Why Donald Trump spoke of Tom Brady during Thursday's COVID-19 briefing

 nbcsports.com  03/27/2020 00:47:35 

In case you missed it, President Donald Trump invoked the name of Tom Brady during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday afternoon.

Why exactly did the former New England Patriots' quarterback's name come up when discussing the latest news about the coronavirus? It's fairly simple.

According to a transcript of Trump's conference call with America's governors, the President stated that using the federal government to help increase the production of medical equipment needed to fight the virus would be the "backup."

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In response, Washington governor Jay Inslee said the following: "I don't want you to be the backup quarterback, we need you to be Tom Brady here."

Trump then spoke of this call with the governors at the COVID-19 briefing and mentioned that Inslee had brought up Brady in reference to the pandemic. Here's a video of Trump's mention of the quarterback, per David Wade of WBZ-TV news.

President Trump made reference to Tom Brady in his #Coronavirus news briefing.

He says during a meeting with the Governors someone mentioned they needed Tom Brady-type leadership. =G pic.twitter.com/M5h7e888tQ

— David Wade (@davidwade) March 26, 2020

So, long story short, Brady was brought up because his name is synonymous with great leadership and winning. And that's something that everyone is looking for at every level amid the coronavirus crisis.

It is worth noting that Trump mentioned that he had spoken recently to Brady, saying: "I like Tom Brady. Spoke to him the other day. Hes a great guy."

Brady and Trump do have a long-standing relationship, so it's possible that Brady could've talked with him following his move to the Buccaneers.

But anyway, in case you're wondering why Brady's name was brought up in the daily coronavirus briefings, now you know.

Well, it looks like the NFL Draft will not be delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to teams Thursday stating that the 2020 draft will go on as scheduled from April 23-25, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Goodell informed teams they should be doing the necessary planning to conduct Draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to....communicate with other clubs and Draft headquarters. https://t.co/iHaf5d8eJn

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2020

While all events in Las Vegas have been cancelled, teams are expected to prepare for some sort of online format and they'll likely conduct business from outside their facilities.

Although the draftees will be upset their big moment is rather unconventional, you have to think the NFL will try to do something special for them when the coronavirus concerns die down. 

Considering the draft officially will go on as planned, here are the picks the New England Patriots have:

  • Round 1, 23rd overall: Assigned selection
  • Round 3, 87th overall: Assigned selection
  • Round 3, 98th overall: Compensatory pick
  • Round 3, 100th overall: Compensatory pick
  • Round 4, 125th overall: From Chicago
  • Round 6, 195th overall: From Denver
  • Round 6, 204th overall: From Houston
  • Round 6, 212th overall: Compensatory pick
  • Round 6, 213th overall: Compensatory pick
  • Round 7, 230th overall: From Atlanta
  • Round 7, 235th overall: From Philadelphia
  • Round 7, 241st overall: From Seattle

Tom Brady likes the idea of playing football with Antonio Brown. He's kept in touch with the one-time (a very brief time) Patriot since Brown was released by New England last season. The two connected with each other as recently as Super Bowl week, according to our Tom E. Curran. 

But Brady and Brown will not be making any on-the-field connections any time soon. Bucs coach Bruce Arians told the Tiki and Tierney Show in no uncertain terms that Brown will not be joining his team.

"Yeah, it's not gonna happen," Arians said. "It's not gonna happen. There's no room. And probably not enough money. It's just not gonna happen. It's not a fit here."

Show host Brandon Tierney pressed Arians on the subject, asking him whether he'd have the same opinion of Brown if the wideout was willing to take a league-minimum salary. 

"No," Arians said, flatly. "I just know him, and it's not a fit in our locker room."

Arians and Brown crossed paths in Pittsburgh during the 2010 and 2011 seasons -- Brown's first two in the NFL -- when Arians was the Steelers offensive coordinator. 

Brady, of course, will have plenty of talent at his disposal in 2020. Even if Brown has no shot of reuniting with the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have an argument as the game's most dynamic receiving duo, and tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are more than capable options at that position. 

The Bucs own the No. 14 pick in the draft and could have their choice of one of the top receivers in the draft class if they were insistent upon surrounding Brady with as much pass-catching talent as possible this year. 

Brown, though, it's clear, is not going to be part of that plan.

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