The internet went ablaze last November when former quarterback Alex Smith sat on ESPN and disparaged Tom Brady's career and what he accomplished when playing for the Patriots. It was a shocking reaction to Brady's seemingly innocent comments about the current NFL, sharing his belief that the game is filled with mediocre play.
Yet Smith decided to take personal digs that all those outside New England loved to hear.
When asked his opinion on the matter, Smith claimed the AFC East was the "most uncompetitive division in NFL history" during Brady's twenty-year run with the Patriots, calling it the "biggest cupcake division" that guaranteed the team a ticket to the playoffs.
Besides the irony of his comments, Julian Edelman addressed the viral clip during an appearance on Cam Newton's YouTube show "4th & 1" a couple of weeks later, telling Smith, "You're not that guy!"
But until this week, Brady had remained silent and didn't speak about the situation, which is very typical of him given the amount of outlandish things that have been said about him over the years.
That changed when Edelman and Randy Moss were guests on his "Let's Go!" podcast, where Brady asked Moss, who was sitting next to Smith when he made the ridiculous comments if he felt he was going to have to jump over the desk to stop former teammate Tedy Bruschi from going after Smith.
Moss said he was shocked by the comments since he and Bruschi both played in that division that Smith suggested was so easily beatable. But he made sure to point out that it wasn't easy, while Edelman continued calling the quarterback out for taking the opportunity to bash Brady despite not being that type of guy typically.
What makes the moment more interesting, though, is Brady's conclusion that Smith was speaking about the Patriots in general terms and not about him directly when that's exactly what he was doing. It was an opportunistic moment for him to earn some Brady-hating points that ESPN loves to hand out, but apparently, Brady didn't take it that way.
Maybe it's because he knows the argument is absolute garbage, or perhaps he knows the agenda of most in the media. But it's fascinating to see how easily he can brush criticism off when it's an argument that has been easily proven false time and time again.
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