I am a HUGE long time Brady fan from the start and will always be. However, I have often said many things, regarding Brady, that people in here freak out over.
Things like it is a lie that his favorite receiver is the open one , etc. He has his favorites and binkies just like every other QB. Or calling him out when I think he deserves it, etc. Just like last week.
Today I have to actually give him a pass for being a GIANT baby. NO NOT because he has a few young receivers. .... BUT because the area of New England has given him a "complete" free pass for so long that it has allowed him to become a complete Wahhh Baby instead of the great leader he used to be and can still be.
When Brady was starting, not a starter yet, we always heard stories of him running the scout team or working with the sub receivers and making them all better and impressing the coaches as a collective backup unit in practices. Then he became "the man", won some superbowls, and legitimatley cemented himself as one of the greatest QB's to ever play the position in NFL history.
Unfortunatley what followed is almost every fan, AND media person (Mayock was sickening me last night) started giving Brady a complete free pass, for everything. He became Teflon Tom. Nothing was ever his fault. It's the defense, it's his Oline, it's his receivers, it's his running backs, it's his Offensive coordinator, etc etc.
When Brady even says things about himself. Out of his own mouth, the fans and media will half the time, astonishingly, say no Tom you are not correct. You are great you did nothing wrong. When he said he sucked after the Ravens game when they backed into the win I was amazed how many on here were like no he played ok or great, the defense just stinks, etc.
So I give Brady a pass for being a Baby today because the fans and media created it.
I could barely understand the reaction and outrage when teapot lit into him on the sideline. Throwing things out like you would be nothing without TB. You would stink as a OC without TB. Who does he think he is to yell at TB. Seriously? While I think he should have done that in the locker room instead of on the sideline, I am sure it was called for.
I wanted to throw up last night when I actually agreed with Deion Sanders when he at least called Brady out to share in some of the problems the Offense was having. I rarely agree with the likes of him.
This is why the Patriots have not been able to develop any wide receivers and are barely even capable of bringing in veterens that get on the same page as TB. You know what the TWO constants are in this equation? Tom Brady and the Offensive system. Had to bring Branch back. He played in the system. Went and got Fells and Hooman. Both played in the system. Had to go get Brandon Llyod. Played in the system. Went and got Amendola. Played in the system. Tried to get Salas. Played in the system. Chad Johnson, didn't play in the system before. Brady would not throw to him. Never saw the field. Julian Edelman never played in the system, did not like playing with him. Edleman was forced to play in 2009 playoffs because of WW injury and did quite well. He mysteriously barely saw the field for the next two entire seasons, even when healthy. Tory Holt, could not make the team, bet he did not click immediatley with TB either. He could not get on the same page as Galloway. Price and Tate, nope. Stallworth? Maybe. In 2007 he did not seemed to lose favor with TB for Gaffney. Moss and WW yep but seems to be far more no's then yes's. Since there are TWO constants they both have to share in some of the problem.
People freaked last week when I mentioned I did not think his complete game was sharp. I know fans focus ONLY on what they saw last. His great drive to get in FG range. People also inaccurately assumed that my meaning for sharp is only or simply his throwing. It is not, it is mental as well. Pulling out early from center? I am sure eveyone blames the center only. Not seeing or knowing where to get rid of the ball on the early safety blitz? I am sure fans blame it exclusively on the missed blocking assignment? Thowing a ball right into Darius's hands while trying to target Hooman. Luckily not intercepted, but I am sure everyone blamed someone else, probably Hooman, somehow. The three or four balls Brady threw in the dirt trying to target Thompkins. Clearly those must have have all been on Thompkins(face plam).
...or last nights game. Things like over throwing a wide open Edleman by like 12 yards on an easy TD? Basically over throwing Thompkins in the endzone when he had his man beat and making him dive for it. Throwing 4 consecutive balls behind Dobson? No not even talking about the one in the redzone where Dobson broke it outside and Tom was either expecting him to sit it down, catch it in stride, or break it inside. Dobson is NOT excused. He could have had two of those catches AND was slow to get his head around on another one as well. The pass leading to the sideline after Edleman had already clearly sat his route down, before TB looked like he had even released the ball? However, Geno Smith who is a rookie AND missed almost all his valueable time before the season with an injury working with his receivers was able to hit his rookie receiver deep down the field in stride. Tom in contrast made Dobson attempt a figertip grab falling forward. NOT blaming Tom, Dobson HAS to make that catch. Just pointing out the difference and that he is NOT the only QB to have to play with rookie WR's.
Brady is the face of the franchise, the best player on the team, one of the best players to ever play the QB position. If you can not lean on him and hold him to the expected high standards of all three of those things then exactly who can you lean on? Everyone always wants to say Brady made this guy or made that guy. Fine, if Brady makes guys then get to it and make these young guys better instead of being a Waaahhh baby. Act like the leader you once were.
So BB please pull Brady in your office and please rip him a new one and remind him of those facts and also remind him that you are sticking with a youth movement and will continue to cram the young receivers down his throat so he should accept it and deal with it. ...and deal with it by talking to them on the sideline and exchanging what they all saw and what and why he wants what he does. Explaining that the mistakes are going to happen and the reps are good, even first time bad ones, but that they need to learn from those reps so the mistakes of the identical situation are not reocurring. Remind him that he should be doing that and not sitting down the oppostite end of the bench away from his young receivers throwing a Tantrum, acting like the baby the fans and media have allowed to be created.
Your free pass expires at next kickoff. Take a quick look in the mirror, now go lead!