Joe Montana always saw Tom Brady as one of those players who stay with one franchise for their entire careers. Now that he is out of New England after spending 20 years with them, Montana is baffled.
During an interview he did recently, Montana shared his thoughts on Brady’s departure from the Patriots and said that this was a mistake on the team’s part:
“I don’t know what’s going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake.”
Montana explained further:
“I think when you look at the whole situation, you try to figure out how you want to get away from things that are there,. I had a different story, where they had made a decision. He, obviously, they never would have gotten rid of. I still don’t understand how New England let him get away. I don’t understand that.”
He also said that during a talk with Brady at Super Bowl LIV, he got a sense that Brady had drifted away from the Patriots:
“It’s not about appreciation. He wants control. I mean, he wants a lot of control. I don’t know what Tampa Bay gave him, but at some point in time, you’re just a player. You can try to get what you can and do what you want, but in the end, you’re still not in the hierarchy when it comes to hiring people, firing people and all that.
“I don’t know exactly what he’s looking for, but my understanding was that he’s just looking for more control of the offense. But I don’t know. I haven’t had a long conversation with him; I talked to him a little bit at the Super Bowl, but not enough time to really get in-depth.”
He went on to explain:
“What he wants is a bit more weapons. But more weapons doesn’t always mean you’re going to continue to win. There were times we had a lot of weapons later in my career, but we had up and down years; Steve (Young) had up and down years with the same group. That’s not always the case that happens with it.
“I mean, you can go back at look at the Super Bowls that (the Patriots) won. They won a lot of close ones, but it’s still about the people, how they fit into that offensive system, how they’re doing in understanding each other. You go back and people probably can’t even remember my first two groups of receivers in those first two Super Bowls, other than Dwight (Clark).
“Sometimes you’ve got to be careful of what you wish for. Sometimes you get it and it becomes a little more pressure if they don’t perform. Those guys have put up some big numbers, but in a different style of offense. It’ll be interesting to see what they mix in with what they did in New England with what they’re going to do and continue to use and had success with in Tampa.”
We can’t wait to see what happens with Brady.