On Tuesday, Tom Brady was officially introduced as the new quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had him field questions about his shocking move from the team with which he's had unprecedented success, to one that has struggled to have any for nearly two decades.
The Tampa Bay media wanted to hear about Brady, the Buccaneer, of course. However, for many of us, his choice to leave New England is the more pressing issue here. There have been years of rumors about a rift with Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft's struggles to intervene and both sides' desires to prove themselves without the other.
That doesn't mean that Tom Brady is ready to throw anyone under the bus. Brady wanted to keep things focused on the future with the Buccaneers. However, he didn't pretend like the New England years didn't mean anything, either.
“I don’t want to talk about the past, because it’s not relevant to what’s important in my future, and what’s going on this offseason for me,” Brady said during the teleconference. “I had nothing but two decades of incredible experiences and learning from some of the best players, and the best coaches and the ownership of the team. For all of us, things in life can change, and you’ve got to be able to adapt and evolve."
From there, Brady opened up a bit more. He said that the relationships he formed over 20 years are what he'll miss most. From the Boston Herald:
“Any time you leave somewhere, it’s very emotional . . . the transition is very emotional with a lot of guys I’ve talked to, that I’ve shared the field with,” he said. “The relationships are what matters most to me. I’m going to be friends with my teammates, my former teammates and former coaches the rest of my life. That’s not going to leave because I’m wearing a different jersey.”
The move launches New England into some real uncertainty. Having Belichick is as good a life raft as a fan base can hope for. However, the team's quarterback room right now consists of Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer, and Cody Kessler.
Even so, New England is the current favorite to win the AFC East.