Ryan Clark made waves throughout the NFL with his comments on Tom Brady Monday morning. Clark called out the three-time Super Bowl champion, saying that he sees ‘ghosts’ while under pressure against man-to-man coverage.
“Even when guys aren’t around him, even when he’s not about to be sacked, when his clock goes off in his head that the ball should be out, we’ll see him duck, we’ll see him flinch. When you get Tom Brady doing that, the whole New England Patriots mystique goes away,” said Clark.
While Clark may not be that far off base with his assessment of Brady, I still think the comments are rather foolish. It’s a ‘don’t poke the bear’ situation. Why on earth would you say something like this about Tom Brady? First of all, it’s just going to piss him off. Brady is clearly a player who can channel his anger, so why give him any ammunition?
Secondly, Clark basically gave Brady a pointer. He outlined a weakness in his game, and now it’s out there for everyone to discuss. This is not going to sit well with Brady, and it’s not out of the question to think it could ultimately make him better next season.
When coaches talk about bulletin board material, this is what they mean. Just because something might be true, doesn’t mean you should go and say it on the world’s largest sports network. I admire Clark’s confidence in his team and their defensive scheme against Brady, but comments of this nature, should stay in the locker room.
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