Former NFL Player Feels Letting Go of ‘Psychopath’ Tom Brady Was Bill Belichick’s Biggest Mistake

Published 08/05/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 07: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots yells as he runs onto the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Tom Brady is perhaps Bill Belichick’s best decision and worst mistake. The former New England Patriots quarterback stayed with the franchise for two decades and in turn helped Belichick establish the greatest dynasty in the history of football.

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But with Brady turning 42, Belichick decided it was time to part ways with his star quarterback. Opting to sign Cam Newton in free agency, Tom Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the rest as they say is history.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gestures in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Brady went on to win Super Bowl LV in his first season with the Bucs while the Patriots failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first in over a decade.

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And this decision is still something that baffles former NFL player Ross Tucker.

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Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, former NFL O-linesman Ross Tucker talked about the major factors Bill Belichick didn’t counter in when deciding to let go of Tom Brady.

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“The miscalculation for Belichick… I really think is that he did not place enough value on the mental psyche of having Tom Brady on your team. Like from two standpoints. Number one, when you’re late in the game and Brady’s on your team, you know, you’re going to win the game,” said Tucker.

And that clutch mentality is definitely something Tucker feels the Patriots missed with Cam Newton calling the shots on offense last season.

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“Big difference between that and like last year with the Patriots and Cam where they were like, ‘Man, I hope Cam can do it, I think cam can do it.”

As for the aspect, Tucker said that no one wants to let down Tom Brady. Absolutely no one.

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“The other thing is, and I’ve seen some Bucs players talk about this. And I experienced this when I was in New England, Brady’s just such a psychopath, that you don’t want to make a mistake, because you don’t want to let him down.”

While the Buccaneers look poised to go back-to-back, the Patriots are in rebuild mode. Who knows, had Belichick not let Tom Brady go, he too could’ve claimed his seventh ring as head coach of the Patriots. But for now, that seventh ring seems like a distant reality.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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