For all the criticism that he gets from New England Patriots fans for being a bigot, I respect Rex Ryan as much as any coach in the league not named “Bill Belichick” (nobody is on Belichick’s level). He gives praise where it’s due, criticism to things that need criticizing, and he is a blunt, misunderstood genius.
I know, I’m supposed to be dissing the New York Jets during “Jets Week”, but it’s hard to diss a coach who is willing to praise the Patriots star quarterback.
Here’s what he said about Tom Brady via The Boston Herald, “You can almost say he’s like a machine back there. The thing about him is he’s a machine, yet he’s passionate and a fiery leader and all that type of stuff. You wish he was just a machine. But his competitive side elevates his team as well. That’s what you get in those once in a generation type of quarterbacks. He’s just a special guy.”
I couldn’t agree more with what Ryan is saying, and it seems like Brady is unstoppable when he goes into something some Boston fans dub “Eff You Mode”. It’s a certain type of competitive switch embedded in the psyches of only the greatest athletes, and it’s a part of Brady’s mindest that makes him a cut above the rest. The only comparison I can come up with here is Larry Bird. When you tick him off, he goes off. There’s just nothing like watching Brady scanning the field with his piercing eyes and watching him calculate in seconds what a mere mortal could only hope to calculate in a few minutes. His football intellect is up there with the best of him, and his competitiveness is unmatched.
Sometimes I wonder if Brady is a machine, but that quickly subsides when he cracks jokes about the Jets poisoning food or Chandler Jones’s strength.
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