In a 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Tom Brady and Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien had a heated verbal exchange on the sidelines following a Brady interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. The two had to be separated, and coach Bill Belichick had to intervene as O'Brien continued to yell in Brady's direction long after the fact.
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After the game, like any other true leader would do, Brady assumed full responsibility for the altercation:
"I threw a pretty bad interception, so he (O'Brien) wasn't happy about it," Brady said. "There was probably a long line of coaches and players that were pretty upset with me after that, but Billy got to me first. He let me have it, and I totally deserved it."
Now, I wasn't even going to bother covering this, because let's face it, players and coaches get into spats on the sidelines all the time. However, after having discussed the topic with a half-dozen people, all of who thought Brady was the one at fault, I decided to go public with my two cents on the matter.
First off, the altercation should have never taken place, because the interception should have never even happened, and wouldn't have happened, if Tiquan Underwood had any idea of how to properly run a route.
On the replay, he clearly continues to drift deeper into the end zone as the ball is in the air, instead of attacking the ball and catching it. Which hey, that's nothing new, because every time Tom Brady has thrown this utter waste of space the ball this season, he's acted like it was a grenade instead of a football. He's as useless as a screen door on a submarine. Even on the sidelines after the play, you can see Brady tell Underwood, "Ti, you gotta go get it!"
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Quite frankly, Bill O'Brien needs to recognize who it is he's calling out on the sidelines, in plain view of everyone watching. It's not Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett, it's Tom Brady. You know, the guy that's won three Super Bowls, two league MVP awards, and is the greatest signal caller of this generation, if not all-time.
Not to mention the fact that he's the guy who week-in and week-out this organization asks to put up 30-40 points a game because the defense is so awful that they couldn't prevent a middle school team from scoring 20+ points and racking up over 350 yards of total offense. They're complete garbage, and have been for over three years now. To top it all off, they're actually getting worse, not better.
Basically, New England's game plan every week is: Tom, go get us 5-6 touchdowns, and hopefully it'll stick. Even more ridiculous than that is, in most cases, Brady does it. And I don't want to hear about how great the guys he has to work with on the offensive side of the ball are either, because with the exception of Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, there's not another every-down skill position player on the team that's actually worth a flip.
Each game, Brady's expected to turn water into wine with a vast collection of stiffs, and nine times out of ten, he does just that, so heaven forbid the defense actually have to make a play on Sunday and bail him out for once. Don't get used to it though Patriot fans, I'm sure you won't see it happen again before the year 2014.
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See, he's this ragtag groups only shot at winning the Super Bowl. He's also the reason you have such an easy job in the first place, seeing as how a trained monkey could stand on the sidelines holding a clipboard and be called the offensive coordinator if said animal had a player of Brady's caliber running the offense. Simply put, it's probably in your best interest not to get on Tom's bad side.
After all, if one of you has to go, who do you really think it's going to be genius? The future first-ballot Hall of Fame franchise quarterback, or the mediocre dime-a-dozen coordinator?
Hmm, real tough call.