‘Irate’ Tom Brady blasts teammates after lackluster win

At times, Tom Brady’s “California Cool” reputation escapes him. He morphs from calm and collected to angry and vocal, with harsh barbs flying every which way. It’s become such a notable occurrence that he’s even parodied his anger issues in comedic skits.

There was nothing jovial about his latest outburst, however.

Per the Boston Globe, Brady was “irate” following the Patriots’ lackluster 23-16 win over the Jaguars on Sunday, and ripped into his teammates using “several expletives.”

Afterward, presumably following a few woosah’s, Brady described the team’s effort — or lack thereof — to the media.

“We played pretty terrible out there,” said Brady. “It came down to the wire, and the defense made some plays. But that was a bad 60 minutes of football. We got outcompeted out there, outfought. We were lucky to win.”

Brady was understandably upset, but it’s not like he wasn’t part of the problem. In the first quarter of a game New England entered as 14.5 point favorites, Brady tossed two interceptions, allowing Jacksonville to build an early 10-0 lead.

Eventually, Brady, as he always does, brought the Pats back. He connected on a pair of touchdown passes, the latter extending the Patriots’ fourth quarter lead to 23-13. Surprisingly, the hapless Jags hung in there until the last play — a desperation Hail Mary to the end zone.

Despite the win, which kept the Patriots in contention for the AFC’s No. 1 seed, Brady was not at all happy.

“We started slow. We couldn’t do anything offensively. We couldn’t make any plays,” said Brady. “They made plenty of plays. We were lucky to be in it at halftime. Didn’t really do anything in the second half in the run game or the pass game, so just a poor effort overall.”

There are very, very few players that could rip their peers and still command the utmost respect. Brady, for as long as he’s playing, holds that rare privilege.

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Zack Kelberman
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  • Give hell Brady. Lot’s to improve.

  • Richie

    In my opinion the game was just typical “New England” football. If you look back, most of their games won were nail biters. They have always been known for being a fourth quarter team.

  • Bill

    So why doesn’t Brady ever complain about his own “bad performance”? Hello? You threw 2 interceptions Brady and you rip into your team? How about pointing your own finger at yourself one time? Brady reminds me exactly of another guy back in the 80s & 90s. Best quarterback at the time, but man he had a temper that he only directed at his team. But never at himself! His name is Dan Marino. One thing I can’t stand about Brady and Marino, is they never take any of the blame. They will always blame someone else for their interception, claiming they ran the wrong route. Brady is a spitting image of Marino as the biggest cry baby quarterbacks of all time!

    • whatthehek

      Bill,
      Did Brady not use the pronoun “we?” I believe that indicates that “he” is also a part of the problem since “we” usually includes the speaker. Something else is driving your criticism…

  • Brian

    This is the reason why I do not like Tom Brady. He screams at officials, teammates, and in general just seems like a guy who likes to yell alot. Great QB for sure, and a terrific leader, but as far as the respect angle goes, not getting it from me. You don’t have to yell and curse and get in people’s faces to get your point across. Little boys do that.

    • Jimmy

      I’m sure he’s losing a lot of sleep at night knowing that you don’t respect him. Your argument was pretty decent thought, but you really didn’t have to add that last line.

  • Buster Highman

    I’m glad he ripped them, that’s exactly what a good leader does when his team doesn’t perform at the high level they all know they can perform at. This nailbiter win, plus the loss last week to San Fran should be a wake up call to the Pats to get stheir shlt together in time for the playoffs.

  • HOWARD

    DON’T HATE ON BRADY OR HIS UNIQUE STYLE OF LEADERSHIP. IF ANY ONE WAS IN THAT LOCKER ROOM IM SURE YOU WOULD HAVE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT OPINION OF TOM. TOM IS ALL PASSION, GUTS, AND GLORY. YOU DON’T GO TO THE SUPERBOWL 5 TIMES ON ACCIDENT. HE’S JUST GETTING THE GUYS FIRED UP FOR ANOTHER PLAYOFF GRATE PERFORMANCE….