TAMPA ― Chase Young is relentless in his pursuit of quarterbacks. So just minutes after Washington won the NFC East, the rookie pass rusher was seeking out Tom Brady.
“Tom Brady! Tom Brady, I’m coming! I want Tom! I want Tom!” Young shouted as he ran off Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night after Washington reached the playoffs by beating the Eagles 20-14.
Young is a team captain and is second on the club with 7.5 sacks. Combined with Montez Sweat (9 sacks) and Ryan Kerrigan (5.5), Washington presents one of the biggest challenges for the Bucs and Brady.
“It’s kind of like what (Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin was talking about, you don’t want to have to draft that high to get guys like that,” Arians said of Young. “But you’ve got to play against them. He’s a hell of a player. Making him a captain as a rookie speaks volumes.
“Both those kids from Ohio State, he and (Terry) McLaurin, are great kids. He’s a handful, but so is Sweat, (Daron) Payne, the rest of those guys. Ryan Kerrigan, I’ve had a ton of respect for a long time. We’ll have our hands full, but it’s one of those games where you better watch what you wish for.”
At 43, Brady shows no signs of slowing down. In his first season with Tampa Bay, he threw 40 touchdown passes, the second-most in his career. He also passed for 4,633 yards, the second-most in club history.
Calling out Brady the way Apollo Creed called out Rocky may not be the best idea.