This week’s episode of “Detail,” Peyton Manning’s film study and analysis show on ESPN+, asked an important question: who was Tom Brady throwing to?
In the above clip, Rob Gronkowski pulls in an 18-yard grab on second-and-eight and nothing seemed out of place. Fox color analyst Troy Aikman heaped praise on Brady for his “unbelievable” throw.
However, Manning is pretty sure the 43-year-old meant to throw to a different receiver.
“Is he ever really looking at Gronk? I don’t think so. I think he’s on Evans,” argues Manning, who believes Brady was looking to throw a hitch to Mike Evans, but misfired. Fortunately for the veteran, Gronkowski was conveniently in the area, swooping in to save Brady’s bacon. “Watch his eyes. I’m telling you, he’s on Evans.”
“Will we get Tom to admit who he was throwing to? I don’t think so,” said Manning.
“He wouldn’t admit that he didn’t know that it was fourth down. There’s no way he’s gonna’ admit that he wasn’t throwing to Gronk.”