Around the NFL: Tom Brady's Vindication, Aaron Rodgers Is Big Mad, Zach Wilson's Injury, More

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Around the NFL: Tom Brady’s Vindication, Aaron Rodgers Is Big Mad, Zach Wilson’s Injury, More

Chicago Bears

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will invade Foxboro on Sunday, October 3rd, in what’ll be Brady’s first meeting with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots since departing the team with which he won six Super Bowls. With the matchup still nearly two weeks away, Tom Brady Sr. had some things to say about what this game would mean when he appeared on the Patriots Talk Podcast with Tom Curran.

Tom Sr. told Tom Curran that he feels vindication for his son and believes he feels the same way.

Does Tom the father feel vindication on behalf of Tom the son? “Damn right,” Tom Sr. said. “[Coach Bill] Belichick wanted him out the door, and last year he threw [50] touchdowns. I think that’s a pretty good year.”

He Tom Sr. think Tom Jr. feels the same way? “Damn right,” Tom Sr. said.

Tom Brady spent two decades under center in New England under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick before the marriage came to an abrupt end after the 2019 season. Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers worth $30 million per season and then led Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl victory since the Buccaneers crushed the (then) Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37 in January of 2003.

Aaron Rodgers is BIG MAD!

Aaron Rodgers has had enough people speculating about his mental state and focus on football, and he had some harsh words for those people on the Tuesday episode of the Pat McAfee Show.

For those of you who can’t listen to Rodgers yourself — and I don’t recommend attempting to do so in the workplace — here’s some of what he had to say:

“It’s absolute horsesh*t to give a platform to people who have no idea what they’re talking about as far as my mental state, my focus, my work habits… it’s chicken sh*t, it’s ridiculous.” 

Rodgers continued to say that, “I don’t think I need to defend myself to people who aren’t working and spending time on [me], I’m always going to give a reminder to listen to the source of some of these things and be reminded that it’s often the same people and the same tired rhetoric. I was just surprised after Week 1 that it was such a story out there.”

“But to let one storyline by a person who has no contact with me and zero relationship [with me], that that becomes some sort of narrative that somehow now I don’t care about ball because of my zen attitude in the offseason, that’s the bull**it that I was talking about last night.”

Zach Wilson Dealing with an Injury

The Zach Wilson era in New York is off to a very Jets-Esque start through the first two weeks of the season, and now the rookie signal-caller is dealing with a groin injury heading into the Jets’ Week 3 matchup with the Broncos.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that Wilson would be a full participant in practice, so there’s little concern right now about his availability for Sunday. Wilson threw four interceptions in New York’s 25-6 loss to the Patriots in Week 2. The Jets’ first-rounder owns a 56.1 passer rating to go along with 468 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions, and the Jets are 0-2.

Nagy Makes it Official

With Andy Dalton dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, Bears fans are getting their wish this weekend when Justin Fields gets his first NFL start against the Cleveland Browns.

Odds and Ends:

Sure, it’s not a large sample size. But, I’m still going to enjoy it.

Not after he gets a taste of the Jaylon Johnson experience this weekend…

 

The “ManningCast” might just be one of the best ideas that ESPN has ever had…

Just in case you’re curious.

Okay, this cracks me up, even when she’s making fun of the Bears.



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.