Early in the first quarter of Sunday’s divisional-round matchup between the Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers, CBS color commentator Tony Romo offered his take on how quarterback Tom Brady should approach New England’s offensive attack.
“I think, in this game, Tom Brady needs to change up how they throw,” Romo said on the broadcast. “It’s a seven-step and then it’s hand-off and then it’s a screen and then it’s a slant and then it’s a three-step and then it’s a five-step. Never give them the same feeling of rhythm throughout the game.”
Retired nose tackle Vince Wilfork — who won two Super Bowls with Brady during his 11 years in New England — expressed amusement at Romo’s input.
“It’s funny to hear Tony Romo saying what Brady should do,” he tweeted, tacking on several laughing face emojis.
It’s funny to hear tony romo saying what BRADY should do ????????
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) January 13, 2019
Wilfork wasn’t the only ex-Patriot to tune in and watch his former team take on the Chargers. Retired tight end Martellus Bennett and retired running back Danny Woodhead both chimed in with praise for Rob Gronkowski in the first half. Woodhead called him the “best player [he’s] seen in person” outside of quarterbacks.
Though he didn’t register a reception until the third quarter Sunday, Gronkowski still contributed to the offense by blocking for running back Sony Michel, who rushed for 100-plus yards and three touchdowns.
“This is why Rob Gronkowski is the best in the game,” Bennett tweeted. “Hasn’t made a catch but has impacted the game in a big way by blocking.”
This is why @RobGronkowski is the best in the game. Hasn't made a catch but has impacted the game in a big way by blocking.
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) January 13, 2019
That’s why i said outside of qbs he’s best player I’ve seen in person https://t.co/G7CeQQYJ4w
— danny woodhead (@danny__woodhead) January 13, 2019
Retired offensive lineman Damien Woody and cornerback Logan Ryan, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans, also joined the conversation on Twitter, piling on the Chargers defense that gave up 35 points in the first half.
Chargers thought they was gonna go into Foxboro running the same zone defense every play against TB12??♂️ now they down so they gotta go man to man which they don’t do #UhOh
— Logan Ryan (@RealLoganRyan) January 13, 2019
Chargers think “we’re going to run what we run” is gonna cut it on D pic.twitter.com/7XVxIWOw2v
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) January 13, 2019