Welcome to the Truda Report everybody. I'm going to be discussing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's future, and how it looks like they want their legacy to end.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a great relationship. So great, that many don't pause and think on the idea the pair could retire the same season. With the moves that Belichick has made this offseason, I now don't see anything wrong with that idea either. In fact, I strongly believe that it's true. Bill Belichick has always believed in growing in house talent through the draft. He was never one to trade lots of draft picks for proven players, he liked grooming his own crop of players and having them prove themselves. Suddenly though, all of this has been thrown out the window.
Bill is a smart guy, and he knows that no elite quarterback in history has ever played at a high level past the age of 40. Age 41 is usually when great quarterbacks start to look like scrubs. I believe Brady has the ability to break this mold, to continue playing well until he hits, lets say, 42. He has played in the unbeatable system: throw short high percentage passes to avoid mistakes- get rid of the ball in under 2 seconds to avoid getting sacked- whenever your internal clock hits 3 seconds, look to check the ball down to the running back. This strategy has always worked, and it has helped him preserve his body. Almost all elite quarterbacks of the past have pushed the ball downfield, meaning standing longer in the pocket, thus taking more hits. That's why the cutoff has always been 40, but as I said, Brady has the ability to play longer.
Belichick knows that this means Brady really only has 2 years left of good performance, and the way he is making moves in free agency, he is acting on it. The signing of Stephon Gilmore gives the Patriots the best starting cornerback duo in the NFL. Belichick would have never made that move in the past though, because he had to dole out a lot of cash in the process. The Patriots traded for Kony Ealy, a talented 25 year old defensive end, and in the process gave up their 2nd round pick. Belichick loves his 2nd round picks, and has always gotten good talent out of those selections (Jamie Collins for example). Now, suddenly, he is willing to throw the selection into a trade to get a player that will be impactful now, not one he can develop. The Patriots also made a blockbuster trade with the Saints, acquiring Brandin Cooks and a 4th round pick for their 1st and 3rd selections in this years draft. Many expected Belichick to get Christian Mccaffrey in the 1st round this year, a running back with a skillset Belichick usually drools over. Instead he is breaking his past rules of building through the draft to acquire a proven talent, and impactful weapon for Tom Brady.
All of these moves would never have been made by Belichick in the past, due to them being expensive and using up draft picks. Bill clearly wants to win now, just before Brady's window closes. Belichick has never been about the now, always about the future. From his famous press conferences, always saying his focus is on next weeks game, to his strategy of building through the draft to be good in the future, Belichick has not been about the now. Suddenly though, as Brady nears retirement, Bill Belichick is making moves that make it seem like he too is ready to retire, once he gets what seems like an inevitable 6th Super Bowl Victory. Watch out NFL, the Patriots are coming... again.
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High School Senior from Connecticut obsessed with sports stats, facts, and management.