Belichick Announces Tom Brady Will Start Games 1 and 3 of the Playoffs

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick set his starting rotation for the NFL playoffs today, announcing that MVP candidate Tom Brady will get the ball for Games 1 and 3, while No. 2 Brian Hoyer will start Game 2, or the AFC Championship Game.

"I am obviously a competitor, so you want to start every game," said Tom Brady. "But everyone knows that Bill is in charge around here so I just have to go along with the plan."

The Patriots don't have a third quarterback so Brady and Hoyer will need to quarterback complete games.

"The Super Bowl, if we make it that far, would give Tom an extra week of rest to get ready and I want my top guy starting that game," said Belichick. "It would also let Brian recover, too, so if we need to bring him in late like the Giants did with Tim Lincecum in the World Series, we have that option."

"I appreciate Bill's confidence in me," said Hoyer, 25, who has thrown only 42 passes in his two-year career. "But, umm … I don't know if this is such a good idea. I feel very unprepared. I just don't see how I could win the AFC Championship Game."

While the Patriots mastermind insists he is sticking with his baseball-style playoff rotation, his coaching brethren believe he is trying to play mind games.

"I'm not falling for it," said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. "He just wants his opponents to think he's onto something so, if we make the AFC Championship Game, we start Byron Leftwich or something. I'm not stupid."

But Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes Belichick is sincere with his strategy.

"Bill reads a lot and he's been reading some books about great baseball managers," said Kraft. "I think their approach intrigues him. Also, he got syphilis from one of the MILFs he was banging and it's starting to creep into his brain and make him insane. It's sad, really."


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