Colts: Pat McAfee’s tweet trolling Patriots fans is incredible
Former Colts punter Pat McAfee trolled the Patriots in a savage tweet about them letting QB Tom Brady walk in free agency.
The Indianapolis Colts’ rivalry with the New England Patriots reached its pinnacle during the respective primes of quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who faced off countless times in the regular season and playoffs throughout their legendary careers.
Much like the success they enjoyed on the field, however, the latter stages of their careers have amazingly taken similar courses, as both moved on from the franchises who drafted them. Manning, of course, was cut after he missed the entire 2011 season following neck surgery, which set the stage for the selection of Andrew Luck with the first overall pick that offseason. The five-time MVP went on to win a Super Bowl with Denver and set a slew of single-season passing records.
Brady, meanwhile, opted to test free agency for the first time in his career this past offseason after the Patriots supposedly failed to meet his contract demands. He ultimately inked a lucrative two-year deal with Tampa Bay and is currently lighting it up after an admittedly slow start to the year.
These similarities are undeniable, and former Colts punter Pat McAfee, who was with the franchise from 2009 to 2016 and witnessed Indianapolis’ seismic transition at QB first hand, hilariously decided to troll the Patriots while reminiscing about Manning’s departure. All members of Colts Nation will get a kick out of his post.
If this tweet doesn’t cement McAfee’s status as a Colts legend, then nothing will. The Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick are finding life without Brady to be incredibly difficult, as they currently sit 2.5 games behind Buffalo in the AFC East.
To put their woes into perspective, only four teams in the conference have a worse record than them and they have scored a combined 28 points in their last three games (all losses). That three-game skid is New England’s first in the last 18 years and their 27-point defeat to the 49ers on Sunday marked the worst home loss of the Belichick era.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the Patriots wouldn’t be in this sort of disarray if Brady was still under center. He obviously didn’t look great last year — not many gunslingers would with those offensive weapons — but he still helped them amass a 12-4 record and the No. 3 seed in the AFC when all was said and done.
There’s no denying that Brady moved to be in a more favorable situation with the Buccaneers, but he is absolutely balling out right now. Over the last five weeks, the six-time champion is completing 65.9% of his passes (130-of-197) for 1,433 yards and 15 touchdowns compared to one interception.
We’ll never pass on an opportunity to laugh at the Patriots simply because that chance hasn’t come around very often in the last two decades, and McAfee deserves tremendous credit for finding a rare legitimate reason to do so.