(Jim Fassel photo courtesy of the N.Y. Giants)
(Tom Brady photos courtesy of the New England Patriots)
Talk of Fame Network
Tom Brady returns Sunday from four weeks in exile, compliments of commissioner Roger Goodell, and the expectation is not only that he leads the Patriots to victory vs. Cleveland … but to a big victory.
But that’s no surprise. The Browns haven’t won a game this season.
What is not a given … at least for now … is Brady's performance. Its not as if he's returning from a four-week injury or four weeks of practice. Brady plays Sunday after he was banished from the game for a month. No practices. No contact with the team. No nothing.
And now … well, what?
Former head coach Jim Fassel, once a quarterback himself, expects Brady to be Tom Terrific despite the layoff … and he said as much when we interviewed him on the latest broadcast of the Talk of Fame Network.
"I think he'll just step back in and go," said Fassel, making his monthly appearance on the Talk of Fame Network. "I really do. You think of players that have accomplished what he has accomplished … but you know what? He works out so hard year round. I mean, he's down in southern California working out all the time with a trainer. Not a quarterbacks coach but a trainer."
But he hasn’t been working out with his teammates … not until he returned to the team this week. And he hasn’t played a game since the fourth preseason contest when he went the entire first half vs. the New York Giants, completing 16 of 26 for 166 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Fassel is not fazed, and it’s not because Brady is 5-1 in his career vs. Cleveland. It's because he's Tom Brady.
"He's got so many years I think that he's going to lift the team up," he said. "(It's like) 'All right, there's our leader. He's back.' And I would be surprised if he doesn’t in there, guns a-blazing, and play well."