A former New England Patriot believes that without Tom Brady, the franchise is a shell of its previous self.
Ted Johnson, the three-time Super Bowl champion who played his entire 10-year career in New England, cited wide receiver N’Keel Harry’s recent trade request as a sign that Bill Belichick would take control of the organization without Brady. is getting lost.
“I think the Patriots have honestly lost what makes them a Patriot,” Johnson said in an appearance on NBC Boston. “Boston Sports Tonight.”
“You take Tom Brady out of New England and the whole ecosystem is disrupted. You’ve ever seen a player face Bill Belichick who hasn’t achieved anything in this league, like N’Keel Harry taking her in public?”
Harry, who was originally selected by the Patriots with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has been overwhelmed during two seasons in New England. Last season, the 23-year-old counted 33 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
Harry’s agent Jamal Tusson on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo issued a statement Announcement of formal business request. Tucson cited Harry’s dwindling role as “not meeting the expectations of the Patriots and N’Kelly when they drafted a major downfield threat that was virtually unstoppable at the time of the attack in college.”
“You’re seeing things from players you’ve never seen before,” Johnson continued. “… [Brady] He was the person who set the example for everyone. Bill could inflate his chest, he could play hardball, because he knew that behind him was Tom ready to cover his warts and make any decision he made. And so people line up because you wanted to play for a winner, you wanted to play Tom Brady, you wanted to win. And I don’t think this organization has the same sentiment for players.
“You can’t insult Bill Belichick any worse than what N’Kill Harry did. He basically just went up and spit in his face in front of everyone.”
Brady left New England to join the Buccaneers after the 2019 season, marking the end of one of the most influential eras in NFL history. The quarterback won the Super Bowl in his first season as the Buccaneers, while the Patriots narrowed to a 7–9 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.