FOXBORO -- Von Miller doesn't believe Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. That title should be reserved for Peyton Manning. Yet, for some reason, Miller can't stop calling Brady "the GOAT."
Confused? So was he, I think, on Wednesday's conference call.
Asked what makes Tom Brady -- who Miller has played eight times in his career -- so good, Miller couldn't have been more complimentary before realizing he was committing a crime against his former teammate.
"Tom Brady? Everything. He's the GOAT," Miller said. "He's the GOAT, but I feel like Peyton Manning is the real GOAT. But Tom Brady is the GOAT."
Got it. Wait...wha? So who's better?
"I mean I'm going to go with my guy," Miller said. "I'm going to go with Peyton, but I mean Tom Brady is the GOAT."
Nope. Nope, nope, nope. Still just not getting it. One more time, please?
"I mean whenever you're talking about 'TB12,' " Miller said. "It's just like [GOAT is] his name, too. It's not correct. It's not correct but that is his name. But it's not correct because in my opinion Peyton Manning is the GOAT. But that is his name. You know what I'm saying?"
Not at all.
"It's kind of weird," Miller added. "Tom Brady, that's his real name. It's kind of like Bill and William. That's his name. He is the GOAT, but in all reality it's Peyton. That's my guy."
That guy retired at 39 years old and was a shell of his former self by the end of his career. Brady, meanwhile, is in the conversation for NFL MVP halfway through his 40-year-old season.
Given how things went for Manning, is what Brady doing now any more impressive, Miller was asked? Or might it sway his opinion of the quarterback he's about to face?
"It's just how life is sometimes," Miller said. "Sometimes guys [are] just different. It's just different for each individual. Brady is playing until 40. It looks like he can play until 45. Some other guys they can't make it that many years. It's all different. That all falls into the equation of Tom Brady being the GOAT."
Sounds like he's coming around.
Cassius Marsh was brought to New England to help a depleted defensive end group and play in the kicking game. The Patriots wanted him badly enough that they parted with two draft picks -- a fifth and a seventh -- to acquire him in a trade with the Seahawks just before the start of the season.
Less than three months later, they've decided to part ways with the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder.
Marsh played in nine games for the Patriots this season, providing the team with an edge defender and someone with special-teams experience. He blocked a kick in Week 7 against the Falcons that earned him an enthusiastic attaboy from coach Bill Belichick.
Coming off the edge, Marsh recorded one sack and 13 hurries. Against the run, he was used more sparingly, and he was one of the Patriots on the scene for Marshawn Lynch's 25-yard run in the second quarter on Sunday. He played in just two snaps in Mexico City after missing the previous week's game in Denver due to a shoulder injury.
Without Marsh the Patriots remain thin at defensive end. In order to help bolster that spot, the corresponding move the Patriots made to fill the open spot on their 53-man roster was to sign defensive lineman Eric Lee off of the Bills practice squad.
Lee entered the league with the Texans last season as an undrafted rookie out of South Florida. Listed at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Lee has bounced on and off of the Bills practice squad this season since being released by the Texans before this season.
The Patriots got a good look at Lee during joint practices last summer with the Texans at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. In the preseason game with the Texans that week, Lee played 40 snaps and according to Pro Football Focus he had two quarterback hurries. The Patriots have a history of snagging players they've practiced against, and with Lee, that trend continues.
Bill Belichick sounded less than enthused about traveling to Mexico to play a game. And his line about being "fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there," didn't exactly sit well with some folks south of the border.
“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again,” Belichick said on his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Dale and Holley with Keefe" show Monday. “Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there. I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”
Pancho Vera of ESPN Mexico took exception to Belichick's comment on Twitter, which, translated, called out the "ignorance of the genius of the NFL." More than 200 people were killed after a quake centered near Mexico City struck in September.
Other Twitter users said, using Belichick's reasoning, they wondered if they'd be fortunate not to be killed or wounded in a mass shooting if they were to travel to the US:
Translated, the tweets read "I also have luck in Las Vegas I was not in a shooting" and "But you are right, I apply the same when I go to the U.S. and say I was fortunate I was not in some crazy shootout."