Scott Zolak saw only one possible 2016 concussion for Tom Brady

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s wife claims that Brady suffered a concussion during the 2016 season. Patriots Radio Network analyst Scott Zolak, appearing on Thursday’s PFT Live, explained that he saw only one hit on Brady that may have resulted in a concussion.

It’s the same play that has gained plenty of attention on social media and elsewhere since Gisele Bundchen made the surprising contention: Super Bowl, fourth quarter, first and 10 from the New England nine, first snap of the drive that would eventually tie the game and send it to overtime.

Brady, after delivering an incomplete pass, was knocked down and into the leg of left tackle Nate Solder. Brady got up a little slowly, and the umpire checked on him briefly. Once Brady was up, he seemed to be OK.

Zolak explained that he always watches Brady when he leaves the field, looking for any indication that Brady may be getting attention from the medical staff and/or whether Jimmy Garoppolo is grabbing his helmet. Zolak also said that Brady has had plenty of injuries over the years (possibly plenty that never were reported) but that Zolak saw nothing in 2016 suggesting that Brady played with a concussion.

Even if Brady possibly had suffered a concussion on the final drive in regulation of Super Bowl LI, who was going to force him to the sideline for a concussion evaluation in that situation? That continues to be the biggest blind spot when it comes to the process of spotting concussions, and there’s no big game bigger than a Super Bowl, especially when the Patriots have a chance to overcome the biggest margin that any team had ever blown.

41 responses to “Scott Zolak saw only one possible 2016 concussion for Tom Brady

  1. They don’t pull players in big games for suspected concussions. Just look at the hit Matt Moore took to the head against the Steelers in the playoffs on 1/8/17. No way he wasn’t concussed.
    If Brady had one that wasn’t a blatant, then it would be up to him to report his symptoms. If he didn’t and no one noticed, what is the league supposed to do?

  2. There was no way Tom Brady was losing a Super Bowl he had dedicated to his cancer-stricken mother. He could have lost a leg on that play and he would still have had the strength of will to stick in the dagger. Greatness.

  3. When Giselle shows us her medical degree and the results of the concussion symptom tests she administered to Brady I’ll believe her.

    Until then she is a wife worried about her husband with no medical training or capability to diagnose a concussion.

  4. That was a tough hit, and he definitely took a head shot. But as stated, the ref checked him out and the concussion protocol guy in the booth saw no reason to stop play. Since Brady led the team on a 91 yrd TD scoring drive, followed by a 2 pt conversion and an OT win, I’m thinking he was OK.

  5. I’m surprised Goodell didn’t order Brady to be removed from the game.

    Sorry Falcons, but you’re not one of Goodell’s Dirty 6. The Dirty 6 are the teams who are allowed to cheat at will without fear of any serious penalties. Denver, Indy, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and the New Jersey Giants and Jets.

  6. It’s very unfortunate that we let his wife’s comments turn everything upside down. We simply said “well, his wife said he’s had concussions” and that was all we needed to know.

  7. Unless a spotter took him out of a game or he reported having symptoms then this is a dead story. Short of someone noticing something strange in his behavior, then it is really up to the player to let someone know if he is experiencing symptoms. You can try to penalize a player for not divulging this info, but it would be completely unenforceable. Even if you had a medical diagnosis of a concussion after the fact, there is no way to dispute a player if he is less than truthful regarding his symptoms.

  8. Brady has not been accused of anything and the info came from an unqualified laywoman. So if no one goes on the defensive unnecessarily, nothing will happen.

  9. That was a tough hit ,but he wouldn’t have been able to connect with his receivers on that drive or speak coherently to the media as effectively as he did if he had been concussed. I would contrast this with Julian Edelman -who took a major hit in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 49- and who seemed a bit dazed and confused in his post game comments.

  10. But… but…but… they said Brady is soft and doesn’t like getting hit! Tee hee 🙂

    How did that work out for ya cupcakes?

    🙂

  11. Yeah, guys with concussions always drive the ball 90 yards to send it to overtime, and then come back for another winning drive immediately after, in the biggest game of the year and all its pressures.

    If Brady was concussed, where do I sign up?

  12. There are truths, there are stories and then there are stories that become truth.

    The theme from Fargo Season 3.

  13. Guess is tough for Tommy as his wife makes more money than him and clearly wears the pants in the family.

    Bet she makes him sit down to pee.

  14. The two hits the past two years that appeared as possible concussions were the play on the 91 yard drive to tie SB 51 and a Malik Jackson sack on Brady in the AFC Championship Game a year earlier where it looked like Brady’s head snapped back. As for Zo, his guess is as good as anyone else’s on this one, but Brady should discuss this at his next presser.

  15. Yeah, a guy with a concussion is going to march his team down the field, tie the game, then do it again for the win in overtime.

    What a bunch of total nonsense.

  16. “I think Zolak didn’t own up to all his concussions either so he is not a creditable source…plus he works for pro Cheetah Network.”

    Your Steelers have the longest and most extensive cheating history in the league

  17. Brady has a lot of contusions from being slammed around. I don’t remember him being hit on the head hard. If he get concussions it could be from his habit of head butting his teammates when he’s happy. Even his teammates are afraid of that habit.

  18. The two hits the past two years that appeared as possible concussions were the play on the 91 yard drive to tie SB 51 and a Malik Jackson sack on Brady in the AFC Championship Game a year earlier where it looked like Brady’s head snapped back. As for Zo, his guess is as good as anyone else’s on this one, but Brady should discuss this at his next presser.
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    I think it’s also possible that he got his bell rung on the fumble-non fumble during the AFCCG against the Steelers. Timmons forearm connects solidly with the crown of Brady’s helmet which caused his chin to knock the ball loose.

  19. Uh yeah, Bundchen said last year. If she was referring to the SB she probably would have said SB. Brady took an absolute beating in the AFCCG in Denver and it would not be at all hard to believe that he manifested symptoms the next day. That game ended the Pats season, so there would have been no injury report for him to appear on. I know it doesn’t work for the conspiracy theorists but it is certainly more credible than the Pats risking Brady in the regular season when they had Garopollo on the bench.

  20. We’ve now heard from Dr. Zolak and Dr. Bundchen.

    I’ll make up my mind after we get the full reports from Dr. J, Dr. Dre, Dr. Zhivago, and Dr. Vinnie Boombatz.

  21. So nice to see Zolak is also a doctor. Maybe next week he can be an architect. And then maybe he can be an astronaut after that.

  22. May 18, 2017 1:10 PM
    I’m surprised Goodell didn’t order Brady to be removed from the game.

    Sorry Falcons, but you’re not one of Goodell’s Dirty 6. The Dirty 6 are the teams who are allowed to cheat at will without fear of any serious penalties. Denver, Indy, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and the New Jersey Giants and Jets.

    so true

    the real cheaters who scheme behind the
    scenes with goodell

  23. People, its time to wake up.. Giselle was told to say that on national tv.. Now Brady and the NFL will be in the headlines until the season starts..

  24. Wow. If Brady played for the Ravens, he’d probably punch out his wife in an elevator for saying that.

  25. Is there a bigger homer in all of sports broadcasting than Scott Zolak? I didn’t think so.

    Whine, cry, blame, deny. The Patriots fan way

  26. Love Zolak. And Johnny Most. Heinson and Cousey. Johnny Pierson and Derek Sanderson. Capelletti. Cheer on men. Hometown color announcers are the bomb.

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