Differing opinions on whether Patriots are better without Tom Brady

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By WEEI 93.7

Are the Patriots better without Tom Brady for the 2020 season?

It seems strange to even ponder, but Christian Fauria and some others believe the team actually is, which he explained on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday.

But, another former Patriot, Rob Ninkovich disagrees.

” … Look, you had a Hall of Fame quarterback for a very long time and in the quarterback position — if you have a great quarterback — their job is to make everybody better,” Ninkovich said on ESPN's Get Up Wednesday. “Their job is to check the offense into the best possible play against the defense. You talk about throwaways, that just means nobody was open and the quarterback was doing the smart thing and throwing the ball away. You get into a situation with a young quarterback, he might try to force the situation. The No. 1 way to lose in the NFL is turnovers. So if you don’t take care of the football and you don’t throw the ball away in situations you’re supposed to throw the ball away, you create turnovers. … That’s how you lose. That’s losing football.

“It’s hard for me to think the Patriots are going to be better without Tom Brady. You talk about running the football. Yeah, if you’re not playing from ahead and you don’t have the lead, you can’t just run the football over and over and over again. You have to play from ahead to run the football. I don’t think the Patriots are in a better place without Tom Brady.”

In the same segment, ESPN's Mike Reiss was on Fauria's side and indicated the offense could actually be better with Jarrett Stidham at quarterback as the team adopts a 2001-like approach.