Tom Brady pouting in postgame presser after Week 10 loss was glorious
By Jerry Trotta
Entering Week 10, nobody gave the Washington Football Team a chance to topple the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That includes fans, talking heads and even reporters. Tough to fault them for feeling that way, though. After all, the Bucs were fresh off a bad-looking loss to the Saints in Week 8 heading into their bye. Furthermore, if you remember, they came out of their bye last season and didn’t lose another game the rest of the year.
Surely they would come out and smack around a Washington team with no identity and losers of four straight coming in, right?
In the most unpredictable outcome imaginable, it was Washington that did the smacking around, knocking off the defending champs to the tune of a 29-19 final that was punctuated by a 19-play, 10:26 drive in the fourth quarter.
As a result, the Bucs lost their stranglehold on the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and one Tom Brady wasn’t too happy about it postgame.
In a truly embarrassing scene for Brady, the 43-year-old cut his press conference well short after he was humbled by Taylor Heinicke.
Tom Brady wanted no part of addressing the media after his Bucs were upset by Washington.
Brady opened the presser saying, “Let’s start. Make it quick.” When all was said and done — literally 58 seconds later — he had uttered a grand total of 92 words in response to the six questions he was asked.
That’s right, folks. Brady lasted at the podium about as long as a YouTube advertisement.
All joking aside, this is an embarrassing look for the 44-year-old. We know his sheer hatred for losing is part of what makes him great, probably the greatest to ever do it, but there are plenty of all-time greats who win AND lose in graceful fashion.
Think about it. Whenever Brady wins, he’s all smiles and willing to speak beyond however long his contract obligates him to. He breaks down games with a fine tooth comb and dishes out praise to the entire Buccaneers roster.
On Sunday, though, Brady was borderline disrespectful to the media. When he decided he had enough discussing the loss, he abruptly left the podium and prompted one ticked-off reporter to ask, “That’s it?”
For anyone who missed out on Brady’s pity party — it wasn’t very long, so don’t be offended if you weren’t invited — here you go:
It’s not often you see Brady in a pouty mood like this, so Washington should really pat themselves on the back. After all, they limited the Bucs to season-lows in points scored (19), total yards (273) and first downs (eight).
Brady, meanwhile, tossed two first-quarter interceptions for the first time since 2009 and logged just 220 yards through the air. His previous low was 211 vs Chicago in Week 7, but he threw four touchdowns and that game was decided by halftime. In other words, this was TB12’s worst showing of the season.
As a result, he chose to get snippy with reporters.
Call it unprofessional. Call it embarrassing. Call Brady a sore loser. All three may be true. We’ll call it the Taylor Heinicke effect.