Gerald McCoy feels the end may be near for new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman, in an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, opined that the 43-year-old (in August) has reached a point of no return, his Hall-of-Fame skillset deteriorating with age — a bitter inevitability.
“His supporting cast was not what it has been in the past, and I know, you know, you hear Shannon Sharpe always say, ‘This guy, if you looked in the dictionary, if it says do more with less, you should see Tom Brady’. Yes, but that’s younger Tom Brady, where he wasn’t older, his arm was still strong,” McCoy said Tuesday, via Bleacher Report. “You know, his body was still up to par. He’s gotten older. And I think people forget, Father Time is undefeated, even for Tom Brady.
“Muhammad Ali, Father Time kicked in. I know LeBron, I don’t know where he came from, he’s not from Earth. I don’t know where he came from, but Father Time has not kicked in with him yet. Father Time kicks in for everybody. Do I believe Tom Brady is still a winning quarterback? Absolutely. Do I believe Tom Brady can win 10-plus games? Absolutely. Is it yet to be seen? I don’t know.”
McCoy signed with Dallas this offseason following a one-and-done stint in Carolina. But the six-time Pro Bowler spent his first nine professional seasons starring for the Bucs, and he revealed to Cowherd he’s secretly rooting for the club to make a deep playoff push … before losing to the Cowboys.
McCoy did not get to face Brady and his now-former Patriots in 2019. And the Cowboys aren’t scheduled to battle the Buccaneers during the 2020 regular season. But they did draw New England last year in a field goal-filled affair when Brady went 17-of-37 for 190 yards and a touchdown — the difference in a 13-9 victory.
That game epitomized Brady’s late-career downturn as Dallas’ defense (two sacks, zero takeaways) wasn’t exactly making life unbearable. He finished with a paltry 70.8 QB rating and averaged a meager 5.1 yards per attempt. This wasn’t 2003 Brady or even 2013 Brady.
This was a shell of himself, ultimately a sign of things to come, with the Pats being bounced out of the postseason in the Wild Card round, their earliest exit since 2009.
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Lamb Details Goal of Becoming Hall of Famer
CeeDee Lamb is following in the footsteps of Cowboys legend Michael Irvin, and the rookie wide receiver is hoping those steps trace a similar route to Canton.
“Be a Hall of Famer,” Lamb told Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when asked for his career goals. “Have as much of an impact or more that Michael had on the game and on America’s Team. I want to be on a team that makes unbelievable memories together. I feel like that is what we are going to do here.”
“I can’t wait.”
It’s well documented that Lamb, upon being drafted by Dallas with the 17th overall pick, assumed jersey No. 88, partly to assuage owner Jerry Jones and partly to carry a tradition set by Irvin, Drew Pearson, and Dez Bryant.
Irvin, inducted into the Hall in 2007, has long had his bust on display. Pearson, a franchise great, is a future candidate for football immortalization. Bryant is one of the best wideouts of this generation.
Lamb realizes the enormity of the task before him, the responsibility of donning these particular digits — and he’s fueled by it.
“That is a legendary number for the legendary America’s team,” he said. “For me to go out there and represent the great legends that have worn that number is a huge presentable moment. I can’t wait to live it out for the first time. I want to continue the legacy of 88. The 88 club is something big in Dallas. I want to live up to it.”
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