Brees, Brady have different styles, but both are among NFL’s elite
Two future Hall of Famers will meet Sunday at Gillette Stadium: Tom Brady versus Drew Brees.
If you could choose one, which would you take? Brady is the All-American Dream; Brees the All-American boy-done-good.
Brady is the stereotypical quarterback: tall, handsome, ridiculously rich and married to a Victoria’s Secret model.
“He dresses like he’s on the cover of magazines. He wears a scarf, for crying out loud,” said Gus Kattengell, host of The Sports Hangover on WMTI-FM, 106.1.
“He probably dresses the dog.”
Brees is barely tall enough to see over his offensive line.
While he’s also loaded financially, Brees has charmed the Crescent City with his everyday-man persona, like the time he tweeted Halloween pictures of himself as Daddy Iron Man, his wife, Brittany, as a princess, and son, Baylen, in charge of candy collection.
“Normal guy,” Kattengell said.
Consider it GQ versus BBQ. Brady appears on the cover of the men’s magazine, and Brees, a Texas native, eats barbecue beef sandwiches.
High cheek bones vs. a gracious smile. Arm vs. Arm.
“I think they each have their own playing styles that are also differentm but both very effective,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. “Both smart guys that see the field well, make quick decisions and manage the game well, find the right matchups, get the ball to their productive players and let them do a lot of the work, and stay out of bad plays.”
Their heroics have transformed historically underachieving franchises into perennial Super Bowl contenders. Brady has won three Super Bowls, the last in 2004. Four seasons ago, Brees led the Saints to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory.
Brady is fiery, even intimidating. He displays his emotions when his New England Patriots are performing like he expects on gamedays, and when their efforts don’t suffice, he’s roaming the sideline, calling out teammates.
“When you see his reactions to bad plays, his body language, the facial reactions that we sort of joke about, I think that’s when you see there’s a difference between the two,” said Zuri Berry, who covers the Patriots for Boston.com. “Tom just lets it all hang out there.”
With Brees, the most you’ll get is a fist pump and helmet butt after a touchdown pass.
Brady and Brees enjoy working with two of the best coaching minds in the league.
Sean Payton with the Saints, and Belichick in New England, have molded their playmakers into coaches on the field, where they execute offenses built around their many talents: Brady a strong-armed quarterback who can see the field. Brees an accurate passer with fancy football in the pocket that allows him to keep his eyes downfield.
This season, both have continued their tradition of preparing for games as if they still are that sixth-round draft pick by the Patriots in 2000, or a veteran forced out of San Diego after a career-threatening shoulder injury. As if this game represents the final game of their careers, their last opportunity to enhance their already impressive résumés.
Brees enters this matchup with his regular group of receivers, including tight end Jimmy Graham, who is developing into one of the league’s best receiving options. In New England, Brady is throwing to some guy named Danny Amendola.
“Tom Brady has been doing this his entire career,” ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson said.
“Randy Moss (was) the only guy that you can point to and say Hall of Fame wide receiver with a Hall of Fame quarterback.
“The one thing that a lot of people don’t know is when they go and scout these players, they search for players with high football IQ. They have to be able to understand the system when they plug them in.”
Saints release Richardson
The feel-good story of New Orleans Saints fan favorite Jay Richardson — a licensed insurance salesman who ended up on the team’s active roster after being cut at the conclusion of training camp — may be over for real this time.
The Saints on Tuesday released Richardson, an outside linebacker/defensive end, and signed free-agent defensive end Keyunta Dawson, according to the NFL transaction wire.
Dawson played three games with the Tennessee Titans in 2012 but ended up on injured reserve with a hamstring pull.
This year, his second with Tennessee, he played two games on defense (as a situational pass rusher) and special teams before the team released him on Saturday to promote quarterback Rusty Smith from the practice squad.
Smith is backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started in place of injured quarterback Jake Locker in the Titans’ 26-17 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.