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John Madden: Tom Brady should be blamed for deflated Patriots balls

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Former Super Bowl winning NFL head coach John Madden has said that Tom Brady is to blame for the New England Patriots deflated football scandal, and not Bill Belichick.

The Patriots Super Bowl preparations have been hugely disrupted by the Deflategate scandal, with an NFL investigation hanging over their heads as they look to try and stop the Seattle Seahawks winning their second Championship in a row.

And according to Madden, who was speaking to The Sports Xchange,  if the balls used by the Patriots had been tampered with to lower the air pressure then Brady would have been the only guy to do and not his head coach. Brady would be the only logical explanation.

"That would have to be driven by the quarterback. That's something that wouldn't be driven by a coach or just the equipment guy." - John Madden

"Nobody, not even the head coach, would do anything to the football unilaterally, such as adjust the amount of pressure in a ball, without the quarterback not knowing. It would have to be the quarterback's idea," Madden added when he spoke on Wednesday.

Madden makes a lot of sense in what he says here. They say that quarterback is the most important position in the game, so why would anyone make a change to the thing he has to work with more than any other player on the pitch, if it wasn't for the benefit of the quarterback.

“He is the effected, he is the only guy. I heard some of the pundits saying the ball is easier to catch, but that would never, ever, ever be done for that unless the quarterback wanted it. You wouldn’t do something for a receiver to catch the ball if the quarterback couldn’t throw it. So it’s going to be done for the quarterback.”

It looks like Mr. Brady has a fair bit of explaining to do. This isn't the first time that the Patriots have found themselves in a spot of bother, cough Spygate cough, but it remains to be seen if anyone involved will get any where close to the punishment Roger Goodell dished out to Sean Payton.


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