Michele Tafoya tells OMF she understood Tom Brady's frustration

Rob Bradford
June 01, 2020 - 5:38 pm

One of the signature moments when it came to Tom Brady's 2019 state of mind was when he revealed during the pre-production meeting with the NBC crew consisting of Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya prior to the Patriots' Week 9 game against the Ravens that he was the "most miserable 8-0 quarterback in the NFL."

Appearing on OMF with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Mike Mutnansky Monday, Tafoya explained that the comment while somewhat surprising was also now understandable.

"When he was the most miserable 8-0 quarterback, I remember when he said that in the meeting I just thought, 'My goodness.' But you understood it, too," said Tafoya, who was serving as the show's latest Mystery Guest. "You understood his frustration. What he didn't have at his access last season. So you got it. You knew it just wasn't happy for him at that time."

Tafoya's perspective on Brady's mindset throughout is a unique one considering how many times the veteran sideline reporter has sat in on similar meetings with Brady.

It's why when she notes there was a difference in the quarterback's approach and demeanor last season, it should be notable.

"I would say he has been fairly open with us all along, but I would say I would have to agree with that," said Tafoya when it was suggested Brady was more open in 2019. "He was much more talkative. He seemed to feel a little more freedom about what he was able to say in the room. I would go along with that.

"Think about. Put yourself in that position if you can. I'm under contract. I'm not getting cut this year, that's for sure. I'm probably going to be gone. So this can't hurt me. There is no repercussion for what I say. And I don't think he said anything particularly damaging to the organization, but certainly more open and free-flowing with his thoughts."

Tafoya, a resident of Minneapolis, also went on to give her perspective on the George Floyd tragedy while weighing in on a return by Colin Kaepernick.