I’m not going to waste time getting into my opinion on deflate gate or the Wells report, nor dig through any of the details of what has turned into a messy 243-page report. Click on it if you dare to sift through it.
If you must know my opinion, just check out my WEEI.com colleague Jerry Thornton’s piece and that’s pretty much close enough.
You can find a million opinions on this topic anywhere on the internet, but here’s what’s actually going to happen.
Tom Brady is going to get suspended.
This issue has spiraled too far out of control for him not to be. Again, I’m not saying this is right, but this is what’s going to happen.
A game or two sounds fair, but since the report points to Brady, more probable than not, lying in an attempt to cover up his involvement, let’s call it four games. Yup, Goodell comes down harsh.
This would be the most controversial suspension in NFL history, if anything just because of the reaction it would generate. Patriots fans would be crushed (rabid in most cases), while Pats haters rejoice that Touchdown Tommy finally got knocked off his thrown.
Guess what? It’s not going to matter. If anything, it makes the defending champs even more dangerous next season, and even more prepared for the future.
Second-year QB Jimmy Garoppolo would get the first four starts of the season for New England (Steelers, @Bills, Jaguars, BYE, @Cowboys). Let’s say they make it out at 2-2.
Then the Pats get a rested, but more importantly, angry Brady back for the final 12 games of the regular season. With the biggest threats remaining on the schedule being road games against the Colts and Broncos, New England is still going to find themselves right where they do every season.
The Pats will finish with a record of AT LEAST 12-4 in 2015, and roll into the postseason with a HIGHLY motivated Brady.
A four-time Super Bowl champion that has nothing more to prove — but still wore a t-shirt that read “5” to throw out the first pitch on opening day at Fenway Park — has now been handed even more ammunition to continue to prove that he’s the greatest of all-time.
The cherry on top? The Patriots, along with the other 31 teams in the league, get a great look at Garoppolo. Which forces them to figure out if they have their QB of the future or not sitting behind Brady — and if they do, likely get a phone call from half the league about what their price is.
Love ’em or hate ’em, once the smoke clears, the Patriots are going to be just fine, maybe even better off when it’s all said and done.
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