Fox Sports Analysts Nick Wright and Colin Cowherd both seem to think N.E. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is showing signs of slipping. They point to his performance in game 1 of the 2017 season, along with his performance in “the first two and a half quarters” of the Super Bowl – Wright and Cowherd prefer the ‘come out blazing in the first quarter’ QB type as opposed to ‘The Closer’ – along with his performance against the Texans in the AFC Divisional round. A massive data sample if ever there was one. They wanted to find some other bad games to add to this list but grew wearisome after an exhaustive search in the Fox archive room.
First of all, let’s state the obvious: Nick Wright looks like a 6-month-old baby with facial hair who should be snuggled up to his mother’s teat instead of a Fox microphone. Neither of these blowhards actually believes what he is saying, but as they well know, if you make some noise, the ratings go up; and this ‘Brady is slipping’ theory is a guaranteed ratings-riser. All I’m going to say in defense of Tom is he tore apart the Steelers in the 2017 playoff game that both Wright and Cowherd quietly overlooked (“486 yards and three touchdowns, can’t use that one, go back to the previous week, please tell me he sucked that week, please!” ), he tore up the Falcons after those two and a half quarters (in other words when it mattered), and as for last week, everyone has a bad game once in a while. Even the GOAT.
Brady’s career is so prestigious that we now have guys questioning his ability based on a bad half, a season opener and a playoff game vs. the top-ranked defense in the league? If I remember correctly, he had a bad half against the Panthers in the 2004 Super Bowl matchup, yet no one was questioning his age when he climbed the podium that night, were they? I’ve got a hunch Tom goes off on a porous Saints defense this weekend, and on Monday, Nick Wright will be asking us in between feedings, “Forget about the 487 yards and 3 touchdowns, did you see that incompletion? Who was that to? He’s close to done.”