New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about why he does not criticize the guys blocking for him on the offensive line, and he had the most Patriots answer ever.
“I think those guys do a great job,” Brady said, per Mike Petraglia of WEEI. “Our line, I have as much confidence in them as I ever have. Some of those looks are unblockable looks at the end of the day and the quarterback is responsible for them, too. Getting hit is part of the position. You’re standing back there and we’re trying to defend a spot so we can throw the ball and it requires a lot of timing in the passing game, receivers getting open at the right times and obviously you’re trying to get certain looks in the pass coverage. Just getting hit is part of playing quarterback but I think our guys are doing a great job.”
Brady is a terrific leader, and this is why. Instead of saying the line needs to step up, he takes the blame himself and says that he has to help them out. That’s the type of teammate players want to follow.
“It’s an incredibly difficult job,” Brady continued. “There’s five of them. They need to coordinate everything up front. There’s a lot of different rush packages that you get and you’re facing some of the best athletes in the world and you’re always on the defense as an offensive lineman. At the end of the day you’re always going backwards. Our guys do a great job keeping their poise and I think they’re so well coached and they take it to heart. They take the coaching to heart. They play together, they do everything together and they’re just a great group. I think those guys are doing a hell of a job and I love all those guys. They do a great job working hard for our offense and it all starts with them in the run game, the pass game. You really can’t do anything if those guys aren’t playing as well as they’re playing.”
Part of the question surrounding Brady, at 40 years old, is if he can take the physical beating of an NFL season. If his line protects him, he’s playing as well as he ever has, so they may really hold the key to the Patriots success.