Clark Judge: ‘Without Tom Brady, Bill Belichick’s Got A Losing Record’
After beating the Broncos 34-31 in overtime Sunday night – a game in which his team trailed 24-0 at halftime – Tom Brady seemed unimpressed.
It’s not about me and Peyton. It’s just one game. There’s a long way to go.
And that, friends, is what makes the Patriots so great.
“That’s the Bill Belichick and, honestly, Tom Brady, mantra each week; they do’t get too high, (and) they don’t get too low,” NFL expert extraordinaire Clark Judge said on The John Feinstein Show. “Now, you’ll see during the game when Brady is screaming and yelling – you saw him after that alleged pass interference that wasn’t called – but he’s extraordinarily competitive. So is his head coach. But when they put on the public face, it’s always ‘not too high, not too low.’”
Judge reminded listeners of how Brady conducted himself during last Monday’s loss at Carolina. He was livid at the non-call against Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, but he also remained calm during the press conference.
“That’s what makes them the team they are,” Judge said. “But I mean, let’s face it. What makes them the team they are is Tom Brady. Without Tom Brady, Bill Belichick’s got a losing record. Tom Brady is everything to that club, and he and Belichick, in this respect, are the same guy. When you hear Bill Belichick say something, Brady will basically (say it) the same way. They’re the same guy. And I think that is sort of what keeps this team going forward.
“It’s not a great team; it’s a great quarterback. And the coach, he’s a great coach, too.”
Brady had almost twice as many completions (34-19) and more than twice as many yards (344-150) as Peyton Manning. Judge, however, doesn’t feel Manning is to blame for the loss.
“He turned the ball over once in the second half, but that can happen; that can happen anywhere,” Judge said. “I thought he redeemed himself on that game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. Because it really looked liked Denver became the New England Patriots of the first half. They couldn’t do anything right. And Manning sort of looked old and cold in that second half, but you looked at Brady and he looked like, ‘Okay, give me the ball. Let’s go back out there.’
“But on that game-tying drive, there were some throws that nobody can make,” Judge continued. “(Manning) really made some great throws there.”
Unfortunately for Manning, he didn’t get a lot of help in overtime. His receivers, particularly Wes Welker, dropped some passes, and a special-teams miscue led to Stephen Gostkowski’s game-winning field goal.
“I don’t think (last night was Manning’s fault); I think that’s unfair to put on him,” Judge said. “That said, when you guys ask me (if I’d rather have) Brady or Manning, I’m always saying Brady. Brady is 10-4 (against Manning) now.
“But did Brady win that game? He brought them back. But did Manning lose it? No, I don’t think he did.”