Tomlin: Steelers must limit Tom Brady's ability to extend plays
Tom Brady isn't known as a scrambling quarterback. But after studying the future Hall of Fame quarterback on tape, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that Brady's ability to
Tom Brady isn't known as a scrambling quarterback. But after studying the future Hall of Fame quarterback on tape, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that Brady's ability to extend plays with is mobility is something that Pittsburgh will have to stop if they hope to upset the Patriots Sunday at Heinz Field.
Tomlin also said Brady hasn't shown any rust since making his season debut two weeks ago against the Browns. In his first two games back, Brady has completed 76 percent of his passes for 782 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Cleveland and Cincinnati.
"His accuracy is exceptional. His field vision is exceptional," Tomlin said during his weekly press conference. "I think one of the things that he's really doing well -- and often gets overlooked -- is his ability to extend plays. When the ball doesn't come out in rhythm, he moves around, he finds eligibles, he stretches the field both horizontally and vertically in those moments. And I think that's produced a lot of big plays for them. We've gotta be really good as he starts to do those things. That's something that really jumping off the video."
Tomlin also mentioned New England's formidable tight end do of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, with Tomlin praising both players' abilities to stretch the field for the Patriots' offense. Gronkowski had seven catches for 162 yards and a score in New England's victory over the Bengals, while Bennett had three touchdowns in Brady's first game back against the Browns. How involved Gronk and Bennett are in the Patriots' offense on Sunday could tell the tale in how Sunday's game goes for both teams.
While young in some spots, Tomlin complimented the Patriots' offensive line and how they continue to get "hats on hats" while giving Brady ample time to throw in his first two games this season. And after watching them score over 30 points in each of the past two weeks, Tomlin knows that his defense must "keep the score down" for the Steelers to pull off the upset.
"They're a formidable bunch," Tomlin said of New England's offense. "A shootout is not the type of game we're looking for. We gotta have an outstanding effort."
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