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Max Kellerman says he never thought Tom Brady was 'going to fall off the cliff' or 'be a bum in short order'

Alex Reimer
December 17, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Max Kellerman now says he never thought Tom Brady was never going to actually “fall off the cliff” and be a “bum in short order.” We've been lied to.

On “First Take” Monday, Kellerman said Brady is no longer a top-10 quarterback in the NFL. That’s the kind of incisive analysis we expect from our boy in the aftermath of the Patriots’ lifeless 17-10 loss to the Steelers Sunday, which featured a brutal red zone interception from TB12. 

But before that, Kellerman did something really strange. After taunting Brady for more than two years, on the day it finally made sense to start yelling about the proverbial cliff, Kellerman … walked everything back. 

What in the world?

“When I said last year –– or a year and a half ago –– ‘Brady is on the cliff. He’s heading for the cliff; I said he was going to a ‘bum in short order.’,” Kellerman said, repeating his infamous take and lying about when he said it. “I came out the next day, my second show on this show, and I apologized for saying that. Not only do I not like to name call, but it was hyperbolic. I didn’t mean a ‘bum.’ I corrected myself and said, ‘He’s not going to be an elite quarterback anymore.’ … He took it right up to the limit. And the argument can be made, he’s not a top-10 quarterback right now.”

So according to Kellerman, in July 2016 –– which is a lot longer than a year and a half ago, by the way –– when he said Tom Brady was “going to be a bum,” he meant he was going to fall outside of the top-10 in quarterback ratings at 41 years old?

That's a lot less exciting. At least fellow insane Brady hater, Rob Parker, is sticking to his guns. “Father Time is undefeated,” Parker tweeted Sunday night. “And that INT? #terrible.”