Tom Brady didn’t take long to capture his first Super Bowl win after his exit from the New England Patriots. Brady impressively guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a convincing Super Bowl 55 victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. All that has cropped up his longtime trainer Alex Guerrero laying out what would have kept the star quarterback with the Patriots.
Tom Brady leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 55 win
Tom Brady‘s arrival to the Buccaneers quickly placed tremendous expectations on the franchise.
Tampa Bay experienced bumps along the way as Brady adjusted to the offense and new scenario. Following the team dropping to a 7-5 record, they didn’t lose a single game after that point. Brady kicked it up a notch behind his impressive 20th season finishing third with 4,633 passing yards and tied for second with 40 touchdown passes.
The 43-year-old maintained that excellence throughout the playoffs, winning three straight road games to earn his 10th Super Bowl trip. Brady put forth a strong outing, completing 21-of-29 passes for 201 yards with three touchdowns and a 125.8 passer rating.
The Buccaneers handled Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in a convincing 31-9 win. Brady held full control of the offense that eased the way to his seventh Super Bowl win.
All of that quickly shifted the attention to his departure from the Patriots, further underlining the franchise’s missed opportunity.
Tom Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero knew what would keep him with the Patriots
Tom Brady’s latest milestone achievement directs greater scrutiny toward the Patriots’ mishandling of the situation.
In the months that followed, various reports indicated that the future Hall of Famer held a strong desire to stay with the franchise. During an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran revealed that Alex Guerrero voiced last year what it would take for Brady to remain in New England.
“I am telling a story about how I sat with Alex Guerrero last year two days before the Super Bowl,” Curran said. “I was looking back at some of the notes I took and what Guerrero said at that time January 31, 2020 is ‘all he wants is for the coach to signal that he wants him to stay.’ That’s all he wanted.”
The 43-year-old never got that confirmation from his longtime head coach. That alone opened the door to Brady exploring free agency and quickly deciding to join the Buccaneers.
Bill Belichick treated him in the same manner as any other player, which Brady wasn’t just any talent on the roster. He was the quarterback that helped guide the organization to six Super Bowl wins in nine appearances over two decades.
It’s a decision that Belichick and the Patriots will live to regret not going that route with the now five-time Super Bowl MVP.
Career remains an open book
Bill Belichick and the Patriots will have to forever endure the decision to let Tom Brady go, but the star quarterback is focused on what lies ahead.
Brady has already voiced that he will return another season, with the chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Buccaneers will open up as the overwhelming favorites to repeat, especially if their free agents elect to return on team-friendly deals.
Tampa Bay may also see other players in free agency take pay cuts to join the team. Brady is still playing like an elite talent and could add much more to his legacy.
As long as he continues to perform at a high level, the seven-time Super Bowl champion can extend his career for as many years as he wants. The more success Brady reaches with the Buccaneers, the worse Belichick and the Patriots will look.