Patriots QB Tom Brady praises Colts LB Robert Mathis as one of the best in NFL
With 11 battle hardened years in the NFL and getting better with each season, his statistics for the 2013 season are quite remarkable with nine forced fumbles and led the league in sacks (19.5).
Even opposing team quarterbacks give Mathis respect for the job he does in containing even the biggest quarterbacks. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that Mathis was a dominating factor in a game because he was not just a threat to the quarterback but was dangerous in all other aspect as well. Mathis has sacked Brady five times in his years with the NFL and Brady had observed that Mathis utilizes a simple yet result giving strategy for forcing turnovers when he manages to make his way to the quarterback.
“He plays with a sense of urgency and its one thing to sack a quarterback,” Brady said. “It’s another thing to strip-sack him and the ball is flying all over the place. We’ve got to eliminate those types of plays.”
Brady said that Mathis would make unusual plays happen and would primarily run the edge to get to the quarterback.
“He runs the edge, the quarterback is standing back there and here he comes, and strip-sacks him. We just can’t let that happen. That’s why he’s one of the best players in the league,” Brady said. “He makes those types of plays happen and he makes them on a regular basis. It’s not a fluke when he does it. It’s a trademark of their team.”
He wasn’t the only one to acknowledge the damage that Mathis could do to the opposing team. Patriots left tackle Nate Solder said that Mathis was not strong at one point but had a good game in all aspects, which made him a threat in every way possible.
“I think (Mathis) is a great player. He’s one of the top guys in terms of rushing the passer and he plays pretty darn good on just about everything, so it’s a great challenge and that’s the fun of it,” Solder said. “That’s what we’re all looking for.”