Bill Belichick is the most successful coach in Boston sports history. But now he’s being compared to one of the city’s most infamous sports figures.
On FS1 Tuesday, host Nick Wright equated the departures of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski from Foxborough to former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee infamously selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1918.
“It’s shaping up to be the single worst sports decision since a different disaster in the New England area — and that’s trading Babe Ruth,” Wright said. “At least the Babe Ruth trade, Harry Frazee was broke and wanted to put on a new musical. So, he had a reason for it. Belichick had no reason for it.”
It seems ridiculous to type, but at 44 years old, Brady is seemingly better than ever. He’s thrown for a league-leading nine touchdowns over the first two weeks, four of which have gone to Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is in the midst of a resurgent campaign, catching 12 passes for 129 yards through two games.
Meanwhile, the Patriots spent $87.5 million on Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. The high-priced tight ends have 14 catches for 143 yards combined.
“Slash cut two years later, they [Brady and Gronkowski] won a Super Bowl, they are right now the leaders in touchdown passes and receptions, and the Patriots are out here doing checkdown-Charlie to Jonnu Smith trying to eke out 17-16 wins,” Wright said. “How is this not an abject disaster?”
While Wright is hyperbolic, he is correct that letting Brady leave (along with Gronkowski) keeps looking worse each week. Even Mac Jones’ emergence can’t wipe away the worst personnel decision in Boston sports history, since, well …
That was already covered.