Rightly or wrongly, the New England Patriots have been playing up the notion that they’re underdogs this postseason.
When the playoffs began, they heard — or likely were told in a team meeting — that most NFL pundits were questioning them after their uneven 11-5 regular season; that tight end Rob Gronkowski is a shell of himself; that the offense isn’t what it used to be; that 41-year-old Tom Brady is too old.
And the Patriots are playing it up even when they’re not speaking directly to media.
‘You’re too [expletive] old!’
During Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” which aired on Tuesday night, there was on-field sound from both championship games. New England receiver Julian Edelman was wearing a microphone during the AFC championship game and delivered this gem of a soundbite after Brady’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett with 33 seconds left in the first half.
“Nice [expletive] ball! Nice [expletive] ball!,” Edelman yells at Brady on the sideline after the score, which gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead.
The two slap hands and Brady says, “Thanks, baby. Thanks, baby.”
As Edelman walks away, he turns back to Brady, his teammate for 11 years.
“You’re too [expletive] old! You’re too old!,” he shouts.
It’s certainly a unique way to be a hype man.