Tom Brady on the Current State of the NFL: “There’s a Lot of Bad Football”

Parity rules in the modern NFL. As it stands, there are 16 teams with a 2-2 record going into Week 5 of the season. That includes the Bears in the NFC North, all four NFC West teams, three of the four squads in the AFC North, two more in the AFC West, another in the AFC South, and two more in the NFC South.

One of those two 2-2 teams in the NFC South happens to be Tom Brady’s Buccaneers. Brady was asked about what’s up with all the teams at 2-2, and the future Hall of Fame quarterback didn’t mince words:

“I think there’s a lot of bad football from what I watch,” Brady said. “I watch a lot of bad football. Poor quality of football. That’s what I see.”

Yo! Tell ’em how you really feel, Thomas!

On the one hand, there is no better reality TV than the NFL.

Bar none.

You can’t script the weekly drama. And you sure can’t predict the future. It’s what makes watching the rest of the league so much fun, even when the Bears don’t give us much to enjoy locally at home.

But on the other hand, Brady isn’t wrong. There is a bunch of bad football. There is a difference between 2-2 teams that are competitive, fun, and a joy to watch … and the rest of the bunch that is setting football back decades with a boring brand of ball. Scoring is down and too many defenses are bland. And it makes it tough to watch. I’m glad I’m not alone in my assessment. Moreover, I’m happy that the greatest quarterback to ever do it is on my side of the argument.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a league so competitive that there are so many teams at (and above!) .500. However, while there are 16 teams at .500 — which suggests competitive mediocrity is alive and well — there are also 17 teams with negative points differentials. Among them are eight of the 2-2 teams. In other words, regression to the mean is lurking. So let’s not confuse mediocrity with being good, especially since so many teams fronting like they are good are actually on the cusp of being bad.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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