Joe Montana believes the New England Patriots made a mistake by letting Tom Brady go away in free company.
The six-time Super Bowl champion signed a two-year cope with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final week, calling time on a two-decade spell in New England that formed the trendy NFL. Montana is aware of a factor or two about ending a profession with a unique crew than the one the place he developed right into a bonafide NFL legend, because the San Francisco 49ers traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993.
Montana gained every of the 4 Super Bowls he guided the 49ers to, however his remaining two seasons in California had been beset by accidents and he performed only one recreation as a consequence of an elbow damage he sustained in the course of the 1991 coaching camp. In his absence, Steve Young seized the beginning position and when then-49ers head coach George Seifert named Young the beginning quarterback for the 1993 season, Montana requested to be traded.
“I think when you look at the whole situation, you try to figure out how you want to get away from things that are there,” he instructed USA Today‘s Jarrett Bell. “I had a different story, where they had made a decision. He, obviously, they never would have gotten rid of. I still don’t understand how New England let him get away. I don’t understand that.”
Montana is not the one Hall of Famer to have been left perplexed by the Patriots’ choice to half methods with their quarterback of the final twenty years. Speaking to Newsweek, former New Orleans Saints nice Morten Andersen described the choice as a “head-scratcher” for each events.
“I think he has a place in Florida, but it really surprised me. I thought it was going to be the Chargers in their new stadium or the Raiders—although I knew Tom didn’t deep down want to go to Vegas, too flashy for him,” the seven-time Pro Bowl choice, now an NFL ambassador for BonusCodeBets.co.uk, defined.
“While he’s not the player he once was, this whole thing shows that the sport is a business.”
“That you can be the greatest QB of all time, without question, and you still don’t get to finish the team you won all those Super Bowls with—it is mind-boggling to me.”
After being traded to the Chiefs, Montana led Kansas City to back-to-back playoff appearances— together with an AFC Championship Game—in his remaining two seasons. He believes Brady might have the same impression on the Bucs.
Brady is six years older than Montana was when he left San Francisco, however the 63-year-old expects the transfer to Florida to rejuvenate the four-time Super Bowl MVP.
“He doesn’t need a fresh start, but it gives you a great feeling inside, looking forward to trying to help the team move forward,” he added.
“And everybody believes in him, looking forward to watching him play.”
Andersen, too, believes Brady may gain advantage from swapping New England’s harsh winters for Florida’s sunshine.
“I think this move can rejuvenate Brady—not that he needs it, he is in good shape. But it’s just that different environment,” he defined.
“And remember Tampa have some really good receivers which Brady can unlock.”
Following Brady’s arrival, the bookmakers put in the Bucs as 15/1 fifth-favorites to win Super Bowl LV. Tampa Bay began final week as 50/1 outsider to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2021, earlier than the percentages fell off a cliff because the franchise grew to become the entrance runner within the race to signal the 42-year-old.
While Montana moved to a crew that had reached the playoffs in every of the three earlier seasons, the Bucs’ final playoff look dates again to 2007.
To put the drought into context, Brady has reached six Super Bowls, profitable three and making the playoffs in all however one season since Tampa Bay final performed soccer within the postseason.
While a primary playoff look in 13 years could also be on the playing cards, Andersen is skeptical over whether or not the Bucs can turn into the primary franchise to win a Super Bowl in its personal stadium.
“I’m not sure Brady makes the Bucs contenders, given the Saints are in their division—and they are better than Tampa even with Brady there,” he added.
“A lot of people think Brady is washed up and doesn’t have the mobility any more—as well as having to learn with a totally new team. But for me, he can only be a positive influence.”