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New England Patriots links 1/26/21 - Debate season in full swing: Brady-Belichick and Pats-Stafford

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NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
Bill Belichick and Matthew Stafford meet post game
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  • Chad Finn shares six thoughts on Tom Brady’s staggering 10th Super Bowl appearance: Don’t let the hyperbole of the next two weeks – or those who want to discredit Bill Belichick – get to you.
  • Mike Reiss ranks Tom Brady’s top 10 playoff games and wonders if Super Bowl LV will be added next.
  • Ryan Hannable offers five Patriots-related thoughts from Championship Sunday: Bill Belichick vs. Tom Brady debate isn’t settled.
  • From the Archives [4/08/20]: Zack Cox posts Tom Brady’s definitive response to Brady-Bill Belichick debate: “I think it’s a pretty shitty argument, actually, that people would say that. Because I can’t do his job, and he can’t do mine. ...”
  • Conor Roche finds Boston sports media questioning the Patriots’ decision to let Tom Brady leave: “All precincts have reported and it’s official: Brady has beaten Bill Belichick and Bob Kraft in a landslide.” /Boston media also forgets painting Brady as ‘entitled’, “checked out,” and responsible for “the tensions” at Gillette a few years ago.
  • Doug Kyed reasons out that there is a definitive answer to the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick debate, and it was already answered by Belichick: Players play and coaches coach.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Brady proved on Sunday the Patriots gave up on him too soon.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Nobody is winning the Tom Brady vs Bill Belichick argument and it’s sad
  • Mark Dhooge (MusketFire) Development of skill position players should take precedent over QB situation.
  • Doug Kyed explains why he thinks Jimmy Garoppolo seems like the Patriots’ best QB option for 2021.
  • Evan Lazar lays out how trading for Matthew Stafford makes sense for the Patriots and would avoid a full rebuild
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Should the Patriots target Matt Stafford? That’s a tough one.
  • Phil Perry examines what it might look like if the Pats built around Stafford.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Trading for Matthew Stafford would be a complicated situation for Patriots.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) New to NFL: Super home team.
  • Rich Levine comes up with 12 reasons to root for Tom Brady. 1. He’s Tom Brady. Don’t overthink it.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots host under-the-radar WR Jordan Suell for tryout.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) What a mic’d up Tom Brady told his son after winning the NFC title game.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of Social Media: Tom Brady’s former teammates react to his tenth Super Bowl appearance.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) ICYMI: Julian Edelman discusses football future on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady Sr. says he and his wife both had COVID-19: ‘It was a matter of life and death.’
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) New documentary takes aim at Deflategate and supports Tom Brady.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss the return of Matt Patricia, the impact of Evan Rothstein on New England’s coaching staff, the chances of Matthew Stafford ending up in New England and Tom Brady’s pursuit of his seventh Super Bowl championship. (43 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to be traded, but he definitely delivered a messagePlus, an underrated move by the Bucs this year, Cole Beasley is a tough guy, staff changes in Buffalo, a costly injury in K.C. and more.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from championship games: Super Bowl 55 will be the first to pit the quarterbacks who won the game in the two preceding seasons.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) After falling short of another Super Bowl, it’s time for Aaron Rodgers to pursue the ‘all-in’ season Tom Brady just got.
  • Nancy Armour (USA Today) Tom Brady taking Buccaneers to Super Bowl ends Brady-Belichick debate. Or does it?
  • David Shepard (CBS Radio) The Tom Brady Bill Belichick debate is over.
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) Super Bowl LV could determine whether Patrick Mahomes will ever surpass Tom Brady as football’s GOAT. /A tad soon, no?
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady is remarkable, but let’s cool it with the ‘greatest athlete of all time’ talk. /File under: Let’s look for stuff to complain about.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Source: Aaron Rodgers wants a new contract.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) DK Metcalf on Seattle’s offensive struggles: “Teams just started to figure us out.” /Identifies a major hurdle of successful teams... maintaining success.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Eight teams the Lions should call as they try to trade QB Matthew Stafford. Pats included.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Mike Pettine under fire after Bucs touchdown before halftime.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL reviewed a non-reviewable ruling on Josh Allen incompletion.
  • Rob Maadi (Seattle Times) CDC publishes paper on NFL’s efforts to play 2020 season.
  • Darrelle Lincoln (TotalProSports) Judge orders spa sex video in Robert Kraft massage parlor case to be destroyed.