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It's one game in to the 2020 Season.

Jim Rome
September 17, 2020 - 10:16 am
Bruce Arians and Tom Brady

USA Today


After Week 1 of the NFL season, you’re bound to get some overreactions. And if you’re smart, you don’t give in to them. You don’t suddenly start saying things like Jacksonville is going undefeated or the 49ers are in trouble.

Now…Even though we all know Florida and everything in it, is about as weird as weird gets, there are still some pretty bizarre things coming out of Tampa in the wake of Tom Brady gifting the Saints a couple interceptions, including a pick six.

And a few hours after the game, Brady posted this quote on Instagram: “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that. In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

That’s right, the alleged goat has one bad regular season game and sprints to the gram to reference Albert Camus.  I mean, it’s not totally clear that big Al wrote that entire piece or just a line or two. Either way, if this is the start of some new thing for Brady where he jumps on Instagram after games to drop some French-Algerian existentialism, fine. I guess. A little weird. Then again, so is Brady. 

But if that quote is, in any way, related to losing on Sunday then, dude, you need to get your head on straight.

It’s one game. You don’t need to be going all emo with it after one game. Overreact much? You lose to the Saints and now you’re dropping quotes from Cah-moo?!?

This guy loses a game, where he doesn’t play well, and he rushes right in talking about an “invincible smile” like a high schooler who just discovered philosophy. Did you go home, change into black clothing, and listen to Radiohead for the rest of the night?

For crying out loud, man, take it in stride. YOU’RE THE GOAT.  START ACTING LIKE IT. I mean…You throw a couple picks and you just run to Instagram and start dropping absurdist philosophy to get right? What happens if you lose to Carolina on Sunday? Are we going to get some Kick-a-guard?

And if you think that was a very strange over-reaction, then there’s the reaction to what Bruce Arians said about Brady after that game.

Remember, this is what Arians said after the game about Brady’s two interceptions: "One was a miscommunication between he and Mike [Evans]. He thought Mike was going down the middle -- it was a different coverage -- Mike read it right. He should have been across his face, but Tom overthrew it. The other one was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the outlet and it was a pick-six. Bad decision."

Not really a big deal. He said one was a miscommunication and the other was a “bad decision.” Not exactly lighting the alleged toughest guy ever, on fire.

And some folks heard his comments and starting tripping.

And in this case “some folks” includes Brett Favre, who said on his radio show: "Getting to Bruce Arians' comments, true or not, I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady. Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, 'Hey, I'm going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we're going to treat you the same even though technically I'm not, so are you OK with it?' If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree."

I hear what the Slinger is saying. Sort of. Not really. Actually, not at all. But that got back to Arians because he was asked about it yesterday.

"Tom and I are fine. I don't really care what other people think. So it's just what he and I think. We left the stadium fine. We showed up today fine. There ain't nothin' to talk about."

That is the correct answer:  he’s right. There ain’t nothin’ to talk about.

I have absolutely no problem with Arians saying what he said about Brady after the game. It’s accountability. And yes, I know that Tom apparently responded to that loss by reading absurdist philosophy of the 1940s, but he should be able to take criticism without losing his bleep; without rushing to Instagram to address and then bottle all that hate for future use.

And on top of that, yesterday, Arians corrected himself and said Evans was at fault for the first interception. Great. Arians is demonstrating the accountability that he’s calling for. He’s practicing what he preaches.

If Brady has a problem with what Arians said on Sunday, that’s on Brady. And that is a much bigger problem than the two picks on Sunday.

Seriously, if those benign comments are going to jeopardize the relationship with Arians and the whole season, then Tom is not who we thought he was. He’s not the mentally tough dude who battles through anything. Everything we’re told about him, everything he wants you to know, is about how mentally tough he is. This is a guy who after a fistful of rings and the greatest career in NFL history, still gets fuel from the fact that he was a sixth round pick.

By the way, did you know that Tom Brady was a sixth round pick? Crazy, right? It’s a rare fact that doesn’t come up a lot.  Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about that?

But anyway, did everyone forget that Brady was coached by Bill Belichick, and coach hard for two decades? And that Brady is famous for screaming at his teammates when they don’t do their job? So now we’re to believe this dude is just going fold when someone points out he didn’t do his?

You think that guy can’t take some criticism? It says here that he can and if he can’t, then Tampa Bay’s season is already over. If Brady thinks those comments are anything other than just Arians stating a fact after the game, then this is going to be an incredible disaster. And there won’t be enough existential philosophy in the world to fix that. I mean, this dude, of all dudes, rushing to the gram to address the quote hate, after just one game is really, really strange. But then again, this is a really strange dude. Who plays really strange word games with his teammates.