Wednesday, December 26, 2012

‘Irate’ Tom Brady blasts teammates after lackluster win

At times, Tom Brady’s “California Cool” reputation escapes him. He morphs from calm and collected to angry and vocal, with harsh barbs flying every which way. It’s become such a notable occurrence that he’s even parodied his anger issues in comedic skits.

There was nothing jovial about his latest outburst, however.

Per the Boston Globe, Brady was “irate” following the Patriots’ lackluster 23-16 win over the Jaguars on Sunday, and ripped into his teammates using “several expletives.”

Afterward, presumably after a few woosah’s, Brady described the team’s effort — or lack thereof — to the media.

“We played pretty terrible out there,” said Brady. “It came down to the wire, and the defense made some plays. But that was a bad 60 minutes of football. We got outcompeted out there, outfought. We were lucky to win.”

Brady was understandably upset, but it’s not like he wasn’t part of the problem. In the first quarter of a game New England entered as 14.5 point favorites, Brady tossed two interceptions, allowing Jacksonville to build an early 10-0 lead.

Eventually, Brady, as he always does, brought the Pats back. He connected on a pair of touchdown passes, the latter extending the Patriots’ fourth quarter lead to 23-13. Surprisingly, the hapless Jags hung in there until the last play — a desperation Hail Mary to the end zone.

Despite the win, which kept the Patriots in contention for the AFC’s No. 1 seed, Brady was not at all happy.

“We started slow. We couldn’t do anything offensively. We couldn’t make any plays,” said Brady.

“They made plenty of plays. We were lucky to be in it at halftime. Didn’t really do anything in the second half in the run game or the pass game, so just a poor effort overall.”

There are very, very few players that could rip their peers and still command the utmost respect. Brady, for as long as he’s playing, will hold that rare privilege.
Zach Kelberman

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