Patriots Analyst On Brady: "He's Still The Same Guy"

Maybe this is the year Tom Brady finally shows his age on the field, but NESN analyst Matt Chatham isn't betting on it

Taz and the Moose
July 31, 2019 - 9:53 am
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Matt Chatham, who won three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots in the early 2000s, turned 42 in June. Tom Brady turns 42 in August. They are, in a word, peers.

But it doesn’t feel that way.

“He’s starting to look younger, and that pisses me off,” Chatham said on Taz & The Moose, laughing. “We were roommates years ago back in 2000 his first year here, and we’re within a few months of each and it’s like, ‘That’s not what 42 is supposed to look like, dude.’”

Chatham, now a NESN NFL analyst, has tried to find age-related changes in Brady’s game. So far, he has found nothing.

“If you work in the media, particularly in this market, you come to camp each year trying to not be his buddy and trying to just do the job. You look for things,” Chatham said. “You’re siting there with your binoculars, you’re watching for maybe a gait change, for maybe a shortened motion in his throwing arm, any little thing, some struggles – something. But it’s not there. It almost feels too pom-pom-ish to say that he’s still the same guy.”

But that, Chatham says, is the reality.

“I think you would really have a difficult time if you were the analyst that absolutely hates the Patriots and you really want them to do poorly, I think you would have a hard time watching the 2019 Tom Brady training camp and telling any difference between it and 2009,” Chatham said. “The guy looks the same. I know that’s going to be frustrating for people around the league, and you still got to get though 16 games. But at this juncture, it’s Tom.”

Click below to listen to Chatham’s interview in its entirety.