Tanguay: "It'll Be Good Night, JE11"

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When it comes to New England sports, we all have our favorite players and we will ride and die with them.  It’s what we do in New England, we connect with a player, we buy their jerseys and sometimes make emotional comments on our favorite player.  Full disclosure, I have sat on this thought for about a week and when I first heard it and then read it, I needed to formulate my opinion before quickly reacting.  NBC Sports Boston’s Gary Tanguay professed his love for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.  I mean, what’s not to love about JE11?  He went from being a seventh round pick out of Kent State, transitioned from quarterback to one of the most clutch receivers at his positions.  Edelman, who caught 100 balls from Tom Brady last season, will begin life after TB12 this upcoming season. 

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The thought that concerns Tanguay, concerns him to the point that he claims that potential Patriots starter Jarrett Stidham will “mess up and lay Jules out.  Then it’ll be Good Night, JE11.”  Now in fairness, when Tanguay made that comment and wrote it, Andy Dalton had not signed with Dallas, but he still felt the same regarding both signal callers.  Personally, to say that either quarterback would get JE11 hurt is pretty asinine.  While this will be Edelman’s first season without Brady being his quarterback, you’d have to think the practice reps with Edelman last season would count for something.  In addition to thinking that Stidham would get Edelman hurt, Tanguay stated “let’s face it, Edelman should probably quit for the sake of his head.” 

Over the course of Edelman’s career, which dates back to 2009, he has missed time with three Grade 1 Concussions, all with Brady as his quarterback.  He was tested for a concussion at halftime in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, which came back as negative.  To insinuate that Stidham would “mess up and lay Jules out” is absolutely laughable and irresponsible.  Edelman plays hard, he does that because similar to Brady he seems to always have something to prove.  Edelman is tough and will work hard with his new quarterback to avoid the potential of getting him hurt.  That statement from Tanguay could be said for any new quarterback in the league.   Joe Borrow and Tua Tagovailoa will be throwing to new receivers this season, where is the outcry that they will get their respective receivers hurt?  This isn’t because Tanguay is pro-Brady and anti-Bill and has been that way for years.  Tanguay has been very critical of Belichick and with Brady leaving it has only gotten worse. 

Tanguay was critical of Belichick just recently when he was on with Rich Eisen going over the 2020 NFL schedule.  Eisen asked Belichick what it is like not having Brady.  Belichick responded that he’s done it before with Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett and “they’ll continue what they’ve always done”.  While that is the only sample size Belichick has to reference other than his first year with the Patriots where he had Drew Bledsoe and the team went 5-11, what else can he reference or even say?  

The Patriots went 11-5 with Cassel the year Brady missed the entire season with an ACL injury suffered in the home opener against the Chiefs.  Which, side note, screw you Bernard Pollard, your hit on TB12’s knee was bush league.  The Patriots did miss the postseason with Cassel at the helm, but the fact the team won 11 games without Brady is a testament of coaching and the system.  

Besides that season, we saw Garoppolo and Brissett the year Brady was suspended four games for Deflategate.  To say the 20 games or so without Brady, plus that first season with Bledsoe is a good sample size might be a bit much. 

Brady was the ultimate Patriot, he’ll forever be the greatest quarterback to play the game.  What he accomplished in New England will likely never be seen again.  For Tanguay to hold a grudge against Belichick about how he’s handled the transition is his prerogative.  Insinuating that Stidham will get JE11 hurt is ludicrous.  You’ve stated “God, Bill. Get over it”, I suggest you do the same and not assume that JE11 “will be left out in the cold”.  The better narrative and argument would be whether Stidham is the right man to led this team, not assume he will get the Patriots best receiver injured, that’s just a lazy narrative. 



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