There is nothing wrong with talking about garbage.
Most of the time, NFL teams hate him. There is a notion that a bit of a bit of good humor will somehow inspire the world’s greatest soccer players to be motivated for a great game. No word that can be said should change who wins a match.
Then again, it might not be the best idea to make Tom Brady angry.
Chase Young saying “I want Tom!” after Washington won an NFC East Championship it shouldn’t be controversial, but in the super-serious paranoid world of the NFL it was. Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on de Young’s Washington football team on Saturday night in a wildcard game, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.
Young’s comments made this game more interesting. And he didn’t back down from them either.
Chase Young wants to play Tom Brady
Young responded to the fallout from his comments exactly as he should have.
“I’m excited for every game. Tom Brady? You think I won’t be excited to play against the GOAT? You stumble, ”Young said, via ESPN.com’s John Keim. “I’m not going to apologize for saying I wanted Tom.”
Young was the second pick in the 2020 Draft and has had a great rookie season. His exuberance is what Washington needs, and the NFL has a bit of it too. It’s an entertainment business, after all. And he was far from disrespectful to Brady, one of the league’s most respected players.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians hit back this week by saying “you better watch what you want”. Brady, who learned under Bill Belichick never to say anything controversial, remained calm.
“You know he’s obviously a great young player, so we’ve had our hands full with this D-Line, one of the best D-Lines in the league,” Brady said, via NBC Washington. “Chase is a great young player.”
About the farthest Brady would go was to invoke a college rivalry.
“I went to Ohio State so naturally, I think the Ohio State-Michigan case is fading a bit on him,” Brady said.
Washington in search of upheaval
Like any playoff game, Washington-Tampa Bay has some fun subplots.
Washington made the playoffs at 7-9, the third team with a losing record to make the NFL playoffs. The other two teams won their first playoff game. Washington is waiting to see if quarterback Alex Smith will be healthy enough to play, or play the entire game, with a calf injury. Regardless, the first season with WFT was surprisingly successful for Ron Rivera, who has battled cancer throughout the season.
Tampa Bay is also a fun story. After dominating the AFC for so long, Brady will make the NFC playoffs for the first time. Brady and the New England Patriots went their separate ways and Brady threw 40 touchdowns for the Buccaneers. That’s amazing for a 43-year-old quarterback. He helped Tampa Bay to an 11-5 record.
There will be a lot of time devoted to Brady and Young. It could be mentioned that Young was barely a year old when the Patriots drafted Brady. Young’s words will highlight the greatness of the two players at very different times in their careers.
Either way, Young’s trash talk added juice to an entertaining prime-time playoff game.
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