The Patriots didn’t need any extra motivation. Their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady, has already suspended for the first four games of the season and was gearing up to unleash on the rest of the NFL when he returns.
Any and all talk surrounding Deflategate had seemingly died down since the uproar that ensued after Brady’s suspension was upheld, but ahead of the Patriots-Cardinals Week 1 bout, Carson Palmer had to “poke the bear.”
“I tried not to follow (Deflategate) just because it was everywhere for so long,” Palmer said according to CSN New England. “But I go back and … you follow what the rule book says and go about your business and your work and if they tell you not to do it and you get busted and what happens happens, then you suffer the consequences.”
Palmer is blatantly implying there’s no doubt in his mind Brady was the main culprit behind the “Deflategate” scandal and he got what he deserved by Roger Goodell suspending him for the first four games of the season.
If there’s anything that will fire up the heavily Brady supporting Patriots’ fan base, it’s anyone or anything that attempts to say Tom Brady was guilty of deflating footballs. Bring up the subject and pay the gaudy price.
Brady being suspended four games was enough motivation already for the Patriots who have won the AFC East with ease every year he’s been New England’s starting quarterback (minus 2008 when he tore his ACL in Week 1) since 2003.
And while the team may struggle with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm to open the season, there’s little question the Patriots will revert back to their dominant ways once Brady returns for Week 5. It’s no coincidence that even with Brady missing the first four games the Patriots are still the betting favorite to win Super Bowl 51.
You can bet Bill Belichick has taken Carson Palmer’s comments and littered them all across the Patriots’ locker room. It may not change anything for Week 1, but thanks to Carson Palmer’s inability to keep his mouth shut, the Patriots will be on an even greater mission to make the NFL pay for Tom Brady’s suspension. Way to go Carson.