Jim Kelly on Deflategate: Tom Brady didn't need to deflate footballs

To Jim Kelly, there's no doubt in his mind that Tom Brady cheated.

"Oh, there's no doubt," Kelly said. "There's no way that an equipment manager in the National Football League is going to do something to the football without the greatest quarterback ever to play knowing ... "

But Kelly's biggest takeaway from Deflategate isn't the fact that Brady cheated. As Kelly told the hosts of We Need To Talk, Brady could "throw a football if it was over-inflated or deflated." Instead, Kelly doesn't really understand why Brady, who he calls a "good friend," felt the need to deflate the footballs in the first place.

"You do something like that, you're going to get caught," Kelly said. "And Tom didn't need to do it ... but why?"

Kelly brings up an interesting point. And even if Brady cheated -- that seems to be the consensus after the release of the Wells Report -- how much do you really care about his actions?

It's not like the Patriots needed the deflated footballs to beat the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. Deflated footballs were not the reason behind the 45-7 thrashing. And as Kelly said, it's not like Brady needed a deflated football to throw with precision. In the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl -- a game played after the investigation was already launched against the Patriots -- Brady went 13 for 15 against the best defense in football.

Maybe Kelly is right.

Did Brady cheat? The signs certainly indicate that, even if we'll never know for certain. But even if that's the case, why did maybe the greatest quarterback of all time even feel the need to do it in the first place?

If Tom Brady cheated, why did he feel the need to do so? (USATSI)
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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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