Former Tom Brady QB Coach Shares Telling Statement About Drake Maye

The New England Patriots decided to use the 3rd overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. They selected Drake Maye in the first round and Tom Brady’s former QB coach has something to say about it.

Maye’s selection triggered an avalanche of reactions in the NFL world. Although analysts have different opinion and his skills, Clyde Christensen sees great potential in the North Carolina prospect.

Christensen was Brady’s quarterback coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also part of the North Carolina offensive coaching staff in 2023. There’s more. He was also an offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts during Peyton Manning’s time with the team.

“You hate to even talk about (Maye) in those sentences with those guys because of the longevity — how they performed so well for so long — but I think he has a lot of the same traits that give you a chance to be great,” Christensen said during a Zoom call via’s Chris Mason. “You need some luck. Stay healthy. You need some teammates. You need a lot of things to go with it.”

The QB coach worked with Maye, QB legends

Former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watched the Patriots use their first-round pick to get Maye. He praised his skills and size, but did admit that Maye needs experience to make an impact in the NFL.

In his years at UNC, Maye threw for 8,018 yards and 63 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Christiansen compared him to Manning, referring to his ability to process information well. He also said that Maye is able to attract teammates just like Brady.

“But he processes information extremely well, a lot like Peyton. He has a humbleness and a humility like Tom that players play for him. He has that kind of humility that just attracts teammates. He’s going to be a great teammate,” Christensen said. “There’s nobody in our [North Carolina] locker room who you’d find [with] a bad word about him. He just fits in. He’s one of the guys. Yet is able to lead and rally people together and call people out if [he] needs to — but he does it in a good way.”

Maye will challenge Jacoby Brissett for the starting job in New England. Christiansen said that Maye is well aware of the situation in New England. He said the young quarterback has “that awareness of what’s going on around.

An awareness of when and where and how that’s huge,” Christiansen added.”