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Thursday’s Mashup: Joe Montana says Patriots ‘made a mistake’ letting Tom Brady get away

Lucy Burdge
March 26, 2020 - 8:12 am

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-- Tom Brady’s hero Joe Montana has weighed in on his move to join the Buccaneers, saying he is baffled the Patriots let him get away.

“I don’t know what’s going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake,” Montana said of the Patriots. “I think when you look at the whole situation, you try to figure out how you want to get away from things that are there. I had a different story, where they had made a decision. He, obviously, they never would have gotten rid of. I still don’t understand how New England let him get away. I don’t understand that.”

The 49ers legend also said he doesn’t think appreciation, or lack thereof, was a factor for Brady in leaving New England. 

“It’s not about appreciation,” Montana said. “He wants control. I mean, he wants a lot of control. I don’t know what Tampa Bay gave him, but at some point in time, you’re just a player. You can try to get what you can and do what you want, but in the end, you’re still not in the hierarchy when it comes to hiring people, firing people and all that.”

"I don’t know exactly what he’s looking for, but my understanding was that he’s just looking for more control of the offense,” he continued. “But I don’t know. I haven’t had a long conversation with him; I talked to him a little bit at the Super Bowl, but not enough time to really get in-depth.”

-- The Patriots have released a series of videos on Twitter to pay tribute to some of the players who departed the team, including the recently-released Stephen Gostkowski. 

And, of course, Tom Brady. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Like I said about him before, I love how he’s come in, he’s eager to learn, great personality, great attitude, like a lot of the guys in the locker room. He’s been one of the more mature guys that comes in and just does the work.” -- Devin McCourty, on Jarrett Stidham