During Tom Brady's most recent appearance on WEEI radio, he not only gave his thoughts on the new Broadway play "Lombardi," but also gave a glimpse into his thought process while watching at least part of the Jets-Colts Wild Card playoff game. "You just get riled up as I watch them, and then I start rooting for a team to win, and that’s not really what I want to be doing." This, of course, begs the question: Who was TB rooting for? See my thoughts after the jump.
While the Patriots did lose to the Jets early in the season, it's safe to say that their recent 45-3 routing proved that the have become a very different team in only one season. Although the Jets boast one of the best secondaries in the league with stars like Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, Brady proved excellent at finding the matchups that went in his favor. The vaunted Jets defense was revealed as mortal and Brady demonstrated that he and the rest of the Patriots offense were for real (just in case any doubters had tuned in to Monday Night Football). And it's probably safe to say that Brady would favor a head-to-head comparison with a SoCal pseudo-rookie than his cohort in QB greatness.
The Colts defense presented more of a problem for Brady than did the struggling Jets. Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and the other Colts defenders limited Brady to 186 passing yards. Though James Sanders's last-minute interception saved the day in the end, Brady made it clear that he would have preferred it never to get that close. Since any Colts-Patriots matchup produces plenty of hat-wringing anxiety for most Pats fans, you have to believe Brady would not want to watch Peyton Manning orchestrating his offense for any longer than he had to.
Obviously Brady is too tight-lipped to reveal who he might have been rooting for, and at this point it doesn't even matter. The Patriots are notorious for accepting the situation at hand and dealing with it. Still, it's interesting to think about which matchup Brady (and the rest of the Patriots) were gunning for. What do you think?