Tom Brady is no Flash but the coveted quarterback does know how to move around the pocket. Brady’s moves became an object of discussion at the Sunday game, where the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles with a score line of 38-20. Brady was on fire once again as he completed 24 of his 34 passes for 361 yards and assisted in 3 touchdowns.
Brady might not be the fastest runner in the world, but does know how to get in and out of the pocket smoothly. Brady gave a perfect demonstration of that in the play to wide receiver Deion Branch yesterday. Coach Bill Belichick reckons that Brady’s agility is just as good as his other abilities. Belichick said, “I don't think it's underrated at all. I think just about anybody who would evaluate Tom would say he's probably got as good a pocket presence as just about any quarterback. He has very good pocket awareness and quickness in the pocket in a short space. I think that's one of his big strengths.”
Over years Brady has evolved his tactics in the pocket; by protecting the ball, assessing obstacles, using cover, locking down on open receivers and firing. Brady probably has the one of the best downfield visions a quarterback can hope for. Even receivers thank him for making their job much easier.
Belichick informed that Brady had grown better around the pocket in years. He is smoothly sliding in and out and passing the ball from wherever he pleases. Belichick said, “I'd say it's improved. To a degree, yes, but it's definitely improved. His ball security - one year he had like 14 fumbles or something like that, whatever it was - a lot. He's worked hard on that and his ball security is good.”
While Brady may get sacked on field, Brady seldom loses the ball. Belichick said, “He had a play last week in the Kansas City game where [Tamba] Hali came around the corner and took a real swipe at the ball and just missed it, but Tom really had kept it in close to his body and kind of protected it with his right shoulder. It's a lot of little things Tom does like that. I think that his pocket presence and awareness and ball security are good.”