Tom Brady reacts to ‘difficult’ release of ‘great friend’ Brian Hoyer
The New England Patriots released backup quarterback Brian Hoyer over the weekend, and Tom Brady opened up about the “difficult” situation during a Tuesday radio interview.
Hoyer originally joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009, spending three seasons with the team. He spent the next handful of seasons bouncing around the league before rejoining the Patriots in 2017 and spending 2018 as Brady’s backup.
During an appearance Tuesday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” Brady discussed Hoyer’s release and it’s evident that the two enjoyed a great friendship.
“He has been a great friend ever since he came to our team in 2009,” Brady said. “I always kept in touch with him. When he came back two seasons ago we picked up right where he left off. He added so much to our meeting room. I had so much trust and confidence in the things that he saw. He also had been exposed to a lot of different offensive systems so he brought some different knowledge — how people ran different offenses and so forth. He always provided great insight and great leadership.
“It’s very difficult to see your friends get released and that was really no different. It’s part of what happens in the NFL. I will never get used to it. I know that any team that Brian is on is a better team for having him. Indy has got a great quarterback in having Brian there.”
Brady went on to extol how Hoyer “brought a great positive energy” to the Patriots during his two stints with the team. Further, it appears Hoyer played an important role as a confidant to Brady, who added that the backup signal-caller “would always try and bring me back to center pretty quickly” whenever things weren’t going great.
Since his release, Hoyer, 33, has hooked on with the Indianapolis Colts, a team desperately attempting to recalibrate on the fly in the wake of Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement.
The Patriots, meanwhile, will roll with Jarrett Stidham, selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, as Brady’s backup.