Bills’ Jordan Poyer: Tom Brady leaving Patriots ‘bittersweet’
Legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair has an iconic saying in which he proclaims, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.” According to Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer, AFC East teams have been robbed of such an opportunity with Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots.
Brady of course headed south to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and one would think that his departure would leave the Patriots’ division rivals thrilled, but Poyer disagrees, at least to some extent.
In a recent interview with NFL Media’s Mike Girardi, Poyer admits disappointment over Brady leaving the division, as he wanted one more crack at the player commonly heralded as the G.O.A.T.
“It is bittersweet having Tom out of the division just because I had never beaten Tom,” Poyer told Giardi, per NBC Sports Boston. “I think I’m like 0-9 against Tom, so I definitely wanted to get a W in that column.”
Poyer was actually 0-8 against Brady in his career, although six of those losses came as a member of the Bills after joining the team in 2017. The last time the Bills beat Brady and the Patriots came in 2016.
It cannot be understated how the Patriots have utterly dominated the AFC East during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynastic era. New England has won 17 of the past 19 division titles, including the last 11.
“With 12 out of the division, it makes it wide open,” Poyer added. “That’s on us in order to take advantage of that.
” … It’s a great opportunity for us to seize, man. We’ve got the pieces there and just continue to work and trust the process.”
The general consensus around the NFL is that if there has ever been a time that the Patriots have appeared vulnerable in the past two decades, it’s now.
That being said, Bills general manager Brandon Beane knows full well that the Belichick-led Patriots are not just going to surrender their stranglehold on the AFC East simply because Brady is no longer with the team.