Primetime Amnesia

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Tom Brady had a massive brain fart to end the game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, massive.  With 1:13 left to play and trailing the Bears 20-19 at Soldier Field, Brady was leading his Bucs down the field.  Brady has been the master of fourth quarter, in fact, he has led 59 fourth quarter comebacks over his eventual Hall-of-Fame career.  However last night, it was not meant to be because Brady forgot what down it was.  I think it might be time to re-up on TB12: Focus.


You see, Brady and the Bucs had a third-and-6 and he attempted to connect with Gronkowski for the first down.  Instead the pass to Gronk sailed over his head and it was fourth down.  On the ensuing play, Brady would fail to connect with his other tight end Cameron Brate and they turned the ball over on downs.  Brady had no clue and was holding up four fingers as if to say, "Guys, it's fourth down."

 

Brady has played five games with the Bucs.  He was brought in to change the culture, but instead the losing culture of that franchise is getting into his pores.  Let's be clear, that would never happen under Bill Belichick, never.  Now saying that, I truly understand that this past Monday we saw Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer puke on himself in the red zone right before the end of the first half taking that ridiculous sack.  Maybe the apple doesn't fall that far from the Belichick tree?

 

I mean all kidding aside, this is embarrassing to see as a Brady fan and supporter.  When last season ended at the hands of the pick-six against the Tennessee Titans, I told myself it was over and I was right.  I never thought he'd actually choose to sign with Tampa Bay.  

On the surface it made a lot of sense. They have young weapons on offense.  Florida seemed like a likely destination for Brady and his family and the atmosphere would be a lot different than in Foxboro.

 

His Head Coach Bruce Arians has no control over that team.  They are not a disciplined operation, they commit a ton of penalties and I'm afraid that Brady alone can not bring this mediocre operation to prominence.  I am starting to think Brady is having some remorse for wanting to play in Tampa Bay for Arians.  To see rare mental errors like we saw last night from Brady shows Arians isn't preparing his team weekly. 

Following the game, Brady commented on the mental error during the last drive.  "I knew we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage," Brady said.  "It was bad execution.  I had a great opportunity there.  Just didn't execute when we needed to."  He would go on to add, "you're up against the clock," Brady said.  "I knew we had to gain a chunk, so I should have been thinking more first down instead of chunk on that down." 

Arians wants huge chunks on plays when Brady is more of a dink and dunk passer.  Arians didn't do any favors for his quarterback after the game, throwing Brady under the bus again.  Arians was asked if Brady knew what down it was and he responded, "Yeah he knew. He knew." 

This is now the second time he has aired his quarterback out to dry during a post-game conference loss this season.  Brady threw two interceptions in his team debut against the Saints, and his coach would say following that game, "He looked like Tom Brady in practice all the time, so it's kind of unusual to see that in the ballgame because they didn't do the things that we didn't get ready for." 

Brady's brain fart will be forgotten soon.  All of his haters will use last night to call out the greatest to ever play the game.  Mental mistakes will kill you in the NFL.  Look at this past Monday night against the Chiefs. 

The Bucs have now dropped to 3-2, and if the Patriots take care of business on Monday against the Broncos, they'll be 3-2 as well.  The marriage between Arians-Bucs-Brady is still young, but based off the first five weeks of this season, I'm willing to bet Brady wished he would have jilted them at the altar.


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