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Tom Brady: Ex-Patriots “have no clue”

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Well, Chad Ochocinco made some progress in Week Two.

After one catch in the opener, Ochocinco grabbed two passes for 45 yards against the Chargers. Both plays came early. You got the sense Tom Brady and the coaches wanted to get Ocho involved early to shut everyone one up for a while.

“None of those guys have any clue what they’re talking about,” Tom Brady said Monday morning on WEEI when asked about criticism of Ochocinco from ex-Patriots like Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison. “They aren’t in this locker room.”

Brady prefaced this by saying how much he loved and respected his ex-teammates.  Brady just firmly said they don’t understand the dynamics of the 2011 Patriots.

Circling the wagons is not a surprising move by Brady. Neither is the fact he regretted telling fans to get “lubed up” last week.

“I tried to make a subtle joke,” Brady said. “I won’t ever joke like that again.”

Thankfully, we’ll never write about Bruschi’s comments or Brady’s hydrating remarks again either. Promise.

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85 Responses to “Tom Brady: Ex-Patriots “have no clue””
  1. cakemixa says: Sep 19, 2011 9:52 AM

    Will Tedy Bruschi have another roid rage attack and go off about Brady’s response? Nope.

  2. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 9:53 AM

    I liked the message behind what TB said about getting rowdy etc. Most fans like when players on the team they root for act/talk a little like fans themselves.

    And good on him for saying what he said here too. This will make Chad feel even better that his QB as his back here instead of the guys he won rings with and a happy Chad is a good thing for the Pats.

    That first catch Chad made was spectacular and showed TB has trust in him which is even more encouraging.

  3. sj39 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:53 AM

    Must Tomasina whine for a penalty flag on every play? It really does not help with his “manly” image.

  4. tim1999 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:57 AM

    It’s been pretty obvious to many (including Boston media) that Bruschi has a personal issue with Ochocinco and that’s what lead to his over the top and unwarranted criticism of Ocho.
    Brady standing up for his teammate is why they love him so much. Brady never “big times” anyone. He’s one of the guys and will go to war for them.

  5. benh999 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:58 AM

    Am I the only one who can’t stand Bruschi? The guy couldn’t shut up when he was a player, and now it is even worse with him ostensibly in the media.

  6. anactualnflowner says: Sep 19, 2011 9:59 AM

    Oh bullcrap Brady they are “Experts”!

  7. canjura says: Sep 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    I think Brady should have stood up for Ochocinco much sooner. What’s the point of coming out and standing up for your receiver a week late? Really no point to come out and say anything anymore in my opinion.

  8. tundey says: Sep 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    I like him calling out those jokers. I think some of them still think they are patriots.

  9. tampajoey says: Sep 19, 2011 10:01 AM

    Tedy Bruschi needs to go join Tiki Barber at fading away into oblivion.

  10. jutts says: Sep 19, 2011 10:02 AM

    No Kidding, never seen a qb want a flag ever time he’s touched. “Hey, don’t you know who I am”.

  11. kate773 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:03 AM

    sj39 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 9:53 AM
    Must Tomasina whine for a penalty flag on every play? It really does not help with his “manly” image.

    **************************************

    This is a joke, right? Please show me footage of him whining ON EVERY PLAY. He practically had his knee blown out again (on a dirty hit, BTW) and he said nothing. Paste the link of the footage of him whining on every play or you are just a moron.

  12. jw731 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:05 AM

    Not a Pats fan, but the “lubed up” comment was blown so out of proportion by the PC crowd it’s ridiculous. It was a joke, and most people took it as a joke, they act like he committed treason or something….

  13. nevin999 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:07 AM

    Tedy Bruschi sounded like a total moron when he inexplicably flipped out on Chad Johnson. What a loser.

  14. vernhh says: Sep 19, 2011 10:08 AM

    Unfortunately Bruschi and Harrison really WISH they were still in that locker room, and that is the heart of the problem.
    Zero objectivity and a lot of yearning.

  15. shawon0meter says: Sep 19, 2011 10:08 AM

    Clearly Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots fans have embraced Ocho. These ex-Patriots need to get over themselves.

  16. rtookey says: Sep 19, 2011 10:08 AM

    “sj39 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 9:53 AM
    Must Tomasina whine for a penalty flag on every play? It really does not help with his “manly” image.”

    his “manly Image” has 3 rings, Giselle, and over 900 yrds in 2 weeks… good one.

  17. Ralphie says: Sep 19, 2011 10:10 AM

    Hell yeah “they aren’t in this locker room.”, these are the guys who have your back NOW, not 5-10 years ago.I think that spirit runs through that organization. Remember when Belichick took down all the pictures of the stars from the past decade 2 years ago that lined the hallways (Rodney, Bruschi, etc) and it was a big deal in the news, and replaced them with pictures of the current players? (they showed it on a “Football Life” last week if you recall). That’s the way the coach feels also. It’s good to remember your past, but the guys who are with you now are the most important.

  18. everton422 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:11 AM

    Eagles suck.

  19. Henry says: Sep 19, 2011 10:14 AM

    Both Harrison and Bruschi feel like they have to go off on the Pats from time to time so that they don’t look like homers on tv. But Bruschi went way too far this time and I’m done listening to his BS.

  20. diabloryno says: Sep 19, 2011 10:17 AM

    jw731 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 10:05 AM
    Not a Pats fan, but the “lubed up” comment was blown so out of proportion by the PC crowd it’s ridiculous. It was a joke, and most people took it as a joke, they act like he committed treason or something….

    ————————————————-

    Agreed. I’m sure the media was just looking for another headline to grab some hits. It seems like thats the what most of the media is doing these days. “Let’s see if we can get one of these players to say something that we can make money off”.

  21. pitofzombies94 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:21 AM

    @ nevin999

    Who’s Chad Johnson?

  22. nysaysbringit says: Sep 19, 2011 10:21 AM

    CKL says; “I like the message behind what TB said about getting rowdy etc. Most fans like when players on the team they root for act/talk a little like fans themselves.”

    Except when the Jets do it right CKL?…that makes them classless and not as cultured and refined as your guys….Can you say…double standard?

  23. stairwayto7 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:23 AM

    Bruschi and Harrison won’t say a word about Brady because they know the only reson they got rings was because of him! If they did not play in New England they would not have tv jobs!

  24. wwwmattcom says: Sep 19, 2011 10:24 AM

    Excuse you rosenthal! Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.

  25. dalton2green says: Sep 19, 2011 10:25 AM

    Chad sucks

  26. hendeeze says: Sep 19, 2011 10:27 AM

    Congratz Teddy on making a distraction out of nothing.

  27. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    sj39 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 9:53 AM
    Must Tomasina whine for a penalty flag on every play? It really does not help with his “manly” image.
    __________________________________
    ????
    I saw Cutler lying on the ground yesterday gesturing for a flag before he even tried to get up. So what???? Good for Cutler if he feels wronged and tries to get a flag. I’ve seen Brees and tons of other QBs do the same. I don’t mind any player doing it here and there (every time they get hit or a DB is near them etc. is a different story and very annoying)when they feel it’s justified as long as it doesn’t carry over to the next play nor is it whined about by them postgame.

    Brady got hit very low on the leg twice (which is supposed to be illegal)and never flinched or whined. Once was a hit that made his leg go violently in the wrong direction…the leg that ended his season in 08. He never complained during or after the game. He may be a metrosexual pretty boy off the field but he’s as tough as it gets mentally and physically.

  28. iflounder says: Sep 19, 2011 10:32 AM

    anyone ever notice how you’ve never seen bruschi, and esera tuaolo in the same room together. makes one wonder.

  29. steviemo says: Sep 19, 2011 10:32 AM

    Zero rings since Spygate. They can’t win it all without that “little extra edge.” LOL.

  30. cantarguefacts says: Sep 19, 2011 10:33 AM

    Safe to say bruschi and harrison are jealous blowhards. They need to just shut up and let Brady do his thing. I commend brady for backing chad up. But since we are talking about the pats and their stellar offenseive weapons (no, not sarcasm) I think they need some defense or they will be in trouble again come january.

  31. deenice810 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:34 AM

    I guess Bruschi and Harrison are gonna say now that Brady hasn’t won a big game since the Super Bowl that they cheated in.

  32. alltee says: Sep 19, 2011 10:35 AM

    fellow pats fans, please dont respond to sj39’s comments.

    this person clearly has some serious tom brady issues.

    not only does tom not call for a flag every play, but should have called and gotten one this week, but part of the sport is drawing flags and if you can get them all the power to you.

    every receiver calls for a flag as much as possible.

    have pity on sj39, sj39 is a big nfl fan who roots for a team that sucks and has serious tom brady and patriot envy.

  33. nesuperfan says: Sep 19, 2011 10:40 AM

    I think you have to take almost all of these former-player analysts with a grain of salt.

    They are PAID TO BE HOMERS, so what do you expect?

  34. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 10:43 AM

    Really have to hand it to Brady. He’s always quick to defend his teammates–as a leader should. Hate the Pats from a rivalry perspective, but to me, this guy is a prototypical quarterback like Unitas. You just want to swat other QBs in the head and say, “Look, that’s how it’s done!” Well, except for the haircut.

  35. Foresight2011 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:43 AM

    Brady just saying what most reasonable fans already knew. Bruschi, Harrison both need to STFU.

  36. str82dvd says: Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM

    Can anyone tell me why ESPN/NFL network pays these moron former players to spout inanities, pointlessly and aggravatingly, when there are thousands of quality broadcasters out there toiling away in the dungeons of local TV?

    As if I give a damn what Jamie Dukes or Deion Sanders has to say. Deion’s voice piss me off.

  37. texashauss says: Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM

    Brady is a convicted cheater in sports and life, and Bruschi can’t speak english very well. He is painful to listen to and watch on ESPN.

  38. fartography says: Sep 19, 2011 10:48 AM

    I don’t understand anyone bashing Ochocinco for his play the first two weeks when it’s pretty clear that he’s the 5th best receiver on the team. You’ve got Welker, Branch, Hernandez and Gronkowski – all of whom are younger. If Chad catches more than 5 passes in a game this year it’ll be a miracle. He’s just an added weapon that they have, he’s not any kind of a showcase.

  39. cornernum23 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:49 AM

    Every low hit or helmet-to-helmet hit is NOT “dirty” play. Has the NFL brain-washed us so that every time someone gets hit hard, or hurt that they’re a “dirty” player?

  40. rexismybff says: Sep 19, 2011 10:51 AM

    Brady is absolutely correct – those x-players aren’t in the locker room. They don’t get to see the video tapes of the opponent’s walk-throughs and defensive signals all week prior to the game. Without seeing BB’s secret stash, they have no context from which to criticize the players.

  41. tweedie44 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:57 AM

    Bravo Tommy !!!!!!!!! We are so blessed to be New Englanders ! I was born in Boston (58) and raised in Ma. and Me. During that time Ive witnessed ” 4 ” true sports Gods ! 1960’s – Bill Russell , 1970’s – Bobby Orr , 1980’s – Larry Bird , and the 00’s – Tom Terrific !!!!!!! Now hes starting on his 2nd decade – Stronger , Smarter , and DRIVEN to be THE BEST EVER !!!!! Of course he protects his own – no matter how new or how mediocre they may be . Just wait New England … Wait and see how Ocho / Albert works out ! Its going to be VERY special !

  42. grpatriot says: Sep 19, 2011 10:58 AM

    People drink at the home games???

  43. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 11:00 AM

    nysaysbringit says: Sep 19, 2011 10:21 AM

    CKL says; “I like the message behind what TB said about getting rowdy etc. Most fans like when players on the team they root for act/talk a little like fans themselves.”

    Except when the Jets do it right CKL?…that makes them classless and not as cultured and refined as your guys….Can you say…double standard?
    _______________________________________
    Thanks for putting words in my mouth. Please find anything negative I personally EVER said about what Rex said about Cowboys jerseys in your team’s shared abode in NJ. You have me pegged all wrong, I stick up for RR a whole lot actually. But like some of the guys on your team, you shoot your mouth off first without thinking.

  44. cantarguefacts says: Sep 19, 2011 11:07 AM

    @stairwayto7

    I think bruschi and harrison were as much a part of thise 3 rings as brady was. Without defense the pats wouldnt have beatean the rams (go ahead and insert immature spygate comment here). Thats the one thing I always feel was overlooked on the pats champs teams, hiw great their defenses were. Withiut those vets on that d and the coaching of belichick AND crennel the pats dont have 3 ringz. But thats why as a colts fan I envy the patriots, they are a team and play like one and win because of it. Pats fans have to see the difference in todays pats and the team that won them three titles. Defense. Flashy offense doesnt win superbowls (see 07-10 pats and 9 of manning 10 playoffs appearances)

  45. dukemarc says: Sep 19, 2011 11:09 AM

    Tedy and Rodney were seen hugging each other and crying after hearing Tom’s comments.

  46. masinick says: Sep 19, 2011 11:14 AM

    Look, all of this stuff is to create attention and draw traffic. Bruschi, Harrison, and Troy Brown each have made comments about Chad Ochocinco over the past week. Bruschi and Harrison both made pretty sharp comments. Brown’s comments were somewhat more muted; Brown believes that Ochocinco can have a positive impact on the team, and he still believes it, but he also commented that Chad has not (after the first week), shown much on the field in a game. He still believes that he can do it, but he has work to do.

    Troy’s comments are probably the closest to the truth, but let’s take a look at things a bit closer. Last season, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski both looked very promising, and each of them had some measure of success relatively early in the season. They also had moments where they looked out of place and they could not always be counted on to be in the right spot when there was pressure and the play had to be modified. Tom Brady was seen talking, and sometimes yelling, at the two of them, but it was always in a constructive way.

    Rob and Aaron had the benefit of a full pre season, minicamps, full training camp, etc. and they were first year players.

    Chad Ochocinco did not have the benefit of a full mini camp or the usual pre season, though he has had a decade of previous experience. He seems to be off to a bit of a slow start, but in the second week, he showed a bit more of what he is capable of, grabbing two nice catches for solid yardage, and seemed to be catching on a bit better.

    What he still lacks is that sense of exactly where to be and how to react when the plays do not unfold exactly as drawn up. Wes Welker and Deion Branch are the best at that craft, and arguably Branch is number one in that particular nuance, and especially showed it in a couple of drives in the second game.

    With Welker and Branch as top options, especially in bail out situations, and both Gronkowski and Hernandez providing more physical speed and power than any of the others, let’s face it, Ochocinco is probably the number five option on plays except for those drawn up specifically for him, so he is unlikely to consistently generate over five catches a game. I would like to see him average four or five catches a game – if he expects to be on the field for more than twenty to thirty plays. I’d like to see him have at least one breakout game with seven or eight catches and over eighty yards, then I’d definitely view him as worth keeping in the regular rotation. But unless he consistently, in at least 75% of the games, turns in four or five catches, I’d rather see the Patriots continue to go to their other options: Branch, Welker, Hernadez, Gronkowski, and Green Ellis and Woodhead, even Ridley, out of the backfield.

  47. jetfanfolife says: Sep 19, 2011 11:22 AM

    pitofzombies94 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 10:21 AM
    @ nevin999

    Who’s Chad Johnson?

    A: The guy who Revis shuts down. He was supposed to go back to Chad Johnson after that game , but not being a stand up guy he chose to stay as Ocho-de-a_ _hole.

  48. laramsfan003 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:30 AM

    I’ll bash Tommy boy for plenty of things, but I’ll give him a pass for not instantly defending Ocho. To be honest he probably wasn’t aware of it. He was probably too busy trying to get ready for his next photo shoot, & get his hair done. They don’t call him Tom Terrific for nothing!

  49. habsman says: Sep 19, 2011 11:30 AM

    So, if the only way the Patriots ever win is by cheating, please tell us by which mode of cheating have they won the first two games?

    Taping signals? Satelite imaging? ESP? Witchcraft? Vulcan Mind Warp?

    They are also appox .700 win % over the past 5 years. Should the league be investigating?

    Cheating theories please?

  50. pastabelly says: Sep 19, 2011 11:33 AM

    I was at the game yesterday. Many fans were lubed up at $8 per bottle for freaking Bud and Bud Light. That’s the biggest crime.

    Brady always sticks up for his current teammates. This one by Rosenthal is a non-story and it’s also no secret that what much of what Bruschi said was true (Chad Johnson Ochocinqu doesn’t understand or fit in with the offense as much as he should). It’s also true that Brady and former and current Patriots really don’t talk in public about how amazed they are at their offense. It’s their job.

  51. masinick says: Sep 19, 2011 11:36 AM

    Harrison was not part of the first Super Bowl run with the Rams. He joined the team in 2003 and was part of two Super Bowl runs, and participated in the 2007-2008 Super Bowl loss to the Giants, and was defending on the play that the obscure Tight End made a leaping catch and secured it on his helmet (as the defensive line was all over Eli Manning) – to me, the play of the game.

    Bruschi and Troy Brown were there and active participants in all three Super Bowl victories in the past decade.

    They have the right to their opinion, and they undoubtedly do not expect their views to be popular. They want to see Ochocinco take on the mindset of the team that has had such significant success, with at least seven division titles, four Super Bowl appearances, and three Super Bowl rings over the past decade, and with seven years since the last complete success, they don’t want any veteran to come in and disrupt, in any way, the values that made the team great.

    Brady, being on the team, knows what is taking place. For all we know, he could be chastising Chad in the background, but chances are, he is just working with him, day in and day out to help him understand the process of what he’s thinking as he is reading the defense. That isn’t an easy task.

    I saw a bit more progress in week two; I would like to see a lot more, especially if Chad expects to be a featured receiver. But I don’t want to force that issue. Right now, Branch, Welker, Hernandez, and Gronkowski are doing so well that unless Ochocinco poses an especially good matchup against a particular team, he’s likely to remain the fifth or sixth option and continue to make one or two catches a game. Unless he really grasps what Brady is doing, I wouldn’t push it past that, but unless he picks it up and can make three to five catches a game, I’d continue to look at some of the other second tier receivers on the team: Price, as he recovers from his ailments, and Slater (as he has deserved every accolade he has received). To me, they’ve both, in their limited playing time, shown more long term promise than Chad, but I want to continue to give Chad time to prove himself, but he has to do that not only in practice, but in games as well if he wants to be highly viewed by the media and the fans.

  52. steviemo says: Sep 19, 2011 11:40 AM

    Fact: Zero championships since Spygate. You want to dispute that? LOL.

  53. pastabelly says: Sep 19, 2011 11:41 AM

    str82dvd says:
    Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM
    Can anyone tell me why ESPN/NFL network pays these moron former players to spout inanities, pointlessly and aggravatingly, when there are thousands of quality broadcasters out there toiling away in the dungeons of local TV?

    =================================

    Because nobody really cares what the local broadcasters have to say and opinions from people who never played the game are amateurish. Say what you want about Bruschi. He understands what is going on in that lockerroom and he knows and understands Bill Belichick a helluva lot more than some guy at your local station with a degree from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. I would rather have Bruschi go over-the-top every once in a while than have to listen to some milquetoast local announcer or talk radio blowhard.

  54. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 19, 2011 11:41 AM

    jutts says: Sep 19, 2011 10:02 AM
    No Kidding, never seen a qb want a flag ever time he’s touched. “Hey, don’t you know who I am”.
    ********************

    What are you talking about? Be specific, hater.

  55. 8man says: Sep 19, 2011 11:41 AM

    Could we dispense with this meaningless tripe and find some answers on how to improve that Patriots defense?

  56. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 19, 2011 11:47 AM

    texashauss says: Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM
    Brady is a convicted cheater in sports and life, and Bruschi can’t speak english very well. He is painful to listen to and watch on ESPN.
    ***************

    Convicted by whom? Be specific.

  57. kisstherings says: Sep 19, 2011 11:49 AM

    @canjura says:Sep 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    I think Brady should have stood up for Ochocinco much sooner. What’s the point of coming out and standing up for your receiver a week late? Really no point to come out and say anything anymore in my opinion.

    ———————————————————-
    He came out and said something because he was ASKED about it you moron. Every time he has been asked about Chad in the past he has given and answer and it has been praise. It is the first time Brady has been available for interview since last week that he was asked about it.

    No what you are talking about dude.

  58. cbass59 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:54 AM

    “Thankfully, we’ll never write about Bruschi’s comments or Brady’s hydrating remarks again either. Promise.”

    ———————————————

    Said a writer from a website that did a story on the Big Ben’s neighbors complaining about the height of his fence.

    Please. The day this website stops posting meaningless articles, is the day Cleveland wins a Superbowl.

  59. kisstherings says: Sep 19, 2011 11:55 AM

    @steviemo says:Sep 19, 2011 10:32 AM

    Zero rings since Spygate. They can’t win it all without that “little extra edge.” LOL.
    ———————————————————

    Yeah, 28 other teams in the league havn’t won a ring since spygate either. And Brady wasn’t playing one of those years…..so let’s call it three.

    What a high standard you must hold them to steviemo – if no ring in the three seasons they have had Brady playing since spygate is considered a failure. You must be quite a Patriots fan.

  60. depotnator says: Sep 19, 2011 12:03 PM

    It’s funny to read all these ‘sheep’ Patriot fans now call Roidski a jerk a week after they claimed he was right about Ocho. I guess they will follow Brady right off a cliff if need be…

  61. aldavisisthenfl says: Sep 19, 2011 12:04 PM

    Conveniently left your buddy Harrison off the list…….

  62. boltschick says: Sep 19, 2011 12:12 PM

    Brady’s “lubed up” comment was very funny. I loved it, and I’m a bolts fan. Such a shame that all the criticism ends up stifling the most interesting comments.

  63. caskinsfan420 says: Sep 19, 2011 12:13 PM

    This is what happens when you employ a s**t ton of ex players as talking heads. They become self entitled and feel like they have a duty to “keep it real” irvin does it everytime i see his cokehead face on my $20 tv. Surprisingly keyshawn is remarkably good at keeping his opinions to himself and not coming off like a jackass. Teddy, take notes.

  64. gimmeabruschi says: Sep 19, 2011 12:17 PM

    It is comical to see brain-dead morons actually whining about Brady supposedly whining.

  65. cmich2006 says: Sep 19, 2011 12:24 PM

    this sums it up perfectly

    hendeeze says: Sep 19, 2011 10:27 AM

    Congratz Teddy on making a distraction out of nothing.

  66. philyeagles5 says: Sep 19, 2011 12:33 PM

    its about time. i can finally like Tom Brady for something.

  67. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 19, 2011 12:45 PM

    Teddy misses the game.

    He needs to feel a part of the team again.

    What better way than to call out the teams 5th wr.

  68. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 19, 2011 1:13 PM

    texashauss says:Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM

    Brady is a convicted cheater in sports and life…

    —————————–

    Not too bitter are you?

    Convicted? ha ha ha

    Steers are for – well you know the rest…

  69. nysaysbringit says: Sep 19, 2011 1:17 PM

    @ CKL;
    I must say, I do not see you post alot of negative stuff in here. I do apologize for directing that “double standard” accusation at YOU.

  70. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 1:24 PM

    cbass59 says:

    Said a writer from a website that did a story on the Big Ben’s neighbors complaining about the height of his fence.

    Please. The day this website stops posting meaningless articles, is the day Cleveland wins a Superbowl.

    ———————————————-
    Be careful. They hold grudges when you criticize them and never stop getting even. Professionalism, it’s a beautiful thing.

  71. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 19, 2011 1:43 PM

    ha ha ha

    4 minutes…

  72. jessethegreat says: Sep 19, 2011 1:49 PM

    I’m a die hard Packers fan, and I love what Rodgers brings to the table, but this kind of remark by Brady shows why he’s the NFL’s #1 QB. Never does he put a teammate under the bus. When the old blood starts calling out his teammates, he’s there to scold them and pick his teammates up. Palmer would have kept his yap shut and let Ocho take all the heat in Cinci. I’m starting to believe Brady can make anyone want to play and play hard for him. This kind of move is going to go a long way to Ocho.

    The question I have now is was it Belichick or Brady that drove Moss. My bet is on Brady.

  73. managod777 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:54 PM

    I’m not particularly a Brady fan, but I’ve gained alot of respect for him because of this. Bruschi is a snot nosed little kid. Unfortunately ESPN pays him for his overbearing opinion. Rodney Harrison is a dirty player that’s being rewarded. I wish we could see and hear some of the things he said about hurting other players.

    I’m glad Brady waited to respond so it didn’t seem like he had to defend Chad. I don’t do NE but Chad will work out and be an important cog in their offense.

  74. richm2256 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:07 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Bruschi and Harrison won’t say a word about Brady because they know the only reson they got rings was because of him! If they did not play in New England they would not have tv jobs!
    ——————————————————–Another clueless dolt.

    Rodney Harrison had a HOF career before he stepped foot in Foxboro. He didn’t need Tom Brady to “win a ring” for him.

    In fact, it was the Patriot’s defense who carried the offense back then; Tom Brady owes a couple of those rings to Bruschi for heading up a solid defense, and he knows that.

    Anyone who thinks Bruschi and Rodney were two bitter ex-jocks mouthing off cannot be Patriots fans. Without a doubt those comments were made to “shake” 85 out of his complacency…. and it worked! Anyone hearing about Johnson’s Tweeting lately????

    I can’t imagine either of those two guys saying anything that would upset Belichick or cause an unwanted distraction. Hell, Belichick probably gave them the green light!

    One of the best sights all day was seeing Brady sitting alone with 85, clearly going over the defense they were seeing. Johnson’s obviously got gas in the tank or Belichick wouldn’t waste a roster spot on him; he just needs to tune in and get going,which he will.

    Brady appreciated Bruschi and Harrison’s comments, he just can’t say so publicly; now he comes out and defends Ocho, to make him feel the love. Tedy and Rodney get that, no doubt.

  75. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 2:18 PM

    nysaysbringit says: Sep 19, 2011 1:17 PM

    @ CKL;
    I must say, I do not see you post alot of negative stuff in here. I do apologize for directing that “double standard” accusation at YOU.
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    Thanks. I appreciate that you came back here to say that. :)
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    depotnator says: Sep 19, 2011 12:03 PM

    It’s funny to read all these ‘sheep’ Patriot fans now call Roidski a jerk a week after they claimed he was right about Ocho. I guess they will follow Brady right off a cliff if need be…
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    Ummm…really? Most Pats fans I know of felt Bruschi was pretty out of line with how strongly he expressed his opinion even if they agreed with the sentiment or don’t like Chad much. And a majority of us have 0 problem calling out Brady too if we feel he deserves it. We’re not “manningfans”(which are NOT the same thing as actual Colts fans) who feel our QB does no wrong. I think you’re a Jets fan, maybe you should visit a few Pats message boards to get a better picture of what “we” feel before you become the “mouth that roared”?

    I do seem to recall that both Bruschi and Rodney called out BB in 09 for going for it on 4th down in Indy too. and the defense responded in a similar manner (“they’re not in our LR” etc.) One thing about those two, even if I disagree with them which I have at times, I never doubt they are saying what they really think.

  76. orthodoxdj says: Sep 19, 2011 2:23 PM

    They should squash it over a brewski.

  77. gisellichek says: Sep 19, 2011 3:02 PM

    To the members of Spygate Nation:
    2-0 , 900+ yards in total offense… 73 pts in two games… and look no videotape!!!

    What else ya got???

  78. steviemo says: Sep 19, 2011 5:21 PM

    All I said is zero rings since Spygate. Coincidence? Maybe.

  79. bozosforall says: Sep 20, 2011 1:49 PM

    pftequalsgreatjournalism says:
    Sep 19, 2011 1:13 PM
    texashauss says:Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM

    Brady is a convicted cheater in sports and life…

    —————————–

    Not too bitter are you?

    Convicted? ha ha ha

    Steers are for – well you know the rest…

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    Meanwhile, gay marriage legal in most of New England but not in Texas.

    Oh, and there are FIVE Lombardis in Texas, courtesy of Dallas. So, why would a Texan be “jealous” of the Pats’ measly three?

  80. bcgreg says: Sep 20, 2011 5:23 PM

    @ texashauss

    You can’t spell ‘house’ or ‘hoss’ either. Are you German?

  81. bcgreg says: Sep 20, 2011 5:29 PM

    @ steviemo

    So, are you saying that the Pats should have won in 02, 05, and 06? How come they didn’t? Belichick was the coach in 2000 too. What did they go? 5-11? What’s your reasoning for that. They made the SB in 07 and have the best record in the NFL since 2007 (post Spygate). What’s your reasoning for that?

    Are you gonna bring up their 0-3 record in their last 3 playoff games? Did you know that the 49ers of the 80s (yeah, the teams with Montan and Rice and Walsh as coach) lost 3 straight playoff games too before winning another title? WHat was their excuse?

    It is DAMN hard to win a title in any sport.

  82. steviemo says: Sep 20, 2011 6:50 PM

    Is it so hard to figure out what I’m saying? No championships since Spygate, not all that other rigamaroll you’re talking about. You take a crutch away from some teams and the championships go away, plain and simple. I’m sure Bonds without steroids wouldn’t have done as much, either.

  83. bcgreg says: Sep 21, 2011 6:58 PM

    @ steviemo

    It’s easy to figure out what you’re saying. You’re not the only one who has said it. You’re just naive like the rest to think it since the numbers actually don’t back you up.

    My point is if the cameras provided this great advantage, then why didn’t the Pats win in 2002, 2005, or 2006 when, you know, they were using the cameras to win all those titles? Why is that so hard for you to understand? You throw away the facts presented because they thwart your argument. You think maybe that a loss of talent on defense may have contributed to them not winning a title too?

    What about the crutch of steroids that aided the Steelers to 4 titles in the 80s? Or the crutch of circumventing the cap by the Broncos that led to 2 titles in the 90s? Or the crutch of cameras a la Spygate that the Cowboys used in the early 90s on the way to 3 titles? Do you consider all of those teams cheats too? I just want to make sure that you’re consistent in your argument here. That’s all.

    And, actually, the consensus on Bonds was that he was going to the HOF BEFORE he started juicing based on his numbers from 1986-1998. Real bad example on your part.

  84. steviemo says: Sep 21, 2011 7:32 PM

    Bonds hit 1 HR per 14.1 at bat until age 35, then 1 HR per 7.7 at bats beginning at that advanced age. Sorry, man, that’s called “juiced.” Who the hell is talking about the Hall of Fame? He’ll never make it anyway; he’s the poster boy for steroids.

    New England won 3 SB’s before they were busted out for Spygate, none since. That points to cheating. They haven’t won any SB’s since. Coincidence? LOL.

  85. jetsfan136 says: Sep 24, 2011 12:21 PM

    I remember Bruschi from his rookie season. Always in position, always around the ball, always yapping after the play, then graduating in the years to come to always doing the talking in the defensive huddle. Like Ray Lewis or Urlacher today…..when the ball was defelected at the line and it popped up it was going to land right in Bruchis hands. That’s not a coincidence. Great player. Hated him, but you gotta respect him.

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