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Patriots considered new Redskins QB coach before drafting Tom Brady

Redskins Wire logo Redskins Wire 2/11/2019 Chris Roling
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Tim Rattay is the new quarterbacks coach of the Washington Redskins.

Interestingly enough, Rattay's playing days in the NFL were notable - but they could have been so much more.

Back in 2016, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick revealed his team considered Rattay and a guy named Tom Brady as late-round targets.

"It was a great class that went in," Belichick said in 2016, according to Pro Football Talk. "We started out a little bit on the Tim Rattay trail and Dick Rehbein [then a member of the Pats offensive staff] went down there and worked him out at Louisiana Tech, or wherever he was from. They ran a big spread-offense and he had a lot of big numbers and all of that and we kind of liked him and thought that might be a late-round pick. Then we got on [Tom] Brady, so it was kind of Brady and Rattay in that seventh round."

The Patriots obviously went on to grab Brady, but it is interesting nonetheless.

As for Rattay, he appeared in 40 games and threw 31 touchdowns against 23 interceptions. The fact he's well into a coaching career that started in 2011 while Brady is still playing speaks to Brady's staying power.

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