The New England Patriots saw their 2019 season come to a disappointing close after falling just short in the wildcard loss to the Tennessee Titans. That immediately pushed to the forefront of his future with the franchise in 2020 and possibly beyond that. Brady has discussed the topic, voicing his desire to continue playing along with uncertainty about whether that will be with the Patriots. With that all in mind, head coach Bill Belichick has finally weighed in on the matter discussing his longtime quarterback’s playing days in New England.
Patriots’ 2019 season comes to a close
The sense heading into Saturday’s game against the Titans was that Brady could be playing the final home of his career with New England regardless of the result.
That placed an overlying sense that it may mark an end era with the Patriots with their star quarterback under center. New England struggled throughout the contest, which opened the door for Mike Vrabel’s team to get a road win, mostly behind star running back Derrick Henry rushing for a Titans’ record 182 rushing yards in the playoffs.
It was a game that encapsulated all of their offensive struggles from the second half of the year while possibly signaling the end of Brady’s time with New England. Following the game, the 42-year-old stated he loved the team and the fan base but didn’t know what lay ahead of him with the only franchise he’s played for in his NFL career.
The chatter didn’t take long to make it back around to Belichick to weigh in on the pending situation that could change the course of the organization.
Bill Belichick weighs in on Tom Brady’s future
The discussion around Brady’s future in New England, in many ways, will involve Belichick in some significant capacity when the time comes to make a decision.
Following suffering their first wild-card playoff exit in a decade, the future Hall of Fame coach voiced no interest in discussing his quarterback’s situation with the franchise. (H/T Yahoo)
“Right now we just finished the game, so we’re focused on this game, okay?” he responded. “I mean, really.”
It’s a matter that Belichick has a complete desire to handle the matter more privately. The Patriots are fresh of their first playoff loss in well over a year while it sends the franchise into an uncertain time with many significant decisions to make.
There is much that can change in the coming weeks, but Brady’s combined with Belichick’s response gives off the sense that it’s truly a situation that is up in the air.
What will the Patriots do with Tom Brady?
That is certainly the million-dollar question around New England as Brady has a clear desire to continue playing, especially after that disappointing early playoff exit at home. The ball looks to be in the Patriots’ court to decide whether they desire to keep the future Hall of Famer through this next chapter of his career.
Brady has built a strong bond and connection in his two decades with the franchise that allowed him to extend his career through to this point. Things will shift towards the 42-year-old’s contract situation as he will have the opportunity to test free agency. It’s also evident that he wants a deal that moves beyond 2020 as the extension that he signed last year only runs through next season.
That could all come down to Belichick’s desire to continue to roll with Brady being the Patriots’ quarterback. It will be quite interesting to see how things unfold in the coming weeks when his future is up in the air with the franchise.