TAMPA — Tom Brady may have lost track of the downs in Thursday night’s 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears. But he hasn’t lost his self-deprecating sense of humor.
Brady, 43, failed to address whether he forgot which down it was when he fired incomplete to Cameron Brate on fourth and 6 at the Tampa Bay 41-yard line needing a field goal to win the game. Brady looked to the sideline after that pass and raised four fingers in an apparent moment of confusion.
On Monday, Brady posted a congratulatory tweet to Lakers star LeBron James for winning his fourth NBA title.
But he also photoshopped James' head on his body, holding up four fingers from the Thursday night game.
“Congrats to my brother @KingJames on winning his 4th championship," Brady tweeted. "Not bad for a washed up old guy.”
After Thursday’s game, Brady was twice asked about his possible gaffe and he failed to address it directly.
“I knew we needed a chunk, and I was thinking about more yardage and then, you know, it was just, it was bad execution,” Brady said. "We had a great opportunity there. So just didn’t execute when we needed to.
"... You’re up against the clock, and I knew we had to gain a chunk, so I should have been thinking more first down instead of chunk on that down.”
Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Thursday night that Brady was aware it was fourth down. But he wouldn’t address it Monday. “I don’t know how to answer it for him," Arians said. "We all knew it was fourth down. I think he saw what he saw.”
James, of course, is a big enough superstar to relate to the scrutiny and wisdom of moving to another team.
Brady would do well to pull off a Super Bowl championship in Tampa Bay. But at least he knows guys like James often have one more title in them.