Patriots Fans, It's Okay to Root for Tom Brady

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For a number of reasons, I never thought I would utter those words. Yet, here we are.  Once again, a Tom Brady-led team is headed to the Super Bowl and for the first time in his career, it's not the New England Patriots.  For some reason that I cannot comprehend, that doesn't sit well with Patriots fans.  Look, if you want to be upset at the general fact that it's not the Patriots in the Super Bowl, fine.  But if you are openly rooting against Brady, or are secretly hoping he fails, you are out of your mind.

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Despite what people may think, Brady succeeding in another uniform is not any sort of indictment on the New England Patriots or Bill Belichick.  All it really does is confirm the fact that had they put some better pieces around him, they would've continued to be Super Bowl contenders.  He clearly can still play at a high level.

What it doesn't do though, is discredit anything that Belichick has accomplished as a coach.  Stop listening to talk radio. 

The Belichick and Brady duo was the epitome of the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts".  They both were instrumental to New England's two decades of dominance.  There's a good chance Brady will win a Super Bowl without Belichick, but would he have won six, and appeared in nine?  Probably not.  

The same goes for Belichick.  You can argue you all you want about who was more important - a stupid argument if you ask me - but the fact remains that both of them were important. 

The optics of it look bad because in the first season Brady leaves, he finds himself in the Super Bowl, while the Patriots finish under .500 for the first time since 2000.  However, the fact that Belichick even won seven games with the roster he had is a major accomplishment.  Bill will have more opportunities to win without Brady, though.

If anything, this season should give Patriots fans validation.  For 20 years you had to listen to morons from fan bases around the NFL trivialize Brady's accomplishments by labeling him a "system quarterback" (how'd that system look this year?). 

How for 20 years he made easy throws and was carried by good defenses and good fortune.  They nitpicked and tried to explain away each of his nine Super Bowl appearances.  For some reason we had to defend a guy who appeared in 13 AFC Championship Games, including eight consecutively.

Well, now this "system quarterback" is in a completely different system, and is once again back in the Super Bowl.  Not only is it just a different system, but it's a completely different offensive philosophy.  One that forgoes the underneath throws, for shots downfield.  This "system quarterback" finished second in the NFL with 40 touchdowns and third in passing yards; all of this despite not having OTA's, training camp or any kind of preseason.

Think of everything he did for this Patriots franchise the last 20 years.  Think of all of the joy he brought us as fans.  He, along with Belichick, helped transform this franchise from a laughingstock to the class of the NFL.  This team was a Super Bowl contender at the beginning of every season.  Brady made sure that we had something to watch every January, while most of our friends sat around praying for New England's demise.

Brady's on field accomplishments speak for themselves., but what about off the field?

He played below market value for virtually his entire tenure as a Patriot.  As subpar quarterbacks around the league cashed in, Brady simply restructured his contract in order open up some more money to improve the team.  He still made good money, but he could've demanded much more and really hamstrung the Pats.  He never put himself above the team.  He was the first to call himself out after a poor game, and redirect credit to his teammates.  At the end of the day, it was always about winning for him.

When Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady could have sulked.  He could have made a public spectacle of the fact that the team spent significant draft capital on what was supposed to be his replacement, rather than improving other areas of the team.  Instead, he turned that into motivation, busted his ass and humbly led New England to four more Super Bowls, winning three of them. 

Now he's facing off against what could be the next dynasty of the NFL in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.  A team that's looking to become the first repeat champion since the Patriots did it in the early 2000's.  A team that, were it not for Brady and the Patriots, would be playing it is third consecutive Super Bowl.  A team that if they win Super Bowl LV, the comparisons to the Patriots will undoubtedly start.  If nothing else, you should want Brady to put a stop to that.

There is not one legitimate reason you can give me as a Patriots fan that would explain why you want Brady to fail.  This is a guy who did nothing but dedicate 20 years of his life to this franchise, and never did anything to the detriment of the team. 


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