Scott Pioli talks to D&K about Tom Brady’s Patriots career, future with Buccaneers

Lucy Burdge
March 31, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Scott Pioli joined Dale & Keefe on Tuesday and talked about Tom Brady’s time with the Patriots, saying the stars aligned when it came to drafting Brady and the dynasty that followed. 

Pioli, who served as a Patriots executive from 2000-2009, said when the Patriots drafted Brady they had no idea about the greatness that was in store. 

“I don't even know if we knew after the first Super Bowl or even after the second Super Bowl,” he said. “But things worked out really, really well for us. And for him … the timing was perfect for everyone … right place, right time.” 

Pioli also said if Drew Bledsoe had never gotten injured, Brady still would have been given his chance with the Patriots. 

“We felt that Tommy had made enough progress and that he was going to be a player that was really going to be the future for us,” he said. 

Pioli said his “aha” moment when he realized Brady is the greatest player in the NFL came during Super Bowl LI. 

“Probably when he punched me between the eyes when I was with the Falcons and we were up 28-3,” he said, laughing. 

Pioli served as the assistant general manager of the Falcons from 2014-2019. 

As for how Brady will do with the Buccaneers, Pioli is not as sure. 

“I don’t know,” he said when asked if Brady will succeed with the Buccaneers. “ … A lot will depend on how good is the defense, how good are the players around him.”