Tom Brady and the scandal

Over the past few months, the story of deflategate has been in the News. Anytime the news cycle gets soft, sports writers and reporters all over the world talk about the impending suspension for one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Anyone who has watched the career of Tom Brady knows just how much he loves to compete at a high level. He is not admitting guilt in the scandal, but he knows it is best for him team if he just accepts the punishment and moves on.

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There are several reasons this makes sense.

  • Allows backup to practice with first team
  • Let's media concentrate on other issues
  • Puts the Patriots first

Tom Brady wanted to fight the suspension with everything that he had in him. When you are a player of his caliber, one of the things that you always think about is your legacy. He is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in recent memory when it comes to passing yards, touchdowns, and Super Bowl wins.

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Having a tarnished reputation is something that he simply cannot deal with. 

Patriots plans

The Patriots are a team that always has a backup plan. They are already getting ready for a transition stage where Tom Brady will no longer be with the team. Although he is planning on playing for many more years, there will come a time when he has to retire. Over time, the Patriots must start to prepare other people to take the lead.

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The best way to do this is to get a quarterback some live game action while he is out. If the Patriots play their cards right, this may end up being a blessing in disguise for the team. One of the problems with this however is that the Patriots play the Cardinals in one of their first four games. That is a team with perhaps the best pass defense of any team in the country.

Moving on

In our world of instant news, accepting a punishment and moving on is sometimes the best course of action.

Over the past couple of years, many sports stars have been able to survive scandal because they simply took their lumps and moved on. Tom Brady is accepting his suspension, but the Patriots have a plan. This could actually work out to be a good thing for the team over the long term.

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