WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria believes that the team’s offense this year will be better without Tom Brady.
- Brady, who led the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles, left the team earlier this offseason to sign a two-year, $50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Fauria explained that “It’s because [Brady] wasn’t willing to adapt.”
Former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria knows exactly how quarterback Tom Brady led offense after being part of the team for four seasons. But the former Patriot believes the New England team will benefit now that Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“They’re better off without him,” Fauria told WEEI Thursday. “Can I tell you why? And it has nothing to do with Brady’s skill set. It’s not because he’s not good or he can’t throw it or he’s lost some speed on his fastball. It’s because where he was in his career, his age, what he wanted to achieve and what the Patriots were trying to achieve were completely different. So it was never going to work out. They were never going to see eye to eye.
Fauria further explained that the Patriots’ offense will not be able to move forward with the four-time Super Bowl MVP on the team.
“Not because he sucks. Those throwaways were important. It’s because he wasn’t willing to adapt. There’s the difference. He wasn’t willing to let N’Keal Harry grow.”
It seems like what Fauria was saying that the Patriots are “better off” without Brady is because the QB wasn’t willing to wait for Harry to develop. Harry was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Fauria also said that the 42-year-old Brady “doesn’t want his stats being messed with and won’t throw interceptions,” so he wouldn’t be aggressive throwing to Harry.
“This year. Right now, the offense is better off without Tom Brady,” Fauria, who also played for the Seahawks, Redskins and Panthers during a 13-year career in the NFL, continued. “They are better off without him this year, yes.”
Fauria doesn’t seem to be a fan of Jarrett Stidham, either.
“I don’t think Stidham is a good quarterback,” he said.
Stidham is the Patriots’ projected starting quarterback for this upcoming season.