The New York Daily News isn’t waiting for Super Bowl week to throw down the gauntlet.
“Patriots QB Tom ‘Fraidy’ one nervous cat” says the headline accompanying an article dismissing Tom Brady’s toughness, by columnist Gary Myers.
Yeah, we know the writer doesn’t make the headlines. But that won’t stop the Patriots from clipping and saving the article. Myers spoke to one opposing coach, who had this to say about Brady’s performance in the playoffs against the Jets last year.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that [the Jets] rattled [Brady.] He started seeing things that weren’t even there,” the source said. “He’s human. He literally ducked down one time and there was no one there. Nobody was close to him. He thought he saw something and it wasn’t there. He literally ducked. We were literally like, ‘Did you see that? Is that really Tom Brady?”’
The headline may be inflammatory, but the suggestion isn’t so crazy. Brady still has great pocket presence, but he occasionally becomes aware of the pass rush more than he did early in his career.
“Everybody can be rattled,” linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said Thursday.
Since we’re on the subject, we may as well link to a clip from Thursday night’s NBC SportsTalk. Who has the better pocket presence at this point his career: Eli Manning or Tom Brady?This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!