It’s friday afternoon; we’re talking about deflategate. John Madden and Troy Aikmen both say it’s on the QB, and neither is a drama king.
“That would have to be driven by the quarterback,” Madden told The Sports Xchange on Wednesday. “That’s something that wouldn’t be driven by a coach or just the equipment guy. Nobody, not even the head coach, would do anything to a football unilaterally, such as adjust the amount of pressure in a ball, without the quarterback not knowing. It would have to be the quarterback’s idea.”
It’s impossible that Brady doesn’t know, and it’s very nearly impossible that he never discussed it with his head coach. Of course they knew. Of course, of course, of course. Of course, times infinity.
Deflating the ball doesn’t just help the QB, it helps receivers avoid drops that sometimes turn into interceptions, and it helps every ball carrier avoid fumbles. It also decreases the liklihood of injury from falling on the ball, tho such injuries are fairly rare.
It takes an unusual psychology to illegally film defenses even after you’ve been caught doing it, and it takes an unusual psychology to deflate balls even after you’ve been caught doing it. The Pats were already being accused by the Colts and decided what the heck.
Meanwhile, if they had just called the extremely obvious illegal motion in the Edelman-to-Amendola play, it might be Ravens-Seahawks instead of this deflate talk. Actually it would probably be Ravens-Packers because butterfly wings cause hurricanes. No way Bostick tries to field the onside kick if Edelman gets called for what was in fact the world’s most ridiculous and obvious illegal motion play of all time that nobody anywhere noticed.
Deflating the ball isn’t a quaint loveable thing like a spitball in the 1930s. It’s more like someone corking a bat in the 1990s. The league will never penalize its sponsors, so the Pats will still play in the SB. Brady will still play. Coke demands it, as does Pepsi. Banishing the head coach, tho, would probably not upset the sponsors. Also, they should lose their first-round picks for the next two years. That would put a big dent in Brady’s end-of-career, as it’s hard to compete when you’re picking 50-somethingth two years in a row.