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Ryan Clark(Steelers CB): Tom Brady 'sees ghosts'

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said Monday on ESPN's "NFL Live" that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "sees ghosts" when defenses are able to bump his receivers and keep him under pressure.

Walker: Clark's Evaluation Has Merit

Walker Numbers don't lie and neither does game film, so Ryan Clark has a strong point when he says Tom Brady "sees ghosts" in the pocket, writes James Walker. Blog

Clark, working this week in Bristol, Conn., as a guest analyst, made his comments when asked how vulnerable the Patriots are given the offseason loss of Wes Welker.

Clark said the key to playing the Patriots is keeping pressure on Brady.

"In 2010, we saw it start with the Jets in the playoffs," he said. "When Tom Brady gets pressure and when you're man-to-man and bumping those guys and making it hard for him to throw, he sees ghosts.

"Even when guys aren't around him, even when he's not about to be sacked, when his clock goes off in his head that the ball should be out, we'll see him duck, we'll see him flinch. When you get Tom Brady doing that, the whole New England Patriots mystique goes away."

Clark was then asked what the game plan was when the Steelers played the Patriots.

The Haunting of Tom Brady

The longer Tom Brady spends in the pocket, the less effective he is. Last season, he had an 81.1 Total QBR when in the pocket for less than three seconds and a 59.7 Total QBR when in the pocket for three or more seconds. A look at Brady by time in the pocket in 2012:

Category    Under 3 seconds    3 or more
Comp. pct.    68.2    42.3
Total QBR    81.1    59.7
Sack pct.*    1.8    11.8
*Sacks per drop-back

"I'll be honest, the years we tried to go in there and fire zone and play Tom Brady in that way, he was able to pick us apart. In that, you're not overloading the offense -- one-on-one rushes, only rushing five, so he's able to find places to go," Clark said.

"Two years ago we played them and dominated them because we went man-to-man and had a big corner in Cortez Allen on [Rob] Gronkowski, and made it hard for Tom Brady to get the ball off, in timing, and made him to have to make plays. It was hard for him."

Clark said the Patriots' loss of Welker is "huge."

"I know they think Danny Amendola can come in and have the same type of numbers he had with the Rams, but we also have to remember, he's fragile," he said. "He's not a guy who has completed a whole season, especially playing inside in what can be a physical AFC East. You also think about Gronkowski and the injury; that is going to be bigger than anything for the New England Patriots coming in this year. Also Aaron Hernandez "

The Patriots host the Steelers on Sunday, Nov. 3
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So obviously Clarke isn't the only one who's seen this bleep with the Pats. Actually The New York Football Giants(As Howard COsell used to say) were the first to hang one on the Pats(In the Super Bowl) beating them by rushing Brady hard substituting pass rushers to keep them fresh.

So that's probably why Ireland opted to go for Dion Jordan after we traded up to the 3 slot. So Dion Jordan is our #2 Anti Brady missile(Wake being the #1).  If Jordan turns out to be a bust and I sure hope he doesn't but if he does that has to be the end of Ireland. He'll never live that down.

The thing is.... The Pats ran the ball down our throats last year in the second game. Ponder THAT!
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Keep up the good work Matt Moore!

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The thing is.... The Pats ran the ball down our throats last year in the second game. Ponder THAT!
Something else to Ponder on, Dion Jordan is often criticized by his poor playing of the run.

We drafted a guy #3 overall too rush the passer, meaning against running teams he maybe standing on
the sidelines on 1st and 2nd downs......sigh
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Yeah I wasn't exactly smitten with the pick either.  But that's our Jeffy. I hope this guy finds a good PED dealer and hits the weights hard to put some muscle on. He's gonna need it.
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Of course....another way to beat New England is hope all their unsigned players sign with other teams and some may even get put in jail.......
JEFF IRELAND COULDN'T BUILD A SQUARE WITH SQUARE BUILDING BLOCKS.

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In the Saints game, we're down 34 to 10 btw, they are doing things much like the Falcons did. Short passes w run after catch except Brees is way better than Ryan. Then ya gotta look at Tannehill fumbling (the ball was knocked out from behind after he had gained 6 or 7 yards) He's getting pressured heavily. We can't stop their passing game for spit! Nolan Carroll is bad. BAD! Unless he is playing hurt.........

But it's only one game. We still have a young QB who will eventually take better care of the ball. Next draft thhey better put Ireland in a shipping crate bound for Borneo, then draft some great offensive linemen. We sure could have used one or two THIS YEAR!
Keep up the good work Matt Moore!

 




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