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Bedard: Any suggestion Tom Brady lacked input into Patriots gameplans just isn’t true

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I've tried to stay out of the whole Gary Myers tweetfest regarding Tom Brady's departure from the Patriots because I have a lot of respect for Myers, he didn't just invent his tweets — someone is airing Brady's grievances (I have my suspicions), and when someone of Brady's stature departs a team after 20 years, there are going to be constant reports popping up about how this or that led to it.

That's really why I've largely steered clear of this — we're going to get 12 different reports like this until football returns. The reality is about 25 different things combined to Brady's departure. And every time someone who hasn't been around the Patriots for the past few years hears something new and different from a source — those with sources in One Patriot Place know Josh McDaniels and Brady saw their working relationship diminish slightly the past two years as Brady slowly distanced himself from the franchise — it's made out like it's huge news nationally, especially during the news void created by the pandemic.

To recap, here are Gary's string of tweets:

 

Do I think someone told Myers that Brady was tiring of McDaniels and Brady's lack of being a focal point as part of a general conversation about Brady's departure? Yes. But this is also missing a lot — sorry, missing all — of Brady's part in this (something we'll get into this weekend).

But one thing I did want to clear up, because it's just factually incorrect, is any suggestion that Brady lacked input into the team's gameplans.

That's just wrong.

Why? Because the quarterback is heavily involved in the game planning process in New England. Maybe Brady didn't like how the game was called — which goes more to Bill Belichick's approach on a defense-first 2019 team with limited passing targets in an effort to win that one game — but he had a heavy hand in each and every gameplan.

Let me explain the process, which I learned firsthand when I was embedded with the Texans in 2015. The process used by Bill O'Brien and (then) offensive coordinator George Godsey was the same exact employed in New England — because that's where both of them learned it, under McDaniels before he left for Denver and in his return to the Patriots.

“I don’t think there's ever a bad gameplan,” then-Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (now back on the Patriots) told me at the time in unpublished comments. “It's a tough league, so what it really comes down to is execution against other great players. We're not trying to (screw) up. They're not trying to (screw) up. You know what I mean? No one's trying to do poorly. It's just a tough game.

"There are times when the play is going to work, and there are times where it's just not going to work. I really don't think you go into a game thinking, ‘Man, this gameplan sucks,’ because it is a collaboration. We're talking about it all week. You're just hoping you get the plays at the right time against the right defense."

Every Patriots game planning process starts like this: