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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Noontime’s Boston Sports Notebook: Will Tom Brady Return?

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s been just four days since the New England Patriots season concluded, but the setback to the Tennesse Titans doesn’t seem to be on the mind of many these days.

Instead, the biggest issue surrounding our beloved football team is the future of quarterback Tom Brady – will he really leave Boston as a free agent and sign with the Dallas CowboysLas Vegas Raiders or Los Angeles Chargers? Or will he stay in New England for one or two more seasons?

The speculation began quickly after the final whistle sounded last Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium as various reporters pressed the long-time signal-caller on his future with the team. Brady didn’t seem interested in discussing future plans. Instead, it appeared as if he wanted to go home and fall asleep. He also didn’t seem interested in reflecting on the entire 2019 season, too, which saw New England win eight-straight contests.

Will or will not, Tom Brady, return to New England will remain at the forefront of social media, blogs, websites, and media outlets going forward. But I have a hunch that Brady returns next season and concludes his career with the Patriots, not another team.

Watching Brady play for the Cowboys or Raiders would just seem strange in my opinion – I, along with other New England fans, would have a hard time seeing the six-time Super Bowl champion donning a different uniform.

I don’t know Brady – I have never covered any of his games, but have enjoyed watching him as both a fan and season ticket holder, and believe he will stick around the area and finish his impressive career as a Patriot, not a Cowboy or Charger. But for Brady to remain with the organization, New England is going to need to acquire some additional pieces on the offensive end so they can compete for a seventh championship next fall.

Brady, who just didn’t seem to have fun this season, needs help. And he certainly knows he can’t win games going forward with just Julian Edelman and James White. He needs receivers and tight ends that are accustomed to winning, but also those that are willing to commit to the process (also known as the ‘Patriot Way.’).

We’re still weeks (and months) away from finding out where Brady is headed, but again, I just have a feeling – yes, a feeling – that he returns for one or two more seasons and leads New England to their seventh (and maybe eighth) Super Bowl.

If Brady wins seven or eight Super Bowls then it will be really hard to say he is not the greatest ever to play football, right?

Noontime’s Quick Thoughts on some Boston sports news (and notes): 

  • The Boston Celtics have been really impressive and fun to watch this season – I think this team is destined for a deep postseason run.

    But after observing some of their previous starts against the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards, all I can say is the following: they need to play good basketball wire-to-wire, but also not allow mediocre teams dictate the pace of play following the opening tip.

    The Green and White host San Antonio this evening – the Spurs are currently eighth in the Western Conference – and should certainly provide the Celtics with a good test. But a win over the Spurs this evening followed by a victory tomorrow against the Philadelphia 76ers is a must for a team that didn’t play their best basketball against the Hawks and Wizards. Sure, they beat Atlanta (and the Chicago Bulls one night later), but if I am Brad Stevens, my message would be the following: we dictate the pace of play, not our opponent.

  • Could Alex Cora get suspended for 81 games or the entire 2020 season due to the latest report of the Boston Red Sox stealing signs during their 2018 World Series run?

    I think it is possible – do others?

    This is a bad look for the local nine that did not qualify for the postseason last year and has seemed to take a backseat to bolstering their roster this offseason, so they can compete with some of the best in the American League this season, including the New York Yankees.

  • In case you missed it, the Boston College men’s basketball team scored an impressive (and exciting) win last night over 18th ranked Virginia – hope Bob Whitney enjoyed watching this particular game.

    The win bumps the Eagles record to 9-6 overall and should provide the Maroon and Gold with momentum heading into upcoming contests against Georgia Tech and Syracuse University.

    Duke University remains the top team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) while the Eagles sit two spots below the Blue Devils with a 3-1 league record.


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Noontime Rewind: Becoming A Blogger, Podcaster & Video Host

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Before we kick-off, a brand new year (and decade) of blogging, editor and founder Matt Noonan shared some thoughts on the blog while also reflecting on how this platform provided him an opportunity to pursue his love of sports, content creation, and video and podcast production.

Noontime Sports launched in 2009 in a Wheaton College (Mass.) dorm room but has become a go-to for New England college and high school sports fan, along with our favorite die-hards of the Boston BruinsBoston CelticsBoston Red Sox, and New England Patriots. The site has covered multiple games and events over the past year (and decade), including contests at Gillette StadiumFenway Park, and the TD Garden.

In addition to game coverage, Noonan (and colleagues and friends) have produced a variety of features and podcasts – we even hosted a radio show, too – while creating some entertaining (and enjoyable) videos for our YouTube channel.

We’re excited for the upcoming year and next decade of blogging and podcasting, along with some video production, too, and hope you will enjoy Noonan’s reflection on what he has built.

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Mass. High Schools: Needham Football 2019 Season Preview

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Needham High School football coach Doug Kopsco directs his players through a practice drill. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For Doug Kopsco, his first season as the head coach of the Needham High School football team seemed to go pretty well.

Kopsco’s Rockets posted a winning record of 7-4 last fall, which included a postseason win over Newton North in the quarterfinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D1 South playoffs and an exciting one-point victory over archrival Wellesley on Thanksgiving Day.

Heading into his second season with his alma mater’s football program, Kopsco appears more relaxed. In fact, he seems to be enjoying his new role with the Rockets, who are expected to once again contend for a Bay State Conference (BSC) Herget title this fall. 

“Really at the end of the day, it isn’t about x’s and o’s. It is about the culture, it is about the kids and it is about the family enviornment,” said Kopsco, who was previously a coordinator for the Rockets football program before taking over for coach Dave Duffy last season.

“It’s one thing to preach it and talk about it, but it is another thing to invite that environment and share that environment, and get the kids involved with creating that culture. And I think these guys did a great job of that this year.”

Kopsco says what has made this season’s preseason so much fun has been the competition – there seems to be multiple positions up for grabs due to some graduation losses, especially on the offense.

“We have a ton of competition this year,” said Kopsco.

“Last year, I think we knew (who our starters would be), and that’s both gratifying and exciting … but this year, all spots are open, so everyone is working hard, everyone is pushing each other and there is no kind of gimme spots.”


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Needham’s 2019 Football Season Outlook

Needham’s 2018 SeasonThe Rockets enjoyed a successful first season under coach Doug Kopsco, winning five of seven regular-season contests along with one postseason game, too.

Their run toward an MIAA D1 South championship concluded in the semifinals with a 35-32 loss to Catholic Memorial, but Needham would close the season on a high note by defeating Wellesley, 14-13, on Thanksgiving Day.

Key DepaturesThe Rockets graduated some key pieces from last year’s offense, including tight end Matt Smith, who will be competing for Duke University this fall.

Jack Murmes, who was also a tight end, will be playing for Assumption College this season, while quarterback Charlie Ogletree will be suiting up for Bentley University.

Players to WatchTyler Reid returns for his final season – the senior tri-captain will be spotted in the backfield at halfback and is someone Kopsco will certainly rely on this season.

Odahri Hibberts returns for his final season – he will be lining up in the slot and at cornerback on defense.

Ryan Villa is back for his final season with the Rockets and will be playing offensive tackle and guard.

Filling the holes on defenseWith just two student-athletes returning on defense with starting experience, Kopsco and his staff will be looking for some new additions this fall to fill all three levels.

“We have on defense have two kids coming back that have starting experience, so it is all wide open,” said Kopsco, “but we have (had holes to fill on defense from previous seasons) and honestly, we ended up with some of our better defenses.”

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Upcoming ScrimmageNeedham will compete against Wayland (the game will be held at Weston) on Friday, August 30th. Kopsco is excited for his team to compete against another squad prior to their initial game of the 2019 season on Friday, September 6th at Natick.

Said Kopsco, “They are always super well-prepared, great coaching staff, and it is a wonderful time to test out where we are at this point of the season … it is a wonderful opportunity to see how much we have taken in so far.”

A challenging opening monthNeedham will certainly be tested in the first few weeks of the season when they compete against Natick (week one) and Tewksbury (week two) and Newton North (week three).

Tewksbury advanced to the MIAA D3 Super Bowl – they lost to Springfield Central at Gillette Stadium – but are expected to once again be a team to beat in Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC).

“We’re excited (about our upcoming games),” said Kopsco. “Natick’s awesome, great coaches and super-well prepared. This is going to be a super-competitive game. We won last year, but they won the year before, so I think it is a good chance to see how we can come out of the gates as a team and a family, and hopefully, we come out on top.

“(Tewksbury) is a great team. This is just a great team. They are very versatile on offense, they give you a lot of different looks, they can do a lot of different things to you, so we just need to (make sure) we’re prepared, ask good questions during the week and we need to make sure everyone knows their assignments.”

Coach Dave Duffy returns to the sidelinesAfter announcing his retirement last summer following a very impressive 19-years of coaching the Rockets, coach Dave Duffy has returned to Needham to help his former squad continue its recent success.

Kopsco is very excited to have his former coach back on the sidelines – he is certainly eager to learn more from him as the season progresses.

“We were very fortunate this year” to have coach Duffy back, explained Kopsco, who played fullback and linebacker for the Rockets before returning to the program as a defensive coordinator.

“I didn’t want to hound him too much, but I really always wanted to work with Roy Johan and Dave Duffy. I am still learning from both of them, (but) they are amazing coaches with 35 years of varsity experience between the two of them alone, so we’re really going to lean on them heavily this year to make sure we’re headed in the right direction.”


Needham’s 2019 Schedule

  • Friday, September 6th – at Natick, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13th – vs. Tewksbury, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20th – vs. Newton North, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, September 27th – at Weymouth, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4th – at Braintree, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18th – vs. Milton, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 25th – vs. Walpole, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 28th – at Wellesley, 10 a.m.

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Mass. High Schools: Dedham Football 2019 Season Outlook

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Months after their most successful campaign in more than a decade, Dedham High School football coach David Flynn is optimistic about his Marauders continuing the program’s recent success this fall, despite graduating 26 student-athletes from last year’s team.

“We will replace (our seniors from last season) with the hard-working juniors, who put forth great effort in making sure they were always ready to go if needed (last fall),” said Flynn.

The juniors, which Flynn referred to, are now seniors. And all 12 of them, including Patrick Glennon, Connor Freeman, Justin Kelley, Jack Flanagan, and Kevin O’Leary will be tasked with helping Dedham attempt to take another step forward in the program’s ultimate preseason goal of winning a Divison 6 Super Bowl.

Dedham returned to the postseason last fall but saw its bid toward the ultimate prize conclude in the semifinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D6 South playoffs to Old Rochester. Old Rochester advanced to the D6 state title but lost to Stoneham at Gillette Stadium.

The Marauders and Bulldogs are not scheduled to meet this fall in the regular season but did secure spots on the Boston Herald D6 Preseason Poll. Dedham secured the third position in the eight-team poll, while Old Rochester checked-in fifth. Ashland secured the top spot, while Cardinal Spellman placed second.


Dedham Marauders Football Team Capsule

Dedham’s 2018 Season: The Marauders enjoyed its best season in nearly a decade, capturing six of seven regular-season contests to secure the fourth seed in the MIAA D6 South playoffs.

Dedham defeated Apponequet, 34-14, in the MIAA D6 quarterfinals before falling to Old Rochester, 34-14, in the semifinals.

The Marauders concluded their 2018 campaign with ultimately eight wins, as well as a second-place finish in the Tri-Valley League (TVL) Small (Medway won the division with an 8-3 record).

Dedham’s 2019 Strengths: Team toughness, athleticism, and depth at the skill positions.

How many returners? Two on defense and one on offense.

Players to Watch this fall: Sean Glennon (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back), Chris Schmidt (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back), Joe Powers (Quarterback), Larry Lyman (Tight End/Defensive End), Matt DeVirgilio (Halfback/Defensive Back), Ryan Davis (Halfback/Linebacker), Elijah Brown (Offensive Line/Defensive Line), Matt Mammone (Halfback/Linebacker), and Zachary Spinello (Offensive Line/Defensive Line).

Dedham’s 2019 Schedule

  • September 6th – at East Bridgewater, 7 p.m.
  • September 13th vs. Medfield, 7 p.m.
  • September 27th – at Medway, 6:30 p.m.
  • October 4th – vs. Bellingham, 7 p.m.
  • October 11th – vs. Millis, 7 p.m.
  • October 18th – at Dover-Sherborn, 5 p.m.
  • October 25th – at Norton, 7 p.m.
  • November 28th – vs. Norwood, 10 a.m.

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