England in the coming days.

Let's reflect a bit here. Brady gave a franchise once known as the Patsies six Super Bowls, and it could've easily been nine if not for two lucky catches by the Giants and Bill Belichick benching Malcom Butler against Philadelphia.

He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I was in the stands at old Foxboro Stadium when he threw his first career touchdown pass to the late Terry Glenn in a win over Doug Flutie's Chargers.

Many Patriots fans don't know the Patriots without Brady. The organization has had two franchise quarterbacks - TWO - since 1993 when Drew Bledsoe was drafted.

While this will be like seeing Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards jersey, there are a lot of questions going forward.

Where will Brady sign? Who will the Patriots bring in, if anybody? My money says he goes to Tampa Bay now.

Now, we'll also find out how great a coach Belichick is. He had the greatest quarterback of all time for 20 years. His first season in New England with Bledsoe produced a 5-11 record. The year Brady blew his knee out, Matt Cassel managed to go 11-5, but all he had to do was get the ball to Randy Moss and Wes Walker and not screw up.

Same deal when Jimmy Garroppolo and Jacoby Brissett combined to go 3-1 in the wake of Brady's 2016 Deflategate suspension. Get the ball to the playmakers like Gronk, and not turn the ball over.

The Patriots don't have those types of weapons. Julian Edelman is also on the back nine of his career. They don't have a game-changing tight end.

It's a sad day in New England for sure. But I doubt Belichick is going to tank the 2020 season for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the likely Number 1 pick in 2021.

We're on to a new era. But it's a shame Brady couldn't have a Jordan-esque championship ending to his last year in New England.

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