As of today, we’re a bit closer since my last ‘commentary’ blog post – in fact, the NFL free agency period will truly begin two weeks from today (March 18th, 2020), so we should know where the six-time Super Bowl champion will be playing shortly.
But in the meantime, I thought I would re-think (and revisit) my thoughts from a few weeks ago and share where I think Brady will play next fall.
New England Patriots. I find it hard to believe that Tom Brady would want to leave New England for another team. Seriously, I don’t think he wants to play for another team. Brady would probably have to ask for less money so the Patriots could spend some money on new pieces for their offense.
If Brady doesn’t return, which is certainly possible, then it truly is because of coach Bill Belichick and his eagerness to lead the Patriots to a championship without the greatest signal-caller that is not named Joe Montana.
San Francisco 49ers. I floated this idea a few weeks ago – I won’t take credit for the thought – but seeing Brady suit up for his hometown 49ers would truly be a fairytale ending to his historic career.
If the 49ers were to acquire the six-time Super Bowl champion, then they would most likely send Jimmy Garoppolo packing. And most likely, Jimmy G would return to New England to lead his former team, which provided him with two Super Bowl rings.
I really like the thought of Tom Brady playing for the 49ers because he would make them an immediate lock for next year’s Super Bowl.
Tennessee Titans. Until the rumors of the 49ers started floating or the thought of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo switching places started, I thought Tennessee was a lock. But I am not so sure about Brady playing for the Titans next season.
Tennesse seems like an ideal fit, of course, so don’t rule this team out as we inch closer to the first day of free agency. Plus, you know Tom Brady would love to play for his former teammate, Mike Vrabel.
Other potential landing spots (in my opinion) could also include the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I don’t think we will see Brady sporting a Dallas Cowboys uniform or playing for the Los Angeles Chargers. And I will end this post by saying I don’t think he will play for the Las Vegas Raiders, but I could be wrong.
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.
Tonight is the 68th Beanpot Tournament at the TD Garden. Northeastern University, which won the championship last season, will skate against Harvard University at 5 p.m. while Boston College and Boston University will compete at 8 p.m.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
The Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years last night, thanks to an exciting fourth-quarter comeback, which was led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (FiveThirtyEight.com)
Kansas City’s Frank Clark ripped San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after his team’s comeback win last night in the Super Bowl. (ProFootballTalk.com)
Kyle Shanahan believes the 49ers should be “fired up for next year” after losing on Sunday in the Super Bowl. (ProFootballTalk.com)
Justin Bieber and others had some funny reactions to Tom Brady‘s Hulu Super Bowl commercial. (NESN.com)
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was booed in Miami during the Super Bowl pregame ceremony for flexing his championship rings. (Yahoo.com)
Sunday’s win over the 49ers was Andy Reid‘s 222nd on the sidelines, along with his first Super Bowl championship. (ESPN.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Google’s Super Bowl commercial tugged at the hearts of many!
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The Boston Sports Scoreboard
After enjoying an off day yesterday, the Boston Celtics are back on the hardwood this evening when they visit the Miami Heat with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Tonight’s game marks the end of a three-game road trip for the Green and White, which began with a win over the Orlando Magic but was followed by a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
We’re another day closer to the start of the second half of the Boston Bruins season – let the countdown for puck drop on Friday, January 31st against the Winnipeg Jets continue!
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
After losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers) Kyle Shanahan acknowledged that Bill Belichick reached out to him to talk. (ProFootballTalk.com)
NBC Sports announcer Mike Tirico recently shared a “kind gesture made by now Celtics player Gordon Hayward in Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game.” (Boston.com)
The death of Kobe Bryant ‘leaves us with poignant images, vivid memories, and disbeliefs,’ writes Chad Finn. (Boston.com)
Joe Montana has some advice for TomBrady: “It’s not easy to go to another team.” (NFL.com)
LeBron James told members of the media that “he will take on the legacy of the Lakers great as his own responsibility.” (ESPN.com)
Kobe Bryant was more than just a basketball player, but someone that helped the NBA ‘conquer the world.’ (New York Times)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Ellie Duncan shares a powerful story about Kobe Bryant being a ‘girl dad.’
Welcome to the first Noontime Sports rewind post, which will recap the current year of New England (and Boston) sports as well as look back on the soon-to-be past decade of blogging for NoontimeSports.com.
In this particular post, we highlighted our favorite Boston sports teams that we covered (and chronicled) through the site – there were some fun teams to watch and others that made us sick to our stomach over the past nine-to-ten years.
We hope you enjoy this look back at the soon-to-be past decade of Boston sports, which certainly kept us busy, both here on the site and social media.
The Best New England Patriots Team of the 2010s: The 2014 New England Patriots. Sure, you can make the case for the 2016 squad, which overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons or the 2018 squad, which outsmarted Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams, but in my opinion, the 2014 squad was the best Pats team of the 2010s. Between the offense and the defense and just the way they manhandled teams after losing to Kansas City, this particular Patriots squad was perhaps one of the best teams under current head coach Bill Belichick.
One of the most impressive games this team played was against the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the postseason. They ran a few tricky plays, including one that saw Julian Edelman throw a touchdown pass to a streaking Danny Amendola. Additionally, they stole a play from Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, which infuriated Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.
But the cherry on top of the sundae was the Malcolm Butler interception on a potential go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Butler will be forever linked to that play – the result ignited an animated (and giddy) celebration by Tom Brady and … Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Best Boston Red Sox Team of the 2010s: The 2013 Boston Red Sox. Following the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, our city became enamored with the local nine, especially after David Ortiz delivered a heartfelt speech just days after the horrendous attacks. Ortiz’s words would be the catalyst for a magical season that concluded with a World Series victory at historic Fenway Park.
Boston, which went from worst (2012) to first (2013), concluded the 2013 campaign with 97 wins. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games before topping the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers in six games. Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh in game six before Koji Uehara shut the door on a possible rally in the top of the ninth.
The win over the Tigers secured the Sox their third American League crown, as well as their third appearance in the World Series in 10 seasons.
The Best Boston Bruins Team of the 2010s: The 2011 Boston Bruins. If the Bruins won the Stanley Cup earlier this year, I would have chosen that team, but instead, I’ll play it safe and go with the squad that won the Stanley Cup eight years ago.
After seeing the 2010 squad collapse in the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, I was unsure if the 2011 Bruins would be able to make myself (and other Black and Gold fans) proud. But they certainly did.
Their Cup run began with an epic game seven overtime win in the opening round against the Montreal Canadiens, thanks to Nathan Horton. One round later, Boston erased memories of a dreadful collapse from one year earlier by sending the Flyers home with four-straight wins (it was sweet revenge, in my opinion!).
But perhaps Boston’s most impressive win came against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, especially in the seventh game. Horton netted the lone goal of the contest, while TimThomas, who won the Vezina Trophy, stopped every shot he faced.
Those ‘smiles’ would not disappear as those same grins reemerged days later after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games to win their sixth championship in franchise history.
The win over the Canucks was exciting – it was also the team’s third game seven victory of the 2011 postseason, which was the most game seven wins by any team in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Unfortunately, their win over Vancouver did not result in a few more titles as Boston would lose in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and seven games to the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
The Best Boston Celtics Team of the 2010s: The 2017-18 Boston Celtics. After winning their 17th championship in June 2008, the Celtics have yet to return to top of the mountain but have had chances, including ten years after they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games when the Green and White almost beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boston was without Kyrie Irving who missed the entire postseason, as well as Gordon Hayward, who suffered a serious end-of-season injury during the team’s initial game of the 2017-18 campaign, which happened to be against the Cavaliers. So, without two of the league’s marquee players, the Celtics turned to both their veteran and youth players to go on an exciting run, which included wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers (4-1).
Against Cleveland, Boston won the series’ first two games before losing four of the next five contests. They had chances to beat James and the Cavaliers in each of the final five contests, but the youth and inexperience eventually caught-up with the Green and White, who have been really fun to watch this season.
What made this particular postseason run so much fun was the play of both Brown and Tatum, along with Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Marcus Morris.