The Jets should start a GoFundMe page to entice Tom Brady to retire and finally leave them alone.
Woody Johnson: Donates $100 million. He paid $635 million to buy the team in 2000 and Forbes recently listed the Jets as the seventh most valuable NFL franchise at $2.75 billion. Getting rid of Brady would increase the value of the Jets by more than $100 million by increasing the chances of the Jets winning the AFC East. Money well spent.
Jets Players: A lifetime supply of properly inflated footballs. Brady ripped into the Patriots equipment guys after a mediocre performance against the Jets in a 2014 victory when the footballs were overinflated. That was the ammunition used by Brady haters to convict him in Deflategate based on the shaky circumstantial evidence in the Wells Report.
Roger Goodell: Can you imagine how the commish is going to feel if he has to hand Brady the Super Bowl LI MVP Trophy in Houston? Goodell will never be able to visit New England to get Maine lobsters and clam chowder until Brady retires. Goodell’s contribution to the fund: A lifetime supply of cell phones with Goodell’s picture as the home page screen shot and a laminated copy of the 243-page Wells Report.
Brady did it to the Jets again Sunday despite playing with a bum right knee that swelled up last week, causing him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday, the residual effect of a hit by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor two weeks ago. He put together a late drive to earn his 200th victory, tying him for the QB record with Peyton Manning.
The Jets showed Brady so much respect Sunday in the first quarter of their 22-17 loss it was almost as if they were playing flag football. Brady handed off to LeGarrette Blount, who tried to get around the right side. There was no room, so he cut back to the left and Brady ran in front of him, pretending to be a lead blocker. The Jets treated him like he was wearing a red practice jersey.
Brady had no interest in making contact with any Jets defenders as he ran gingerly ahead of Blount and they had no interest in taking a clear, hard shot at him either. Safety Marcus Gilchrist or linebacker Jordan Jenkins could have leveled Brady with a clean hit. Defensive end Sheldon Richardson looked like he could have made Brady think twice about getting out in space with the big boys. None tempted to touch Brady.
The only Jet who put a hand on Brady? His old teammate Darrelle Revis, who would get burned by Brady on his only two TD passes, gave Brady an endearing pat on the shoulder after the play was over.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Jets fans sold off enough of their tickets to Patriots Nation that the scoreboard operator had to work overtime with piped in noise to get the Gang Green loyalists jacked up during stoppages in play.
The first “Brady, Brady, Brady,” chant started late in the third quarter. The last one came as Brady raised his arms after Blount picked up a first down on a 23-yard run to allow the Patriots to run out the clock in the final minute. Jet fans booed mildly each time the chants began.
In this forever blood rivalry, having Brady’s name chanted at MetLife is one of the all-time lows for this franchise.
“It’s tough,” Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa said. “I mean, I know as a fan it’s hard to support when your team’s not playing the way you want them to. I don’t blame them, but at the same time, it would be great if we could have more of our fans in our home stadium.”
How could that happen? This is New York. “We’re the Patriots,” Martellus Bennett said. “We travel well.”
The Jets have trouble getting pressure on Brady.
Even though Brady was out of rhythm early and his passes were sailing — he overthrew a wide-open Rob Gronkowski for what would have been a 68-yard TD in the first quarter — he took the Patriots on a near-perfect nine-play 83-yard drive that resulted in his eight-yard touchdown pass to rookie Malcolm Mitchell with 1:56 remaining to win it.
It was victory No. 200 for Brady. Not bad for a sixth round pick. He has 178 in the regular season and a record 22 in the playoffs. Manning retired with 186 in the regular season and 14 in the playoffs. Brady will likely break the record in Foxborough next Sunday against the Rams.
“It’s a team sport,” Brady said. “Individual awards and things like that mean that I’ve been part of great teams with great coaches and great teammates and I’ve had a lot of great support over the years, so hopefully we can keep winning. It never gets old.”
He is 23-8 against the Jets. They have accounted for 16.5% of his victories. The only team he’s defeated more is Buffalo. He is 26-3 against them.
Bill Belichick, who has benefitted just as much, if not more, from having Brady as his quarterback as Brady has having Belichick as his coach, was asked what has made Brady so special.
“He’s a good player,” he said. “We have a lot of good players.”
What about his 200th victory?
“That says a lot about him and what he’s been able to do for this franchise,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. That’s what a quarterback’s job is, to win.”
Brady came into the game completing 70.5%. He was just 30-of-50 against the Jets, a reflection of missing two days of practice and trying to compensate for his gimpy leg.
“I’m happy the week’s over,” Brady said. “It was a long week.”
If only Bill Parcells had listened to scout Jesse Kaye in 2000 and drafted Brady in the sixth round, although the Jets had taken Chad Pennington in the first round. And if Mo Lewis didn’t hit Drew Bledsoe in 2001…maybe there would be no need for the GoFundMe page to get this guy to go away.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News