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Belichick explains why Brady is clutch


After Sunday’s win over the Saints, a reporter asked Bill Belichick, “What makes Tom Brady so clutch?”

Belichick pointed to Brady’s ability to stay calm as a factor “pretty much always been a trademark of Tom.”

“Even going back to the first year, we were in some really tight games throughout the year but particularly at the end of the year: the Oakland game in the snow, obviously the Super Bowl, I think Tom showed a lot of poise and composure in those games which is as big as it gets, his first year as a starting quarterback,” Belichick recalled.

“But even throughout that year, when he first took over for Drew [Bledsoe] and started to become a regular player, we were in a lot of tight games, some we won, some we lost but I never felt that there was a sense of panic of discomfort or anything with Tom. He was always very poised and always had a real good vision in the game.”
Belichick then shared something today that he first mentioned in the weeks after Brady took over for Bledsoe back in 2001.  Brady, then and now, has a focus so sharp in the heat of a game that he can visually ingest and process everything and retain it.

“It could be a bad play that happened or an interception or a turnover or something, he would come to the sideline and say, ‘OK, let’s talk about what happened on that play,’ ” Belichick recalled. “He would very clearly say, ‘This is what I saw. This is what happened. This is what this guy did, this is what this guy did, this is what the safeties did, this middle linebacker was here. This is what I saw on the route.’ Then you go back and look at the film and all those things happened. The six, seven, eight, nine things that he described were pretty much the way the play unfolded.”
“He does a very good job of knowing what the situation but not getting consumed by it and focusing on the execution of that particular play or sequence of plays,” Belichick acknowledged. “I think that’s one of his greatest strengths as a player. Yeah, I think it was evident from the 2001 season and it’s been very, very consistent.

“Same thing in practice too,” Belichick added. “You see the same thing in practice. You try to throw a new – which we do on a regular basis – we throw something in there that maybe the other team hasn’t done or we haven’t seen in awhile, just to keep us on our teams or run something that a team ran a couple weeks ago and hurt us with it and see if we’re ready for it this time. He’s very, very good about that too. Being alert, being focused. Again, when you ask him what happened or what he saw on the play, he’s usually 99 percent or maybe even higher, right on the money with what he saw is exactly what happened. He processes things very well.”


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