That being said, this could be seen as a good thing. Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has come out in defense of Tom Brady, saying the entire scandal really isn't a big deal.
According to Chris Mason of The Boston Herald, Elway and his equipment staff experimented with footballs measured at 11, 12, and 13 PSI, and Elway said it was hard to notice even a subtle difference when throwing the balls.
“I mean, it’s not that big a difference,” said Elway. “It’s hard to tell the difference. Not a big enough difference to have the attention on this that it’s gotten. What I come down to is, does it really matter? Some guys like the ball a little softer. And if a guy likes a harder ball, that’s fine too. We want the quarterbacks to be as successful as they can be, and we want them to give the fans the best entertainment they can. Who cares if a quarterback likes it at 10 and a half? If that makes him play better, fine.”
Elway also said that giving Brady extra motivation spells disaster for opposing defenses.
“The last thing you want to do is poke the bear," Elway said. "The bear got poked, and this is what happened.”
The Broncos are on the schedule next month, and it sort of sounds like Elway is nervous for that game.
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