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LA Chargers: Why signing Tom Brady was never a good idea

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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Style of Play

When Lynn took over as coach of the LA Chargers, he didn’t get his quarterback. He worked with Rivers. He did that for three years.

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Lynn, in 2017, was quoted as saying, “The days of the one-dimensional pocket-passing QB are over.” If the team wants to judge Lynn on his merits, get him what he wants. Taylor fits the bill of being a mobile quarterback. There are also more than a few rookie quarterbacks who fit as being at least mobile, if not a scrambler.

Brady is about as mobile as dried paint on a wall. If the Chargers just wanted a pure pocket passer, it frankly didn’t make much sense to move on from Rivers. Telesco and Lynn clearly want someone who is a mobile athlete, not just for 2020, but for the future.

If Lynn flames out with Taylor or is unsuccessful with someone like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, or Jordan Love, it’s on him. This goes back to being able to judge Lynn on his own merits, as well as Telesco.

Brady is about two years away from starring in Copper Fit commercials in terms of mobility. Had ownership been successful in their ploy to force him on Lynn and Telesco, it would’ve been a disastrous fit on the field since neither of them wants a pure pocket passer.

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Charger fans may be more likely to have a stronger dislike for Brady than other fan bases, but that’s not why Brady needed to be avoided. He would’ve taken away any flexibility the team had in their offseason moves. He very clearly wanted control of the offense, as well as the ability to go over Telesco’s head when it came to the roster.

Stars like Bosa, Ingram, Allen, and Henry may not have been able to stay with the team. His style of passing was clearly the antithesis of what Lynn and Telesco wanted. It was never a good idea to shell out $30 million for a declined Brady to have so much control over the franchise.

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