Some might say Tom Brady skipping OTAs and the Patriots’ offseason program thus far is not a big deal. It’s not like the 18-year veteran and reigning league MVP needs to learn New England’s offense. The team does not need to worry about its QB being out of shape.
The simple reason Brady’s absence is a problem is the vital quality he has exuded throughout his outstanding career leadership.
This is about being the starting quarterback for a Super Bowl contender. Brady can’t build chemistry with his new offensive teammates if he’s not in the house. These activities in April through June are “voluntary,” but coaches and team execs expect all players to attend. Even unsigned vets and draftees are offered injury protection so they can participate if they choose.
Brady is a player who has always been involved in New England’s offseason program. He has said “everything is important OTAs, minicamp, training camp” in building a foundation for the season.
Now Brady’s (public) excuse is he needs family and rejuvenation time. I’m not buying that, and neither are Patriots owner Robert Kraft or coach Bill Belichick.
But since a terrible week in March, his balance, that fragile component for all shooters, has been off.
Korver’s youngest brother, Kirk, died on March 20 after a brief illness that caught the family and the doctors by surprise. It was devastating for the close-knit family and for the town of Pella, where Kyle’s father, Kevin, has been the senior pastor of one of the community’s largest churches for 25 years, and the Korver brothers are treated as ambassadors and heroes.
In Pella, though, in the days and weeks after Kirk’s death, there has been an element beyond grief, an unexpected uplifting. It started at the funeral, attended by more than 1,500 people at the Third Reformed Church of Pella, when Kyle and his parents spoke with such purpose that it left those in attendance in awe. And it has carried on as each Korver 3-pointer splashes Cheap Paintball Jerseys through the net in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys as he plays for more than himself.