Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark mentioned that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady buckles under pressure when standing in the pocket for a long period of time during passing plays. Clark said that Brady “sees ghosts” and notices that he and the Steelers’ defense will see him “duck” and “flinch” when no pass rushers are around him.
Yesterday, Clark was asked who the toughest quarterback to face in the NFL was. Ironically, Clark responded by saying that Brady was the toughest quarterback to go up against. Though Clark stood by what he said about Brady earlier in the week, he did add that Brady’s ability to connect with receivers when given the opportunity to set up and throw is what makes him the best in the business.
I applaud Clark for saying that he stands by what he said earlier in the week about Brady, but I feel that his resent comments about the Patriots’ signal caller were an attempt to ease the fire that he potentially started between New England and Pittsburgh.
The Steelers-Patriots games are one of the league’s best rivalries, and both teams are scheduled to face each other in Foxboro in Week 9 of the 2013 NFL season. I already predicted that the Patriots would beat the Steelers in this matchup, but now I’m even more certain that Pittsburgh will fall to New England.
What Clark said yesterday I believe has fallen on deaf ears. His “ghosts” comment will be the bulletin-board material that will motivate Brady in Week 9, and it will probably result in the worst loss of the season for the Steelers.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google