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KUSA - Tom Brady can move. Not fast, but he’s no longer a pretty pass pocket
He moved much better in last year’s Super Bowl 49, when he stepped well up in the pocket and fired a fastball to Julian Edelman for the completion of the game, than he did in the 2007-almost-undefeated season Super Bowl 42, when he struggled to escape Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and the New York Giants pass rush.
Brady, 38, took a damaging five sacks against the Giants to finish that 2007 season. He was only sacked four times in his entire three-game postseason of 2014, just once in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win against Seattle.
“For some reason, he’s been a lot more mobile,’’ Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “He’s not going to extend the plays like Big Ben (Roethlisberger). But he’s been extending plays a lot more than he did in the past.’’
It’s not by accident.
“It’s definitely something that I’ve worked a lot at the last couple of years, because there was a point where I felt like that was becoming a real problem for me as a player – not being able to extend anything,” Brady said during his press conference Thursday. “So, I think that’s been a big point of emphasis the last two or three years, was how to buy everybody more time. I think we’ve done a better job of that the last couple years than I did maybe four or five years ago. So, if it’s to move to throw, I think that’s always a good thing, because we’re probably gaining more yards than it would be if I start running. But if I have to run, I think that could be a pretty frustrating thing for a defense, too, because they’re saying, ‘How could I let this guy run? Of all the things, this guy?’’’
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