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Good morning, everybody.
And welcome to another episode of full press covered radio live.
I am Ian Glendon, and I am joined, as always by the future President.
Emperor King of Rhode Island.
His name is Mike Debate.
How are we doing today? There's a look.
Ah, Good morning, my friend.
And, uh Ah, the end of the world as we know it in Foxboro.
And, uh, you know what? I'm still not feeling fine. Three days removed.
Still not feeling fine.
I picked up on that Mike.
Um, I I understand what you did there.
Ah, nice little little of reference to that.
That nice song back in the day.
So, um, good job.
You know, I I've been very confused the last couple of days because you know what? Generally, the last Patriots game of the year is the last football game of the year for any team, so I kind of just was starting to get ready for the XFL.
Then I was like, Oh, wait a minute.
The Super Bowl wasn't this last weekend, so unfortunately, my Super Bowl pick both my Super Bowl picks were eliminated this weekend.
Um, so I'm gonna remind.
I'm gonna get to you in a minute.
Because you failed.
You failed spectacularly this weekend.
A grand grand tanking of epic perp fortune, my friend.
Talk about talk about the term face plant that Well, that was me and my picks this weekend.
Yeah, you You got a big fat zero point zero, right? Yeah.
Thank you, Dean.
I appreciate that. Thank you for pointing out my grade point average this weekend.
That was absolutely, absolutely correct.
You know, at least I have the Vikings to fall back on.
That was my money pick.
And you know what? If you listen to the show on Friday, you'd realize that I at the very last second decided to flip flop on my eagle Seahawks.
Peck and I went with the Eagles because I did pick them at the start of the season to go to the Super Bowl.
So I wanted I wanted to be more right than what I actually felt was gonna happen.
And that's my bad.
I got two out of two and trust me If if if I would have thought that one of the ones I was gonna get wrong with the Patriots game, well, you know, shame on me.
I didn't I didn't expect that.
But, um, great weekend of football.
I mean, obviously, we're disappointed as fans of one particular team, but as fans of football, I mean, we just got a great weekend of some really awesome divisional playoffs.
Um, our our wild card weekend again.
I told you, I'm very confused.
I just don't understand this concept.
It's been a long time.
Is that the first time in my thirties that the Patriots will not be playing in the Super Bowl? So, um, you know, it's a life's life's changing around here, Mike.
No, look where I'm gonna.
I'm gonna try Thio, Um, for those Patriots fans out there there listening, I'm gonna try to ah, calm your nerves a little bit here a little bit later in the show and kind of get you thinking in the right mindset as we approach, you know, again.
Ah, off season full of questions.
However, um, I I tweeted this the other day.
There are a lot of questions, however, the answer's air there, we know what the answers are.
And I think that's that's gonna go a long way in determining what's gonna happen with this team.
You know, we're gonna figure that out soon enough.
We're gonna kind of get a clue, you know, again pretty soon.
But, you know, until then, we'll be just speculation.
Upon speculation, Um, I mean, come on, the Theo end of the Saints Vikings game.
Um, you know, we could start on any game that we want, but I just I mean, you can't You couldn't tell this story where I would believe it, that after what happened last year, the absolute mess that review was this year for all to come back and screw over the Saints again, I mean and look okay, It's clearly this play this, you know, non offensive pass interference.
I think it's far more debatable, obviously, than last year's.
But I mean, last year was very blatant.
Very, you know, the rest really screwed up this.
I think you could make a good case for both sides where it was past interference and it wasn't pass interference.
I've found most of my life I have found myself going back and forth on this a little bit, because again, I I feel like when you slow things down, it makes eyes stuff like this look a lot worse. In real time.
I felt like it was just good old fashioned, you know, fighting for the ball.
And and that was kind of my gut reaction when I saw the play, when you saw the replay over and over and over again.
You like? Well, it looks like his elbow and his arm extends a little bit here, But in reality, we're looking at it at, you know, such a slow rate that, you know, of course, it's gonna look something like that.
So, you know, again, I I I honestly don't even know if I really come to my own conclusion.
But I kind of like the no call in that situation.
Um, but at the end of day, the irony of the fact that the saints in this game huh? You can argue we're kind of screwed over in a bit, although again, I will always maintain, um they should have been better in the first half, and you won't even be dealing with these situations, and if you think about it, if that play happens in the second quarter, no one's making a big deal about it.
It's just the timing of it, and we're here now.
So what were you thoughts on that play? Do you think it was a penalty or are you just kind of more astonished at just the irony of the entire situation? I think it's a little all of the above.
I do think it was a penalty.
I do agree that the timing of the penalty is what the egregious factor is is turned up here for, uh, bottom line.
I think you absolutely nailed it when you said that If this penalty occurs at a different point in the game, we're probably not making a huge deal out of it.
And, you know, I think ultimately that has to come back on the team that loses.
And look, I pick the New Orleans Saints to go to the Super Bowl This year.
I was very high on the Saints and maintained that level.
Even when Drew Brees went down, Teddy Bridgewater came in, did an admirable job of keeping that team afloat and really I think doing a phenomenal job.
I think he set himself up for a pretty decent a day in free agency this year by doing so, but ultimately you need to be able to control the game for 4/4.
And the new own Saints did not do that.
Drew Brees was not at his best on Sunday, and you need your quarterback to be at his best in order to be able to O r.
I shouldn't say that, But I mean, you do need your your quarterback to be able to put you in situations where you believe you're gonna be able to win.
Drew didn't do that in the first half, and I think in a lot of respects, I think that's where New Orleans took a step back.
And I think that's where they lost this game.
Um, you know, there's a lot going around right now about the overtime rules and you're seeing people put out ridiculous, you know, scenarios.
I saw one yesterday that actually really made me think of you about going to a two point conversion shootout, and this is from a very reputable source, somebody that I actually you know whose work I admire and I saw that and I went What I absolutely, just that kills me.
So now the overtime rules are fine the way they are.
I mean, really, it's just You cannot look at this and say, Oh, they never had a chance to possess the ball.
Well, stop them.
That's the way I look at it.
You have to make a stop.
I mean, that's that's simply the way it is.
That's simply how it is.
Um, you know, and there's there's calls that go against your team no matter what and what I mean.
We saw the Patriots get absolutely murdered by a couple of calls against the Chiefs this year.
Couple of those calls go a different way.
The Patriots win that game that all of a sudden not going home on and not, you know, sitting at home right now.
They're getting ready to play in the divisional round for the first time, and I think that I was like that can affect your season.
They can affect your outcome.
You have to be able to grin and bear it and say, You know what? That's what happened.
You can't put yourself in those positions.
So yeah, it's just I mean, I do feel for saints fans.
I understand where they're coming from and, you know, because we've been there on the opposite end of that spectrum as well.
But, uh, yeah, I don't I don't look at this penalty and say That's the only reason why they lost this game.
Yeah, And I'm glad you brought I was gonna get into here in a minute, because I you know, we're repeating the same thing we did last year, just not to the same, you know? Ah, Boston.
Because again, it wasn't the patriot, so no one really cares as much.
But it is New Orleans, So So maybe they make a fuss out of it.
Although I don't know if they're gonna come to a consensus.
So what, they're gonna fuss about this offseason whether it was the past interference or the overtime rules, So I guess so they'll have a meeting before they decide What what protest? They're going to run.
But, uh, when it comes to overtime, I again stop him.
Ah, someone we both know on Twitter and obviously rights and covers for the Patriots Day Brown brought up a great point.
The Saints had 12 possessions in the, uh in, uh, you know, during the actual game, part of it.
And, ah, the Vikings had 11.
So why should the Saints have an extra possession? You know what I mean? So it's like when you get down to the point where, like, well, no, everyone should have a chance to score.
Well, everyone does have a chance to score.
Don't let Adam feel and run up the, you know, deep up the middle of the field.
And don't let you know Kurt Cousins make a huge play like that.
I mean, it's it's simple is that all you got to do is hold on to a field goal, which means if you, if you kick the ball off, they started their one yard line, you could theoretically allow 98 a half yards and you'll still get an opportunity to get a touchdown and win that game.
So I don't want to hear about this knowing gets a chance last year.
Guess what? Debris breeze in the offense had a chance and they blew it. They threw a pick.
Um, and guess what? They lost the game and earlier in this game, first half.
He was terrible.
I mean, we we sit here and we listen to people rip apart Brady's game like, you know, Did you see? You know how you know he was off by this millimeter? Clearly, he's getting old and declined.
Well, you know, Drew Brees has skated.
You know all of this criticism for some reason when it's a little bit more apparent that you know, he's been going through the same exact thing at a younger age and he's not performing at the level.
I mean, we've talked about it this season.
I think those five games off did him well for the end of season.
However, at the end of day, it doesn't matter because, you know, look, you threw a pick and he he fumbled.
I mean, we had to sit here and listen to people say, Ah, Tom Brady lost the Super Bowl against the Eagles because he got hit from the blind side and he fumbled the ball.
You know, after throwing 500 yards and three touchdowns and essentially being perfect in that game, you know you have to sit here and listen.
Oh, well, he fumbled the ball with the game on the line.
So it's his fault.
Well, whose fault is it, then? With the Saints? Because you know your home in a dome.
You throw under 100 yards for much of the first half and you turn the ball over twice in two critical situations.
I'm sorry that lands on Drew Brees the shoulder.
So don't give me this.
Oh, they didn't have a chance in overtime.
No, they didn't have a chance because they played a terrible first half.
So right again, I just hope this doesn't I hope.
Like I said last year, I hope people don't overreact.
Fortunately, they didn't last year, but I feel like the more and more people make a fuss about this, even if it's not the majority.
I mean, all you need is is ah is ah, relatively large group of people to make a fuss about this and you know, they'll they'll consider a change.
And I just hope not, because it's the thing I fear the most is eventually this is going to turn into some college overtime like back and forth.
You started to 20.
It turns into a gim****.
It's not football.
It's, you know, we're creating special cir***stances in order for this game to finish.
No, just play the game like it's meant to be played.
If you can't stop him, guess what? You don't deserve to win and can't do that in the 1st 60 minutes.
You don't deserve extra opportunities in overtime.
So, yeah, you're absolutely right.
And I agree with you.
I mean, the torches and the pitchforks are gonna be out for this one.
There's no question about it.
People want to see the overtime.
You know, rules amended are adjusted.
But to me, I really hope and I share your sentiment.
I hope cooler heads prevailed because there isn't a problem with the overtime rules.
And they're just That really has to be some sort of accountability.
And defensively, I think already.
I mean, you know, this wasn't so long ago, my friend, where we were sitting here saying that the first team come down, kick a field goal.
That was the end of the game.
And, you know, I think you could make an argument that maybe that could be something that should have been tweaked.
I think the way they have it right now with having to score a touchdown, I mean, you know, you kick a ball deep and you pay you been a team deep within their own territory.
Coming down in scoring a touchdown is not an easy thing to do.
We see teams go three and how defense's make stands.
I mean, to me, that's the essence of the game of football it zone offense going against the defense.
Can we stop you when everything is on the line? If you can do that, then you belong in this game.
If you can't then tip the cap to the other team because they were the ones that beat you, so it's still a chess match.
I don't think this has to be Oh, I didn't get the ball or anything to that effect.
You know, just scoff at it.
Every time I hear that, so we'll see.
We'll see what happens.
But again, I think you make an interesting point that all you need is just a little bit annoys for sometimes there to be a spark to start a fire so we'll see what happens.
Yeah, and and and look, I like I said, I just I hope that it doesn't change that.
I think it's fine the way it is.
There's I do like the fact that they did change it, that you you need more than a field goal because I do understand that where you can, you know, theoretically drive, you know? So you started the 30 yard line, you could drive 40 yards and kick a field goal, and that's it.
This was a little bit more of the football because you know what it does is that adds decisions for you to make, you know, you just like in the game.
And that's my biggest thing.
If anyone's ever listened to our big, bad Bruins podcasts or any sort of hockey related show, I generally bring up the fact that I hate this shoot out, uh, on every episode or any show that I ever do, and to me that the more you start tweaking and changing these rules t create some sort of end to the game or what not our fair opportunity fairness bowl to put whatever you want to call it the more you tweak it, the more it becomes a gim****.
Just play it out like it's it's football.
You get an opportunity.
Whoever gets the ball first, guess what? The other team has to stop you, You're not.
You don't deserve to win if you can't stop the other team.
So again, that's that's kind of what I come down to, and I just don't want to see it turned into some, you know, gim****y college football over time that inflate scores and and really devalues defense and really just a team game in general.
But that's my that's my rant for Well, I guess that's my rant on this particular topic for the day.
I'm sure she will will have other topics to rant on, which probably include this game.
So obviously the ah, I I will take some solace in the factor, at least some credit and the fact that we we kind of saw where the game could have been lost for the Patriots and it kind of played out that way.
Um, you know a lot of attention is being given to the defense.
Ah, however you know, they they greatly limited that passing game.
You know at the expense of giving up a lot of rushing yards, which we kind of figured was like, Okay, you can't let Derrick Henry control this game, and and for the most part, yeah, he picked up a lot of chunk yardage, but it wasn't, You know, this wasn't Ah, you know, Ray Rice.
First play of the game up the middle devastation type get.
No, this was kind of Ah, OK, you can have a great running back, but it doesn't necessarily put points on the board.
And we saw that in this case because the Patriots defense played pretty well.
And there was a lot of, you know, I highlighted a few plays in particular throughout this game that were really crucial.
Um, you know, obviously the goal line.
Stand that again.
1st 1st and goal on the one you gotta punch it in.
And you lied points on the board that that ultimately is the game.
If you want to break it down that simply So you got it.
You got to figure out a better way to get into the end zone.
Um, obviously the Edelmann draw a drop on second down.
Put your first down at the 50 yard line with three minutes ago.
I think you feel fairly comfortable needing just a point, you know, to tie the game.
So of course, a field goal would have wanted.
And you know, that's that sticks in your craw.
The, um Ah, the injury, the trunk.
It wasn't it was more the timing than anything because Credit t the Titans, they went right after him.
And that's how they got their touchdown.
Or again, I'm ignoring that the pick six at the end of the game, because again, I think that's kind of irrelevant to the hole big picture here and how this game played out.
So, um, and last but not least, that Kenny Vaccaro play on the deep past, um, Mohamed Sanu down the sidelines where I absolutely, at first glance, you thought Okay, what? Why you're trying to fit a ball in there? But I thought it was a greatly thrown ball, assuming he holds on to the past because it looked like it was going to drop right into his hands.
You know, he walks into the end zone, but you got to give credit where credit's due and Kenny Vaccaro recognized the play, made his way across the field from where he was and obviously got a hand on it and deflected it out of bounds.
And, um, you know, lucky you can go back and find so many instances where the pit year, like all the mantle of the Patriots, beat themselves.
Well, you know, I don't want to say that because that's taking away credit from the Titans, who came in with a with a very clear objective to do what they do and not be intimidated.
And look, they're the ones moving on to the second round.
But, um, I do find it funny.
And and again, I made a joke that, you know, I was kind of really not really not.
Ah, used to the Patriots being out this early.
Of course, you know, it's it's been it's been a long time since that.
But, you know, I'm a realist, and I realized, like Look, maybe maybe these 45 extra weeks for a team that's been the three straight Super Bowls and is probably mentally and physically exhausted could probably do some wonder.
So, yes, they will not be competing in Miami And you know what Thio The Joe Joe Montana crowd out there.
At least he didn't hurt his legacy by losing in another Super Bowl.
You know, it's much rather he go one and done, you know, just fortunately, if only if only he went.
He lost 49 to 3.
The Patriots lost 49 to 3, then people, everyone would forget about it and no one would remember.
So no, not not quite Joe Montana.
But, uh, only remember what you do on the biggest stage, my friend.
That's it. That's right.
But look, I mean, this Patriots team, it's like I I I don't understand the I mean, I do understand because people were jealous and there's Patriots derangement syndrome.
But I don't understand this, like incessant need to declare their dynasty over like over.
Did you say over Nothing is over until we decide it is.
Nothing is over until we decide it is because, like, I mean, they they have been that may have been your best drop I've ever Well, I will give you eight, and at its end on that Well, that was pretty.
I I hope I, uh I open Get in. 11 out of 10.
Coming up here soon because, I mean, we've heard this story before.
I mean, Titan's air printed shirt, Dynasty killers.
I mean, the eagles, they ended the dynasty, the Broncos, they ended the dynasty.
They're gonna come in and ended.
And the dinosaur? No, it was not John.
It was not blue, though.
It was not over when the Germans harbor.
At the end of the day, I do get some joy out of this because I I do kind of think that I I liked it.
Look at all the cir***stances surrounding situation now, and I've said it before and I'll continue to say it I will maintain this position for is long as I believe it.
Um, I feel like it's a no brainer that Tom Brady is going to be back.
I've said it over and over again.
I don't think there was any significant drop off due to his age.
Despite what people say in this fight.
The the I mean, just I I just don't I don't get it. I mean people.
People will see what they want to see, I watched the game, We study the game.
We've watched him play for a long time and this last Sunday was it was a perfect example of, you know, there's nothing wrong with his game that's age related.
He throws the ball fine.
He moves the ball fine.
He is decision making.
Is Justus good as it was before? It's the cir***stances around it.
I mean, I'm not ready to give up on Mohammed Sunu, but it's hard not to be thoroughly disappointed with what he brought to the table when he came to this team because eight games and just a tick over 200 yards receiving, that's not good enough.
And it's not that he had a lot of them, but he had enough moments where he did not hold onto the ball.
I mean, look, I mean, people were kind of kind of forget that the very last play of this game but he got just manhandled.
Um, he didn't fight through the ball.
The ball hit him awkwardly.
He was off balance that defender Logan Ryan just believe him out of the break and it led to a pick six and I think that kind of sums up his tenure so far.
Now, again, I don't want to sit here, right? A mock, because I do think some of it has to do with just being thrown into the mix.
And sometimes it takes people a little bit longer tackle, mate.
And you know, he was dealing with a high ankle sprain, So I'm eager to see what happens at the beginning of next season.
However, looking at this, this run with the team so far it was Ah, it was. It was not good.
And I think that attributed to obviously a lot of the struggles.
We saw some nice things from the Kill Harry down the stretch.
However, there were also some very rookie moments.
Ah, lot having to do with timing and placement and breaking out of routes and all that things that just didn't have enough time to be fixed.
And it brings me to what I said, Ah, maybe last week.
I can't remember the week before on some show or something, something I said it somewhere that I feel like this team is just running out of time to fix things, and in that's kind of what it felt like the pieces were there.
I think, Ah, certain connections were evolving.
But the Patriots just ran out of time to fix this.
And unfortunately, you know, that's the case.
And you can question, you know, decision here decision there.
But at the end of day, this team needed a break.
There's gonna be some, you know, inevitably, some changes moving forward.
However, I don't think it's going to be as dramatic as people are anticipating, and I and I implore people out there.
If you're Tom Brady fan of your Patriots fan and you're trying to figure out what's what's gonna happen, don't go crazy here.
There's one guy I'm going to tell you to listen to and one guy only I don't care about, Ah, whatever beat writer you want to throw out there.
Listen to Willie McGinest.
No one knows Tom Brady in this media world better than Willie McGinest, and it's something he said, obviously before the game, talking about, uh, the fact that he sold his house and Guerrero are so the cells have nothing to do with anything other than they just sold their house.
So, you know, connecting dots like that is what most of the national media does.
Don't fall for it.
Don't sit here and buy into every sort of bit of speculation because, for the most part, they're just People were just throwing crap against the wall.
No one really knows anything.
Um, what's gonna happen, in my opinion, is you know, there's gonna be some negotiation.
There's gonna be some middle ground that has to be agreed to between these two sides.
Ultimately, it's gonna get done because Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, and even build Bell check realized what they have here.
And, you know, the big guy is Robert Kraft.
And I think especially based on what he said over the weekend, there's nothing that he wants more than two things, either.
You know, first and foremost, Freddie never plays for another team.
Um, and I think he's gonna do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Uh, especially for a guy who may have one, maybe two seasons left.
So page with fans.
Relax, calm down.
Enjoy a stress free january and and a You know, as soon as that final buzzer goes off at Super Bowl 54 you can turn your attention to the next season completely because because everyone will be back at square one and you can you can get right back on it.
And you know what? Uh, Belichick says that after every Super Bowl, you know they're behind after winning a Super Bowl preparation, preparing for the next season there behind Well, they got five extra weeks to prepare for what I think is going to be one last Harada in terms of going for it over the next 1 to 2 years with Tom Brady and that that that doesn't mean they're sacrificing the future by throwing a bunch of money at a bunch of people.
I'm just saying there's gonna be an added incentive for them to go out and get certain pieces to really take that next step and really maximize this window for Tom Brady.
And I think there's a way to do that, to maintain the team building mentality that they have.
It's just it might take a little bit to get to, so relax, folks.
Brady will be back.
You heard it here first.
Maybe not first.
But if you if you If you've only watched the show then yes, you've heard it here.
First Brady will be back, and, uh, you know, I think I like, is that the Patriots will be a better team next year.
Yeah, I think you're absolutely right on that.
I really cannot.
And, look, we've both gone on record several times saying Where is the best opportunity for time to succeed and for him to win, It's a New England.
I don't think there's any other opportunity that presents itself that allows for him to be Tom Brady better than the New England Patriots.
Now a lot of people would throw in the tightens up.
They're and they're saying, Oh, well, look at that team you picture Brady on that team will be will be tearing it up.
I don't necessarily think that that makes us much sense.
Is people think it does? First of all, you're making an assumption that Tom Brady is going to want to uproot, moved to Tennessee and I'm not.
There's nothing done.
I'm not down in Tennessee at all.
It's actually great state.
You got natural on one side, Memphis on the other.
There's a lot of great things about the state, but there's nothing connecting Brady to that area.
The only reason why I think that he would even entertain a move to the West Coast would be to enhance the TB 12 grand and try to bring a little bit of bicoastal success to that.
Bring on your three steps, my friend.
If there isn't any more proof that he looks up to you, I mean that I don't This is it.
See, I tell you he's doing it.
He's just doing in reverse, you know, You just happened to start out.
In a way, he is. He's got Benjamin Button.
Is Benjamin Button. He's aging in reverse.
He's going back home.
All the whole thing. Yeah.
I mean, well, I will say this if he does, we don't know what we're gonna do with that San Diego Superchargers song.
I don't know if I'll be able to listen to it anymore, but in any case, I'm not gonna go there not going there thinking positive.
But in any case, to me, the other roadblock in Tennessee is the player, Ryan Tannehill.
All of sudden, people are just willing to throw him out the window because of one bad game that he had and which the team wanted.
It's just I don't know.
To me there's too much pie in the sky there for people to start saying, Oh, there's a lot of evidence.
There's a lot of difficulty with him returning if there's a roadblock And if there's any type of an issue, it will be with the type of deal that Brady would sign.
If you sign him to a multiyear contract with guaranteed money beyond the 2020 season, you have to wonder if Bill Belichick is looking at that and saying, Is this a very wise decision for me to dio? I think they try to have to take a year to year.
The only roadblock to that is I don't know if Brady will be willing to accept it or if another team out their backs up the Brinks truck gives him a blank check in and a blank number of years at the end.
And all of a sudden he's got a little bit of leverage.
At the end of the day, I truly believe cooler heads will prevail.
I think it's gonna end up being a year to your deal.
I think they're going to give him a good chunk of that, but they have to invest in the weapons around him.
They have invested the team because right now what he's got trotting out there is not conducive to Tom Brady.
They need one more.
I don't think they need to overhaul.
I've heard people say they need to clear the slate, Get rid of this guy, that guy, throw them all out.
I think if you swap out and with all due respect, I like Phillip Dorsett.
But if you swap out, fill it or set with a pass catcher, that is going to be ableto work the outside Tonio ground.
I think you fix a lot.
Although although he might be busy with his upcoming fight with Was William Paul, I don't know.
I don't All I know about that guy is that he's you just I don't want to insult you know what? Even if even if there was a chance at the end of that game, when you tweet out, you know a picture of him and Bill Belichick you turned on me.
How do you like me now? I mean, I just I don't understand.
And what goes through his head.
I really and truly don't just shut up and maybe you'll have a job in this.
That's really it's very frustrating.
But, you know, it's it is what it is.
But getting to Brady.
I do completely agree with you.
But if there is any type of a snag or any type of a squeamish feeling that you have, especially for Patriots fans, that's where it's coming from.
But at the end of the day, I think they'll be able to work something out.
Yeah, and really I mean, it comes.
It comes down to logic.
Everything we know about Tom Brady told you he's not just gonna go take a payday for a bad team who shells out a bunch of money for a 43 year old quarterback.
Now, you know, again, well, he'll be 43 by the start of next season.
Um, so and this is something that people will Oh, well, you know, he's Of course, he's declining because his age, I don't I don't see if it is a physical decline.
If anything, his and someone I spoke to yesterday kind of worded, it perfectly is his.
His willingness to adapt is what changed, what has changed.
Like you know, he he will always try to improve his game.
That's not what I'm saying, but I think his patients dealing with new players in terms of trying to get them a very good point is a lot different than what it was when he was younger.
And I think that's the biggest impact that age has had for Tom Brady.
Because again, you know you can sit here and knit, pick uh ah underthrown ball here and overthrow there and sit here and say, Oh, well, clearly he's declining.
Well, I could do that with every single quarterback in the league and a lot of them.
I can do it far more often.
And so what if they all declining? No, it's it's, it's.
There's a lot of cir***stances that that Brady himself personally had to deal with throughout the season that would cause was kind of pushing, um, his belief that Oh yeah, well, the stats are down, which means he's obviously declining know is the only thing that is different in terms of what he was able to do 10 years ago versus now is hey was far more patient in terms of getting people he know.
He knows the end is near.
I mean, it's clearly obviously this season is It's, I'm sure, has been looming on him in terms of what's gonna happen in the offseason.
Uh, but at the same time, he's just not.
He's not at the point in his career where he's gonna take all that much time to really get people involved or force them to get involved because he doesn't have that time.
So you're right.
They need to go out and get some help.
It's not dire situation as it seems.
They're really not that far off.
I love what I saw in terms of progression from Nikki Harry again.
Give him a full offseason, give him a full training camp, so on and so forth.
Let's see what he's able to do next season.
There is going to need to be some changes.
Obviously, you hope James Devlin is back.
You want to, you know, really address the tight end position because clearly that was a a weak spot all year for them.
Um, and that would have been tough to deal with anyways.
And then you add on the offensive line issues the fullback issue so on and so forth.
So, um, look, this this dynasty is not over.
I just don't understand how people don't learn.
I mean, we could literally go back just about every year, every odd year when the Patriots don't win a Super Bowl, the this dynasty stocked talk start.
And and like I said, I hope if you're a Patriots fan out there, uh, just relax, calm down.
This isn't the end of the world.
And look at the very slit, in my opinion, the very slim chance that he is not the quarterback of this team next year life goes on and it will be disappointed. Absolutely.
But you can also look at the landscape around the league and look at all the teams that are excited for what they have and what they're building and realize that you know, the few that there's still a future in New England, and I think I think a certain segment of the fan base might have a hard time coming to a coping with that.
However, USAA US folks that are maybe a little bit longer and that tooth have um, approach to this situation.
However, like I said, I'm also barely confident that again he will be under center for the Patriots next year.
And, um, we can we can all rest easy.
Let's just hope, though, and really, this is the one thing I hope this doesn't drag on, although I feel like it will.
You know what I'm saying? Like I wanted to just get over very quickly because the longer it's out there, the longer these these knuckleheads on national TV have a chance to just shape whatever narrative they want. It doesn't even matter.
You don't need any sort of cir***stantial evidence anything.
You just need to say something and it's out there.
So So your mind go real quick.
May I remind you this whole idea of him moving on started because Adam Schefter just kind of threw it out there, that because he was selling his house, that that bleeds you to believe that he's looking to move on and look where we are now.
And guess what? That whole selling the house thing was like we said it at first, just a non story.
So see how things kind of catch fire and build.
So that's that's where we are right now.
Relax, folks. He will be back.
Yeah, I mean, I think that through, you know, I think that through a good number of lighter fluid on the good amount, I should say of lighter fluid on the fire.
I think the seedling started of this when the contract extension was announced over the summer.
And then all of a sudden, after a couple of days, the narrative changed on that, and it was, Oh, it's not really a contract extension because the the avoids at the end of the year and we're gonna be right back here doing the same thing next year at this time.
Um, look, bottom line, my friend, it's March 18th is the date for free agency, and I don't see this wrapping up beforehand, and I do.
I I'm not happy about it by any stretch of the imagination.
I would love this to be over within a couple of days and put it to rest.
But at the same time, I do think it's going to stretch on.
Look, bottom line with regard to Tom Brady, we're both like minded.
We both agree that he'll be back taking snaps under center for the New England Patriots next year.
I'm certainly not flip flopping or wavering on that in any stretch of the imagination.
But the one thing that really has shocked me is Patriots fans, some Patriots fans, not all.
I see a great number.
I see a great number of them that support Brady and that are encouraging of him.
But more so than ever this year I've seen Malays and I've seen some.
Ah, gets lack of a better term is aggression with being okay with him walking away? Look, bottom line, folks, the speculation is gonna have no end.
It's our job. We're gonna speculate, too.
But the truth is, no one knows what the future may bring.
You said it very eloquently earlier, my friend and I echo that sentiment.
But with regard to Tom Brady before you stuck to criticize or before you start to put the hammers in or stick the pins in the voodoo doll or whatever you want to do with that knucklehead that pretended to be a Patriots fan on Twitter with a Southern accent, by the way, burning burning a jersey on green grass, which anybody knows.
In New England, you don't have green grass.
We have green grass down here in Florida.
So you know, there's no way that that person was an actual Patriots fan.
They did it for clicks.
And you know what went viral? God bless them.
But any case with regard to Tom Brady having the privilege of having covered him for the last two plus seasons? Just like you, my friend, we can say.
And I think we both say without reservation.
He's the greatest quarterback that ever played the game.
No down nine Super Bowl championships.
You know, nine Super Bowl appearances, six championships, unprecedented comebacks.
You know you take a look at the Seahawk Super Bowl Falcon Super Bowl.
No one will ever see another quarterback with this resume.
If, in fact, this is the end.
It's been an amazing ride, and I don't think there's any Patriots fan that can criticize or lessen the impact of what this man has meant to this region for the last 20 years.
He is the greatest athlete I've ever watched in my lifetime, play the game of football and to me.
I don't think there's any question that it will go down as the greatest athlete in Boston sports history.
So regardless of what the future holds, celebrate what you know the Brady Belichick era has given to the fans here in a win win and like yourself.
I hope we got one more at least one more year left in that ride, and I'm pretty confident that we do.
Yeah, and, look, I mean, he's been talking.
Obviously, we know he still wants to play. That's not a question.
I don't think, um, you know, I think he has the conversations because I mean again, it's natural at at his age, you know, you're going to sit down with your family and and discuss what? Ah, you know, kind of what the future holds.
And and that's just a natural thing.
It doesn't, in my opinion right now.
Of course, it doesn't indicate any sort of ah hint at what his future plans are again.
I I believe him when he said consistently every single time.
He's asked this question that he wants to play, that it may not be up to him, but I also think again anyone that's actually watch him objectively and not really just pushed this narrative that he's on a decline will realize that he's still a baller and he can still play and he can still swing the ball.
He can still throw the ball.
He still makes great decisions.
It's just unfortunately for him, it was just it was.
It was ultimately not the right thing.
There were so many issues in terms of trying to get, ah, offensive weapons and all that.
And, uh, you know, look, it just happened to be in a year that he it's gonna be a free agent.
So there's a lot of lot of new things going on, and I think people, obviously this is a hot button topic.
And look, case in point do breezes in the exact same situation and not a peep is being talked about this.
I mean, how many times did we have seen I'm getting worked up again? I was starting to calm down, but how many times you have to listen during the broadcast, We'll this could be the last time this or you know, this that and the other, like I understand this whole idea of like, obviously appreciating what they did.
But it was so over the top.
And it's been so over the top all week that it's just it made me sick to my stomach, not because of the possible and like I see that's the thing.
It's like people think that I'm gonna are myself, for people like me are gonna freak out when it's like, No, I'm not gonna freak out.
I'm gonna I'm gonna, you know, internally shed a shed, a tear for the last 20 some odd years and then you realize that this was part of the game and you get excited for the next chapter.
However, I'm not getting excited for the next chapter at the expense of ditching what we have now, because again, what we have now is still very special.
And I think you know, we're still in for at least one more very special moment with Tom Brady under under center for the Patriots.
And, uh, you know the idea that these people, every everywhere you know, this is it? This could be the end.
And, you know, this could be the last time he, you know, let's goes at Gillette Stadium This is the last time he does this last time he does that, and she's like, Oh, my God, like I mean, I just don't ever remember this type of giddiness and it's not even a like invested thing to.
It's almost like it's not even as a sign of respect.
It's almost just like giddiness among people that, yes, finally, this could be the last time he does this week.
We've been beaten so bad for so long that we just can't stand it, that we need them to just go away.
That's what we need, and it's gotten to that point, and I That's what I really hated this weekend.
If anything, Yeah, I agree with you.
Actually, it's It's ridiculous in a lot of ways, you know? I mean their hatred for all sports teams.
I mean, you and I come from the region up here in New England.
We grew up, you know, aiding everything that war pinstripes.
There was a part of the time with him.
He despised them.
That's right, Newman.
But in any case, there was a part of me that felt nostalgic when guys like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter walked off the field for the last time because regardless of what, regardless of what you saw it, even in New York, you saw David Ortiz get a standing ovation when he left the field for the last time in Boston.
It's a begrudging respect between two bitter fan base is too bitter rivals.
But you tip your cap at the end of the day and you say, You know what? You always got the better of us, you know, whether you whether it was 11 side or whether on the other because of that would be respect you when we respect your ability.
I think a lot of what happens in the NFL is.
First of all, it's amore, stark raving fan base, and I think that there's a lot of emotion that goes into to football.
I mean, I I take it back to a couple of years ago when you saw that guy in Pittsburgh smashing the hell out of his TV.
When the Patriots were winning on the screen.
I don't even think they were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time.
It was just a kick out of even think they were. I think it was.
It was just a game where he was just He was sick and tired of seeing Brady, and he just smashed the hell.
Only a lot of his TV.
I mean, this is not rational.
This is not a rational thing to do, folks.
It really isn't.
I don't think anything hurt me more than the Aaron Boone homerun and the David Tyree catch that TV that I watched those two games on did not get destroyed at the end of the night.
This is not something rational.
I think the stark raving nous, the the aggression of the game comes out in the fans, and I think you see a lot of that.
And look, football is king.
It's built up every single Sunday.
Build your Sunday around, watching your favorite team.
It's not like, Oh, they played last night.
I didn't I'll catch the one tonight.
I'll catch this game tonight.
It's not like that.
You build your weak around watching football.
It's so much of an indelible part of what people do.
And for the last 20 years, the Patriots have ruined the weeks and the January's and the February's of most other NFL franchises.
It's just the way it is now.
They won the championship every year in the last 20 years.
No, but they've been right in the thick of it.
They've been in the A F C championship game.
They've won divisions.
They've been in the Super Bowl nine times.
I mean, when you see the same team over and over again, naturally, that hatred is gonna build.
And I think that's what you're seeing.
Manifests that I think you're seeing teams that are just so not even sick of Tom Brady and the Patriots.
They have grown to eighth.
Um, there's unhealthy nous in the way that this team is covered, and I blame a lot of it on the national media because they put this team in a position to make them look like the city.
And I think it's ridiculous.
And you have talking heads that are fueling the fire, telling people exactly what they want to hear.
Naturally, you're pouring gasoline on already burning flame.
So, in my opinion, that's the reason why you're seeing all of vitriol and all the cattiness and all the stupidity that you're seeing from a lot of people on social media.
I've encouraged my audience unlocked on patriots.
Turn it out because you have to remember your team is the reason why they're so miserable.
Yeah, and and again, that's that's kind of the motivating factor for a lot of this.
And, you know, it bugs me at times because again, you know, I I wish you was It was it was given a little bit more objective take, especially from the national media.
I understand, like, local shows, you know, it is what it is.
But again, you know, this is this is me griping over, over.
You know, this is the first world problems here, you know, in terms of football.
Ah, you know, if we're ranking the worlds within football, you know, this is this is by far first world problem.
Because it's, you know, Hey, you know, we've We've won six super wolves as a team effort of patriots, and, you know, you're you're making fun of us, and it is what it is.
It bugs me at times, and I think some people go a little bit over the top, Whether it's for clicks and whatnot.
I do think it's you know? Yeah, I I think there's still a despite the hatred, I think there's still a level of respect that should be given.
Um, but you know that that line has already been crossed in a lot of senses.
And it's all about kind of getting a reaction and clicks.
And you know what? You know to each his own If that's if that's what you need to do to Thio, you know, be successful.
So be it. And you know, you go from there.
But like I said, I'm Ah, personally, I'm gonna enjoy a a stress free January and February and I think more importantly, I think this team from the coaching staff to the players, the ones, especially the ones that are gonna be returning, that have been on this team for a few years.
I think this five extra weeks cannot be overstated enough.
And I think it's going thio do good things for them.
So we got about 10 minutes left and, you know, way obviously talked a lot about the Patriots and, um, you know, this whole week we're going to start kind of shifting into these divisional games because they are.
The NFC in particular is kind of Ah, kind of a great, just great matchups in general, across the board.
You know, there's definitely some intrigue in the A F.
C, in my opinion, but, ah, the NFC, I think, is where it's at right now.
And we're gonna really dive into those throughout the week kind of what we did last week.
And then on Friday, we will give our picks.
And since both my Super Bowl picks are out, I will have to ah, kind of re evaluate what I had planned for my selections throughout this postseason.
So yes, absolutely.
Reshuffle the deck.
Listen, trying to not listen to me, Ian, what was my record this weekend? Oh, and for that's right.
Thank you. Thank you.
And to be, Ah, very, very specific.
A zay stall to bring up the sound bite because I can't.
All right, You know what? I'm just gonna I'm gonna fill in the towel on this one because I was planning on stalling to bring up.
Yeah, that's right. I'm calling that right. Yeah.
What? One of my flaws.
I got to get better organized, and in that sense, I should better organized my sound clips and sound bites cause I cannot find the 0.
0 right off the bat.
So I apologize, folks.
And, uh, Mike, you did a great job of setting that up. I failed you.
I feel No, you didn't fail me and I Honestly, it's You know what? I think it's even more of a fitting tribute or really, really more of a fitting.
Ah, you know, I don't know what to call it, but just a fitting way to describe how bad my picks were This weekend's Yeah, I I think it really I think it lent itself very, very well into my futility and picking games last week.
Yeah, so basically, to sum it all up, it was it was just another failure on Mike's part.
So thank you, Mike, for taking that that heat off me.
Um Well, uh, well, hopefully this is what I do much.
Yeah, well, hopefully hopefully we will recover next week and have a pretty good Ah, pretty good.
Ah, pick selection.
We'll do those on Friday again.
We'll make sure that we kind of build it up as we go, but we will be kind of diving into each and every game as we go real quick, though I do want to comment.
Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys Um, I thought I was saying that it seemed like he would be a good choice for a team like Dallas.
Or, you know, my my choice was Cleveland.
Um, I like this higher for Dallas.
I you know, it's not, You know, it's not a hit it out of the park home run experience, a guy that can really, hopefully elevate the team to the next level.
And, you know, Mike McCarthy could be that guy.
And look, I've maintained this for a long time that I I think he had his reputation, took a very, very hard hit on his way out of Green Bay, and a lot of it was not warranted.
I think they're some warranted, but I think he took far too much of the blame in my opinion.
So I think there's this Ah, negative atmosphere that kind of surrounds Mike McCarthy.
However, I do think he's a really good coach.
I think you he will be good for this team.
Um, I think there's a limit to what he can bring out of this team.
You know what I'm saying? If that makes sense, like, I think he he can certainly take this team to another level.
But I think there's a limit to how much he can elevate this team.
So the question becomes, can he elevate the team enough to win a Super Bowl? And, you know, I think that's gonna be debate debated over the course of the next five years, assuming he doesn't win a Super Bowl in the next 23 or whatever.
So, um right right now, I like the higher I think it was smart.
You I was starting to get this weird feeling that you know that the longer this thing drags on with with, uh, with Jason Garrett, the longer it was just, you know, eventually going to lead to him coming back somehow.
And Ah, excuse me.
Good for good. For Jerry Jones.
Good for the Cowboys for just pulling the plug on this because it had to happen.
And you know what? Good for chasing Gary.
Because technically, no, he didn't get fired.
He just didn't get retained.
Is his contract ran out and they were like You know what? We're not gonna sign it.
It's It's I I likened it to the whole, uh, last week, the whole of Milton and office based situation.
You know what? We fixed the glitch, and it's just going to kind of work itself out, and that's what it did.
You know that the glitch being, ah, the contract that Jason Garrett was still under and that glitch was fixed because it no longer exists and he is no longer the coat.
So, um, the funny thing was an and I only saw this very briefly right before he came on the air, um, that his name popped up in relation to the Giants.
And I'm I'm really starting to think that I might go back and try to find a bunch of Giants fans that kind of ripped on Jason Garrett because in my mind, the first thing I thought of was that Homer Simpson mean where he kind of just backs up into the bushes because it's like you spend all this time Mark and Jason Garrett.
And if he ends up being the Giants next coach, I think that would be pretty hilarious.
But, um, again, that's what? I'm not trying to knock Jason Garrett.
I think he's an okay coach.
I just you know, I think he has, you know, limitations on in a very defined ceiling.
Uh, when it comes to being a head coach, so we'll see. We'll see.
And, uh, But what were you thoughts in the hiring? I think the hiring is a great hiring for, ah, for Dallas.
I think that McCarthy does bring that level of respect that we talked about, a guy that the players are going to respect, a guy that the players are going to look at and say he's had a tremendous resume.
He's worked with some of the best in the game.
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt.
Let's see what we can do.
And I think he did take a an unfair hit with a lot of the ways I saw the, you know, the tweets going around yesterday, and these air from reputable media members.
They hired the guy that ruined Aaron Rodgers.
Well, no, he didn't ruin Aaron Rodgers at all, You know, if he ruined Aaron Rodgers, then how is Aaron Rodgers among the greatest signal callers in the game.
Interesting point there.
See? Not just a hat rack, my friend.
But anyway, getting back to ah McCarthy.
Yeah, I think this is gonna be a good hire is still out. You're absolutely right.
He has to come in established control.
I wouldn't expect a fair Dallas fan.
I wouldn't expect a Super Bowl berth in Year one for this team.
McCarthy's gotta put his fingerprints on the gun on the team, and he's got to be able to find out what's going to happen and how he's gonna be able to move this team forward.
What players are gonna buy into him, what players won't and there's a lot of feeling out.
But within the next two or three years, Dallas is gonna expect expect this team to be in serious Super Bowl contention, and that's when you're going to know whether or not this was a great higher or a good hire.
But right now, I'm impressed with it, and I think Dallas made the right decision.
First of all, if you're a Giants fan, I know my friend probably has you perched on your window right now ready to leap.
I still think rule out of the Baylor is is the fit for the Giants.
Ultimately, I still think that's the direction they're going to go in.
There's a lot of evidence to support that.
So before you start wondering whether or not Jason Garrett's gonna be calling signals on the sidelines, um, I would probably put more faith in that.
But I do hear he is a legitimate choice for backup.
So, yeah, you know, keep that for what you will.
But I think Giants fans will be happy with the choices they make.
I would honestly, I would just I would love that.
I just just further just for the entertaining, Ah, drama that comes with that.
I would I would love that for that to happen.
That would be akin, in my opinion, to the Jets going out and hiring Adam Case after watching out of us, do what Adam case does in Miami.
So to me, that would be kind on the same level and hilarious all the same.
So, um, obviously, ah, we're not gonna know a lot of these coaching hires, So he's first Ah, few weeks and there's still a few open ones out there I think we expect Josh McDaniels to move on, but we will speculate and kind of keep everyone apprised of the latest rumors and, you know, again, try to give our opinion of it because it's an interesting part of the job to watch.
Ah, which which teams air? Which coaches are gonna end up, you know, attempting to turn different franchises around Ojai.
The coffee wasn't brewing today, so I'm a little bit behind in that sense, so But we will be talking about this.
Ah, you know, at length, I'm sure.
And throughout this week, of course, we will be focusing on the divisional games, will give our picks and talk about some X factors.
And you know all that, all that fun stuff, Michael, that all that good stuff And, uh, you know, we will give the perfect this time around the perfect weekend picks.
So if you're a betting person, certainly.
Ah, stick with us.
Stick with Mike.
I I think I expect a big turnaround from you, Mike.
Pressure's off, but I expect a big turnaround.
Well, I will definitely try to redeem myself as best as possible, but before you head to the OTB, my friends.
But believe me when I tell you or, you know, whatever betting site you I'm really dating myself on TV.
But in any case, before you do that, um, yeah, I think twice about that.
Take a look at my record last week. 0.0.
Thank you. Thank you.
So you say everybody laughs at my studio Live studio audience.
We film fbc in front of a live studio audience here at the great ST Petersburg Studios here.
But yes, we will.
We will hopefully do much better on this.
And hopefully you won't bring down our our show wide percentage like you did this weekend because I did my part.
So just say yes.
Johnny 500 my friend.
That's right. That's right. Five hundred's pretty good.
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