The Incomparable wrote:
As much as Brady has played to the best of his abilities, TO equals Brady's efforts if not surpassing them. TO has every right to call out players on his team as he is always the best player on the team.
Well first off, T.O.'s career achievements are not even close to Brady. Brady has 3 Super Bowl rings, and has contributed a lot to 2 of them (I believe the 1st Super BOwl win and season was more due to the defense and bad coaching by Martz than anything else). T.O has played in only 1 NFC Championship game in his life, and 1 Super Bowl. And I would agree with you, if not for that fact that T.O. calls out the players that he shouldn't. Brady calls out the new guys that don't have the same heart as the older Patriot players. T.O. calls out the leaders of his team. It would the equivalent of DeAngelo Hall pointing fingers at Brooking, Kerney, and Vick. You don't call out leaders unless they have shown poor leadership. It's one thing if a Viking player called out Randy Moss for poor leadership, but it's totally another if they called out Culpepper or Matt Birk. The latter two are true leaders, Moss on the other hand, will lead when he feels like it.
I totally agree Comp that in order to be a successful NFL player or any type of athlete in a team sport, you have to have that drive that says "I wanna win, let's go win!" But the difference between T.O. and players like him and other more and less successful players is that when a team loses, T.O. heaps the blame on everybody but himself. His first negative statement was this:
"I wasn't the one who got tired at teh end of the Super Bowl" sums up just what type of person and player he is.
Here is what Brady said, per the Boston Herald:
Tom Brady wrote:
Weâ€™ve dealt with plenty of tough situations before. I think a lot of it has to do with the character and toughness of this team. I think we need to show more character. I donâ€™t care about injuries. We miss Rodney Harrison to death, but at the same time we have to do everything we can to play as well without him. Weâ€™ve lost some big voids in leadership and experience, but other guys have to find a way to get to a championship level. It starts with me and works its way to every guy on the team. There are certainly times where I would like us to play tougher as an offense. You watch Indianapolis play, they put constant pressure on the other defense. Weâ€™ve got to be an offense where you basically impose your will on the defense rather than just take it all day. I feel like sometimes we go out there and let them dictate the tempo and flow of the game. Itâ€™s frustrating where you can walk right down the field, then all of a sudden on the next drive go three and out. Itâ€™s ridiculous.
To sum up what Brady said: "I don't think everyone is playing hard enough. There are things I and the offense has to do, there are things that the defense has to do."
Brady and Harrison of course want to win, and I'm positive that they want to be recognized for their individual achievements as well like their stats, the HOF, and to be mentioned in arguments about who were the greatest players ever. But they understand the fundamental thing about football, is that they can only go as far as the other 52 guys on their team go. T.O. doesn't seem to understand this. He seems to believe that teams will go as far as he goes, and if they don't, then screw them. THey just suck.
Why call out McNabb? That's just what I don't understand. McNabb, who carried his team for 3 years. All the Eagles had before T.O's arrival was McNabb and a good defense. McNabb gets tired at the end of the game, but still plays and is showing heart. The same thing that T.O. did to come back from his injury. Then T.O. comes out a few months later saying, we lost because he got tired. And truth be told, it's probably true. Had McNabb not been tired at the end of the game, the Eagles probably would've won or at least had a much better chance of winning. But that doesn't mean you're allowed or should throw him under the bus.
It's the same thing as someone on this team calling out Michael Vick had we lost that Jets game. Vick played terribly and a L there most would have been pointing the fingers at him. But why can't you call out Michael Vick if you're his teammate? Because of Vick usually gets the win. Vick doesn't always play great, but he usually plays good enough to get the win and his very presence alone inspires the rest of the team. It's the exact same thing with McNabb, but McNabb usual outplays Vick on a normal day.
And Comp, I actually agree with a little. I think race has a significant (which doesn't mean large) effect on this whole T.O. situation. I think there are enough people in the media that still think like its the 40s and 50s that can effectively villianize T.O. Now that doesn't mean that everyone in the media thinks that way. You probably only need to have 1% of the powers that be in the media to think that way and it to have similar wide-reaching effects. And that doesn't mean that T.O.'s own actions don't help villainize himself.
But I do wonder a bit why it is that Manning and Brady are the "Golden Boys" of the QB position, and why a guy like McNabb is not there. One could easily say that it is because Brady came from nowhere and has won Super Bowls and Manning is the legacy QB that is set to break all the passing records. And I have no evidence to argue against that and the only evidence that I have that race is involved is the mere "coincidence" that both are white.
And I know this post is going to kill this thread, so I apologize for it. And just because I'm the boss around here
don't take this as official FalcFans policy or anything. I'm going to start a post in the FalcFans Lounge
if you want to discuss this matter specifically in the hopes that it can save t his thread. But I think in this country, there is a subconscious
level of thinking that whenever people see an outspoken black person, people immediately dislike him because it goes back to an older line of thought that a black person is "better seen than heard."
Now that doesn't mean that everyone in America is racist. It doesn't mean just because you don't like T.O., you are racist. I think that there is a very miniscule percentage of Americans today that hold the same prejudices that the majority of Americans may have held 75 years ago.
So there I said it. And I guess I'll probably give it 4 or 5 more posts on this thread before someone decides to lock it.