Curran January 09, Every other player in the room has a regular folding chair. But Brady has an office chair. Comfy seat, plush arms, the works. Kyle Van Noy has an end locker too. Tom Brady has an office chair.
Brady was drafted on April 16, Bill Clinton was in office, this song was in the Top 10 and "Gladiator" was in cinemas. And it showed up this year. In the same year that Brady turned Personally, I think he actually missed Gronk in the end zone, but whatever.
It wasn't about Cooks. And it wasn't about the Bills game. It was about the culmination of months of significant behind-the-scenes frustrations.
If teammates see he can deal with it, how can they complain when they get it too? And in many ways the two have been interchangeable. As fragility has increased, nervousness has also increased. His feet, his head-swiveling, his release. Especially during the regular season. And sometimes — like the start of Super Bowl 46 — in the playoffs too.
This is not a recent phenomenon. In a game at Seattle in , Brady repeatedly danced and ducked when nobody was near him. It was frequent that year. If anything, his willingness to take punishment has increased over the years.
So labeling him fragile and nervous? And playing behind an offensive line — which he relentlessly praises — that has undersized players at center and left guard who get bulldozed by players bent on breaking Brady. You think about how — for the first time in 18 years — you tried to branch out off the field with something you were passionate about and how the eye-rolling and dismissiveness rained down until Guerrero was exiled.
And you return to the sideline after an incompletion against the Bills in early December. You are being looked at as the golden goose with only so many golden eggs left to squeeze out. Everything you do after all these years is seen through the prism of age.