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Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy finally got a chance to tell ESPN’s Max Kellerman what he thought of him in an appearance on “First Take” on Thursday. You can watch a snippet of their conversation in the above video.
Kellerman asked several questions to Van Noy about the play of Tom Brady, which has been the main focus of his anti-Patriots commentary over the past three seasons. What does Van Noy have to say about Kellerman’s assertion that the Pats had to overcome Brady playing poorly and win the Super Bowl with their run game and defense?
“I’ll take his wet noodle arm any day,” Van Noy said, referencing an earlier take on Brady from Kellerman and others. “He’s good at what he does. He is an excellent communicator, he’s excellent at what he does. He gets everybody orchestrated and runs the offense to the best of his ability with Josh McDaniels.
“For him to have on the other side with Sony and the other weapons we have at receiver – we know as a defense, we’ve just got to keep giving him the ball. Any chance we can get the ball back in their arms, we know they’re eventually going to score, and that’s exactly what they did in the Super Bowl. We knew if we kept getting stops, we knew they were eventually going to score, and they eventually did, and we won the game. Again.”
Kellerman facetiously muttered in the middle of the next question from co-host Molly Qerim, “Just makes me sick.” Van Noy laughed it off and looked at fellow guest Sony Michel and said, “He’s so mad!”
Some other gems from Van Noy and Michel’s appearance on “First Take”:
— On the “Haterade” sign flaunted by Elandon Roberts during the Patriots’ Super Bowl parade in Boston: “I didn’t have that sign. If I had that sign, I probably would have thrown it in the trash, because that’s giving [Kellerman] too much credit. Because there’s other people that probably deserve it more. I mean, yeah, Rob Parker that should be moving to Mexico right now because he said we couldn’t beat the Chiefs. There’s a couple others. We just enjoy everybody that doubted us. Thank you, Max.”
— On being traded from the Lions to the Patriots in 2016: “I finally get to play chess and not checkers, baby.”
— On Patrick Mahomes outplaying Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game: “We won the Super Bowl.”
Van Noy had previously told Zolak & Bertrand that Kellerman should stick to boxing. Perhaps he should stick to his Patriots hot takes, if it means it’ll only motivate them more to win Super Bowl LIV.
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