Brady looked fine out there. I went into this game thinking the odds weren’t great that NOLA was going to beat them three times in a single season, esp. given that Brees didn’t look great since coming back from his injury.
As good as Brady is, he has had tons of playoff games over the years where he hadn’t been great bc, well, the defenses are better in the postseason. The same was true yesterday when the Saints once again mostly stymied him. The problem was that their offense fell short. This was less about TB’s defense (tho White was terrific and the pass rush was good) than Brees not having enough zip on his ball to force it into tight coverage. And his receivers picked a terrible time to have stone hands.
I’ve not been rooting for Brady all season bc I’m still grumpy about him being grumpy and leaving my favorite team. And I still don’t think Arians is a good fit for Tom. But they def. have the tools to win it all. And my guess is that people are really underestimating their chances in Green Bay next weekend.
That's about where I am. Tom's clearly GOAT in my book, and I can never thank him enough for what he delivered over the years, but I've found him to be increasingly unattractive as a personality, between his refusal to coach along younger receivers, his idiosyncratic attachment to Alex Guerro (and encouraging teammates to move from team facilities to Guerro), his business sidelines, his dissing of the New England playing environment.
I know that Belichick has created a lot of the problems, with his parsimony in dealing with Tom and his martial attitude turning off Gronk, its never a one sided story. I'll always wonder why Kraft never did anything to cool this problem off - Did he share the perception that TB was toast? Was he wary of antagonizing Belichick? If he's afraid of dealing with BB over a problem of this dimension, then he's got ownership concerns of another dimension.
In any case, what I saw of the game (I was on a ZOOM call for much of it) simply confirmed that TB, whether I like him or not, is a winner. He can go through a good part of a game looking like yesterday's news, and then he can turn it on when its important.
(I recognize that a lot of this is generated by the jilted lover's sour grapes, but there are objective reasons to feel this way too. And I've left out politics - his views are pretty widely held throughout the league, at least at ownership levels.)