Colin Cowherd: “We will all talk about about the quarterback this weekend, but 5 of the 8 teams have great and impactful rookie wide receivers. They just walked out of college and into the NFL and BOOM, they already made an impact. DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown, and Hollywood Brown, and then you look at young guys like Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller. All these teams have these special guys and not even New England can find one single one in a DECADE. N’Keal Harry had 154 yards this year! That’s a weird blind spot for the best coach in the history of football. We always blamed Bill Belichick but was it Tom Brady?? The five NFL teams that consistently draft good wide receivers are Pittsburgh, Seattle, Green Bay, Kansas City, and Houston. What do they all have in common? Quarterbacks that extend plays with their legs to allow receivers more flexibility in their patterns. All the teams with quarterbacks who can move always get the wide receivers who seem to work… This is why I think this is the perfect time for Brady to retire. Folks, N’Keal Harry is NOT a bust, he can really play. In Tom’s rigid and tiny system, you’re asking an NBA athlete to not jump high or run fast, but get open quickly in a system. The dynasty is dying because Tom can’t elevate an increasingly important position.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he believes Tom Brady is the biggest reason why the New England Patriots offense has been devoid of elite wide receiver talent since Randy Moss’ briefly breathtaking tenure with the team a decade ago.
Colin looks around the league at some of the league’s best wide receivers and says the common theme is that they all play with quarterbacks who can move around in the pocket, and who can extend plays to let their wide receivers run much longer and more improvised routes.
Then there is Brady who is a player who obviously doesn’t move well around the pocket, and a guy who predicates his throws on short and intermediate slant patterns that can pile up first downs, but really stump the growth of home run-hitting wide receivers like Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, and Davante Adams. Players who become exponentially more lethal when their quarterback extends the play with their feet.
Check out the video above as Colin details why he thinks Brady is stunting the growth of New England’s young wide receivers, including last year’s first round pick N’Keal Harry, and explains why it's time for Brady to retire.