Maybe Tom Brady should stick to his day job. Well, kind of.
The veteran quarterback is making a new home in Florida for this upcoming season — as you may or may not have heard — and he's going to be calling plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With a new team in a new division comes new rivals, and with new rivals comes an opportunity to plant your flag by talking a little smack. Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed that he sent Tom Brady a text soon after the NFL schedule release, getting an early start on territorial rights.
"We want to quiet the cannons, that's what I text Tom, hashtag keep the cannons quiet," Payton said during an Instagram Live session with NFL Network's Kay Adams. "We've known each other for years."
"Oh, he laughs. He says, 'You guys are the favorites, we're the underdogs,' blah, blah, blah.'"
Jeez, Tom. That's it? For a notorious smack-talker, he needs new material, especially for a potential Week 1 divisional matchup between the Bucs and the Saints.
The "underdogs" thing is something that's been a staple of Brady's career, as he has espoused the underdog mantra for his entire NFL tenure. The idea of a Brady-led team being an underdog is a bit of malarkey, of course. The Patriots entered their 2019 playoff matchup vs. the Chiefs as underdogs for the first time in the 67 games prior.
Brady has the Michael Jordan mentality in that he'll find motivation from everything, whether it be headlines on sports pages or Starbucks baristas spelling his name wrong on cups. Whatever works, man. To that end, it has worked, since Brady's a six-time Super Bowl champ.
By the way, Payton doesn't get a pass here, either. "#KeepTheCannonsQuiet" is entirely too long of a hashtag.
Come on, guys. Give us better trash talk than that in these sports-less times. We're craving some real drama.