Not Many Go Against the GOAT…
[Brady] played in the most uncompetitive division in NFL history. – Alex Smith
Tom Brady out here catching strays even though he’s retired and not playing NFL games. He recently made NFL news when complained about seeing a lot of “mediocrity” in the league today. While some agree with him, one former quarterback had a big issue with Brady stirring up NFL rumors.
Former Chiefs and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith buried Brady by suggesting that the quarterback didn’t have to play that tough of competition throughout his career being in the AFC East.
“My biggest complaint to this and no offense to the three of you guys,” Smith said.
“He played in the most uncompetitive division in NFL history. I mean, you come out of training camp in the biggest cupcake division, you got a ticket to the playoffs right away. Like, talk about mediocre.”
Alex Smith totally disagrees with Tom Brady’s characterization of the NFL. pic.twitter.com/64FRRqM0jq
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 26, 2023
The funniest thing about Smith’s comments is that he said them in front of former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi, and former Jets and Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who was leading a couple of those AFC East teams during the Brady era.
Smith then more directly responded to Brady’s comments.
“I completely disagree with this. I know he’s talking about the rule over the middle over the field to the receiver. But in my opinion, the game has gotten better,” Smith said.
“There’s more parity across the league. Quarterback play is at an all-time high in the league. You’ve got the best athletes playing the position. We didn’t have this 30-40 years ago. And then, also he’s referencing offensive numbers are down. To me, I think we’re in a golden age of D-linemen.”
Smith’s got some big ass balls. Bruschi is 50 now but he could probably still crush the former quarterback. Picking a fight with who many would argue is the greatest NFL quarterback is certainly a bold strategy.
Alex Smith woke up & chose violence today 😆 pic.twitter.com/1IagGMTSip
— ᴺʸ²ᵀʰᵃᴮᵃʸ (@Ny2ThaBay) November 26, 2023
As a card-carrying member of the Brady-hater club, I get what Smith is saying. He certainly had an easy ride in the AFC East a lot of those years but he did still take care of business against many great teams in the playoffs.
I do think there’s merit to the idea that there’s bad football being played this season. The quality hasn’t been that great this year. However, Smith has every right to disagree as he played a lot of years in the NFL. That said, probably not smart to poke the Brady bear. It’ll be interesting to see his response to this topic.