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Sunday, October 18, 2009
'Countdown' crew wonders what's up with Brady


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The crew on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" discussed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's pedestrian play through five games.

I broached the subject Friday morning in a blog that compared Tom Terrific to Average Joe. That post generated a lot of response in the comments section and in the AFC East mailbag.

Studio analysts Tom Jackson, Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson gave their take Sunday.

Carter: "Is Tom Brady the same quarterback? He looks the same, but the results, they’re not the same."

Jackson: "There’s now two, three plays per game where you just don’t see the same guy. This is going to be somewhere down the road before they are [the same team] and he is the same guy."

Johnson: "He looks the same to me. But at the same time, when you look at [former coordinator] Josh McDaniels being gone from the offense, that’s something Tom Brady needs to get used to -- somebody different callings plays, setting things up differently, when you’re hearing different voices in your ear. Plus, Randy Moss has been banged up a little bit. Wes Welker’s been banged up a bit. It’s a long season."