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Patriots whisperer Mike Lombardi thinks Tom Brady should sit out September

Alex Reimer
September 05, 2017 - 10:10 am

Former NFL executive Mike Lombardi is often thought of as a Patriots whisperer, given his close professional relationship with Bill Belichick. But when it comes to how to handle Tom Brady this season, Lombardi holds a vastly different opinion than the organization. 

In a recent YouTube video, the discarded "Kirk & Callahan" football mainstay says Brady should sit out for the entirety of September. Of course, that’s what Brady did last year, thanks to his draconian four-game Deflategate suspension.

“Don’t take any needless hits. Let your O-line jell. Even let Jimmy G carry the team for a month. If the 40-year-old virgin can work, so can the 40-year-old quarterback,” Lombardi said.

Horrible joke aside, Lombardi’s reasoning makes a lot of sense in theory. The Patriots went 3-1 without Brady last season and proved they could win regular season contests with backup Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady didn’t exhibit any rust when he returned, and in fact, played some of the best football of his career. The season culminated on the ultimate high note, with the Patriots completing the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. 

But Lombardi’s theory falls apart in reality, because Brady is the ultimate competitor. At 40 years old, he still yells and screams his way through practice. Brady seems to love every step of the process, meaning there’s no chance he would agree to sit out for one quarter of the schedule.

When Lombardi started ripping linebacker Jamie Collins last year, it was a sign he was on his way out. It doesn’t seem like Lombardi is operating on any inside information here, however.