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Brady and O’Brien hug it out after sideline spat

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Tom Brady wasn’t happy with the effort of his wide receiver Tiquan Underwood on Brady’s red zone interception, so he let him know about.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien wasn’t happy with Brady’s decision making, so he told Brady to shut up.  Brady said something back, and O’Brien then really lost it.

The Patriots offensive coordinator eventually had to be held back from Brady. Even Bill Belichick came over to intervene. Here’s the clip from NFL.com.

We’ve never seen anything quite like it, but the two men calmed down shortly thereafter to go over strategy for the rest of the game. The Patriots held on to win with a late interception, with O’Brian and Brady ultimately hugging it out when New England got the win.

That’s not going to stop plenty of questions about the incident during the week. We’re sure Bill Belichick will enjoy the line of questioning.

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40 Responses to “Brady and O’Brien hug it out after sideline spat”
  1. nachosnachosnachos says: Dec 11, 2011 4:35 PM

    If there’s one coach you’ll get a straight answer out of, it’s Belichick….

  2. bleedgreen says: Dec 11, 2011 4:37 PM

    Sorry, unless its Belichick himself yelling at Brady, you’re not going to win in any respect. The guy is one of, if not the best QB ever and has how many rings? Yeah… sorry Bill O’Brien. You lose. You’re wrong.

  3. rcali says: Dec 11, 2011 4:40 PM

    That was a bad throw by Brady.

  4. edgeofepic says: Dec 11, 2011 4:40 PM

    Bill
    I don’t know what happened on the sidelines but you should know as an offensive coordinator I think you suck. You should be coaching in the UFL, or not coaching at all.

  5. patsfiend says: Dec 11, 2011 4:40 PM

    Who cares about this? Underwood went for the ball, the Redskins defender made a great play. If Welker had caught the pass before that hit him on the hands in the end zone it would have been a non-issue. If anything, Brady should be pissed with Welker. It was cool to see those guys dropping some f-bombs on each other. I like that kind of thing.

    What I don’t like is the Patriots D. I’ve officially gone into “fast forward through 3rd down” mode since I can’t beat to watch them give up wide-open 3rd and long plays to the likes of Grossman and Stallworth. Man, their secondary is horrible. Just awful. Pitiful. Bad.

  6. jonka says: Dec 11, 2011 4:46 PM

    Wow. Good for Obrein for not backing down to Brady’s whining.

  7. bdluckyshot says: Dec 11, 2011 4:51 PM

    O’Brien needs to be reminded of the rule for caddies: Show up, keep up, and shut up. When Brady wants his opinion, he will give it to him.

  8. bigjdve says: Dec 11, 2011 4:51 PM

    That INT was more on the receiver than the QB, not to mention that QB is the “golden boy”, does O’brian think he could win that argument?

    I am glad they fixed it up. However it is a good thing to remember that things like this happen.

    We shouldn’t make too much of it.

  9. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 11, 2011 4:51 PM

    Meanwhile in New Jersey, Rex is begging Jet fans to stop booing their QB.

  10. 10kmp says: Dec 11, 2011 4:52 PM

    Brady, like Manning, is a whiney egomaniac… and a great player. Can’t take that away from him, but whenever something happens it’s NEVER his fault. Some WR didn’t go get the ball, or some OL didn’t protect long enough, or some OC doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Loved seeing a coach have guts enough to put Brady in his place.

  11. predicatepanda says: Dec 11, 2011 4:54 PM

    Brady threw a poor pass. Underwood did nothing to help prevent the INT. Both share the blame. Lots of frustration on the sidelines. Nothing wrong with a little confrontation. The offense will be fine.

    The defense, on the other hand……..

  12. tellemallrex says: Dec 11, 2011 4:57 PM

    Wow, you never see that in New England.

  13. gimmeabruschi says: Dec 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    Not a good sign when your lucky to be there OC undermines the QB in favor of the scrub WR. O’Brien may have worn out his welcome with the Pats today.

  14. mydadyourmom says: Dec 11, 2011 5:00 PM

    that was awesome. that’s how things should go sometimes.

  15. citizenstrange says: Dec 11, 2011 5:01 PM

    The last time I saw Brady that upset was when Bill O’Brien asked him to try to spend some extra time studying film and preparing to play the Jets in last year’s playoffs instead of going to see “Lombardi” on Broadway.

    SPOILER ALERT: Brady went to see “Lombardi.” Where’s Tedy Bruschi when you need him?

  16. stevemo says: Dec 11, 2011 5:05 PM

    Imagine if a guy like Mike Vick, Big Ben, or Vince Young does this. Words/phrases like “disrespectful”, “diva”, “out-of-control” come to mind.

    This man is clearly a firey champion though.

  17. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 11, 2011 5:24 PM

    Only took O’Brien a few moments to have a reality check and remember who he is yelling at…

    Not a Pats fan…but you gotta respect a man who most possibly is the best quarterback who has ever played the game.

    And for all the ones thats gonna yell Joe Montana…yeah, Bradys that good.

  18. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 11, 2011 5:28 PM

    I didn’t see how Kid ‘N Play did anything wrong on that…ran a crisp route to shake his guy. Perhaps he should have run more towards the ball rather than waiting for the feather pass to get there.

    The execution of that entire series was pitiful by Brady and the other players…O’Brien’s play calling wasn’t all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips either. All around it was pitiful.

    Brady IS a fiery competitor…that guy overturns checker boards, backgammon boards, Monopoly boards in the locker room when his teammates beat him. The guy hates to lose.

    Oh by the way…the Packers scored yet ANOTHER TD…jesus they are playing a different game from the rest of the NFL.

  19. paydrt says: Dec 11, 2011 5:32 PM

    Brady has a bad habit of personally dressing down players on the sideline. He should accept some of the responsiblity when plays don’t work out.

  20. shaunri says: Dec 11, 2011 5:34 PM

    That pass to Underwood was a terrible decision by Brady. A FG would have essentially ended the game there, so throwing into coverage was a bad idea any way you cut it. He deserved to have the OC chew him out, especially if he was yapping at Underwood.

    Brady was not great today; didn’t help he threw behind Welker on the play before. Don’t want Brady to become Marino or Manning who never threw an incomplete pass that was their fault.

  21. jcarp23 says: Dec 11, 2011 5:35 PM

    It would be nice if BB used this to fire Bill O’Brien during the offseason.

  22. tednancy says: Dec 11, 2011 5:36 PM

    I think it’s awesome that after all the success, rings, and cash, Tom Brady still cares as much as he does about winning.

    Like Joe Montana, Brady will always be chasing the next ring. Even if you hate the Pats you have to admit that that mentality is exactly why that team is always on top of the standings.

  23. ogre2010 says: Dec 11, 2011 5:40 PM

    I remember when this OC got into it with Randy Moss during halftime on a MNF game against the Dolphins.

  24. donniebmc says: Dec 11, 2011 5:40 PM

    Don’t worry, Brady. The Jags weren’t happy with the efforts of Underwood either…

  25. bigharold says: Dec 11, 2011 5:45 PM

    That was a terrible pass, Brady should’ve thrown it away or to another receiver.

    Since BB will never give the real story, context and content, on what was said this is all speculation as to how it started or who was off base. But, O’Brien has to know that he can’t win this argument. However, once it was on he can’t back up lest he lose all credibility and respect.

    In the end Brady really had nothing to complain about because that pass just plain stunk.

  26. foosballisthedevil says: Dec 11, 2011 5:50 PM

    Great play by the defensive back .

  27. richm2256 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:03 PM

    10kmp says:
    Dec 11, 2011 4:52 PM
    Brady, like Manning, is a whiney egomaniac… and a great player. Can’t take that away from him, but whenever something happens it’s NEVER his fault. Some WR didn’t go get the ball, or some OL didn’t protect long enough, or some OC doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Loved seeing a coach have guts enough to put Brady in his place.

    ——————————————————–
    Obviously you’ve never watched a single Tom Brady post-game presser or interview after a loss. No one is harder on himself than that guy, always points the finger at himself first.

    That said, here’s a memo to any receiver who ever plays a single down with the guy:

    If Tom Brady is yelling at you, you without-a-doubt f-ed up.

    Guaranteed.

    Dude works as hard at his craft as any quarterback who ever played, and if you don’t do YOUR job, he’s going to let you know it. We have no idea what that play was supposed to look like, but if Brady is yelling at Underwood, you can BET that Underwood did something wrong.

    Brady takes the heat for plenty of his mistakes when they result in anINT; I’mpretty sure Underwood f-ed something up.

    As for O’Brien, if he wasn’t an OC to a guy named Tom Brady, he’d be washing balls for some Division III college. Who the hell is HE to chew out Tom Brady for chewing out a receiver who blew his assignment?

    How many Super Bowls have YOU won, Bill?

    Of course, Brady shows his class by hugging him and putting it behind them.

    THAT is class, people. Other QBs would be trying to get the clown FIRED.

  28. geniusfan says: Dec 11, 2011 6:08 PM

    Brady was the only reason the Patriots had a chance today. Yeah it wasn’t the best pass but Underwood could have made a better effort.

    The Patriots’ defense is horrible Brady has to carry them on his back every week I’d be a little pissed off too.

    This is why I hate the MVP award if valuable is taken into account then this year it’s Brady Rodgers has been the most outstanding player and is having a better year than Brady but without Brady the Patriots might have one or two wins.

  29. marcuswelby70 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:17 PM

    10kmp says:
    Dec 11, 2011 4:52 PM
    Brady, like Manning, is a whiney egomaniac… and a great player. Can’t take that away from him, but whenever something happens it’s NEVER his fault. Some WR didn’t go get the ball, or some OL didn’t protect long enough, or some OC doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Loved seeing a coach have guts enough to put Brady in his place.
    ——————————————-
    Uh…in the press conference after the game Brady said it was his fault. Get your facts straight.

  30. jpak12 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:19 PM

    When O’brien noticed every other player and coach step in to back up Brady (that includes Belichick) he should have figured out where he stands in the pecking order…… Maybe he will also notice that the offensive play calling is much better when Brady is the one calling the plays.

  31. richieab says: Dec 11, 2011 6:21 PM

    offense fighting,defense calm dont make sense

  32. marcuswelby70 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:31 PM

    Bill O’Brien is not too bright. As the OC, if you want to have an arguement (or shouting match), with your soon to be Hall of Fame QB, you don’t do it in front of 70,000 fans. You do it in the locker room after the game.
    Oh and by the way Bill, my money is on Tom when it comes to matching wits about the offense.

  33. bigharold says: Dec 11, 2011 6:36 PM

    Tom Brady: “I made a terrible play, so he just let me know I made a terrible play. It’s football man, it’s a game of emotion. It’s athletics. I was looking there and then I was trying to throw to Tiquan [Underwood] in the back of the end zone and was trying to get it over to [Gronkowski] and there were two guys on him and I put too much air on it. I gave the DB a chance to make a play.”

    Brady was asked what he should have done on the play.

    “You try to throw a ball where if your guy doesn’t catch it, no one catches it. You look like you have a matchup and if it is not there then it is not there. You are trying to make a play and coach says make good ones. It wasn’t a good play.”

    Brady was wrong, he admitted. He should have thrown it away.

  34. mornelithe says: Dec 11, 2011 6:46 PM

    For all the folks who say Brady never accepts any blame, I suggest you watch his post-game interview. He completely takes responsibility for it, bad pass, bad play calling on his part, his fault entirely.

    Idiots just looove to hate on Brady, even when it makes you look stupid.

  35. sourdough says: Dec 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    Nobody ever said Tom Brady isn’t a whiner.

  36. toledoohoh says: Dec 11, 2011 7:50 PM

    sourdough,

    it’s spelt “winner”

  37. pastabelly says: Dec 11, 2011 9:23 PM

    O’Brien would be gone in a minute if Brady really wants it to happen. The least of Belichick’s worries should be Tom Brady. The biggest of his worries should be that piece of crap defense that he assembled this year. THAT is probably the real source of Brady’s frustration.

  38. vincentbojackson says: Dec 11, 2011 11:38 PM

    Won’t see Manning, Rogers and Brees disrespecting their own coaches like that.
    Can’t ever remember Montana, Marino or Elway doing it either.

    Greatness isn’t a label for a-holes yelling at coaches and throwing check down passes on the back end of their career.

  39. rc33 says: Dec 12, 2011 9:48 AM

    LOL @ “disrespecting their coaches like that.”
    Honestly, how do you know?

    Dumbest post in the history of the internet.

  40. bozosforall says: Dec 12, 2011 3:03 PM

    rc33 says:
    Dec 12, 2011 9:48 AM
    LOL @ “disrespecting their coaches like that.”
    Honestly, how do you know?

    Dumbest post in the history of the internet.

    Dumbest poster in the history of the internet.

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