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    Harsh criticism of Brady from a Boston sportswriter


    Not so safety call: Blame Brady for this one
    Boston.com Staff February 5, 2012 10:25 PM

    The legend is dead, the prince has turned back into a frog, and...well, use whatever other cliché you want.

    A performance as bad as Tom Brady's tonight in Super Bowl XLVI deserves a lead just as lame.

    Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one's on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans.

    But especially for you, boy wonder. It was one thing when you led the game off with a safety, which surely put plenty of faith into the heart of Patriot Nation, but just when you have the game, just when you might be able to run off the clock, you huck the thing downfield. Yes, if Wes Welker catches that thing, you're in the clear, and fans will place the blame either way, but what happened to being safe in that situation? What happened to the Patriot Way and clock management?

    What happened to you?

    What an embarrassment for the Patriots organization and Bob Kraft. So now the Giants have taken Lombardi from you twice, and you haven't looked this bad in a playoff game since...well, two weeks ago against the Ravens. Maybe that moment will actually hit you as you're whittling down water slides in South America looking like Prince Valiant this spring. The Patriots haven't won a title in seven years, but even worse, they're now turning into the Buffalo Bills, with the Giants being their Cowboy daddy. That's not easy to swallow in a region where New York is regarded as highly as the menu at Beacon Hill Pub.

    But, there you are, Tom. That's what you have become. Your legacy has been stamped, but you're turning your Joe Montana status into one of Jim Kelly. But, hey what you worry? There's that new mansion in the "Names" pages to deal with.

    Yes, there were plenty of dropped passes to go around. Granted. But when you begin the game with such a boneheaded play, then proceed to make random mistakes, sorry, Tom, game is on you.

    There was no fourth and 13 to blame Belichick for.

    Welker was the closest thing to Asante, and the eeriness compared to the Tyree play will be discussed for decades to come.

    Thanks for that too. Can't wait. Oh, look, another text coming in from 212...

    Tom, it's not all your fault, but you're the poster boy, you had opportunities, and you failed to make them. Add to that your blunders, and it all becomes about you. You blew this Super Bowl. You denied your coach No. 4. You let down your teammates.

    Eli and Peyton now have as many rings as you combined over the past five years. You haven't sniffed one in seven. How's that hit you?

    Maybe it doesn't hit you as hard anymore, and maybe that's the problem.

    The safety killed the Patriots. Killed them.

    And there's nobody to blame but Tom Brady.

    However hard it might be to swallow, the glory days are gone. Even Montana handed off to Mallett at some point, right?

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    Harsh indeed. He missed some opportunities, but overall he had a very good game. It can't be his fault that the defense let Eli march down the field....AGAIN. Definitely can't lay all of the blame on Brady.

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    this has got to be some sort of joke.

    even the int wasnt a poor decision, he had gronks 1 v 1 on a jump ball situation vs chase blackburn.

    brady evaded a bunch of sacks, went 16 in a row at one point, scored 17 unanswered.

    the giants were just the better team.

    that may be the absolute worst article i've ever read.

    how was that missed throw to welker a bad decision? can anyone name plays where brady made horrible mistakes aside from the safety??

    i sure can't. i was nervous as **** all game bc brady was on his game. i was a lil frustrated fewell wasnt trying to move the back end closer to the LOS bc all NE would do was those short dink and dunk passes.

    again, this writer just wrote the biggest piece of trash article i've ever seen, and we had to deal with ny sports writers discuss eli and coughlin...

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    Re: Harsh criticism of Brady from a Boston sportswriter

    That's way too harsh, and obviously a spoiled fan.

    when you step back you can see this is a management/roster/GM problem.

    when you depend so heavily on one player on a 53 man roster, and that one player isn't perfect in the 4th quarter of a tight game, you're going to lose.

    they would have lost against the Ravens but the Ravens couldn't finish what they started.

    The Pats basically took Cruz out of the game, so Nicks, Manningham and Bradshaw stepped into the void.

    Gronk looked like he was about 60% and Welker and Hernendez needed to combine their stats to exceed a really good Gronk day.

    that team, from the wideouts to the defense, has looked like a patchwork quilt at best, and it showed when they needed a real team the most.

    end of the day, if you put all your chips on one number, and it doesn't come up, you're gonna lose.

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    Re: Harsh criticism of Brady from a Boston sportswriter

    What a joke. And they say the NY media is harsh....

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    Re: Harsh criticism of Brady from a Boston sportswriter

    [quote user="SouthernGiant56"]What a joke. And they say the NY media is harsh....

    Yeah really. Does the sports columnist realize the 3 regular season losses were against teams with a winning record? Bills at the time with a winning record beat them, Steelers and Giants wound up with winning records also beat them.
    So what's that tell you? The 13 wins were against teams with a losing record.
    They barely scraped by the Ravens, things could have been a lot different had Evans held onto that ball for a TD. If Cundiff had made that FG.

    Look at the Giants path to the Super Bowl, the Falcons, the Packers and the Niners. Maybe the Pats played a better team. I think the Giants were a better team going into the game tonight. Were there issues with the Giants at times, yeah but some times I think the 2 weeks in between the last game and Super Bowl can hurt momentum.

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    holy hell, what kind of article was that.

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    WOW that is way over the top. This guy will be lucky to have a job on Monday.

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