An injury to punter / holder Ryan Allen led to New England quarterback Tom Brady having to fill in on holding duties on multiple field goal attempts during the Patriots 43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. In fact he performed so well that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has announced that he wants Brady to hold exclusively, relieving him of his quarterback duties.
Belichick has named Ryan Mallet the Patriot’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the playoffs. Belichick explained, “Yeah, that was a great job. Brady holding, Gostkowski punting. That’s kind of playoff football — things like that happen. Guys get called on to do something maybe they haven’t done all year, haven’t done in several years and come through at a big time. I really need Tom to focus on that going forward”.
Quite understandably, Belichick was pressed as to how he could possibly think that starting Ryan Mallet at quarterback over 3 time Superbowl champion and first ballot hall of famer Tom Brady was on any level a good idea. In typical Belichick fashion he responded calmly, “I can’t have a guy worrying about 2 positions. This is the best move for the team.”
Brady reacted to the news, “Well I’m shocked to say the least. My salary for 2014 just dropped from a little over 23 million to $159,000. Gisele left. I’m not sure when she’ll be back. I guess I’ll have to figure out the mansion in Malibu and some other things, but hey, anything I can do to help out Ryan, and you know, hold on field goals. It’s all about getting another ring.
“It’s been a crazy few days“, said Mallet, “I got laid on the drive over here. But I trust coach and I’m just looking forward to getting out there and doing all the quarterback-type things as good (sic) as I can.”
Odd makers have responded swiftly, with the Payton Manning led Denver Broncos now finding themselves 126 point favorites.