Re: How Hungry Are The Patriots?
posted at 6/4/2013 8:53 PM EDT
In response to anonymis' comment:
In response to ghostofjri37's comment:
I know you said you weren't picking on Brady but I don't think he feels entitled. During and after SB 46 I don't remember him acting as you described. If anything, I think he took that loss personally and as hard as i have ever seen him take a loss, especially when talking about the safety and int.
I could be wrong but I think when he gets fired up it is usually out of frustration and competeiveness. Then again I am a tad bias towards him.
Thing is, early in Brady's career - he simply didn't do that.
Back then other guys provided the vet leadership - not him. He did not have to be vocal. Today, he and VW are the only vet leaders left from the championship years. It's expected of him, rightfully so, to be vocal and expressive.
That said, on the hunger question.... it's difficult to say.
Also in the case of TB, I am not sure if he plays hard to protect his own legacy, vs. actually winning the championship. Most of the time those two are aligned. There are times when they are not. And I bet even to him, the distinction may not necessarily be clear. An example is when he insists on staying on the field during blowouts, and keep throwing to the receivers anyway.
I hope needing to protect his own legacy is not getting in the way of throwing more to "lesser" receivers during games, which IMO is necessary to get them integrated into the game in rep for playoffs. Sometimes, I just feel there's recently been an impatience for the small failures that are a necessary part for learning and growing.