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In his role as a FOX analyst, Terry Bradshaw often comes across as the zany old uncle who says things around the dinner table just to get a shocked reaction.
But last week, during a breakfast-time appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up”, the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback made a lot of sense as the voice of reason.
Asked about Tom Brady’s decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bradshaw expressed his belief that the 42-year old QB wanted to put the many NFL records he owns out of reach while establishing other marks to solidify his standing as the greatest of all time.
Bradshaw also thinks that, despite his claims to the contrary, Brady simply could no longer co-exist with his New England Patriots coach.
“You can not tell me everything is OK between you and Bill Belichick,” said Bradshaw, who spent his entire 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. “That just doesn’t resonate with me as the right thing. I don’t believe that’s the case at all.”
Bradshaw theorized that there was finally a collision between the pressure Belichick puts on his team and the pressure Brady puts on himself.
And from there, egos took over.
“I happen to believe that working for Bill Belichick would have been a great honour, but when you’re through, you’re through, because I think that kind of commitment to excellence is mentally exhausting,” said Bradshaw. “So perhaps Tom wants to get out from under that kind of pressure, and be free to go to Florida, with the weather, and show the world how great he is … how great he really is without Bellichick.
“I know Belichick can win without Brady,” added Uncle Terry. “I don’t know that Brady can win without Belichick.”
Now, there’s no one who thinks Belichick was totally unprepared for Brady’s departure. But it’s somewhat of a head scratcher that the Patriots have not yet signed free agent Cam Newton, a former MVP who is still just 30 and, if healthy, is still one of the game’s best quarterbacks.
Newton provided video proof that he’s recovered from shoulder and foot issues on social media this weekend.
“People love a good underdog story,” the former Carolina Panther said on Instagram. “This ain’t that. Sh – t, I been a dog.”
So what’s the deal? Why the hesitation from the Patriots? It can’t be all about Newton’s flamboyant, loud personality. Belichick can tame those.
Is the answer really Jarrett Stidham?
Could be, if you believe the talk coming from the Patriot’s Stephon Gilmore, the best cornerback in the league and the NFL’s reigning defensive player of the year.
“He came in and worked hard and got better and better as the year went on,” Gilmour said to ESPN of the 23-year old as a rookie last season. “He has a strong arm. He makes some tough throws. Definitely made it hard on me in practice each and every week, going against whoever I was covering, making some great throws.
“It allowed me to get better in practice to prepare for the games.”
If Stidham actually did make the best better – and why would Gilmore fabricate that – then maybe the 2019 fourth round pick really is the go-to option in New England.
Maybe, just maybe, Belichick is about to outsmart everybody again.
By now, that shouldn’t be a surprise.
CORONAVIRUS HITS NFL: While Saints coach Sean Payton continues to recover from the COVID-19, the virus has also hit the league’s extended family. According to the Bleacher Report, coronavirus put former NFL offensive lineman Tony Boselli in intensive care. The 47-year old Boselli is doing better under treatment … Former Denver Broncos second round pick (1982) Orlando McDaniel died Friday night from “complications related to the coronavirus”. The 59-year-old native of Shreveport, La., reportedly fell ill after visiting a family member in Washington, D.C. A track and field star at LSU, McDaniel played just three games in the NFL, all in the `82 season and all solely as a special teamer.
EXTRA POINTS: Former Packers WR Geronimo Allison is staying in the NFC North. After appearing in 46 games (but making just 14 starts) with Green Bay since 2016, the gangly (6-foot-3, 203-pounder) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions for the veteran’s minimum $910,000. According to the NFL Network, the deal also includes a $137,500 signing bonus.
Allison was given a chance to replace the departed Randall Cobb as the Packers slot guy last season, but despite playing in every game he was sixth on the team in receptions, with just 34. He also had four drops, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In other words, he should fit right in with the sad sack Lions … Agreeing to a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins is CB Ronald Darby, who started 11 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season before being sidelined with a hip injury. A second round pick of the Bills in 2015, he was traded to the Eagles three years later for WR Jordan Matthews and a third – the same day the Bills dealt WR Sammy Watkins to the Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a second.
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