Tom Brady’s greatest strengths lie in his arm, not his legs. He reminded us all of that during Sunday’s 22-17 victory over the New York Jets, and had a laugh about it again Monday morning.
In an interview on WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan,” Brady was discussing the importance of being available and showing toughness to his team by playing through pain or discomfort. He cited his inability to do other jobs well — like blocking — as a reason it’s so important for him to be under center every week.
“I feel like, as player, you want to be available to your team. For a quarterback, it’s hard to show your toughness when you’re not playing,” Brady said. “I mean, you guys saw what I did when I got out in front of a running back. I can’t do sh–. … It’s like you’re on the highway. It’s so fast. I’m never out there.”
Brady laughed his way through the latter part of that answer after a host interjected with a brief blocking lesson (“You’re supposed to lower your shoulders!”), but he wasn’t kidding, either. Here’s a look at the somewhat broken play, in which Brady somehow ends up in front of steamrolling running back LeGarrette Blount:
Not only did Brady look a bit hobbled, he was seemingly desperately trying to avoid getting drilled while simply forcing would-be defenders to change direction in their efforts to tackle Blount. From another angle, it looked as though Blount even put his hand up to Brady’s back in an attempt to push him forward faster.
After the play, former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis came over to pat Brady on his shoulder, presumably with a chuckle.
Ultimately, Brady (kind of) got the job done, though he’ll probably get an earful of hooting and hollering from teammates when New England goes through the game film later this week.
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