New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not surprised that his team selected a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. Brady told Peter King of MMQB.com in an interview posted on Monday that he actually expected the team to select his eventual replacement.
The 36-year-old Brady feels he has plenty of years left in the tank, but also acknowledges that he is on the downside of his career. He also recognizes how quickly things can change in the NFL. He told Peter King, I felt like I had a pretty good idea we’d take a quarterback. Coach (Bill) Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win.”
Barring a major injury, Brady doesn’t have anything to worry about as far as his starting job goes with the Patriots. As a quarterback who plans on playing well into his 40s, Brady knows his future with the Patriots isn’t set in stone, especially if his production declines and begins to hurt the team. He says, “There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything. I just hope I’m the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here.”
With Belichick’s track record with parting ways with veteran quarterbacks, it wouldn’t surprise Brady if the coach made a change in the near future. But Belichick has also not had a quarterback the caliber of a Tom Brady. Both Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett will have the opportunity to learn from the best and it will take some development for either of them to be able to come in and run the team the way Brady does.
As of now, Brady only sees football in his future so his backup quarterbacks may be waiting for their opportunity for a few years, even then, they may still have Brady around as a mentor or even a coach. He told Peter King, “I want to play a long time. There’s nothing I like doing that’s close to football. What’ll I do when I’m done playing? I don’t know, but I know it won’t be nearly as fun. I can tell you neither me nor Peyton (Manning) will probably be very far from the game of football when we’re done.”