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got­ten rid of. I still don’t un­der­stand how New Eng­land let him get away. I don’t un­der­stand that.”

While many 49ers fans were (and still may be) out­raged when Mon­tana was traded to the Chiefs in 1993, it wasn’t a move the team re­gret­ted as it cleared the way for Steve Young to launch his own Hall of Fame ca­reer. Af­ter Mon­tana spear­headed four Su­per Bowl wins in 14 years, Young then led the 49ers

to their last Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onship 25 years ago — and also picked up a pair of NFL MVP tro­phies with San Fran­cisco.

New Eng­land’s for­tunes don’t seem to be quite as op­ti­mistic as its in-house can­di­dates to re­place Brady are Cody Kessler, Brian Hoyer and Jared Stid­ham. Stid­ham com­pleted two of his four passes and threw an in­ter­cep­tion as Brady’s backup last year. Hoyer has lost the last 10 games he’s started, in­clud­ing six with the 49ers in 2017. Kessler, by virtue of his 2-2 stretch in four games as the Jaguars’

start­ing quar­ter­back in 2018, may cur­rently be the Pats’ best bet to re­place Brady.

As far as Brady is con­cerned his de­par­ture isn’t re­ally a com­pli­cated mat­ter.

“I just think life con­tin­ues to change for all of us,” said Brady dur­ing his in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence with the Bucs. “Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity for me to con­tinue to play foot­ball and lead a team is some­thing that I love do­ing. I’ve loved play­ing the sport since I was a kid, since I was throw­ing foot­balls in the park­ing lot at Can­dle­stick.

For­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady sig­nals a thumb­sup on the side­line dur­ing a pre­sea­son foot­ball game Aug. 16, 2018agains­t the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in Foxbor­ough, Mass.

And I still love do­ing that to­day.”

Mon­tana, though, said he be­lieves Brady left the Pa­tri­ots be­cause he wanted more say over team mat­ters than he was al­lowed to have un­der coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft.

“He wants con­trol. I mean, he wants a lot of con­trol,” Mon­tana told USA To­day. “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.”


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