By: Ian Logue
Throwing an ill-timed interception will get to anyone, and Tom Brady certainly isn’t any different.
Brady downplayed the argument between he and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on Sunday. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Leading 34-27 with a chance to go up by two touchdowns on Sunday, Brady and the offense found themselves knocking on the door to extend their lead when Brady threw an uncharacteristic red zone interception. On the play Brady tried to hit Tiquan Underwood coming across the back of the endzone, and he floated the pass. As a result Redskins defensive back Josh Wilson picked off the pass and killed the drive, leading to a heated discussion between Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
Once the game was over, it appeared cooler heads had prevailed. The two were seen embracing after the win, and Brady downplayed the exchange during his postgame press conference.
“I threw a pretty bad interception, so he wasn’t happy about it,” said Brady when asked during his press conference what happened. “There’s probably a long line of coaches and players that were pretty pissed at me after that, but Billy [O’Brien] got to me first. He let me have it, I deserved it.”
Watching the broadcast you could clearly see Brady talking to Underwood on the sideline, before O’Brien said something that triggered Brady to say something that exacerbated the situation. From there back up quarterback Brian Hoyer very wisely stepped in front of Brady to try and hide the conversation from the televison broadcast, but you could tell that it was an ugly exchange between the two. O’Brien ripped off his headphones and had to be restrained by assistants, with Bill Belichick quickly coming over to calm O’Brien down.
Both Brady and O’Brien were seen minutes later going over plays together, so whatever the disagreement was appeared to simply be in the ‘heat of the moment’ and they were seen sitting together working on the plan for the next series.
Brady said that he and O’Brien are both ’emotional guys’, and the fact he took some heat was well deserved after what the veteran quarterback called a ‘stupid throw’.
“We’re both pretty emotional guys,” explained Brady. “That’s what I deserve. You make bad plays, you’re supposed to get yelled at by your coaches. It’s certainly not the first time, and probably won’t be the last. It was just, you can’t do it in that situation, and it’s just a stupid play by me.”
“No, I made a terrible play. He just wanted to let me to know I made a terrible play. It’s football man. It’s a game of emotion, that’s athletics.”
They hugged after it was over, and all appears to be well.