Rams safety: Tom Brady is “definitely beatable”

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Given the way they made up the whole notion that nobody thinks they can win, the Patriots will certainly use anything they can for motivation.

So this one should be easy.

Rams safety John Johnson III said on the Rams’ team website that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was “definitely beatable.” Of course, that was in the context of a much longer quote expressing nothing but admiration, but guess which part people will latch onto.

“It’s an honor [to play against Brady], honestly,” Johnson said, via Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston. “He’s an all-time great. He’s been to the Super Bowl, what, nine times? He’s beatable, though. We just can’t go in there with a mindset of “oh, it’s Tom Brady,” like, he’s definitely beatable, so we’re gonna go in there and give him a go.”

The fact that he’s 5-3 in Super Bowls confirms that yes, he is in fact beatable. But now he has more fuel for that fire that no one but him and his teammates see.

67 responses to “Rams safety: Tom Brady is “definitely beatable”

  1. The thing that upsets me is not that the Patriots win … it is that the other teams lose. Seattle should have ran the ball. Oakland should never had let him tuck the ball. Atlanta…run block at least one play there at the end and you win, KC don’t LINE UP OFFSIDES!

    Yes the Patriots win, but so many of these games could have easily gone the other way, EASILY!

    Did you know the Patriots have never won a SuperBowl by more than one score?

    Or lost by more than one score?

    That is beatable. Just don’t beat yourselves!

  2. Nah. That’s a far cry from disrespecting the GOAT. If Johnson came out and said, “Oh no, we don’t stand a chance.”, I’d be a whole lot more concerned.

    Nothing here. Move along. The Patriots are motivated enough.

  3. …The fact that he’s 5-3 in Super Bowls confirms that yes, he is in fact beatable. But now he has more fuel for that fire that no one but him and his teammates see….
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    We, the Pats fans, also see the fuel for that fire.

    But, yes, the Pats are beatable, as are the Rams. Both great teams, certainly two of the three best teams in the NFL this year, sadly only one can win the game Super Bowl Sunday.

  4. “But now he has more fuel for that fire that no one but him and his teammates see.”

    It’s the Super Bowl, nothing anybody says now can amp up anybody more than they already are.

  5. Not without vinovich he’s not. Gonna need all Roger’s help with this one…you know, like last week.

  6. While the comment itself isn’t really bulletin board material the Rams players are going to have to learn from the Patriots and simply praise the other team and leave it at that.

  7. 9 Super Bowls as starting QB is just ridiculous. Next closest QBS have 4 SB appearances. TOTAL. Seriously, like Tom Brady or not, what he has accomplished is beyond amazing. Deflated footballs? Still gotta make the throws. Postseason wins? Brady has almost DOUBLED Montana in postseason wins. Full disclosure. I’m an Eagle’s fan. Soooo he doesn’t have 30 postseason wins…yet.
    Tom Brady 29-10
    Joe Montana 16-7
    Terry Bradshaw 14-5
    John Elway 14-7
    Peyton Manning 14-13
    I never thought anyone would be better than Montana after he retired. Boy was I wrong. Three more wins by Brady in the postseason and he will double Montana’s ‘unbreakable’ record. Especially in the salary cap era. Brady’s numbers can’t be refuted by any logical argument. Period. Okay I’ll concede that the ‘modern’ ‘pass happy’ rules favor Brady. But still! You are watching NFL history being made people!

  8. He’s beatable. All you need is a defense that won’t allow him to complete 11 yd passes on 3rd and 10 the entire game.

  9. Oh sure, John Johnson III, pretend as if every team has an All-American legend like that Nick Foles. Yeah….as if.

  10. In retrospect, the NFL Films sideline shots 17 years ago are now pretty funny. They have Dexter McCleon of the Rams saying to Dre Bly, “Tom Brady . . . Overrated”. Maybe Dexter should have said “beatable” but he wasn’t on that day.

  11. Not really. But the secondary definitely is. At this point I’ve resigned myself to Gilmore getting burnt to a cinder on at least two deep bombs a game. Maybe just get those out of the way early so we can get down to business.

  12. It’s all about getting pressure on Brady and getting in his face. If the Rams can do that, I expect them to win.

    This is not a knock on Brady or the Patriots; they have dominated the AFC for the last two decades. That said, their two previous Super Bowl wins this decade were essentially gift-wrapped and handed to them by their opponents, and they have never dominated in a Super Bowl game, the biggest margin of victory was their six point OT win against Atlanta. Yes, they are beatable. The question is, can the Rams defense stop the Pats offense. It should be a great game, and if history holds, a very close game.

  13. The formula hasn’t changed: pressure up the middle, flush him and knock him down hard a few times. Donald and Suh are the best in the league at that, but can they get there quick enough often enough? Stay tuned…..

  14. I think the book is out on why it’s not wise to trash talk the Patriots before the big games, and this certainly isn’t that. If McVay is as smart as everyone says, he’ll remind all the guys what not to do in the next 2 weeks over and over.

    It’s always interesting to see what some reporters can goad a player into saying. It takes discipline not to fall for it.

  15. rickypoo1969 says:

    January 23, 2019 at 7:31 am

    9 Super Bowls as starting QB is just ridiculous. Next closest QBS have 4 SB appearances. TOTAL. Seriously, like Tom Brady or not, what he has accomplished is beyond amazing. Deflated footballs? Still gotta make the throws. Postseason wins? Brady has almost DOUBLED Montana in postseason wins. Full disclosure. I’m an Eagle’s fan. Soooo he doesn’t have 30 postseason wins…yet.
    Tom Brady 29-10
    Joe Montana 16-7
    Terry Bradshaw 14-5
    John Elway 14-7
    Peyton Manning 14-13
    I never thought anyone would be better than Montana after he retired. Boy was I wrong. Three more wins by Brady in the postseason and he will double Montana’s ‘unbreakable’ record. Especially in the salary cap era. Brady’s numbers can’t be refuted by any logical argument. Period. Okay I’ll concede that the ‘modern’ ‘pass happy’ rules favor Brady. But still! You are watching NFL history being made people!

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    Didn’t Elway go to 5?

  16. One of the reasons that the Patriots have been so successful is that they don’t make any statements like this one to the media. They speak positively of the other team. Jarred Goff and the Rams also happen to be “beatable” ,but you will never hear a Patriot say it.

  17. Brady, at this point throws the ball better than any time in his career. Absolute laser show on 3rd downs the other night. He’s a fine wine, while the haters just whine.

  18. Enough with the willful ignorance. Plenty of people have seen the comments about the Patriots downfall and Brady falling off a cliff, which happened throughout the season.

    I also don’t understand the criticism for the Patriots taking the underdog role in the AFC Championship when they were underdogs (as per the betting lines).

  19. I haven’t missed a game since 1995. I was at SB 36. I’ve seen every game Brady has played, and I can tell you that as great as he is on paper, he’s actually even better. He brings something to the field that doesn’t show up on a stat sheet, other than the W/L column – there is never a sense that the Pats are out of a game – ever. I can attest to the fact that at least at my house, I knew the game wasn’t over at 28-3 against the Falcons. His competitive spirit infects the entire squad. He know every player on the team by name, and he makes them all feel important. Contrary to popular belief, he does not have the “I’m kind of a big deal” attitude in that locker room. He is the embodiment of all that anyone could ever want as the face of their franchise. I understand jealousy, but I don’t understand how any actual fan of football can find any grounds to debate that he isn’t the greatest of all time.

  20. To those saying the Patriots are lucky and it’s all about the refs…

    Let’s not forget Brady has been the primary starter for 17 years winning 236 of 308 games (76.62%) while the Patriots over the 19 years Brady has been on the team has won 254 of 343 (74.1%) which says to me after a while that maybe just maybe they are a good team.

    Yes luck has played a role now and then and there have been calls that have gone their way, calls that have not, and blatant penalties that have not been called. Still, when you are winning 3/4 of the games you play in over time it is because you are good, well coached team lead by one of the greatest to ever take the field and command an offense.

  21. “their two previous Super Bowl wins this decade were essentially gift-wrapped and handed to them by their opponents, and they have never dominated in a Super Bowl game”

    —-

    What about getting there and facing the best the NFL has to offer seeming EVERY year no matter what the turnover and injuries are? No points there? What about playing the biggest game in such a manner that you give yourself a chance to win? You don’t think that’s what they do and rely on being better at the end than their opponent?

    What about the notion that the other team is pretty good too? No credit there for them?

    People continue as hard as they can to figure out some sort of narrative to discredit the Patriots success and it’s just gotten crazy at this point.

  22. “Yes. The chiefs did it, but Tom was saved by the refs, Again”

    Just stop.

    Pats 6 penalties for 61 yards
    KC 4 penalties for 28 yards

    Numerous non calls on KC DPIs. Just stop.

  23. Too many teams take their foot off the gas when it comes to playing the Pats. Once you’re ahead, don’t look back. Run up the score, if you don’t they’ll somehow make a comeback and beat you. Just ask the Falcons and Seahawks.

  24. This game is about being able to beat BB and the game plan he puts together. Everyone knows Brady cant deal with pressure but he throws the ball so quick on all those short patterns it is hard to get to him. If the Rams do not play press coverage they will get toasted. As much as I dislike the Patriots I still say they always find a wrinkle to use that they haven’t used before and also always get those game changing calls that change the game that will make them hard to beat. It is that one roughing the passer or phantom PI call that always seems to change the game. McVay has his hands full putting a game plan together. Because everyone wants to say you are going against Brady when in fact you are actually going against the best coach ever to stand on the sidelines. This game is more about which team prepares more and game plans better.

  25. terripet says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:46 am
    If Ford isn’t lined up offside. Brady 3 interceptions game over

    ————–

    But he did lineup offside.

    If the Patriots run it and go up 14-0 instead of throwing the pick and Mahomes didn’t fall on the ball at the end of the first half, scoop and score it’s 28-0, game over.

    But that didn’t happen either.

  26. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:22 am
    “Yes. The chiefs did it, but Tom was saved by the refs, Again”

    Just stop.

    Pats 6 penalties for 61 yards
    KC 4 penalties for 28 yards

    Numerous non calls on KC DPIs. Just stop.

    ————

    there were bad calls both ways.

    The worst call against the Patriots was the ridiculous pick play on the TD that made KC go up 28-24. It’s 4 or 5 yards down field and the receiver didn’t even try to run a pattern. He was just blocking. The result was a TD instead of 2nd and 20 from the 50.

    The worst call against the Rams was the roughing the passer that grazed Brady’s face mask.

    There were certainly many more missed calls.

    It is what it is. Teams have to play through them.

  27. Any NFL player, coach, or true fan knows how hard it is just to GET to the Super Bowl, let alone win it. This will be number 9,and possibly a sixth ring. It’s not because the Pats cheat or have a team of super stars, or the official’s help. They grind out every game, win or lose. They find each player’s strength, and put it to good use. This is a blue collar team that uses HARD WORK to be successful. Sixty minutes and a “never quit” attitude to the end of every game.

  28. The only thing Brady hasn’t done in the NFL is blow out a team in a Super Bowl. Wouldn’t it be sweet if he does it to this defense?

  29. steelcurtainn says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Beatable….The Steelers beat him…
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    “Who cares about not making the playoffs, we beat the Patriots in the regular season” is always a favorite for Pats fans.

  30. Nothing against the Rams, but I want to see the Pats win one more. It’s the appropriate punctuation to what’s already an all-time historic great run.

    After one more, let the floodgates open and the next generation take over.

    I’m a Cowboys fan but a Pats admirer. The amount of work and problem-solving required to stay at the top in the age of parity, with so many lineup changes along the way, is astounding.

  31. bartpkelly says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:52 am
    The thing that upsets me is not that the Patriots win … it is that the other teams lose. Seattle should have ran the ball. Oakland should never had let him tuck the ball. Atlanta…run block at least one play there at the end and you win, KC don’t LINE UP OFFSIDES!

    Yes the Patriots win, but so many of these games could have easily gone the other way, EASILY!

    Did you know the Patriots have never won a SuperBowl by more than one score?

    Or lost by more than one score?

    That is beatable. Just don’t beat yourselves!

    ————
    And “if” the refs call Eli in the grasp or David Tyree doesn’t secure the ball to his head or Asante Samuel makes the easy interception the Giants lose twice. Or “if” the NFL doesn’t change the catch rules for the SB the Eagles don’t score.

    See how it works?

    “If”….”coulda”…..”shoulda”…..don’t matter

  32. Beatable….The Steelers beat him and he was beat vs KC until the refs decided to throw a flag for offsides

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    Yeah they threw a flag For offsides because the guy was offsides. Imagine that.

    Heck even Andy Reid admitted it. So did the player.

  33. steelcurtainn says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Beatable….The Steelers beat him and he was beat vs KC until the refs decided to throw a flag for offsides.
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    Pretty sure every team was beatable, since no team went undefeated this year.

    As for the Chief player lining up offsides, according to local reporters Brady saw that flag the instant the ball was snapped and knew he had a free play.

    Otherwise great post.

  34. “he was beat vs KC until the refs decided to throw a flag for offsides.”

    If a Pats defender had lined up half a yard in the neutral zone and no flag had been thrown you’d be screaming to high heavens.

    Dee Ford failed to do his job well on that play, that’s why the flag was thrown, not just some made up infraction like you’re inferring. It was clear as day on the replay.

    But yeah, it was the ref and not Ford SMH

  35. Brady’s numbers can’t be refuted by any logical argument. Period. Okay I’ll concede that the ‘modern’ ‘pass happy’ rules favor Brady
    ——
    Just to add to the context, the NFL made the league pass happy (2005/2006) to help golden boy Peyton Manning defeat the old school styled Patriots (narrator: It didn’t work). It’s just that NE adjusted to the pass happy rules (see 2007 and beyond) and continued to dominate the NFL.

  36. All you Brady haters fail to see the BIG picture – TB12 has gotten BETTER in post season play over the years like fine wine!
    He is the consummate student when it comes to learning from mistakes & rarely makes any in the post season.
    The ONLY way LA can beat NE is IF the front 4 put heat on Brady & stuffs the run with LB’s attacking the LOS & secondary pressing.
    Wade Philips is in a chess match against Brady & the stakes couldn’t be higher – but it will ALL come down to how “comfortable” TB12 under center – if he’s not getting pressured & staying clean – it’s long night for LA.

  37. Yes. The chiefs did it, but Tom was saved by the refs, Again
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    I know. Can you believe the refs didn’t throw a flag when the Pats ran an obvious pick play 6 yards down field that led to a TD and lead change in the 4th quarter? Can’t believe they got away with that. Wait, what? That was the Chiefs that were shown preferential treatment? You don’t say

  38. steelcurtainn says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Beatable….The Steelers beat him and he was beat vs KC until the refs decided to throw a flag for offsides.

    ——

    are you suggesting the officials ignore the obvious? seems to be an uproar over the Rams-Saints game for doing just that.

  39. fwippel says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:25 am

    their two previous Super Bowl wins this decade were essentially gift-wrapped and handed to them by their opponents

    ——

    you seem to forget that that in the Seahawks SB, the Patriots had the lead. Seahawks needed to score to win, and they didn’t. Could the Seahawks have called a different play? Of course. Does that guarantee the score? NO.

    Could the Seahawks have score on the play they called? Yes. Did it take a Patriots play to stop them? Yes.

    And in the Falcons game….sure they also could have called different play, maybe eat up more clock time. Regardless, Patriots don’t score points unless THEY make plays. Falsons did not do any scoring for the Patriots.

    gave them Gift-wrapped wins….what a lame argument.

  40. I think there are times as a Patriots opponent you just say something like “they are incredible at what they do” and say no more. Then go to practice and work your butt off and prove it on game day. Then you can say “We thought we could beat them”

  41. atthemurph says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:41 am
    Of course he is. He threw 3 ints v. KC and was saved by a phantom roughing call. If the refs cooperate he might lose by 20 points.

    Take a look what happened to Edelman on the roughing play. He should report that mugging to the police.

  42. we beat the Patriots in the regular season” is always a favorite for Pats fans.
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    You mean Pats fans haven’t talked about beating the Steelers in the regular season prior to this year. In that case, the Pats are only 1-0 vs the Steelers in the playoffs with that game at home not counting Big Bens rookie year. 2-0 if you like to count it. Big deal!

  43. not just some made up infraction like you’re inferring. It was clear as day on the replay.
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    Not inferring anything. Just saying, he was beat until the flag was thrown with an interception. Flags are missed all the time and if that flag wasn’t thrown at that particular time, pats fans would be the one complaining. Ask the Saints. Like one poster said, every team is beatable.

  44. The Rams don’t belong in this asterisk SB. And yet they have the nerve to say Brady and the Pats are beatable. I call foul. Let’s hope the SB officials have a make up call in their pocket.

  45. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    January 23, 2019 at 7:16 am
    Game plan: run into wide receivers before the ball gets there

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

    Worked great for the A’ints in the NFC title game vs the Vikes in OT.

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