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Old 01-13-2018, 08:47 AM   #91
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Tom Brady, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, intimidates defenses. He intimidates opposing coaches. And he can intimidate teammates and friends with just one simple question: “Wanna have a catch?”
Having a “catch” is typically one of the simpler transactions in sports. It’s so easy it’s performed by tailgaters in parking lots and kids on kindergarten playgrounds. You throw the ball, the other person catches it and throws it back. This is how most people in Brady’s inner circle assumed their games of catch would go. They were wrong.
“I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” former Patriots receiver Donte Stallworth said. “And I’ve seen nothing like it since.”
Brandon LaFell was only two weeks into his first offseason workout period with the Patriots last summer when Brady approached him and asked: “Catch with me a few times?” LaFell jumped at the opportunity and readied himself for a simple game of catch with his new quarterback.
“We’re five yards apart, in the locker room, so I’m thinking this will be some soft-touch stuff,” LaFell said. “Then he starts doing his footwork, flicking his hips, just zipping the ball, all in the locker room.”
LaFell was stunned. “I’m just looking around saying: ‘Why didn’t anyone warn me about this?’” he said, adding that he wasn’t wearing gloves to soften the speed of Brady’s fastballs. “That’s when I knew this was a whole different approach.”
Brady, who declined comment for this story, has become famous for his work ethic since rising from the 199th pick in the 2000 draft to a superstar of the game. He is the reigning Super Bowl champion quarterback and has his team in the divisional round of the playoffs once again this week. His Patriots will play the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
But for all the stories we’ve heard down the years about his preparation and attention to detail, among the least-known is how obsessive he is about the simple game of catch.
Nearly everyone who has played catch with Brady has a story. Last summer, Brady called Tony Gonzalez, a 14-time Pro Bowl tight end, out of nowhere “to have a catch.”
Gonzalez, like most people, assumed it would be a straightforward workout. When he arrived on a college campus in California, Brady was there with “a slew of people” including his throwing coach, former major league pitcher Tom House, nutritionists and “all of the things that make the Brady machine,” said Gonzalez, who is now an analyst with CBS Sports. House declined to comment.

Brady proceeded to deliver his signature pinpoint passes to Gonzalez. But in between throws, Brady grew more and more frustrated if his pass missed its target by even an inch.
After one pass hit Gonzalez squarely in the chest, Brady chided himself for not getting the ball a little further in front of his target. Gonzalez was confused—the pass was perfect. But Brady explained that if the ball had been a foot and a half in front of the receiver’s body, it would mean an extra three yards gained after the catch. (To be clear, this was in the dead of summer, with no defenders around and months before any meaningful games.)
“I joked ‘Tom, if you’d seen some of the quarterbacks I played with, you’d know I’m just glad you got it to me,’” Gonzalez said. “I was blown away.”
While Brady’s warm-up routine can be intense, players say Brady uses these summer games of catch as his laboratory.
When the Patriots signed Danny Amendola, Brady called him for a workout in California. Amendola quickly realized that Brady was determined to correct his splits—the distance between the quarterback and receiver—by a matter of inches. Around the same time, Amendola realized that Brady’s “catches” were not normal. “He’s looking at inches, making sure that you are lined up in your splits, getting your depth on routes, the speed coming in out of your breaks, he tries to emulate a game at all times,” Amendola said of their first game of catch. “We weren’t even going against any defenders and it was that detail-oriented.”

These are the sort of small, incremental tricks Brady is known for. LaFell said that before 1 p.m. games on Sunday, Brady holds his throwing sessions with receivers at the exact spot on the field where the sun will be in the receivers’ eyes when they look back for the ball—and intentionally throws it to a spot that forces them to look into the sun so their eyes are used to locating the ball in such situations come game time.
“There’s a constant bombardment of ideas, of things that could potentially happen,” said former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, now an analyst on NFL Network. “He was constantly challenging us to find the potential hiccups.”
Stallworth, who played on the 2007 Patriots team that went 16-0 during the regular season, said he’s never seen anyone as prepared as Brady. During one of Stallworth’s first offseason workouts with the team, Brady threw a perfect pass, one that the receiver simply had to cradle to catch. Stallworth dropped it. Disappointed, he ran back towards Brady, who profusely apologized.
“He was pissed off at himself, he figured out he was an inch or two off” said Stallworth. “That’s when I realized: ‘Wow, this dude is crazy.’”
Seems like a slightly older article, but that shit is dope. Great read, and yet again we see what makes him so successful, inches and feet for a couple of yards make all the difference to him. Marginal gains add up.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:09 AM   #92
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Thanks, Chevss. I've read it before, but it was a good refresher.
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Five playoff teams and Aaron Rodgers? Not sure I'd classify that as "nothing". Luckily we get what I consider the three tougher tests at home; the Steelers, we know the Pats can beat them in Ketchup Field.
Don't forget the Bills; let's make it Aaron Rogers plus seven games against playoff teams. Definitely not a cupcake schedule.
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It is hard to say that any of those teams will be good. I think the Packers are at a crossroads. They are making a lot of FO changes but their team is a mess and Rodgers seems frustrated. That division will belong to Minny for the foreseeable future. And of course Minny has huge QB decisions make at season's end - do they sign Keenum to a starter contract? Do they hang on to Bridgewater? Let Bradford walk in FA?

In terms of the other teams, usually about half the teams that make the playoffs miss the playoffs the following year. The Bills need to find a QB so they are a bit of a wild card. The Fins are in the same boat with Tanny. I assume the Cutler experiment is over but maybe not. The Jetes are the Jetes. There is no reason to fear Pitt. So while I am sure there will be a few surprise teams, the Pats are so far ahead of anyone else in terms of scouting/roster management that another 12-13 win season is for sure the norm even if we lose both coordinators.
Bradford will go imo...too fragile. If I was the Vikes, I would make Bridgewater prove that he is healthy enough to play...if you planned on keeping him. I would try to keep Keenum. Offer him a decent extension...but, not break the bank. Only for short money.
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The Pats can save close to $11M in cap space by cutting Gillislee, Branch and MBennett after this season with only $1M in dead money. Done deal if you ask me.
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The Pats can save close to $11M in cap space by cutting Gillislee, Branch and MBennett after this season with only $1M in dead money. Done deal if you ask me.
I think they'll keep Marty. Branch is getting up there, and Gillislee is replaceable. They have to find a way to keep Dion Lewis. He should be a priority.
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Im keeping an eye on the left tackle position during the offseason. Do we want to keep Solder? What will it cost to keep him? What are the options?

Drafting a new LT for Bradys final years seems risky. We need a proven player. Solder is average. Is that good enough?
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I think they'll keep Marty. Branch is getting up there, and Gillislee is replaceable. They have to find a way to keep Dion Lewis. He should be a priority.
MBennett but only if he wants to play.

Branch is gone.

Gillislee is gone.

Lewis may want too much money. Let's hope not.

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Im keeping an eye on the left tackle position during the offseason. Do we want to keep Solder? What will it cost to keep him? What are the options?

Drafting a new LT for Bradys final years seems risky. We need a proven player. Solder is average. Is that good enough?
I'm thinking and I've heard Solder will be calling it quits.
It depends on his health and the health of his son.
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Mike Reiss brings a lot of info in today's Quick-Hit thoughts

http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england...-knee-ligament
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Mike Reiss brings a lot of info in today's Quick-Hit thoughts

http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england...-knee-ligament
I see what you did there.

No clicky.

Copy n paste for ESPN
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Michael David Smith‏Verified account @MichaelDavSmith 4h4 hours ago
This list is pretty remarkable. Tom Brady has thrown 50+ passes eight times in postseason games and is 6-2 in those games. Jim Kelly was 0-3. Drew Brees, Jeff George, Dan Marino, Warren Moon were all 0-2. No other QB threw 50+ passes in more than one postseason game. via @pfref



This comes up almost every playoff season and Brady's domination gets more impressive every time.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:31 PM   #102
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This list is pretty remarkable. Tom Brady has thrown 50+ passes eight times in postseason games and is 6-2 in those games. Jim Kelly was 0-3. Drew Brees, Jeff George, Dan Marino, Warren Moon were all 0-2. No other QB threw 50+ passes in more than one postseason game. via @pfref



This comes up almost every playoff season and Brady's domination gets more impressive every time.
So to reword, Tom is the only QB with multiple 50+ attempt games AND a winning record in those games?
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Looks like belichick will go againat mcdaniels and patricia in reg season
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Bradford will go imo...too fragile. If I was the Vikes, I would make Bridgewater prove that he is healthy enough to play...if you planned on keeping him. I would try to keep Keenum. Offer him a decent extension...but, not break the bank. Only for short money.
I'm praying they let Bridgewater walk.
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This list is pretty remarkable. Tom Brady has thrown 50+ passes eight times in postseason games and is 6-2 in those games. Jim Kelly was 0-3. Drew Brees, Jeff George, Dan Marino, Warren Moon were all 0-2. No other QB threw 50+ passes in more than one postseason game.

This comes up almost every playoff season and Brady's domination gets more impressive every time.
2 of those 6 wins were Super Bowls.
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