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New York Daily News: Just have to rattle “Tom Fraidy”

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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?

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125 Responses to “New York Daily News: Just have to rattle “Tom Fraidy””
  1. stangz11 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Guess that settles it. Patriots 30 Giants 23

  2. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:38 PM

    Would that opposing coach be one Rex-I’m sitting home on my couch with a huge bag of chips watching reruns- Ryan?

  3. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 27, 2012 12:38 PM

    Also have to hope that the Refs do not feel sympathy for Tom Afraidy every time he screams, whines, and flops whenever a defender even gets near him.

    I have never seen a bigger whinebag on the field. Have a bunch a defenders flying around his legs and Cindy Brady will get Mr. Pollard flashbacks

  4. vincentbojackson says: Jan 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    Ed Reed still thinks Flacco was rattled.

  5. rc33 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    Giants better win, huh?

  6. tallguyme says: Jan 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    as a Pats fan, all I have to say is… they’re right.

  7. geniusfan says: Jan 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    Everybody seems to be counting Tom Brady and the Patriots out for this game. As a Patriots fan it’s just the way I like it the Pats and especially Brady are going to be on a warpath come Super Bowl Sunday.

  8. jdandcoke says: Jan 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    i dont think its any mystery that brady doesnt react well to getting hit. he may be a better QB than eli, but he surely isnt anywhere near as tough.

  9. jackntorres says: Jan 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    Tom Fraidy has less pocket mobility than my grandpa on a Hoveround.

  10. vikesfansteve says: Jan 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    Every Giants fan forgets that they benefited from Tom Brady having a severe high ankle sprain in the last Super Bowl & he now has 2 years on his reconstructed knee not 1. They are going to get him a full strength with a chip on his shoulder.

  11. gmen1987 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    What so unsual about this? The National Inqurier ranks above the New York Daily News in reputation.

  12. galbertkun says: Jan 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    Patriots win,

    Brady: 32-40, 394 yards 2 TDs

  13. mistrezzrachael says: Jan 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    Ummm,,Am I missing something here??

    Didn’t Brady trash the jets this year???? This sounds like it came from rexy…or cromartie.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans..lets move on to 44!!!

  14. tomcan8 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    sticks and stones….

  15. patsfiend says: Jan 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    Last time I checked, “better pocket presence” wasn’t a stat. But if it were, whatever that means, perhaps it’s Eli.

    I’ll trade that one in for yards, TD’s, and wins, though, and take Tom Terrific.

    This week’s stories have been much ado about nothing, so far, and I can’t wait for the game to just get here, already.

  16. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    Calling Tom Brady “Tom Fraidy”? That outrageous!

    Tom Brady fears NO MAN!

    Of course, he’s lucky that Gisele doesn’t play for the Giants…

  17. ytownie says: Jan 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    If Jesus was on earth now, the media and especially those in New York would try to find fault in Him.

  18. footballfundamentals says: Jan 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    Yes…you will see repeated ‘caving like a house of cards’ in the superbowl. Giants big…..38/24

  19. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    Well, sometimes this strategy works and sometimes it doesn’t. When it does, though, you’ll have Brady taking sacks from invisible linemen. Hilarious.

  20. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 27, 2012 12:47 PM

    This Dolphins fan who has loathed the Pats for years, hopes Brady and Co. butcher the Giants…

  21. jpthepatsfan says: Jan 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    There isn’t one statistical category Eli Manning had this season that says he is better than Tom Brady. (Yards, TDs, Interceptions, fumbles, QB Rating)
    Sure he has some 4th quarter comebacks, but only because he was awful the first 3 quarters. I cannot wait until he gets put back into his place.

  22. ahs2 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:49 PM

    Yeah, I get the feeling he’s just a’shakin’ in his boots (sarcasm implied). I’m not a Pats fan but the guy is a cool/calm as they come.

  23. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:52 PM

    This article may anger some Brady fans, but he is right. Brady hasn’t had to face the adversity that most NFL starting QBs had to face during their careers due to solid and consistent play from his offensive line. When Brady gets pressured he can’t win games, plain and simple. That is why he could only score 14 points against the Giants in 2008 even though he had the most high powered offense in NFL history. Because for the first time that year he didn’t have 7 to 10 seconds to throw the ball every down.

  24. 8man says: Jan 27, 2012 12:53 PM

    Perfect. Keep it coming. In fact, why not expand this into a piece with an analysis on why each of the teams that passed on Brady five or six times was completely justified in doing so.

    Tom’s probably past that as well. Let me help with a few other things. Patriots defense second worst in the league. Brady soft from previous success and his billion dollar wife. Patriots cheated their way to their previous trophies. Patriots only win against a winning team didn’t happen until last week. 18 and d’oh!

    Yeah. Just keep it coming.

  25. mrplow3 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    I honestly don’t even think this game is even going to be close.

    Lets not forget that Brady put up 5 TD’s on a better Denver defense in the first half just two weeks ago.

    I like the Pats to win this one big:

    Pats 42- Giants 28

  26. pats54 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:56 PM

    Please McDaniels and O’Brian, work some running and screen plays into the mix. Let the Giants come and make them pay for over committing. We won Superbowls as one of the best screen teams in the NFL, why would you ever get away from that?

  27. dgbk says: Jan 27, 2012 12:56 PM

    tom brady still have better pocket prescence than eli though eli has gotten better… it didnt cost them but that safety in falcons game was pretty bad on eli part

  28. jaystus says: Jan 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    There is hope for Blaine Gabbert.

  29. patriotinvasion says: Jan 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    Yea, sure. That Brady guy is no good. Smh.

  30. dawkattack says: Jan 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    Eli seems like the one to get rattled you can tell when he starts throwing off that back foot plus he sometime makes for easy int’s & fumbles

  31. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 27, 2012 1:01 PM

    All in, let’s get it in..

  32. rudegger says: Jan 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    After seeing video of Brady going down a water slide, “Tom ‘Fraidy” is a fair description.

  33. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    Brady’s record the past two seasons is 27-5

    He didn’t get there by being the little girl you morons think he is, but if it helps the Gints take his skills for granted, fine by me.

    Dude is going to his FIFTH Super Bowl in 10 years.

    How’s YOUR quarterback doing????

  34. jbl429 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    It’s funny that all the Pats fans comment on here claiming that nobody is giving them a shot, and nobody thinks the Pats will win, etc. And all those comments get more thumbs-up than down. And the pro-Giants comments get more thumbs-down then up. So clearly there’s plenty of backing for the Pats supporters.

  35. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    He is right though.
    Pats only managed 67 points against the Jets this year.

  36. zaggs says: Jan 27, 2012 1:07 PM

    “jpthepatsfan says: Jan 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    There isn’t one statistical category Eli Manning had this season that says he is better than Tom Brady. (Yards, TDs, Interceptions, fumbles, QB Rating)
    Sure he has some 4th quarter comebacks, but only because he was awful the first 3 quarters. I cannot wait until he gets put back into his place.”

    Actually there is. Giants 1, Patriots 0

  37. hedleykow says: Jan 27, 2012 1:07 PM

    If the Giants pass rush does get to Brady, it’s over, fellas. On the other hand, the Pats pass rush will just be an average day at the office for Eli. The Giants can win this game in so many different ways, it is scary. The Pats can win it only one way.

  38. langm12 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    Apparently Gary Myers didn’t watch Tom Brady superman into the end zone and take a helmet to the back from Ray Lewis last week. Not a lot of QBs are going to make that play.

    Few teams focus on ball protection more than the Patriots. Not wanting to turn the ball over and being afraid to take a hit are two different things. As Brady has repeatedly shown, he isn’t afraid to take a hit. Turnovers on the other hand tend to freak him out a bit.

  39. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    nyjalleffingday says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:46 PM
    Well, sometimes this strategy works and sometimes it doesn’t. When it does, though, you’ll have Brady taking sacks from invisible linemen. Hilarious
    ———————————————————
    Somewhere, in his offseason, Mark Sanchez wakes up in a cold sweat from nightmares of not understanding his playbook, not understanding the defense, and drilling the ball intothe ground at the feet of the one receiver he could find.

    Yets fans have no place criticizing Tom “Going to my 5th Super Bowl in 1o years” Brady.

    None.

  40. ubb44 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    Brady has no pocket mobility because he’s weighted down by all those Super Bowl rings!

  41. citizenstrange says: Jan 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    I actually really like the Giants and Eli is a tough, tough QB and IMO the Giants have played better teams in the playoffs ….. but I will go on record now calling for a Patriots win.

    I would like it better if Gronkowski was 100% healthy but for some reason I still see the Pats winning.

  42. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    Do not like the Patriots but it seems like Brady is a man on a mission this year and I fear there is nothing stopping him.

  43. jackntorres says: Jan 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    Brady’s record the past two seasons is 27-5

    He didn’t get there by being the little girl you morons think he is, but if it helps the Gints take his skills for granted, fine by me.

    Dude is going to his FIFTH Super Bowl in 10 years.

    How’s YOUR quarterback doing????

    ——
    Pretty sure Eli is 1-0 in the SB, with the one win being against Brady. You picked the wrong point for your argument.

  44. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 27, 2012 1:19 PM

    jdandcoke says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:43 PM
    i dont think its any mystery that brady doesnt react well to getting hit. he may be a better QB than eli, but he surely isnt anywhere near as tough.

    ——-
    He missed the entire 08 season with a blown out knee….take that out of the equation and has he even missed a game??

  45. norseyapper says: Jan 27, 2012 1:20 PM

    Brady = timid?

    Riiiiight…..and the un-named Jets coach will tell you, with a straight face, that he’d take Sanchez over Brady any day of the week.

    See if you can name 3 teams that wouldn’t love to have Brady leading their team right now.
    I didn’t think so.

  46. jdandcoke says: Jan 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    uh, the giants D wont be overcommitting at all….theyll rush 4 like theyve been doing and bring the occasional blitz. when you have three GREAT pass rushing lineman you dont need to overcommit to anything. gronkowski’s ankle is going to slow him down a bit….thats just the way it is. brady will get his yards, but he isnt going to be lighting anyone up come sunday….the giants shut down aaron rodgers in gb, they’ll at least contain brady in indy.

    it will be a good game….but anyone who thinks that brady is going to be passing amok on this giants D is out to lunch.

  47. gcsuk says: Jan 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    Wow, I didn’t realize this was a direct quote from Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. The way Pats fans are getting their undies in a bunch over a NY NEWSPAPER headline, you would think that Tom and Eli came out and said “Brady sux”.

    I don’t think that the Patriots need the NY Daily News to motivate them. If they do, they really need to worry. And I’m sure that the Boston Herald is falling all over itself throwing rose petals at the feet of Eli Manning.

  48. gcsuk says: Jan 27, 2012 1:25 PM

    pftcensorssuck says: Jan 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    Brady’s record the past two seasons is 27-5

    He didn’t get there by being the little girl you morons think he is, but if it helps the Gints take his skills for granted, fine by me.

    Dude is going to his FIFTH Super Bowl in 10 years.

    How’s YOUR quarterback doing????
    ———————————————————————

    Our QB is going to his 2nd SB in 4 years.

    Just like yours.

  49. 2mannings1cup says: Jan 27, 2012 1:25 PM

    Mr. Fraidy did get his knee trucked by some dude’s helmet, ending his season.

    That doesn’t just go away. Brady will have the last laugh.

  50. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 27, 2012 1:26 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:52 PM
    This article may anger some Brady fans, but he is right. Brady hasn’t had to face the adversity that most NFL starting QBs had to face during their careers due to solid and consistent play from his offensive line. When Brady gets pressured he can’t win games, plain and simple. That is why he could only score 14 points against the Giants in 2008 even though he had the most high powered offense in NFL history. Because for the first time that year he didn’t have 7 to 10 seconds to throw the ball every down.

    —————-
    Lets be honest….NO quarterback is going to have a good game if the defensive line is in your face all game, that’s just football101. And isn’t funny how the BEST QB’s always have the “best offensive line.” Could it be that QB’s like Brady, Brees, Manninig, etc progress through their reads faster and get rid of the ball? And if you’ve ever watched a Pat’s game, its not like Brady is throwing 30yd post routes

  51. buddyleefarnsworth says: Jan 27, 2012 1:29 PM

    I guess no one saw Brady’s touchdown last week where he got a shot to his kidney’s from Ray Lewis.

    Can’t run that play knowing Ray Lewis is right there without being tough.

    Seems like the media is trying to get stories going seeing as how both teams are keeping their mouths shut and not providing any sound bites.

  52. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    jdandcoke says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:43 PM
    i dont think its any mystery that brady doesnt react well to getting hit. he may be a better QB than eli, but he surely isnt anywhere near as tough.

    ——————————————–

    Based on what?

  53. gottapoop says: Jan 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    Tom brady would make me look like a receiver..he doesnt deserve the disrespect here

  54. 6ball says: Jan 27, 2012 1:34 PM

    .

    It never fazes me when I have four 6′ 6″ 300 lb dudes chasing me with intent to maim.

    .

  55. nupicasso says: Jan 27, 2012 1:39 PM

    Right now, I’d say Eli has the upper hand in pocket presence. The kid doesn’t get rattled. The guy has taken some hits in the playoffs; he got right up, dusted himself off and played with poise.

    I hate the Giants, but you can’t argue with Eli’s results and poise under pressure.

  56. steelerfanjo says: Jan 27, 2012 1:41 PM

    Giants better be careful. Roger Goodell may change another rule that Brady won’t be able to be touched in the Super Bowl.

  57. jetsfaninmiami says: Jan 27, 2012 1:43 PM

    That’s hilarious, Tom Fraidy. LMAO. Tom Fraidy!!! Before was “take off the skirt, Brady” now Tom Fraidy. Go G-men. 20-13 Giants.

  58. nyjetsfan08 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:44 PM

    Brady needs to watch some underdog-themed movies like Rocky, Bloodsport, or the Hulk Hogan classic, No Holds Barred, and realize that he can do it because he has done it before against Kurt Warner in his first ‘Bowl.

  59. dawkattack says: Jan 27, 2012 1:46 PM

    @Zagg Heres A better One Brady: 5 SB’s 3 Rings Eli 2 SB’s 1 Ring

  60. ihatestupidpeople says: Jan 27, 2012 1:47 PM

    You mean to tell me that he’s afraid of 300 lb professional athletes running at him at 20 mph growling trying to drive him in the ground or be the next Pollard? Who’d be scared of that? I’m sure all the posters on here have what’s equal to a car accident happen to them every day. I don’t care how much money you can earn from it, it’s just not natural.

  61. homelanddefense says: Jan 27, 2012 1:49 PM

    jbl429 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    It’s funny that all the Pats fans comment on here claiming that nobody is giving them a shot, and nobody thinks the Pats will win, etc. And all those comments get more thumbs-up than down. And the pro-Giants comments get more thumbs-down then up. So clearly there’s plenty of backing for the Pats supporters.

    _________________________________

    That just means there a lot of Pats fans. Doesnt mean that anyone else is giving them a shot. Hell Im a Pats fan and Im on record saying the Giants will win.

    But some of these comments on Brady are so ridiculous that they deserved thumbs down from everyone who has watched football before.

    Id love to see how many QB’s would look comfortable against the rush he faced in that last superbowl. And in the game he was 30/48 for 266yds a TD and no INTS. Plus he led them on a drive late in the 4th quarter to take the lead. If his D could have held a 4 point lead for 3 minutes he would have won.

  62. dawkattack says: Jan 27, 2012 1:49 PM

    @Jack You can’t win them all ask jim kelly john elway rich gannon dmac……..etc

  63. deepthreat says: Jan 27, 2012 1:54 PM

    A blown out ACL will give you heightened pocket presence…

  64. infectorman says: Jan 27, 2012 1:56 PM

    I recall Bill – Mr. Travel Plans – Cowher teaching his players back in the week prior to the AFC Championship in 01′ about how to get your family Tix and travel arrangements squared away for the Superbowl.
    Good thing he wasted all that time on that cause that’s really wherer the foucs needs to be leading up to a Conference Champion ship.
    This Superbowl has an eerily similar feel expcept it’s the NY media and fans getting WAY ahead of themselves. I hear their already planning out the parade routes. Nice, keep it up NY.

    @nyjalleffing day:

    RU for Real? That “Francinechez Duck-n-cover” move away from imaginary tacklers is a STAPLE of Mark Sanchez’ arsenal.
    Talk about seeing phantoms! That kid ducked and covered more times in 1 game than Brady has his entire career!

    1-12-69, brutha, 1-12-69…

  65. izzop says: Jan 27, 2012 2:01 PM

    Let’s be honest. Eli gets more chances to pad stats, have bad games and still win, or even have a late comeback than the Patriots due to a better defense that gets him the ball back. And Tom is still better. Last time they played, Patriots turned the ball over 4 times and committed a PI in the endzone and the Giants still barely won. I don’t see that scenario happening in the super bowl. Giants only won last week because of the fumble by the niners. Giants couldn’t move the ball in the second half. Eli was clearly rattled and stifled.

    Good Luck to you guys.

  66. sschmiggles says: Jan 27, 2012 2:04 PM

    He sure didn’t look scared against the Broncos.

  67. sschmiggles says: Jan 27, 2012 2:05 PM

    PS…. who is this mystery QB everyone is comparing Brady to that plays better while he’s getting hit?

    Aaron Rodgers?

  68. giantsamongmanning says: Jan 27, 2012 2:05 PM

    norseyapper says:

    See if you can name 3 teams that wouldn’t love to have Brady leading their team right now.

    1. Green Bay Packers
    2. New Orleans Saints
    3. New York Giants

    Pretty easy.

  69. danimal1027 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:08 PM

    I will say Eli is tougher than he gets credit for and is pushing for top 5 but many of these posts make it seem a if Brady is some fluke. As a lowly bills fan I can say, w vomit in my mouth, Brady is the most clutch qb of all time. Giants fans you were a Fitzpatrick int away from being 8-8 while I hope you win, mostly to avoid the obnoxious NE style gloating from my march visit to the in laws up north, u sound silly. Stop talking nonsense about Brady you r better than that you are NOT Jets fans.

  70. 3octaveFart says: Jan 27, 2012 2:09 PM

    Goodell sez: “Don’t worry Tommy, the fix is in.”
    /wink

  71. dsigrey says: Jan 27, 2012 2:11 PM

    Biggest nightmare??? A bald dude with a ponytail!!! Come on dude, that looks horrible! Does this guy have any real friends, cause someone needs to step to him and just cut it off.

  72. frownifdown says: Jan 27, 2012 2:16 PM

    Brady is a better QB than Eli ever will be. That’s just a fact. I’m not a fan of either team, nor do I hate them, but people saying that Eli has more pocket presence and all that are being ridiculous.

    Imagine if Brady could play with the WRs that Eli has, not to mention the Defense.

  73. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:19 PM

    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:26 PM
    Lets be honest….NO quarterback is going to have a good game if the defensive line is in your face all game, that’s just football101. And isn’t funny how the BEST QB’s always have the “best offensive line.” Could it be that QB’s like Brady, Brees, Manninig, etc progress through their reads faster and get rid of the ball? And if you’ve ever watched a Pat’s game, its not like Brady is throwing 30yd post ro

    Yes, let’s be honest. The point of my post was not that other QBs don’t ever get protection. It’s that no other QBs enjoy the conisitant and long protection that Brady gets. He may have a quick release, but he doesn’t need to use it as often as Manning(both if th), Favre, or Rodgers does. Those guys have won loads of games while getting constant pressure. I cannot say the same for Brady.

  74. east96st says: Jan 27, 2012 2:20 PM

    Why are Pats fans getting upset by a puff piece by three empty suits, two of which never played a down, the other, an unknown LB who managed two seasons of riding the pine? As for Gary Myers, well, take a look at his picture. Dude couldn’t make the hopscotch team in kindergarten. No athletic enough. If Tuck and JPP were saying this, I could understand the outrage. But, really, take a long look at the source of this “expert” opinion before you get your panties in a bunch.

  75. 2sausage11 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:20 PM

    jdandcoke says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:23 PM
    uh, the giants D wont be overcommitting at all….theyll rush 4 like theyve been doing and bring the occasional blitz. when you have three GREAT pass rushing lineman you dont need to overcommit to anything. gronkowski’s ankle is going to slow him down a bit….thats just the way it is. brady will get his yards, but he isnt going to be lighting anyone up come sunday….the giants shut down aaron rodgers in gb, they’ll at least contain brady in indy.

    it will be a good game….but anyone who thinks that brady is going to be passing amok on this giants D is out to lunch.
    ———————————————–
    The Giants D didn’t shut down Rodgers!! Rodgers and the recievers did with all the drops totally different game if they make some of the catches that were right in their hands

  76. nomesayin says: Jan 27, 2012 2:22 PM

    In the past, I have noticed a peculiar coincidence. After being sacked, knocked down, or hit… if Tom Brady’s face is seen on camera making this expression: (XwX), where the X’s represent his eyes, & the ‘w’ represents grimacing shape of his mouth…well, the Pats usually lose.

    I first noticed this phenomenon during the Giants’ victory over the Pats in the Super Bowl. It was so startling, that I made a habit of watching for that specific facial expression on Tom’s face during any Pats’ game. He’s not the same guy when he gets roughed up.

    If Tom goes the whole game without his face going (XwX), the Pats win, & usually win BIG! However, everytime he makes that face (XwX), they usually lose. The more frequently Tom is forced to make the (XwX) face by marauding, bullying defenders, the more likely the Pats are to lose.

    In fact, when handicapping any Pats’ opponent’s chances of winning, I merely revert to this crude, yet surprisingly accurate rule of thumb: How likely is it that the Pats’ opponents’ front 7 will make Tom do the (XwX) face? If the chances are good, then the higher the probability of a Patriot’s defeat.

    Worse, I calculate these odds by comparing the efficiency of the Patriot’s opponent’s front 7 to the dominating, prolific front 7 of the Giants (in relation to their ability to rattle Tom Brady)

    The Pats are PLAYING the very team which caused Tom Brady to (XwX) in the first place. Merely by watching film of them causes Tom to dream with (XwX) on his face as he is sleeping.

    The Giants.

    Worse, I just think Eli has the Pats’ number.

    Get ready for Super Bowl XwX!

  77. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:24 PM

    I have to laugh at things like this because I’ve seen Brady stand in and take the hit time after time for years as long as he can get the pass of and he thinks it will be a completion. I’ve seen him take quite a few monster hits as a result and he always pops right back up on to the next play.

  78. patsfanforevah says: Jan 27, 2012 2:25 PM

    hedleykow says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:07 PM
    If the Giants pass rush does get to Brady, it’s over, fellas. On the other hand, the Pats pass rush will just be an average day at the office for Eli. The Giants can win this game in so many different ways, it is scary. The Pats can win it only one way
    —————————————–

    I love a good debate, but the Giants are a joke and completely ONE dimension on offense and BELOW AVERAGE on defense. Let’s look at some numbers from the regular season

    PPG Def – 25.0 (25th)
    PPG Off – 24.6

    Rushing yards allowed PG – 121
    Rushing yards gained PG – 89.2 (32nd)

    The beauty of it all? The Giants would be the least dominant team in SB history in they win. No winner has been on the negative side of PPG for the season.

    Good luck Giant fannies. It’s going to be a long night

  79. randomguy9999 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:31 PM

    they aren’t y team, but the Pats have proved repeatedly that over the top trash talking almost guarantees they will resent it and win….

  80. skel420 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:32 PM

    The Pats need to get BJGE 20+ touches and establish the running game. The Giants gave up 4.5 yards per rush in the regular season, they can be run on. If Brady drops back 50+ times, the Giants pass rush will be able to pin their ears back and get after the passer.

  81. weepingjebus says: Jan 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    Oh you poor bastards. I’m honestly afraid now what Belichick is going to come up with.

    “He lets the last Giant go. He waits until Robert Kraft and his kids are out of the stadium and then he goes after the rest of the team. He blitzes their kids, he sacks their wives, he Gronks their parents and their parents’ friends. He scores 99 yard TDs in stadiums they play in and the arenas they practice in, he shuts out people that owe them draft picks. And like that he was gone. Underground. Nobody has ever seen him since. He becomes a myth, a spook story that Giants tell their kids at night. “Insult Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick will get you.” And no-one ever really believes.”

  82. marima07 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    Same newspaper, Steve Serby article, had this quote from Justin Tuck:

    “Some guys don’t get rattled,” [Justin] Tuck said. “Even in that Super Bowl at the end of the game, he’s getting lit up and he’s still throwing passes for 70 yards down field. He still led their team down the drive before that to what seemed like a game-winning touchdown at that point.
    .
    “I dare say we hit him almost 30 times in that game, so if that didn’t rattle him, I’m not sure if we can rattle him. But more than anything, it’s about just not giving him the time to complete passes like that.”

    Gee… who should I believe… an inflammatory tabloid writer or a player who has actually played against Tom Brady?

  83. flaccotoboldin says: Jan 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    Everyone who has eyes knows the Patriots should have lost to the Ravens this past weekend, mostly because the Ravens make Fraidy play like Poo Poo.

    While the Giants secondary pales in comparison to my Ravens, their pass rush is far more fierce right now than the Ravens playing Suggs and Ngata injured.

    If the Giants get the pass rush home, which actually the Ravens didn’t besides 1 Paul Kruger sack, this should be a whooping for the ages. Write it down.

  84. rc33 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    Better not lose this game New York.
    Wouldn’t want that to happen.

  85. habsman says: Jan 27, 2012 2:40 PM

    It was just a hack NY writer (NE has them too) trying to rustle up some controversy by implying Brady is soft. The article even had the typical “sources say” cop out. Anyone who has watched his career know he is anything but soft.

    When he had his knee destroyed a few years ago, he picked himself up and walked off the field.

    He has had zero roughing the passer calls this year, and rarely if ever complains about hits. He always deflects praise, and never boast or brags.

    The writer called him a nervous cat. We’ll see next Sunday, but I think he’s a motivated cat.

  86. gisellichek says: Jan 27, 2012 2:41 PM

    I love this stuff… the NYC media rocks … my favorite is when the NY teams loose really big games … my alltime favorite is

    From the 04 ALCS…

    “HELL FREEZES OVER”
    (over a picture of Pedro Martinez pointing skyward)
    “Yankees complete collaspe to hated BoSox”

    Does anyone here think Tom Caughlin or anyone on the Giants believes that crap… Seriously… Pats Giants games are a barfight everytime!!!

    Go Pats!!!

  87. rexryanstoecheese says: Jan 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    @nupicaso: Right now, I’d say Eli has the upper hand in pocket presence. The kid doesn’t get rattled. The guy has taken some hits in the playoffs; he got right up, dusted himself off and played with poise.

    I hate the Giants, but you can’t argue with Eli’s results and poise under pressure.
    __________________________________

    You’re confusing toughness and pocket presence. Eli has come a long way, however, thru 3 playoff games he’s been sacked 8 times to Brady’s 1 in 2 playoff games.
    Having watched Eli’s some time now, I’ve never seen a player with worse body language that is supposed to be a leader. Throwing his hands up in exasperation, sulking with shoulders slumped as he walks off of the field. Rarely, if ever see Brady do that.
    Eli has gotten much better at limiting his negative body language in recent years, but his antics cannot be encouraging to his teammates.

  88. nfl1818 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    can we just give the Giants the SB and move along ? watch hockey ? We got NO chance and my Tommy might get hurt agst that big bad mean team from NY that plays football in ways that no one from NE has EVER seen. It’s just not fair, especially on such a big stage, to embarass these guys

  89. east96st says: Jan 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    dawkattack says: @Zagg Heres A better One Brady: 5 SB’s 3 Rings Eli 2 SB’s 1 Ring

    So, you’re predicting that they BOTH will lose the Super Bowl? Because Tom already has 4 SBs and 3 rings and Eli already has 1 SB and 1 ring. So, since you have each of them playing one more Super Bowl – which is coming up, of course -how is it that – in your mind – they BOTH have the same number of rings AFTER the game is over? Your posts are really taking on the rambling, disjointed quality of a guy who has gone off his meds.

  90. ihatetheeffingjets says: Jan 27, 2012 2:50 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:52 PM
    This article may anger some Brady fans, but he is right. Brady hasn’t had to face the adversity that most NFL starting QBs had to face during their careers due to solid and consistent play from his offensive line.
    ———————
    A very common misconception during the early Brady years, that he had this stud offensive line. The 2001-04 Patriots were NOT the 1991-95 Cowboys, OK? Joe Andruzzi? Mike Compton? Grant Williams? Greg Randall? Certainly Woody (the few times he was on the field), Koppen, and Light were border-line pro bowlers, but this notion that he had this superior line is nonsense.

  91. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 27, 2012 2:53 PM

    I am rooting for the Patriots you enormous mooks, but the fact of the matter remains that when you flush Brady out of the pocket and consistently pressure him, he often plays much worse than usual. If you cannot deal with this fact without going “b-b-b-but….Mark Sanchez…” or “b-b-b-but…the Yets…”, do not even waste my time by formulating a response because what he and the Jets do or do not do is totally unrelated.

    Try to pretend I use an unbaised screenname, it will help you cope with facts that you don’t like.

  92. habsman says: Jan 27, 2012 2:56 PM

    And its been reported “The fix is in….wink.”

    WoooHoooo, we got number four!!!

  93. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:09 PM

    The New York Daily News – Interesting. Look who has the arrogant fanbase now.

  94. skinsrock says: Jan 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    I keep seeing delusional Pats fans all over PFT… I hate both teams… so as an outsider… How does anyone feel this game is gonna be close? The Gints have a much better front 7 & depth… They are going to confuse Brady & his favorite target is going to be limpy around, if he plays at all… On the other side… who is gonna stay with Hakeem Nicks & Victor Cruz ?

  95. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    @patsfanforevah

    Why don’t you throw the stats for the Patriots vaunted defense? Just like every Falcons, Packers and Niners fan you throw up regular season stats like they matter now. And as for Tom Brady being scared, I honestly don’t see it, but if the Giants get pressure with there front four anGy Qb will get happy feet. And we all no Brady isn’t exactly fleet of foot. Giants 24 Patties 20.

  96. paybizzy says: Jan 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    sorry east i think your off your meds this is bradys fifth sb eli’s second brady already has three rings eli has 1 didnt say either has won another ring as for your post smh

  97. flapjackdaddy says: Jan 27, 2012 3:35 PM

    Yes, it can be done. Actually doing it is another story.

  98. ampats says: Jan 27, 2012 3:41 PM

    The question is can the Giants get to Brady?

    I understand that the big blue colored glasses crew thinks that their D is one of the best in the NFL even though they are ranked 27th unlike our 31st ranked D and lets not forget the Giants gave up almost 5 points more per gameon D and scored 7.5 pts per game than the Giants .

    People keep pointing to games getting to Brady from past seasons, 2007 SB ,2010 vs jets AFC Div game.

    Guess we’ll see next Sunday

  99. redrew says: Jan 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    Only 15 wins this year…he must have been scared sh**less. Imagine if he didn’t hear footsteps

  100. bobhk says: Jan 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    We live in an era when you can’t touch the QB.

    How many times has Brady taken 5+ sacks and still made it happen?

    So, it’s possible Tom Brady is the new Chris Everett.

    To borrow a line from a very famous sitcom played in Boston:
    Tom Brady might be a wussy little fraidy cat…

  101. stavreafavre says: Jan 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    I hate Brady because he’s the golden prettyboy who has it all.
    I hate Eli because he looks like a whiny rich kid.
    Wish there was some way they could both lose.
    But anyway, in the spirit of fair play, I am offering Boston papers the chance to use “Eli Womanning” in a story about Manning in retaliation. Residual fees will be due me, depending upon how often and in what typesize the phrase is used, sent to an address to be given later.

  102. cliverush says: Jan 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    Sure is a lot of talk coming out of NYC. I thought the jets were home for the year?

  103. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 27, 2012 4:08 PM

    Bulletin board material

  104. faulkana says: Jan 27, 2012 4:15 PM

    rudegger says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:04 PM
    After seeing video of Brady going down a water slide, “Tom ‘Fraidy” is a fair description.
    ********************************************
    Wait…Wait…You watched a video of Brady going down a water slide?
    And now you are questioning Brady’s masculinity?
    Honey Badger.

  105. east96st says: Jan 27, 2012 4:40 PM

    paybizzy – I have absolutely NO idea what you are attempting to write. I’m not fluent in incomprehensible gibberish.

  106. infectorman says: Jan 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    @nyjalleffingday
    @nyjetsfan08

    This is remarkable to hear words of encouragement and support from Jets fans.
    I guess the “250m miles North up I-95″ Hatred is TRUMPED by the Crosstown hatred you carry for the Gints.
    Remarkable! Jump on the wagon fella’s
    You’re welome aboard.

    @nyjalleffingday: fyi, I agree Brady-cat is not the same after getting pummeled and begins to look erratic- the Jets had him scatterbrained in the playoffs last year because he couldn’t find anyone open. That will not be the case come SB Sunday. I just coundn’t resist the opportunity to pile on “Franchize”. But you’ve no doubt, heard all that mess before; Duly noted.

    Looks to be a great game. What I said prior to the AFC chanpionship holds true still: the wildcard no-one is talking about is the NE Defense.
    They will show up and make things VERY difficult for Eli n company. Mark it

  107. TheWizard says: Jan 27, 2012 4:46 PM

    ESPN and many of you seem convinced that a 9-7 team has morphed into the 85 Bears in a few weeks.

    We’ll see.

    And you Patriot “fans” expressing fear, and telling the Raven fans the better team didn’t win, etc, can stick it.

  108. bobhk says: Jan 27, 2012 4:51 PM

    ampats says:
    Jan 27, 2012 3:41 PM
    The question is can the Giants get to Brady?

    I understand that the big blue colored glasses crew thinks that their D is one of the best in the NFL even though they are ranked 27th unlike our 31st ranked D and lets not forget the Giants gave up almost 5 points more per gameon D and scored 7.5 pts per game than the Giants .

    People keep pointing to games getting to Brady from past seasons, 2007 SB ,2010 vs jets AFC Div game.

    Guess we’ll see next Sunday
    ———-
    Your first question is relevant to the article…rest all is rambling…
    Let’s point it out that Giants are one of the best in rushing the passer (third in the league). This is not big blue colored glasses, its a fact.

    How it effects him remains to be seen…

  109. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    @infectorman

    No, not usually, but the Giants fans have been far and away more obnoxious than the Patriots fans lately, and believe me, that’s saying something. Besides, the Patriots (read: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick) deserve it much more, the Giants hardly deserve to be here, IMO. That’s my reasoning, anyway. Most Jets fans are hoping for a metor strike or a Giants win.

  110. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    jackntorres says:
    Pretty sure Eli is 1-0 in the SB, with the one win being against Brady. You picked the wrong point for your argument.

    ——————————————————–
    Pretty sure Brady is 3-1 in the SB. Not sure what the hell your point IS.

    gcsuk says:
    Our QB is going to his 2nd SB in 4 years.

    Just like yours.
    ———————————————————

    Yeah …… you’re forgetting the other THREE that “ours” went to, and WON.

    Eli Manning can be a very gifted quarterback, and two plays later can be a complete “deer-in-the-headlights” clown who has no clue.

    Seriously, did you Giants fans really look at some of those 58 passes this guy threw, where he had NO IDEA where that ball was going?

    I’ll take Brady over Jeckell & Hyde anyday.

  111. zinn22 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:49 PM

    The more you hit Brady the more he begins to resemble Mark Sanchez.

  112. bobhk says: Jan 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    TheWizard says:
    Jan 27, 2012 4:46 PM
    ESPN and many of you seem convinced that a 9-7 team has morphed into the 85 Bears in a few weeks.

    We’ll see.

    And you Patriot “fans” expressing fear, and telling the Raven fans the better team didn’t win, etc, can stick it.
    —————-
    Many of Pats fan seem to suddenly think that this version of the Pats are invincible…
    It’s actually a worse team that the 2007 version.
    I think that Belichick is crafty enough to win it but how they are playing seems to favor the Giants…

  113. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 27, 2012 5:54 PM

    flaccotoboldin says:
    Jan 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    Everyone who has eyes knows the Patriots should have lost to the Ravens this past weekend, mostly because the Ravens make Fraidy play like Poo Poo.

    While the Giants secondary pales in comparison to my Ravens, their pass rush is far more fierce right now than the Ravens playing Suggs and Ngata injured.

    If the Giants get the pass rush home, which actually the Ravens didn’t besides 1 Paul Kruger sack, this should be a whooping for the ages. Write it down.
    ——————————————————–
    Woulda, coulda, shoulda ….

    Your team LOST, fool.

    Sit down and shut up.

  114. bobhk says: Jan 27, 2012 6:00 PM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    Jan 27, 2012 5:36 PM
    jackntorres says:
    Pretty sure Eli is 1-0 in the SB, with the one win being against Brady. You picked the wrong point for your argument.

    ——————————————————–
    Pretty sure Brady is 3-1 in the SB. Not sure what the hell your point IS.

    gcsuk says:
    Our QB is going to his 2nd SB in 4 years.

    Just like yours.
    ———————————————————

    Yeah …… you’re forgetting the other THREE that “ours” went to, and WON.

    Eli Manning can be a very gifted quarterback, and two plays later can be a complete “deer-in-the-headlights” clown who has no clue.

    Seriously, did you Giants fans really look at some of those 58 passes this guy threw, where he had NO IDEA where that ball was going?

    I’ll take Brady over Jeckell & Hyde anyday.
    ————-
    This stuff is pretty dumb…my daddy is bigger than yours…..

    However, if you do want to make comparisons you shouldn’t just pick the previous game…after all Brady just stunk up the joint against the ravens (worse than Manning vs. 9ers).

    As a matter of fact the bigger the pressure the worse brady does (especially later in his career)…

  115. eagles512 says: Jan 27, 2012 7:06 PM

    Better pocket presence? Come on now. Eli’s presence was terrible Sunday and he’s not in Brady’s class.

  116. descendency says: Jan 27, 2012 8:30 PM

    Tom Brady 45
    Giants 3

  117. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:44 PM

    Eli doesn’t need pocket presence…he knows when he’s going to get whacked and he stands in there anyway. He’s really impressed me a lot this year. I’m a Brady fan like any other Pats fan, but Manning has done a great job this season. So many times I see him getting mauled and he just hucks it up there, falling away from the tackler, and lo and behold…the ball lands in the tightests of spots. Amazing…

    As for Brady…he was rattled in the Jets game. He was bad. I think some of it has to do with the fact that he’s had to carry the weight of the entire team for the last several years as the defense he used to have eroded away and was replaced with some failed and uninspiring draft picks. Years ago…Brady used to have this really uncanny ability to duck at the last second, or step up or side to side at the right moment. He hasn’t done that as well over the last couple years. He’s had some fantastic protection.

    I like how our defense has played lately and made adjustments…and kept their heads in the game..i like that. But they’re really a horrific defense truth be told. I’m hoping they can keep improving for at least one more game…and take more steps forward next season.

  118. paybizzy says: Jan 27, 2012 10:35 PM

    lol @ east its not my fault your illiterate. You read my first post wrong and i set you straight now your speechless….smh once again

  119. anacherforester says: Jan 28, 2012 1:13 AM

    He’s come close but Gary Myers has rarely sounded so silly.

  120. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 28, 2012 3:13 PM

    Yeah, they’ve been able to “rattle” Tom Brady right into the Hall of Fame.

  121. realtalk64 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:58 PM

    I have read comment after comment about Tom Bizzle being afraid to get hit… Tell you what knuckleheads… Get hit, tear up your knee and go through the agony, pain, infections, and frustration of rehab of a huge knee injury and tell me you would be the same? Most of you need to have a big old cup of STHU before you start bumping your gums about being scared…

  122. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 31, 2012 4:07 PM

    ….the giants shut down aaron rodgers in gb, they’ll at least contain brady in indy.

    ——————————————

    That’s not really what happened in that GB game if you watched it. GB receivers had like 45 drops. Would have been much closer if they held on to those. Brady can definitely put up 350 and 3 TDs against that secondary. They just need to take care of the pass rush. Easier said than done, but this OL isn’t too shabby.

  123. northsidesteel says: Jan 31, 2012 9:15 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I am no fan of Brady, but to hear anyone make any statement of him being afraid of the violence inherit in the profession he has chosen and excels makes me think he or she is a complete idiot or incredible homer. While one can love or hate Brady, to deny his competitive desire is the sign of someone trying to create

  124. northsidesteel says: Jan 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    some sort of uproar on a site like this… congrats.. it worked

  125. richwizl says: Feb 1, 2012 8:16 PM

    Brady will have a great game and lead his team to another Champioship, raising his legacy to the level of the Immortal Joe Montana. Watch and learn.

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