Originally written October 16, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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The Billy Beane Theory of Chaos is at play in the NFL nowadays, helping explain a lot of the ugly we have seen so far this season. Because whatever your particular NFL problem -- Chiefs, Norv, Sanchez or Cowboys -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady almost assuredly has a hand in that blame. He has ruined NFL franchises. He has sold them hope, then watched as that fledgling spirit dies violently. He has done this quite unintentionally, by being good, by being so good that NFL franchises were confused into thinking that it was the guys around him, not actually him, winning all of those games in New England. The Billy Beane Theory of Chaos is based on this belief, very en vogue among my sportswriting peers at the moment, that for every amazing team or player, there has to be genius behind the genius. It had some merit with regard to Moneyball, Beane and MLB's Oakland As. It has none with Brady. What we have running amok in the NFL and its feeder system is a bunch of Brady Mommas, ...
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