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Tom Brady buries Max Kellerman (again) over ill-advised 'cliff' take

Tom Brady buries Max Kellerman (again) over ill-advised 'cliff' take

Max Kellerman's three-year-old hot take is still pinned to Tom Brady's bulletin board.

How do we know this? Check out the latest update on the New England Patriots quarterback's Instagram story:

For context, Brady's 61-mph throw would have ranked as the second-fastest in NFL Scouting Combine history since throwing velocity began being tracked in 2008, behind Josh Allen at 62 mph.

It appears Brady can still bring the heat, contrary to the belief of Kellerman, who predicted on ESPN in July 2016 that Brady's play would "fall off a cliff," and that the veteran QB would be a "bum in short order."

To state the obvious, Brady has not become a "bum;" in fact, he's led the Patriots to Super Bowls in two of the three seasons since Kellerman's prediction and literally was named the NFL's best player (MVP) in 2017.

But even after making Kellerman eat his words on several occasions, the 41-year-old is using that take (and the haters in general) as motivation entering his 20th NFL season.

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Kyle Van Noy (finally) confronts Max Kellerman over Patriots hot takes

Kyle Van Noy (finally) confronts Max Kellerman over Patriots hot takes

The feature fight between Kyle Van Noy and Max Kellerman finally came Thursday, and it lived up to its billing.

First, some background: Van Noy has taken the New England Patriots' critics to task this season, most notably Kellerman, who still stands by his take that Tom Brady is in decline.

Van Noy recently said the ESPN analyst should "stick to boxing," and during the Patriots' Super Bowl parade Tuesday, fellow linebacker Elandon Roberts actually held up a sign dubbing Kellerman the "Haterade Player of the Year."

That all led to Van Noy (joined by rookie running back Sony Michel) and Kellerman working out their differences on-air Thursday during ESPN's "First Take."

Here are a few highlights, as aired on ESPN:

Van Noy on the "Haterade" sign: "First of all, I didn't have that sign. Because if I had that sign, I probably would have thrown it in the trash, because that's giving (Kellerman) too much credit.

"There's other people that probably deserve it more. I mean, you've got (Fox Sports') Rob Parker that should be moving to Mexico right now because he said we couldn't beat the Chiefs."

"We just enjoy everybody that doubted us, and thank you Max."

Van Noy on Kellerman saying Patrick Mahomes outplayed Brady in the AFC Championship Game:  "You can sit here and argue with me all you want. At the end of the day, he's the GOAT, we won another Super Bowl, and just the look (on your face) and your smile says it all."

Kellerman: "You're saying I'm wrong about Brady being in decline?"

Van Noy: "I'll take his wet noodle arm any day.

"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."

Van Noy on if last year's Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles motivated this Patriots team: "I think it was a big motivation all year. I think if we sit here and say it wasn't a motivation, we'd be lying to you, but it was.

"I think the guys understood that, and we didn't want to walk off that field with the other team's confetti coming down on (us)."

Van Noy on his initial reaction to being traded from the Detroit Lions to the Patriots in 2016: "I finally get to play chess and not checkers, baby."

Van Noy's parting shot for Kellerman: "Enjoy another year of talking about Tom again. ... You don't even deserve that hater award."

So, yeah. Kyle got his money's worth today.

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Surprise! Max Kellerman thinks Tom Brady is the worst remaining AFC QB

Surprise! Max Kellerman thinks Tom Brady is the worst remaining AFC QB

Max Kellerman keeps waiting for that cliff.

The one he's been rooting to see since nearly three years ago - the summer of 2016 - when the co-host of ESPN's "First Take" declared: “Tom Brady’s just about done. It could be his next game, it could be a year from now, but he is going to fall off a cliff. Tom Brady is going to be a bum in short order.”

On Friday, Kellerman kept up the Brady bashing with another declaration. The 41-year-old Patriots QB is "dead last" in his rankings of the remaining quarterbacks in the AFC playoffs. 

So one of the earliest adopters of the Brady-in-decline take still holds out hope. Meanwhile, the only cliff TB12 has seen in the past few years was this one.

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