Caught up in all of the excitement from clinching a spot in the playoffs, Washington’s Chase Young has made a mistake regarding Tom Brady.
Chase Young and the Washington Football Team face off with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers this Saturday night in the first round of the NFL Playoffs. While both of these teams are entering the playoffs for the first time in several years, their respective paths to this spot have been very different.
Brady and the Buccaneers have been favorites to make the playoffs since he signed with his new team. Some may have even given the lofty expectation of a preseason Super Bowl favorite to the Bucs, but no one is surprised by where they finished the regular season. Tampa Bay won eleven games in a relatively straightforward path to the first wildcard spot and have a favorable matchup with the winner of the NFC East.
The Washington Football team was a completely different story. As “the team with no name,” Washington was more of a punchline for the first half of the season than a real contender. Every team in the NFC East struggled mightily as the division title changed hands several times. Some teams even made questionable decisions to lose games on purpose to secure draft picks.
Regardless of how it happened, the WFT limped into the fourth overall playoff spot in the NFC East and home-field advantage with a seven and nine record. Is it time to reevaluate the playoff process yet?
After defeating the actively-tanking Eagles, first-round draft pick and likely Defensive Rookie of the Year winner Chase Young skipped off the field saying, “Tom Brady, I’m coming. I want Tom.” This feels like the starting audio for Young’s future 30 for 30 after making the Hall of Fame, but this game probably won’t go the way the rookie thinks.
This is similar to a boxer winning their first fight after their opponent disqualifies themselves and then calling out Mike Tyson during the end of his career. Even at that stage, no one wanted Tyson, and the same can be said about Tom Brady. GOATs are gonna GOAT.
The WFT has been one of the better stories to follow this season. Alex Smith returning from disaster to lead a team to the playoffs, Chase Young’s infectious personality and talent, and Ron Rivera make an easy team to root for. Still, the numbers suggest that no team, specifically the WFT, “wants” Tom Brady.