Tom Brady was throwing on the run last Thursday, and was pretty good. (Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)
Patriots QB Tom Brady admits he’s not the best runner, but he’s working on it.
Against the Jets, Brady rolled out to the left and threw on the run and it was a 19 yard touchdown to WR Danny Amendola.
Brady said he has practiced that play before, during the off-season, because he wants to work on extending plays to help the offense.
“That’s never really something I’ve been great at,” Brady said. “I see some of these players – whether it be Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers or Jay Cutleror Alex Smith does it – some really mobile quarterbacks that do a great job for their team. Ben Roethlisberger’s done it for a lot of years. So we’re trying to understand how I can help our team more. If I can make some more of those plays, I think it can really help our team. So I try to focus on that a little bit. Coaches talked about it. I think there could be more of those, still, too. I don’t think, instinctually, it’s there for me yet. But I’m going to keep working on it, because when you see when they happen, they end up being big plays, big momentum plays.
“Sometimes the defense has the initial part of the pattern covered and then if you’re able to extend the play and buy your teammates more time to get open, then it’s like a whole other play. It’s a great advantage for an offense. So, like I said, it hasn’t really been a strength of mine. I’m trying to do a better job of it, so hopefully it’s not as big a weakness as it’s been in the past.”
He went into more detail about running.
“I think there’s mental parts and there’s physical parts,” he said.“I think the physical part is just to keep working on your leg strength, your ability to move when you need to move to be able to get away from people. I think forme sometimes it’s more of a mental issue. I joke all the time, I say, ‘I don’t have one cell in my body that ever tells me to run.’ I think I just sit there and kind of go, ‘Wow. I think I’ve got more time to throw than usual, you know?’ As opposed to I see some other players that maybe if their initial read’s not open then, ‘Bam!’ they’re on the move. They do a great job of that. I think there’s a balance for both of those and I think being in the pocket certainly has served me well but I think it’s also there’s times where I could definitely help our team more by extending plays and trying to make the defense cover for a longer period of time than they typically cover. So I’m going to keep working at it.”
He also talked about the risk of an older QB running.
“I think it’s a challenge and I think you try to accept those things,” Brady said. “But I think I’m excited about trying to make those changes as opposed to resisting because I realize how much it could help. I watch a lot of other players play and go, ‘Man, I wish I could do some of those things that I just don’t have the God-given ability to be able to do.’ But, you know, I’m trying to improve it. So, and there’s things that were God-given ability to me that have worked really well. But I think it’s a matter of balancing out and trying to find, continuing to add – whether it’s throws on the run or whether that’s extending plays or whether that’s, you know, learning how to quarterback sneak – you know, things like that, that can become strong parts of your game. And I think, for me, figuring out things that haven’t been good that I’m trying to improve, I think that’s definitely something I want to do to be able to try to help our team.”
Bear season has begun! Bear season is officially 4 days away from opening up and the Patriots are ready to take aim at home.
The Bears are coming off a bad loss to the Miami Dolphins in Chicago and the Pats are coming off a nice break after beating the Jets last Thursday.
The Patriots, who are hot on offense, are looking for another win and here are the 3 players that can give that to New England.
1. LB Dont’a Hightower: He’s gotta be Mr. Do it all this Sunday. He’s got to be a leader, a run stuffer, and a pass rusher. He’s a great pass rusher and without Chandler Jones I believe the Pats have to use him in that role more often. Hightower is a good run stuffer and the Pats need help stopping the run especially against Matt Forte. The Pats DL will look different this Sunday with Jones out and the fact they have to move pieces around. I personally would love to see Hightower play DE some because he could stop the run from that spot and rush the QB. But, he’s the leader now, he’s got to be the best linebacker on the field this Sunday. He has to lead the charge against Culter and Forte.
2. CB Darrelle Revis: He has to shut down WR Brandon Marshall. Marshall is the go to guy for Jay Cutler. We all know that. Cutler throws a lot yards Marshall’s way and touchdowns. Marshall has been thrown to 56 times and caught 31 one those passes. He has 5 touchdowns on the season. Marshall was very frustrated with Culter and the Bears team after the Miami loss, especially since Marshall hasn’t caught a touchdown the whole month of October. He’s also had only one 100+ yard game this entire season. He will be hungry and the Bears will bring their best, so Revis better put the guy on an island. If Revis can shut down Marshall then the Pats have taken away 60% of the Bears offense.
3. WR Julian Edelman: The Pats offense has been rolling and it’s all because the OL is blocking much better. Brady has found new guys to throw to, like LaFell, Tyms, and Wright, but still loves his old guys Edelman and Gronk. Edelman needs a big game to help the Pats out. He doesn’t need a 10 catch, 100 yard game, but he needs to be the constant chain mover, he is and just be reliable, like he usually is. Danny Amendola was a great kick returner for the Pats last Thursday and has found a role on the team and had a lot of snaps against the Jets, but he caught one big pass for 19 yards and a touchdown. Maybe Amendola will break out now or maybe he will keep doing what he’s been doing this entire season. Only time will tell. One touchdown and one catch doesn’t make me want to see Amendola taking touches away from Brian Tyms and Tim Wright, BUT I hope he continues to emerge because nobody can have too many weapons. Edelman, on the other hand, is the guy that will catch the most passes because of his connection with Brady, and on Sunday if he’s catching the passes and moving the chains the Pats will do good.
The Patriots climbed their way into the top ten in ESPN’s Power Rankings for week 8 while their next opponent the Bears dropped 3 spots to number 19 after their loss to the Dolphins. The Pats rank number 8 this week, that’s 2 spots higher than last week.
Over on NFL.com the Patriots come in at number 10 on the power rankings, that’s up one spot from last week’s rankings. The Bears fell 4 spots to number 21 overall. Yikes.
To see their full rankings just ahead over there by following the link.
Just punt the ball on third down against the Colts. Opponents have converted just 8 of 51 third-down tries during the Colts’ five-game winning streak and opposing quarterbacks have a Total QBR of 3 on third down.
Aaron Rodgers is up to four straight games with at least three TD passes and no INTs, tying the longest streak in NFL history (Tom Brady, 2007). He faces a Saints defense that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency.
Tom Brady has the highest completion percentage (68 percent) and most passing touchdowns (5) on throws 15 or more yards downfield since the start of Week 5. Brady is 3-0 in his career against the Bears with a QBR of 90 in his past two starts against them.
What looked like an easy path to 6-2 was interrupted by the Jaguars’ first win of the season. The Browns face Oakland on Sunday and will need to get back on track to avoid losing to 0-6 teams in back-to-back weeks.
The Giants dropped their third straight game to the Cowboys but their young receivers are emerging. Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. have combined for 17 receptions, 194 yards and two TDs the past two games.
The Texans’ win probability was 88 percent when they were up 13-3 with 1:46 left in the second quarter Monday night against the Steelers. Just 1:32 later, Houston trailed 24-13 with a 14 percent chance to win.
QB Austin Davis posted the highest completion percentage against a defending Super Bowl champion in a win over the Seahawks. Robert Quinn recorded his first sack of the season, helping the Rams quadruple their season sack total (four).
Tom Brady with his dog Lua in the new UGG Australia commercial. (Photo From UGG Australia)
UGG Australia’s new fall commercial features Tom Brady and his dog Lua called “Down Time”.
“Down Time” explores Tom’s life off the field. It focuses on how important downtime truly is.
The past videos that have launched this Fall included “Time Out,” which featured Tom’s dad Tom Brady Senior in early September and “Pre-Game,” which featured Tom’s mom Galynn in late September. In the ad, Tom is wearing the “Munroe” boot from UGG for Men’s Fall collection.
Patriots pass rusher Chandler Jones will miss a month due to a hip injury, according to the Boston Globe.
Jones did not practice today.
Jones has 21 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, and 1 kick block which he returned for a touchdown.
Jones has been the main defensive end opposite Rob Ninkovich, who has 30 tackles and 4 sacks.
Rookie DL Dominique Easley, whose been battling a shoulder injury all season projects as the guy to fill in for Jones. Also DE ZachMoore will probably get more action.
Also, linebacker Dont’a Hightower will probably see more action pass rushing. Hightower is an excellent pass rusher and I believe we will see him rush the QB even more without Jones and maybe even line up at DE from time to time. Hightower has 3 sacks on the season. Hightower is the guy I’ve wanted to see rush the QB more than the Pats have allowed and if they know what’s good for the defense they will do that now.