Noontime Commentary: Five Potential Landing Spots For Tom Brady

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Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? PHOTO COURTESY: Charles Krupa / Associated Press/LA Times

By Matt Noonan 

It may be only February – Friday, February 14th, 2020, to be exact – but the thought of where Tom Brady will play next season continues to be on the minds of many, including myself.

So, below are five potential landing spots for the six-time Super Bowl champion – I am sure all five of these teams, including the New England Patriots, would certainly benefit from having Brady both in their locker room and on the field guiding their respective offense.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys begin a new era under head coach Mike McCarthy. And you know the former Green Bay Packers coach would love to have a veteran quarterback like Brady to guide his offense to not just a division crown, but also a Super Bowl championship.

Dallas may have their quarterback of the future in Dak Prescott, but it seems as if he and his agent want a lot of money for a signal-caller that has yet to guide the Silver and Blue to a conference title. Prescott is 1-2 in the postseason, and does not seem interested in attending minicamp and possibly training camp until he receives what he wants, so why not lure Brady to Texas so the Cowboys can win their sixth (and possibly seventh) Super Bowl in franchise history.

Las Vegas Raiders: Could you imagine Tom Brady donning a Silver and Black uniform? If so, I’ll buy it – I don’t wear jerseys anymore – but with Brady under center, he would immediately turn the Raiders into a team that would not only compete with the Kansas City Chiefs for an AFC West crown but also a conference championship.

The Raiders begin a new era in their franchise history this fall – sadly, they are not competing in Oakland or Los Angeles anymore, so adding Brady to their roster for one or two years would be an ideal way to start the next chapter of Raider Nation.

New England Patriots: Returning to the Patriots makes the most sense to me, but I am not entirely sure if Brady would want to play for New England, especially with how this past season concluded.

Sure, the Patriots weren’t “loaded” or the team to beat this past fall as they relied more on their defense than their offense, but if Brady were to return then I think coach Bill Belichick would need to lure some marquee free agents to Gillette Stadium so the veteran signal-caller can have a chance to end his career with at least one or two more Super Bowls.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans’ postseason run was exciting. But imagine what it will be like next year with Tom Brady under center?

If Brady joins the Titans then consider them the team to beat in the AFC besides the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens.

Most likely, Ryan Tannehill will return to Tennessee, but I could see Brady’s former teammate and current head coach Mike Vrabel finding a way to lure the veteran signal-caller to Nashville.

San Francisco 49ers: This would be an ideal way to end a historic career.

Brady, as we all know, grew up rooting for the 49ers, so why not find a way to end your career with your favorite team. And I am sure both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch would love to have Brady compete for a team that is certainly capable of returning to the Super Bowl next season.

For this move to happen, Brady could do one of two things. He could sign with the 49ers once free agency begins next month or ink his name on a new deal with the Patriots, but then ask either Bill Belichick or Robert Kraft to trade him to San Francisco. And if the Patriots did trade Brady, then you can bet that Belichick would ask for Jimmy Garoppolo in return.

I know this sounds like a crazy idea and I doubt the 49ers want to give up on Jimmy G,  but if Brady were to sign with the 49ers then he will certainly have a chance to end his career with at least one, possibly two, Super Bowl rings.


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Dartmouth’s King Joins The Washington Redskins As A Full-Time Coaching Intern

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Jennifer King, who was the quality control coach last season with Dartmouth College, was recently hired as a full-time coaching intern with the Washington Redskins. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBC12.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Jennifer King, who was the quality control coach with the Dartmouth College football team last season, was named a full-time coaching intern today with the Washington Redskins.

Monday’s exciting announcement reunites King and current Washington first-year coach Ron Rivera, who hired her as an intern in 2018 and 2019 when he coached the Carolina Panthers. King assisted the Carolina receivers, worked one-on-one with rookies with understanding the playbook before working “extensively with Pro Bowl running back Christian McCaffrey” last summer.

This past fall, King helped the Big Green finish 9-1 overall and capture the program’s 19th Ivy League title. Dartmouth concluded its 2019 campaign ranked 21st in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll.

King, who was Dartmouth’s second female quality control coach, was an assistant wide receiver and special teams assistant last winter for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) league. Before the AAF was suspended, King helped Rashad Ross become a wide receiver to watch in the league as the former Arizona State University wideout recorded 36 receptions for 583 yards and a league-leading seven touchdown receptions. Ross currently competes for the DC Defenders in the XFL.

“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” Rivera said in a statement to the media this afternoon. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.”

In addition to previous coaching experience, King played tackle football for the Carolina Phoenix and New York Sharks. She helped the Sharks win a 2018 Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) Championship as a wide receiver and defensive back.

King becomes the first African-American woman to have a full-time coaching job in the NFL, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com.

The New England Patriots Dynasty Began 18 Years Ago Today

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Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl 36, which sparked the beginning of the New England Patriots dynasty. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBC Sports Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

It was 18 years ago on this exact date when the New England Patriots dynasty began with a dramatic 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams, who are now the Los Angeles Rams.

Adam Vinatieri secured the win with a 48-yard field as time expired, which ignited a celebration by both the players and coaches, as well as the organization’s fanbase that had watched their beloved Patriots lose to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in two previous ‘big games.’

New England, which was a heavy underdog to the Rams, secured a 14-3 lead at the break, thanks to a 47-yard pick-six by Ty Law and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to David Patten.

Vinatieri extended New England’s lead late in the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal before St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner guided the Rams on a pair of touchdown drives in the final session to tie the game at 17-17 with 1:30 remaining.

On the ensuing possession and game’s final drive, the Patriots drove 53-yards in 1:14 to set-up Vinatieri for his game-winning field.

Before Vinatieri helped the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl 36, he booted a pair of field goals against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 AFC Division Round, which took place at snowy Foxboro Stadium. Vinatieri’s first kick sent the game to overtime, while his final boot secured the Patriots a spot in the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New England concluded the 2001 season with a 14-5 record – they won 11 regular-season games, including Brady’s first-ever start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 30th, 2001.

Two years after the Patriots beat the Rams, they topped the Carolina Panthers in 2004 before beating the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. New England would win three more Super Bowls years later in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Bruschi: “Tom Will Eventually Go Back To New England”

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Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi believes Tom Brady will play for the organization in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bleacher Report/Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By NoontimeSports.com 

There seems to be a lot of speculation about the future of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will be a free agent in a few weeks.

Will he remain in New England? Will he bolt for the west coast to compete for the Los Angeles Chargers or Las Vegas Raiders? Or, will he retire so he can focus on TB12 Sports?

We probably won’t know the answers to those questions or other speculations and rumors until next month. But one of Brady’s former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, thinks the six-time Super Bowl champion will remain with the organization that drafted in 2000.

“My gut feeling is Tom – when we go through all of this and play this all out, Tom will eventually go back to New England,” Bruschi said on ESPN’s NFL Countdown earlier today.

Bruschi, who is an analyst for ESPN, played his entire career for the Patriots, including eight seasons with Brady. Both players helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

The former Patriots linebacker has had some great insight on Brady’s future over the past few weeks – sure, he may not know exactly where he is headed, but as Bruschi said four weeks ago, “Tom Brady is not finished. He still wants to play football. Its a matter of where it’s going to be.”

So, will Brady play for New England or another organization next season? We’ll just have to wait and find out we suppose.

Report: Patriots To Pay Tom Brady $30M Per Year

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Could Tom Brady be persuaded to remain in New England next fall? (PHOTO COURTESY: Image via Getty/Rob Carr | https://www.complex.com/)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Today may be ‘Super Bowl Sunday,’ but that doesn’t mean we can’t hear something about our beloved New England Patriots, specifically quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, who will officially be a free agent in a few weeks, could be persuaded to remain with the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Rapoport reported in his piece on NFL.com today that the “Patriots are intent on keeping Brady, obviously, believing he has one or two good years left.”

Brady, as most Patriots fans would contest, did not have a great season this past fall. In fact, his postseason completion percentage was his lowest total in 41 playoff games. He finished the regular season with 24 touchdowns, which matched his total from 2006 while throwing eight interceptions for just the fourth time in a single-season. 

Spending $30 million per year on Brady would line his salary up with some of the top (and elite) quarterbacks in the NFL.

In addition to the Patriots being interested in retaining their long-time quarterback, Rapoport is reporting that the Los Angeles Chargers will make a pitch to Brady, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed with league sources that the Las Vegas Raiders would be interested in acquiring the six-time Super Bowl champion, too.

Both the Chargers and Raiders will compete against the Patriots in 2020. The Raiders will visit Gillette Stadium while the Patriots will compete against the Chargers in Los Angeles. No dates or times have been announced for either contest.