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Ryan Clark: Amendola is fragile, Brady ducks when he’s blitzed

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Steelers safety Ryan Clark is already licking his chops about playing the Patriots in Week Nine.

Clark said on ESPN that the Patriots have taken a step backward by replacing Wes Welker with the “fragile” Danny Amendola, and that quarterback Tom Brady struggles when he starts to feel pressure and can’t find an open receiver.

“I think what’s really underestimated is Wes Welker’s importance to not only the New England Patriots, but Tom Brady,” Clark said. “Losing him is huge. . . . I know they think Danny Amendola can come in and have the same type of numbers he had with the Rams, but we also have to remember, he’s fragile.”

Clark believes that if Brady isn’t seeing his favorite receiver getting open quickly, then Brady is going to struggle.

“When Tom Brady gets pressure and when you’re man-to-man and bumping those guys and making it hard for him to throw, he sees ghosts,” Clark said. “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.”

Clark referenced a 2011 game when the Steelers beat the Patriots and held Brady to 198 passing yards.

“Two years ago we played them and dominated them because we went man-to-man and had a big corner in Cortez Allen on [Rob] Gronkowski, and made it hard for Tom Brady to get the ball off, in timing, and made him to have to make plays. It was hard for him.”

Those comments may motivate Brady to make life hard for Clark when the teams meet on November 3.

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177 Responses to “Ryan Clark: Amendola is fragile, Brady ducks when he’s blitzed”
  1. schmokes says: May 7, 2013 6:46 AM

    I’m not a steelers fan, but it’s actually true about Brady. That guy gets gunshy in the pocket and drops down to the fetal position. You’ll never see him hanging into the last second to make the play. He’s gotta have room in the pocket in order to do anything.

  2. Iknoweverything says: May 7, 2013 6:46 AM

    The whole New England Patriots mystique goes away, once you realize the fact that they cheated to obtain titles.

    Cindy Brady does duck when blitzed. He also whines and cries whenever he is tackled. He wants a flag thrown if a defender even gets near him

  3. pinion8ted says: May 7, 2013 6:47 AM

    Tom Brady has absolutely OWNED the Pittsburgh Steelers over the last ten years.

    Nice of Clark to focus on the one game they played well against him.

    Memo to Clark: Your quarterback should suck as bad as Brady, fool.

  4. mccourty1sland says: May 7, 2013 6:47 AM

    Ryan clark: mile highs greatest bench warmer.

  5. randy001 says: May 7, 2013 6:50 AM

    Most quarterbacks duck when pressured; you’ve played other teams, right?

    Good to see you ramping up for your week 9 game, though.

  6. jrfrom508 says: May 7, 2013 7:01 AM

    They missed the playoffs last season, right?

  7. jbeagles23 says: May 7, 2013 7:04 AM

    He’s right in the step back part but Brady is a qb that rarely folds under pressure

  8. Joemontanaflacco says: May 7, 2013 7:07 AM

    Steelers should focus on the games they actually have a chance of winning. Patriots, Ravens, Packers are out of their league. Steelers, just make sure the Titans and Raiders don’t embarrass you two years in a row.

  9. cylondetector says: May 7, 2013 7:09 AM

    Fair observation on the ducking – but its hard to argue with the results that Brady’s internal clock has led to over the years.

    I’m guessing its going to look skittish when compared to a QB like Big Ben whose internal clock is more like a sundial.

    Looks foolish when you consider how badly the Patriots have owned the Steelers over the last decade or more – to cherry pick one game like that looks trite.

  10. jtm12180 says: May 7, 2013 7:10 AM

    I can’t say I disagree with what Clark said…I’ve always said that when Brady is pressured early and often, he’s an average QB. His o-line is what truly made his career.

    But…as a Steelers fan, Clark…..wow, you better be ready to back it up! Apparently he needs to google “Anthony Smith,” and not make himself look like the buffoon he did a few years ago.

    Clark also better be focusing on competition at training camp and make sure he’s still #1 on the depth chart. I see Shamarko Thomas being a starter sooner rather than later!! Some had him tabbed as a 2nd rounder…a steal in the 4th in my opinion!

  11. ejm845 says: May 7, 2013 7:11 AM

    hey clark i hope your not in a contract yr b/c your gona get smoked

  12. ubeengronked says: May 7, 2013 7:14 AM

    And the Steelers are relevant again – why?

    A non playoff team, and the 3rd best team in their own division really should lay off the smack talk until they get their own house in order.

  13. nolasoxfan2012 says: May 7, 2013 7:15 AM

    Brady has absolutely torched the Steelers historically: in 6 games (4-2 record), 68% completion, 314 yards/game, 14 TDs, 3 INTs for a 103.7 rating. Even in the game the Steelers “dominated” in 2011 (25-17 Steelers), Brady went 24 for 25 with two TDs, no INTS for a 101.8 rating. Gronk had 7 grabs for 94 yards. The Steelers won that game because they held the ball for 39 minutes, not because Brady was seeing ghosts. Can’t wait to watch him light them up again this year.

  14. cdhuntington says: May 7, 2013 7:18 AM

    With the exception of two games in his career,Tom Brady has dominated the Steelers. Clark wants to talk about 2011 but conveniently forgets 2010 when Brady went 30/43 for 350, 3 TDs and a passer rating of 117.

  15. cdhuntington says: May 7, 2013 7:18 AM

    Steelers were awesome last year.

  16. pghkid83 says: May 7, 2013 7:18 AM

    He answered a question about how to have success against New England I love how people make news about nothing he was an guest analyst on NFL live not a sh!t talker.

  17. delrmi05 says: May 7, 2013 7:21 AM

    Last time this guy talked they torched him for two touchdowns. How about even waiting until week 9 before you run your mouth.

  18. thebigtim2012 says: May 7, 2013 7:23 AM

    And by week 9 the pats will be lining up playoff seeding and the steelers will be making vacation plans.

  19. flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 7:23 AM

    What a clown, this jobber picks the ONE game they played well against NE to try and make his point!
    Brady has historically owned the Steelers, 2010 350 yards 3 td’s , 2009 399 yards 4 td’s, 2005 372 1 td.

    As far as “When Tom Brady gets pressure and when you’re man-to-man and bumping those guys and making it hard for him to throw, he sees ghosts,”

    Don’t tell the Texans that, they tried that in 2 games last season. 344 yards 3 td’s and 296 4td’s

    And he was the BEST QB in the league last year when teams blitzed 5 or more, 20 td’s 3int’s

  20. radford7 says: May 7, 2013 7:24 AM

    Ryan Clark is now or never will be good enough to carry Brady’s resume.

  21. patsbbfan says: May 7, 2013 7:25 AM

    The last time a Pitt Defender put a finger in Brady’s face he had to eat his words… anyway we will see what happens when they play each other….maybe Clark is right, but maybe Amendola, Brady and Gronk will prove him totally wrong….

  22. spavs412 says: May 7, 2013 7:27 AM

    Gosh with the roster we have it’s better to fly under the radar and become the target!

  23. steel2372 says: May 7, 2013 7:30 AM

    As Clark was saying this, I had a visual in my head of Brady doing just that when he was blitzed last season. The only problem here is, He shouldnt have told the whole world he should have kept it to himself. This will be fuel for the upcoming season when we play New England also. We aren’t afraid of the Pats.

  24. steelerfan9598 says: May 7, 2013 7:30 AM

    True but, bringing it up only helps the Patriots get fired up. As for anyone yapping about Brady owning the Steelers – also true. Courtesy of cheating.

  25. ampats says: May 7, 2013 7:31 AM

    Good to hear comments from Steelers 2013 version of Anthony Smith whose kyptonite is Denver where he can’t contribute to his team.

    Two years ago was a long time ago and wasn’t it the same season that Tim Tebow beat the Steelers in his playoff game?

    Speaking of playoffs,who did the Steelers play last season again?

    At least for the first off season we haven’t heard of Pig Ben being drunk in college bars or attacking concieriges in his hotel room.

  26. canetic says: May 7, 2013 7:34 AM

    32 teams would love to have Tom Brady as their starting qb this year.

  27. hehateme2 says: May 7, 2013 7:35 AM

    Miss Brady doesn’t like it when the rules aren’t written in her advantage. She mopes, pouts and cries.
    Has anyone seen her headband?

  28. kerc1986 says: May 7, 2013 7:38 AM

    Last year steelers defense wasnt that great kf im correct, im not a steeler or pats fan, but didnt a couple of years back somebody said on steelers they were going to beat pats and they got whoop.

  29. packerman1968 says: May 7, 2013 7:38 AM

    All this talk from a average at best player. Pretty sure Brady will be considered a better player then Clark in history.

  30. brohamma says: May 7, 2013 7:40 AM

    The last time a Steelers safety, Antonio Smith, started talking trash like this he was owned repeatedly throughout the game.

    You better eat an extra portion of Wheaties on game day Clark.. you’ll need it.

  31. kingpel says: May 7, 2013 7:40 AM

    Is this same Ryan Clark that missed a divisional playoff game because he cant play in high altitudes? He shouldn’t be calling anybody else fragile when he sat on the bench and watched Tim Tebow exploit his back-up for a victory.

  32. exboomer says: May 7, 2013 7:43 AM

    Everyone knows that sissy boy Brady doesn’t like to get hit and if you can knock him down a few times he becomes much less accurate. The key for teams is to get to him early and often.

  33. mike83ri says: May 7, 2013 7:44 AM

    Sorry Ryan, he just doesn’t have as much practice as Ben at taking sacks. You should have Ben show him how to get knocked out of games instead.

  34. patriots61 says: May 7, 2013 7:44 AM

    Diehard Patriot fan here, He’s absolutely right about Welker, I’m still stunned BB and Robert Kraft let him walk away to Peyton Manning. Guy was money for years and Toms gonna miss him, but until the day comes that I’m not watching my team play in January I’m not going to worry about Tom Brady. At this point, Pittsburgh is the 3rd best team in their own division, maybe they should be more concerned about the Defending champs, but what do us Patriot fans know about winning football games.

  35. mungman69 says: May 7, 2013 7:46 AM

    I would think that the Steelers would worry about the Ravins and Bengals.

  36. trevor123698 says: May 7, 2013 7:47 AM

    So what hes saying is that when he flinches and nobody is around the mystique goes away but when he avoids sacks like nobody in the business what is it? even ryan clark knows the latter happens the majority of the time. his words mean nothing and the steelers will go 6-10. ben is on the way out of the league, i promise all you steelers fans that

  37. jimyritz says: May 7, 2013 7:48 AM

    “Pats took a step backwards”…hmmm Steelers didn’t make the playoffs last year, if I recall–how many steps is that? More than Clark can count…Worry about your own team….

  38. walleye436 says: May 7, 2013 7:48 AM

    All of Cowhers boys are retiring or no longer on the team….now we shall see how “great” of a coach Tomlin really is…..be lucky to finish ahead of the Browns

  39. sonnyboychris says: May 7, 2013 7:50 AM

    Until they win without cheating, they’re irrelevant.

  40. iamapatsfan says: May 7, 2013 7:52 AM

    It’s kind of true. I’ve seen games where Brady, with no one open, feeling pressure will duck and cover pretty quick. I’ve also seen it with no pressure and his clock is up cover the ball and duck then realize he wasn’t close to being sacked. That’s kind of funny sometimes.

    I’ve also seen many games where his ducking and dodging gets him out of the hands of 300+ pound guys trying to tackle him. He’ll slide a couple of extra steps and get that lightning quick throw out when the DE is left standing there wondering what the hell happened.

    So basically, he’s like every other pocket QB. Just generally better at it. Maybe not all the time, but most of the time.

  41. penguins49ers says: May 7, 2013 7:56 AM

    Brady owns the Steelers. They only have beaten Brady twice in his career. This next game will be Patriots 49 Steelers 14.

  42. jcmeyer10 says: May 7, 2013 7:56 AM

    Has this guy been hitting the film or what?!

  43. suggsbradycrowder says: May 7, 2013 7:59 AM

    Ryan Clark: I am a Pats fan…. and you hit the NAIL on the HEAD…. Brady’s Lack of recent success is because he has developed a bad habit of ducking under pressure, taking his eyes off downfield, thus making errant throws…. unless he gets this corrected… no superbowls for “Orb” Tom Brady…… Amendola and Gronkowski are also as soft as puppy poo…. and all this is from a Patriots Season Ticket holder….. Truth… and I am not talking Paul Pierce

  44. reed20fence says: May 7, 2013 8:00 AM

    *I’m gonna make a ridiculous homer comment here so bear with me*

    In fairness to Brady, Ryan Clark has grown accustomed to playing Joe Flacco twice a year. The guy who’ll sit in the pocket, keep his eyes downfield, step up, and throw a 70 yard bomb against prevent coverage to a mediocre receiver, all-the-while having a mack truck (Von Miller and Dumervil) hurdling at him full speed.

    It’s hard for anybody, let alone Brady, to live up to that kinda nerve. Believe me, he’s tried. It didn’t work out well.

  45. southpaw2k says: May 7, 2013 8:02 AM

    Tom Brady is 6-1 in his career against the Steelers. Pardon me if I’m not exactly buying into Ryan Clark’s thoughts and expectations.

  46. rltruper says: May 7, 2013 8:04 AM

    I think both teams are going to take a step back this year.
    The Patriots will likely end up with a better record for the simple fact they get to play the Bills and Jets twice but gone are the days of crowning them AFC champs before the season starts.
    If Philbin can coach worth a lick and keep his team focused the Dolphins will take over the division.

  47. spammerscrammer says: May 7, 2013 8:05 AM

    That Brady. He is so overrated. Only three SuperBowl rings. Montana has four Why doesn’t Brady have five?
    Last year he only passed for 4800 yards. Why didn’t he pass for 5000 if he is so good.
    And he ducks when he is under pressure. If he was a real man he would hand the ball to a lineman and punch everyone in other team on the mouth.
    Tommy Boy: you are a loser. No wonder you got picked 200th in the draft. Retire already so we can start the Ryan Mallett era.

  48. themagicfanguy says: May 7, 2013 8:07 AM

    Wait, a quarterback who struggles when there are no open receivers?!? Say it ain’t so! Fact is that Brady is better than any QB in the league not named Rodgers. Maybe Clark should focus actually making the playoffs before talking trash about the best team in the NFL over the last decade.

  49. blackngoldmachine says: May 7, 2013 8:07 AM

    Referencing last season is as good as referencing a season from five years ago…the NFL landscape is so dynamic. The only thing that stays the same is Cleveland sucks.

  50. tomthebombtracy says: May 7, 2013 8:14 AM

    Ryan’s been on the ESPN campus all week and is trying to set up life after football. Caught the show with Darren Woodson and he had some nice things to say about Brady, too.

    Ryan also refused to list himself as one of top 5 safeties but Woodson had him No. 3.

    He does a lot of local media including some comedy and he’s pretty good.

    Looks like another Pittsburgh related media guy on the way…Ditka, Marino, Swann, Bradshaw, Hoge…Ryan Clark.

  51. cylondetector says: May 7, 2013 8:17 AM

    Fair observation on the ducking – but its hard to argue with the results that Brady’s internal clock has led to over the years.

    I’m guessing its going to look skittish when compared to a QB like Big Ben whose internal clock is more like a sundial.

    Looks foolish when you consider how badly the Patriots have owned the Steelers over the last decade or more – to cherry pick one game like that looks trite.

  52. rockthered1286 says: May 7, 2013 8:18 AM

    “Clark referenced a 2011 game when the Steelers beat the Patriots and held Brady to 198 passing yards.”

    Steelers players are just like their fans… love to live in the past.

  53. ninerfan81 says: May 7, 2013 8:18 AM

    I’ve watched football for at least 27 years, I have NEVER heard a QB say, “gee, I love getting blitzed, I love it and I’m comfortable when it happens”, no QB likes to see a free blitzer come through…also the Patriots offense has never been a real problem its their defense that lost its identity after they shipped Seymour off and became about 50% less physical.

  54. torethatbridgeout says: May 7, 2013 8:19 AM

    Every team has flaws, but perhaps Ryan Clark should focus on his own team. They certainly didn’t light the world on fire with an 8-8 record last year.

  55. wiley16350 says: May 7, 2013 8:24 AM

    There is some truth to this but it isn’t complete truth. The truth is, that Brady will take a sack and go down rather than force the ball when he can’t find a receiver. He also vary rarely if at all make an accurate throw while getting hit or with someone in his face. He will absolutely lose accuracy when not using proper throwing technique. That’s probably because of his arm strength.
    However, it is not because Brady is afraid or weak. Brady’s first response to a blitz is to get rid of the ball as quick as possible. He usually knows where to go with the ball and does a great job of unloading it. In situations where the defenders do a great job in coverage his instinct is to avoid the pressure and get into proper position to complete a pass or run as a last resort. If he has no escape route he will take the sack rather than force a pass.

  56. bmore44 says: May 7, 2013 8:24 AM

    Wes trade will haunt New England next year or 2. Danny will not make it thru the year playing in AFC.

  57. descendency says: May 7, 2013 8:27 AM

    Place your bets: Week 9, NE is going to blow out the Steelers with their folding QB and fragile WR.

  58. mblue24 says: May 7, 2013 8:27 AM

    Clark needs to get a life. Brady and the Pats will do just fine without Welker. It’s not like had him when they won the Super Bowl all those times. People needs to quit hating in the Pats bc they are good and one if the best. Go Patriots.

  59. 305phinphan says: May 7, 2013 8:28 AM

    Perfect example why the Fins moved up in the draft and took Dion Jordan. The Giants were able to beat the Pats in their prime because that front four would colapse the pocket on Brady. Hopefully the Dolphins can have the same sucess this season.

  60. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2013 8:29 AM

    I thought it was just fans (virtually across the whole AFC) and the coaches (especially Rex) that had a fetish for Brady but I now we know players like Clark do as well. He sounds like a junior high kid trashing an old girlfriend (that he can’t get out of his head) to his buddies. I believe Brady completed the pass he threw as Pollard tore up his knee (which constitutes staying in the pocket). Brady is known for stepping up into the pocket, away from the corner rush but into the big boys. Of course the smart quarterback’s, like Brady, have a clock in their head that they trust. Most other teams talk trash while the Patriots just keep winning.

  61. jhein23 says: May 7, 2013 8:29 AM

    Over the last decade no team and QB has choked more in the postseason than the Patriots and Tom Brady. Even the New England fans have to admit this. They are an unbelievable regular season team & QB. And they’ll beat up on a team in the postseason if its a team that doesn’t belong like Tebow’s Broncos. But when its a good team they choke.

  62. bobby2478 says: May 7, 2013 8:31 AM

    Most QB’s don’t fare so well under duress, which is why it’s so important for defenses to be able to be able to generate pressure on the QB.

    They all have a “clock” of anywhere between 2-3 seconds and the ball should be on it’s way. If not, then you are holding it too long and are suceptible to being sacked.

    Clark is right though that Brady needs someone open to get the ball to. The only way to slow down opposing pass rush is to complete some quick passes, and without Welker we’ll see if Amendola can replace his productivity. Kurt Warner was phenomenal against the blitz when he had Fitz and Boldin running quick slants and they’d slaughter defenses with run after the short catch.

  63. umainebearman says: May 7, 2013 8:34 AM

    In other news, Ryan Clark still looking to make a play that actually matters instead of constantly getting burned.

  64. jmblosser82 says: May 7, 2013 8:36 AM

    Seriously missing the playoffs last year not a big deal. 8-8 sucks but yet not a prelude of what’s to come. Brady buckles under pressure, he is consistent that way. When was the last time you see him hold on to the ball till the last second to make the play when he knows he is going to get smacked…most competitive QBs do it. I see the patriots going back to a defensive team. No clear #1 WR, 2 injury cases(altho super talented)TEs, and no dominant RB. The def is young and on the rise. That being said Clark is a vet and should know better, the pats have a way to make players regret comments like that. And finally to that dolphin fan, just because your team bought big in free agency doesn’t mean anything, its failed for you in the past. But I think they are the second best team in the east.

  65. Logicalvoice says: May 7, 2013 8:42 AM

    Brady can do more with less than any QB since Tarkenton. Clark is a low on oxygen moron.

  66. dawgswillhunt says: May 7, 2013 8:42 AM

    I wonder how many rings Tom Brady would have if the Patriots hadn’t cheated. I think it would be ZERO!

  67. billsfan1 says: May 7, 2013 8:44 AM

    Memo to Clark: Your quarterback should suck as bad as Brady, fool.

    His qb has a better winning percentage in the Super Bowl….

  68. peezwizz says: May 7, 2013 8:45 AM

    Brady is an impressive 6-2 all-time against Pittsburgh.

    According to ESPN Stats & Information, he’s thrown for 2,216 yards and 16 touchdowns, with only three interceptions against the Steelers.

    Brady also has a 104.8 career passer rating versus Pittsburgh and a 67.8 completion percentage (before 2011 loss).

    2011 matchup – Brady 24/35, 198 yds, 2 TDs, 0 int

  69. EJ says: May 7, 2013 8:49 AM

    Brady does flinch and duck all the time, but rarely ever folds under pressure. I do wonder what he would look like with a crappy Offensive line? Brady has always had a good to great line in front of him. Always.

  70. therealpittbull says: May 7, 2013 8:50 AM

    I love Clark, but what he fails to realize, the great Dick LeBeau fails to play bump and run against Brady, which causes more issues. Playing 7-10 yard zone cushions is playing right into his strength, especially when Blitzburgh has been more like light contact city lately. Hopefully, Dick uses more man-to-man pressure as when he was with Cowher, than the pansy Tomlin Cover 2 look. The bend, but don’t break method doesn’t work in the new NFL with pass happy rules.

  71. steelersnowand4ever says: May 7, 2013 8:59 AM

    Shut up Ryan!! Thanks for giving the Pats bulletin board material!!

  72. dsigrey says: May 7, 2013 9:03 AM

    Yup, they beat the Pats in 2011. Then got beat by Tebow in the first round, while the Pats went to the Super Bowl. Yawn… These players should worry about their own teams problems and judging by last season Pitt has plenty of problems.

  73. overweightman says: May 7, 2013 9:05 AM

    Says the guy that can play above sea level.

  74. ijahru says: May 7, 2013 9:06 AM

    He is right about Brady ducking sometimes when no one is near him but the Steelers have been Brady’s bitch for as long as Brady has been playing

  75. cibolomatt says: May 7, 2013 9:07 AM

    This is the same game that Taylor Price got behind the D and dropped a sure TD. Get lost Clark

  76. jjbadd385 says: May 7, 2013 9:08 AM

    Theres no way I would say anything to motivate Brady any more than he already is……Im not even close to being a Pats fan, But Brady is a great QB on a team with arguably the best coach the NFL will have ever known when all is said and done……

  77. rhamrhoddy says: May 7, 2013 9:10 AM

    Are there any QBs in the league who DON’T struggle when there is pressure and they have no one to go to?

    The Steelers need Clark to lick his chops for Game 1, and then Game 2 and so on. He’s a grandstander that loves the spotlight to be on him (and he’s a good enough d-back to attract that attention with just his play).

    Who knows what will happen when these two teams play Week 9 but why in the world would he give a preparation-freak like Brady ANY insight to his defense’s mindset? It doesn’t help his team out at all.

  78. cptkickurass says: May 7, 2013 9:13 AM

    As many times as Brady has burnt Clark he would better off “served” by talked about eggs and bacon…

  79. terripet says: May 7, 2013 9:15 AM

    100% right Brady is a scared qb with pressure

  80. Patskrieg dot com says: May 7, 2013 9:21 AM

    I’ve long enjoyed the rivalry between Ryan Clark’s mouth and what appears to be the rest of the world.

    He’s a good football player. So there’s only one way to shut him up. Looking forward to this season.

  81. steelercrazy says: May 7, 2013 9:23 AM

    Big mistake letting Welker go, now Brady will struggle more in the pocket. November 3rd we’ll get to see Jarvis Jones sack Brady multiple times.

  82. mullman76 says: May 7, 2013 9:23 AM

    Anytime Brady feels pressure he is free to spike the ball and move on to the next play.

    He is guilty of more intentional grounding calls that are not flagged than any other QB in the league, BY FAR.

    You chowds watch the games so I know you are well aware of this FACT. It’s quite comical actually.

    Just another way the league coddles the patriots.

  83. micknangold says: May 7, 2013 9:24 AM

    Brady doesn’t need any motivation. As a Jets fan I hate him but I’d never question his heart. I’m sure Clark understands that too.

  84. steelcurtainn says: May 7, 2013 9:26 AM

    Ryan Clark his just speaking the truth. Although he could be quiet about the matter. Welker is done, Pats are toast and Brady is old. No afc championship for the pats this year. They’ve had their chance. Baltimores done, its the steelers turn again.

  85. watermelon1 says: May 7, 2013 9:36 AM

    Ryan Clark has had like ONE hard hit and it was probably a blind-side helmet to helmet cheap shot.

    The guy has done nothing. He’s a nobody. While he might be right about Brady and Amendola…. He’s not the one to be saying anything. He’s a mediocre player.

  86. jtbsteeler says: May 7, 2013 9:37 AM

    The Patriots are in a bum division. Ryan Clark was right. And he said BEFORE we played them the last time….”The time for the Patriots and Brady beating us is over!” We went out and embarrassed them.

  87. jtbsteeler says: May 7, 2013 9:38 AM

    Did I mention Jumpball Joe has no WR’s?

  88. garyhd01 says: May 7, 2013 9:41 AM

    im not a steeler fan but I believe they have a right to talk, it should be noted the pats have been playing 6 games per year against the dolphins bills and jets making the playoffs has been a given yet its been 10 years since they won it all . since the pats won it all the steelers have won it twice and the last pats win was against my rams in the spygate game so think what you will

  89. isphet71 says: May 7, 2013 9:44 AM

    Tom Brady just laughs, polishes his rings, and goes home to a wife that is more famous and rich than any football player has ever been.

  90. Joemontanaflacco says: May 7, 2013 9:51 AM

    jtbsteeler says:
    May 7, 2013 9:38 AM
    Did I mention Jumpball Joe has no WR’s?

    What in the world has that to do with Ryan Clark? But since you brought it up, let me suggest you watch highlights from the Denver and 49er games. Remember? You were on the couch along with your beloved scandalized Steelers.

  91. thegronk87 says: May 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    Nice of the steelroider fans to show their ugly mugs after what must have been a heartbreaking season for them. Patriots cheated but it was ok for the steelers to juice up to win 4 super bowls in the 70s. Talk about tainted championships…

  92. bullcharger says: May 7, 2013 9:57 AM

    schmokes says:May 7, 2013 6:46 AM

    I’m not a steelers fan, but it’s actually true about Brady. That guy gets gunshy in the pocket and drops down to the fetal position. You’ll never see him hanging into the last second to make the play. He’s gotta have room in the pocket in order to do anything.

    ———————

    It’s actually not true at all. he hangs in the pocket and takes the hit better than any other QB in the league. Always has. Feeling pressure that isn’t there isn’t there has happened a few times in recent years. It didn’t when he was younger, but that’s not regular yet and that isn’t the same thing as not hanging in the pocket at all.

  93. j0esixpack says: May 7, 2013 10:01 AM

    We shall see. The Patriots nearly made it to the Super Bowl with Reche Caldwell as their top WR.

    Then they replaced him with a guy no one had ever heard of named Welker and that worked out ok.

    Amendola doesn’t need to be Welker – but with Hernandez, Gronk, Ballard and others already providing a better WR corps than the AFC championship playoff year with Cadlwell, he doesn’t need to be Welker.

  94. mornelithe says: May 7, 2013 10:01 AM

    And the Steeler’s lost to Tim Tebow, what’s your point?

  95. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: May 7, 2013 10:01 AM

    ESPN’s “NFL Live” television program discussed the Patriots on Monday, with analyst Darren Woodson and Steelers safety Ryan Clark on the set with host Wendi Nix.

    The question posed was how vulnerable the Patriots are given the offseason loss of Wes Welker, and Clark’s analysis was particularly noteworthy given that he’s a current player who has game-planned against the team’s offense.
    ——————–
    Here’s your context. But don’t let that stop you from acting like a badass on the internet.

    Fun fact: QB’s often find success if they can stay upright in the pocket and have time to throw the ball. Wes Welker is a quick sure-handed target that allowed Brady to do that. I don’t think he ‘folds’ under pressure, but it’s a proven fact that IF defenders get to Brady in time he CAN be neutralized. That’s a big IF.

  96. skleech22 says: May 7, 2013 10:05 AM

    WAAAAAA! Someone said something bad about my Patriots so I better write about! Really? What he said is the truth!

  97. bullcharger says: May 7, 2013 10:05 AM

    garyhd01 says:May 7, 2013 9:41 AM

    im not a steeler fan but I believe they have a right to talk, it should be noted the pats have been playing 6 games per year against the dolphins bills and jets making the playoffs has been a given yet its been 10 years since they won it all . since the pats won it all the steelers have won it twice and the last pats win was against my rams in the spygate game so think what you will

    ——————–

    Go look at the numbers. The Patriots have a 68% winning percentage in the Brady era against the rest of the AFC. Since Spygate it is 75%. It’s not just their own division they are pounding.

    Also… The Patriots are a 57% against the Steelers in the Brady era and 50% since spygate. The Steelers have been great, but not that much better than the Patriots and they certainly aren’t in a position to brag too much.

    Since 2004 the Patriots have been to the Superbowl 3 times and So have the Steelers. The Patriots are 1-2 and the Steelers are 2-1.

    I would say both teams have been good.

    The Rams have really, really sucked in that stretch. Not that you weren’t aware.

  98. picksix401 says: May 7, 2013 10:12 AM

    maybe clark should check brady’s numbers over the past 5-10 years against his steelers… he SHREDS their secondary. and yeah, brady ducks when pressured because he wants to get his head down and preserve his neck and spinal cord and not have to go through what happened to peyton manning in his old age.. you need to remember, brady is 36 years old and i, for one, have no problem losing a couple downs each game cause the offense is high-powered enough to make up for it

  99. toybkshr says: May 7, 2013 10:14 AM

    Agrred, Brady occasionally ducks when unnecessary, whereas Big Ben will take off & make a play, or end up missin some game time.
    No argument that Amendola has a history of bein fragile, but all who point to Welker’s durability should remember that he tore his ACL in wk 17, it it had been wk 1, he woulda missed the season, and the percieved diff between he & Amendola would be very small in that regard. A receiver with an ACL history is much more of a risk than one with a broken clavicle.

  100. beachsidejames says: May 7, 2013 10:15 AM

    Tom Brady has made a big name for himself by playing great football. Until today I didn’t even know who Ryan Clark was. Now I know…NOBODY!

  101. bzillaz says: May 7, 2013 10:15 AM

    Hey Ryan Clark – Are you the one who starts to melt when the elevation gets a bit to high for your bodies liking? You wanna’ point fingers? It can come right back at you!

    The Steelers are far worse of than the Pats! 8-8 to what? 6-10?

    Running your mouth doesn’t count as a victory!!!

  102. red26sox says: May 7, 2013 10:15 AM

    Why does NE win?
    1. Great QB, team scores and he does not turnover the ball.
    2. On cutting edge of football, first they used the TEs all over the place, now everybody does. Then they sped up their offense, now other teams are copying this.
    3. They cover up their weaknesses.
    4. Their defensive plan is to take away the best offensive player on the other team.
    5. Their division sucks, but ask Houston or Denver how they have done against the Pats lately?
    6. Accountability – you don’t do your job, you don’t play. RBs who fumble are benched.
    7. They don’t hold on to old players besides Brady and Wilfork the roster is very young.

  103. danallen649 says: May 7, 2013 10:17 AM

    Hate to say it, but Clark is right, partly. Brady does duck, bob and weave, when no one is around, but he started doing that AFTER his knee injury. If you ask me, it’s all in his head. That being said, there isn’t any other qb I would want than Brady. If he completes that pass to Welker late in the Super Bowl, he has 4 rings. If the flukiest play in the history of football hadn’t happened, he would have 5 rings. By the way, stop bitching about cheating. It’s old, irrelevant, and ignorant. EVERYBODY was doing it.

  104. brohamma says: May 7, 2013 10:19 AM

    305phinphan says:May 7, 2013 8:28 AM

    Perfect example why the Fins moved up in the draft and took Dion Jordan. The Giants were able to beat the Pats in their prime because that front four would colapse the pocket on Brady. Hopefully the Dolphins can have the same sucess this season.
    ================================
    Dion Jordan is going to be branded with the “bust” lable. He has ZERO inside move and was decleated by pulling guards, large chipping tightends and good blitz blocking running backs in college. He had ZERO interceptions and only TWO pass breakups in his college CAREER! His first year he had 7.5 sacks but then it fell to only 5 sacks when opponents started putting someone on him. You Dolphin fans will want to forget this pick in about 3-4yrs.

  105. mjdkid100 says: May 7, 2013 10:23 AM

    Brady – Ducks, moves in the pocket, throw minimal picks from forcing the ball, minimal fumbles, and take a couple yard loss instead…

    Rothlisberger – Stands in the pocket for 6 seconds, takes longer sacks trying to avoid them, throws awful picks, like his one against the Bengals last year, and fumbles the ball 6 times last year…

    Turnovers and extra possessions are often the difference in a game. I’ll take Brady being much more careful with the ball.

  106. isthereanyusernamesleft says: May 7, 2013 10:30 AM

    Ryan Clark calling someone fragile. That’s funny considering he can’t even play in high altitude. Hating is the ultimate sign of flattery.

  107. azarkhan says: May 7, 2013 10:36 AM

    The best thing about Ryan Clark yapping is that no Patriot will bother responding to Clark. After all, why waste time responding to a 33 year old safety on his last legs with an 8-8 team?

  108. inyofaceagain says: May 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    Hes right about Brady. and Amendola

  109. zack2482 says: May 7, 2013 10:48 AM

    I would love to see what Brady could do behind the Cowboys offensive line. Wanna bet he wouldn’t last the season.

  110. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2013 10:51 AM

    Do people not understand that the NFL is a meritocracy for both individuals and teams? The Patriots have not been at the top of the NFL for over a decade because of bloodlines. They are there because they perform, week in, week out, year in, year out.

    Your girlfriend didn’t cheat, she found someone better. The Patriots didn’t cheat they were just better. The cheating excuse is for losers, no one else uses it.

  111. si1m says: May 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    Clark will get plenty of hate but its still refreshing to hear an honest take. Sure its ridiculous for a guy on 8-8 team to talk about one of the best but Its still interesting and perhaps true

  112. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 7, 2013 10:53 AM

    18-1 Fetal Twitchy Tom is a big baby who kicks when he slides and whines to the refs when his privileged butt is knocked on the ground. Cinderella would be pulling at hair & scratching at eyes if it weren’t for helmets.

  113. noturavragepunk says: May 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    Clark should keep his mouth shut. He doesn’t need to give a team that usually destroys the Steelers more motivation.

    But he is right. Why do you think the Ravens have had so much success against the Pats. They might not always win, but the last 6 years Baltimore has given the Pats a lot of trouble.

  114. patsfiend says: May 7, 2013 10:59 AM

    When you mention “mystique” you perpetuate it. Clearly the Pats are in his head.

  115. md228010 says: May 7, 2013 11:08 AM

    Ryan who? And why are you thinking about week 9 in May. One game at a time buddy.

  116. thenew013 says: May 7, 2013 11:11 AM

    wow. I have heard people say gabbert gets flustered when under pressure. With the addition of joeckel will he produce like brady? probably not. I am just saying there is more skills you need to being a successful qb than good pocket presence alone.

  117. nagaswan says: May 7, 2013 11:13 AM

    Did Ryan Clark remember to mention that he is useless unless playing next to a hall of fame safety?

  118. deathonwings410 says: May 7, 2013 11:23 AM

    Duck LaBeau ‘ Strongly Disagrees’ with these statements.

  119. bobzilla1001 says: May 7, 2013 11:24 AM

    Oh, brother!!!
    Ryan Clark should spend his free time auditioning for employment at ESPN once his career is o-v-e-r.
    His mouth just wrote a check that his ass (the Steelers’ woeful offense) will never be able to cash: 33-10, Patriots …

  120. ahostiletakeover says: May 7, 2013 11:32 AM

    I’m a Ravens fan but Clark is one of the Steelers I respect, he always tells it how it is, and in these cases he is spot on with both points. Still can’t believe the Pats played hardball with Welker the way they did, no wonder he jumped at the chance to play with Peyton for less money.

  121. CKL says: May 7, 2013 11:32 AM

    terripet says:
    May 7, 2013 9:15 AM
    100% right Brady is a scared qb with pressure
    ___________________________________
    What’s funny is your beloved Manning has flopped for years when no one is around and not one person dares criticize him for it.

    Even if TB is jello pudding level quivering, Clark would be wise to keep his mouth shut. I would be pretty angry if I heard a Patriots defender talking this way about any opponent.

  122. zigsmart says: May 7, 2013 11:36 AM

    Moron. 5 Superbowl appearances and oh by the way, the Patriots and Tom Brady didn’t loose to Tebow in the playoffs. Moron…

  123. naanunaanu says: May 7, 2013 11:37 AM

    Clarks right. What were Pats fans watching in the AFC Championship ???? I and the rest of the country saw a Ravens team Dominating at the Line, coming off the Edge and making Brady look bad. Brady: 29-of-54, 1 TD and 2 INT. There you have it the Blue print to make Brady look average. It helps when Ngata is healthy.

  124. rushmatic says: May 7, 2013 11:37 AM

    Some comments on here are as old and tired as their authors claim the Patriots mystique to be.

  125. penguins49ers says: May 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    A Steeler fan crying that the Patriots have an easy division is hysterical. The Steelers have the Browns and Bengals. The Browns alone are 2 extra bye weeks, oh wait didn’t the Browns beat the Steelers last year?

  126. dcnr226 says: May 7, 2013 11:45 AM

    Brady should really enjoy having to deal with Dion Jordan and Cameron Wake twice a year

  127. vaphinfan says: May 7, 2013 11:52 AM

    Tom Brady wouldn’t be Tom Brady without Sony or Panasonic.

  128. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    I mean, what he said about Brady is true. There’s plenty of film as evidence. He’s been doing that a lot more these past 2-3 years.

    I don’t know about Amendola being fragile, though. Those were two freak injuries he’s had the last two years, and a lot of guys wouldn’t have tried to come back from that potentially-fatal collarbone fracture.

  129. baltimoresnativeson says: May 7, 2013 11:56 AM

    Clark is right but considering the Patriots usually beat the Steelers he is not the right person to point it out. Someone from the Giants should have said it.

  130. pmars64 says: May 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    Even the Browns beat Pittsburgh last year and were tied late in the second game…

  131. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 12:18 PM

    baltimoresnativeson says: May 7, 2013 11:56 AM

    Clark is right but considering the Patriots usually beat the Steelers he is not the right person to point it out. Someone from the Giants should have said it.
    ————–

    I mean we (Giants) were the ones who really started him doing that, but just because the Steelers haven’t beaten the Patriots consistently in a while doesn’t mean the film isn’t there for them pick up on it ha.

  132. billsfan1 says: May 7, 2013 12:21 PM

    Clark referenced a 2011 game when the Steelers beat the Patriots and held Brady to 198 passing yards.”

    Steelers players are just like their fans… love to live in the past.

    sorry to say but they have won more recently then the Steelers. If the NFL is about winning titles, then the Steelers are by far more dominant throughout history then NE. In fact, over the past 8 years they are more dominant then (2-1) vs (0-2). FACT….If the Buffalo Bills can get well deserved crap for being the best team in the AFC for 6 years but being unable to win the title even once, then NE can stop philandering the sports world with being the greatest…
    its a what have you done for me lately industry…. and although they put up great numbers during the regular season.. they are far less successful then NE, and NYG in this past 8 years…

  133. coolzog says: May 7, 2013 12:23 PM

    I would duck too if I knew Ryan Clark was getting ready to spear me with his helmet, seeing as how that seems like the only way he knows how to tackle.

  134. billsfan1 says: May 7, 2013 12:25 PM

    Good to hear comments from Steelers 2013 version of Anthony Smith whose kyptonite is Denver where he can’t contribute to his team

    stay classy Boston.. the poor mans NY city…way to mock one because of their health.. maybe next time terrorists take advantage of your city (which seems to happen quite often), maybe we will keep tha in mind..

  135. bigbenownsthenfl says: May 7, 2013 12:26 PM

    Steelers have won 2 super bowls in last 8 years. Somebody remind the pats fans they have 0 super bowl wins in the last 8 years! And for those of you who don’t know who Clark is. Get a clue.. He has been an awesome safety for many years… And yes Brady is a sissy. Everything Clark said was spot on! Deal with it.

  136. steelerofthedraft says: May 7, 2013 12:30 PM

    Ryan Clark is a true competitor , the dude almost died in Denver playing, it’s not like he sits out cause he doesn’t feel like playing , he has to or he will die. Clark goes 100% every week , who cares if he pissed off Brady , that’s not going to affect Ryan Clark at all .

  137. rushmatic says: May 7, 2013 12:39 PM

    As a Pats fan, I hope Brady sees this.

  138. blakeinfla says: May 7, 2013 12:43 PM

    Ryan Clark tries to rewrite history, Pats historically kick steeler butt…Dude Troy is better then you and he isn’t even conscious half the time and the rest of the time he is doing Head n Shoulder commercials…. I hate the Pats but I hate them like I hated the Yankees of the 90s…cause they are good. The cheating thing sounds so desperate guys…if we get into cheating then what about the 1970s Steroids I mean Steelers or the Broncos and there creative cap room accounting done by Enron. Face it Brady and the Pats are good…dont b a girl though about it and try to tear them down because they are better then your team.

  139. gisellichek says: May 7, 2013 12:52 PM

    I will be laughing my ass off when he doesn’t make the final rooster… Jeeze … Doesn’t Pittsburgh have 15 other games and beating Cincy , Baltimore and Cleveland have more importance in getting the playoffs they missed last season…. what is with this obsession with Brady. I mean Pitt is gonna struggle next year. This game ain’t gonna mean nothing if they 4-4 … or 3-5… which seems very likely.

  140. bigdaddy44 says: May 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    I don’t care who said it, the assessment of Brady is dead on. It started with the Giants in their 1st Superbowl matchup, and every team that has copied it has had success against the Pats since. Brady needs to have perfect timing with his receivers in perfect position on their routes. If that is disrupted, he is off his game. When it works, he’s great. This is how the Giants (twice) the Ravens (twice) and the Jets have ended the Pats last few playoff runs. This boy could use a little improvisation added to his game.

  141. gochargersgo says: May 7, 2013 1:08 PM

    Clark made these comments in ESPN Denver and thus was extremely lightheaded and probably not thinking clearly.

  142. gochargersgo says: May 7, 2013 1:12 PM

    Ryan Clark: “When a quarterback is being sacked and hit he is less effective.”

    With in depth analysis like this he will fit right in at ESPN.

  143. downwithjpp says: May 7, 2013 1:24 PM

    Mediocre safety legend QB hmm… Ryan Clark needs to worry about the Pittsburgh steelers

  144. superpatsfan3 says: May 7, 2013 1:40 PM

    This is the guy still trying to cover Jabar Gaffney on the double throwback right? SMH….

    Sure, he ducks now and after he had his knee bent back 180 degrees i 2008, you could tell in 2009 and 2010 and even part of ’11 he had a lot of issues with standing in like he did from 2001-2007. Last year, he actually got better at standing in…he still is ‘jumpy’ compared to what he used to be like but then again he’s suffered a major injury and taken a crap ton of shots….How many times have we seen Manning literally jump to the ground when the sack is impending?

    You play QB that many years (manning and brady) and you are going to get some happy feet now and then. It’s just the way it is. I think I could live with either of them over Ben Rothlisburger.

  145. ranoversquarells says: May 7, 2013 1:47 PM

    You know what scares Ryan Clark? High altitudes …

  146. mjdkid100 says: May 7, 2013 1:47 PM

    noturavragepunk says: May 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    Clark should keep his mouth shut. He doesn’t need to give a team that usually destroys the Steelers more motivation.

    But he is right. Why do you think the Ravens have had so much success against the Pats. They might not always win, but the last 6 years Baltimore has given the Pats a lot of trouble.

    ————-

    So does that mean that the Pats have given the Ravens more trouble? Since the Pats typically beat the Ravens, with the exception of last year. What’s the standard for giving a team trouble? Do you know how weak that makes the other teams sound when you give credit to an NFL team for giving a team trouble…ha.

  147. flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 1:58 PM

    bigdaddy44 says: May 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    I don’t care who said it, the assessment of Brady is dead on. It started with the Giants in their 1st Superbowl matchup, and every team that has copied it has had success against the Pats since. Brady needs to have perfect timing with his receivers in perfect position on their routes. If that is disrupted, he is off his game. When it works, he’s great. This is how the Giants (twice) the Ravens (twice) and the Jets have ended the Pats last few playoff runs. This boy could use a little improvisation added to his game.

    So what about the other 17 playoff teams the have beaten over that same time? They must have been all soft teams.

  148. jscar28 says: May 7, 2013 2:22 PM

    And what does Big Ben see when he be throwing all those errant interceptions?

  149. 11inthebox says: May 7, 2013 2:31 PM

    Man all these bitter little people are so eager to insult an actual NFL Player that they can’t even understand the freakin’ story.

    Clark is saying that Wes Welker was vital to the Patriots’ success and the one receiver who made Brady feel comfortable in the pocket.

    Clark is saying the Patriots were foolish to let Welker go.

  150. shappy7 says: May 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    ryan clark your a good player!!!

  151. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 2:49 PM

    Well, 11inthebox, you know Patriots fans are prone to taking everything personally and holding grudges. Look at how they load up whenever there is a story about Richard Sherman, here we are over six months later lmao.

  152. dennis2488 says: May 7, 2013 2:50 PM

    so how many quarterbacks in history have been good when their receivers are covered and they have a defender in their face?

  153. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 2:51 PM

    flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 1:58 PM

    bigdaddy44 says: May 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    I don’t care who said it, the assessment of Brady is dead on. It started with the Giants in their 1st Superbowl matchup, and every team that has copied it has had success against the Pats since. Brady needs to have perfect timing with his receivers in perfect position on their routes. If that is disrupted, he is off his game. When it works, he’s great. This is how the Giants (twice) the Ravens (twice) and the Jets have ended the Pats last few playoff runs. This boy could use a little improvisation added to his game.

    So what about the other 17 playoff teams the have beaten over that same time? They must have been all soft teams.
    —————-

    Who cares? They haven’t won a Super Bowl. It’s still a salient point that Clark made, and anyone — including you stan Patriots fans — know that Brady does this.

  154. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 2:53 PM

    I mean every team’s fans know that certain things that their QBs do spells doom:

    When Peyton stands and pats the ball more than twice with the happy feet, you know a forced throw is coming.

    When Brees cranes his neck and doesn’t have the deep ball, he’s about to check down to Graham (and teams picked up on that, which is another reason why he has so many INTs).

    When Eli turns his back after making a throw, it is ALMOST ALWAYS bad news (aside from the Tyree catch). Any Giants fan who has been watching him over these 10 years knows this.

    Patriots fans just love to get their panties in a bunch and become defensive when people dare to speak facts about their “perfect” team SMH.

  155. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: May 7, 2013 2:58 PM

    Did anyone read the story? The chop licking remark was made by MDS. Ryan Clark was asked for his thoughts on Wes Welker leaving and….you know what? You guys aren’t worth the ink.

  156. toybkshr says: May 7, 2013 3:09 PM

    Clark’s not gonna get the chance to demonstrate that in the playoff’s.

  157. jscar28 says: May 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    And when Troy Polamalu don’t play, you dont hear Ryan Clark name called..Pittsburgh fans can verify this.

  158. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 3:24 PM

    toybkshr says: May 7, 2013 3:09 PM

    Clark’s not gonna get the chance to demonstrate that in the playoff’s.
    ————

    He will when they play in the regular season. We’ll see how you talk then.

  159. bcgreg says: May 7, 2013 3:37 PM

    Who’s Ryan Clark? Oh you mean the cheap shot artist that plays for the Steelers (ironically, see Wes Welker).

    It’s truly amazing the amount of stupid comments on this thread. Haters gonna hate.

    You can argue Welker vs. Amendola. That’s legit. But before you open your flap, tell me what Wes Welker was before he got to NE….exactly. Not much. Good punt returner. Decent receiver. Tough dude.

    Amendola is a better WR coming to NE than Welker was when he came to NE. It will be awfully difficult for Amendola to duplicate what Welker did in NE. But, let’s see first.

    As far as Brady “ducking”, I saw one play last year where he ducked when there was nothing there. ONE. And, please, check Brady’s stats when he’s blitzed. They are off the charts good.

  160. bullcharger says: May 7, 2013 3:41 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:May 7, 2013 2:53 PM

    I mean every team’s fans know that certain things that their QBs do spells doom:

    When Peyton stands and pats the ball more than twice with the happy feet, you know a forced throw is coming.

    When Brees cranes his neck and doesn’t have the deep ball, he’s about to check down to Graham (and teams picked up on that, which is another reason why he has so many INTs).

    When Eli turns his back after making a throw, it is ALMOST ALWAYS bad news (aside from the Tyree catch). Any Giants fan who has been watching him over these 10 years knows this.

    Patriots fans just love to get their panties in a bunch and become defensive when people dare to speak facts about their “perfect” team SMH.

    ———————

    No Patriots fan believes Brady is perfect. Clark’s comments are still false though. Blitzing Brady is a sure way to lose.

    The way to beat the Patriots is to cover the receivers well, like the Ravens did and always have seemed to do. The Steelers did the same in that game Clark is noting. The blitzburg that people are used to lost more big games to Brady than are worth counting. They had to try something different.

  161. rexryanstoecheese says: May 7, 2013 3:49 PM

    aahhhhh, the New england Patriots.
    PFT Universe’s favorite whipping post.
    All the Naysayers and Jealous Haters come out to pile on to a bench-warmers comments during the lull in the NFL action..

    I frankly, don’t give a sh*t about whatever he does in the pocket or out of it:
    5 Superbowl appearances and 3 victories in the last 12 years is the only stat I care about. The rest is noise and fodder for keyboard tough guys to b*tch about. If you all only knew how “small” you all sound with your asinine arm-chair QB analysis.
    If you only knew…

    P>S>—> @ Mr Wright: dude, you have become the number one Troll in all of Pro Talk land.
    Things to be proud of!

    Congrats!

  162. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 4:01 PM

    And you are Pro Talk’s #1 stalker since you follow me everywhere. Doesn’t that reflect poorly on you that you indeed do this?

  163. axltcu says: May 7, 2013 4:10 PM

    Since Clark has joined the Steelers they are 2-2 against the Pats. One of those victories came against Matt Cassell. Hardly worth bragging about.

  164. randomcommenter says: May 7, 2013 4:12 PM

    The pats are 2-2 vs the steelers post spygate. The last meeting in 2011 was won easily by the steelers. Why is that game more important than the previous games?

    Simple, because the current rosters of both teams most closely resemble the 2011 teams. The steelers shut down the Pats TE heavy offense pretty easily.

    What is the sense of pointing to games 10 years ago to predict who will win this year? None except it makes pats fans feel better.

    Clark was correct. Welker was a huge part of the offense and Amendola is not as good and injury prone.

    Also, the steelers changed their schemes to play more man against the pats which is something they can do again this year because the pats don’t have many big play threats.

  165. apinzon12 says: May 7, 2013 4:13 PM

    I find it funny how these guys are sitting here talking about Brady but ok pretty sure none of them would go out and do what he’s doing vs some of these freak of nature athletes that basically wanna kill you

  166. spedman24 says: May 7, 2013 4:52 PM

    Patriots fans are so funny, they haven’t won a thing since spy-gate. All those Super Bowls should be either taken away or an * should be put in the record books. But yeah you guys alway dominate lol

  167. flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 5:02 PM

    May 7, 2013 4:12 PM
    The pats are 2-2 vs the steelers post spygate. The last meeting in 2011 was won easily by the steelers. Why is that game more important than the previous games?

    —-
    But Brady only played in 3 of those games.
    And in those 3 games and in those 3 games they are 2-1 vs Pitt, Brady has passed for 950 yards 9 td’s and 0 int’s.

    Again Brady OWNS Pittsburg.

  168. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 5:38 PM

    flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 5:02 PM

    May 7, 2013 4:12 PM
    The pats are 2-2 vs the steelers post spygate. The last meeting in 2011 was won easily by the steelers. Why is that game more important than the previous games?

    —-
    But Brady only played in 3 of those games.
    And in those 3 games and in those 3 games they are 2-1 vs Pitt, Brady has passed for 950 yards 9 td’s and 0 int’s.

    Again Brady OWNS Pittsburg.
    ————

    And the Giants OWN HIM.

  169. flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 5:57 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    May 7, 2013 5:38 PM
    flash1283 says: May 7, 2013 5:02 PM

    May 7, 2013 4:12 PM
    The pats are 2-2 vs the steelers post spygate. The last meeting in 2011 was won easily by the steelers. Why is that game more important than the previous games?

    —-
    But Brady only played in 3 of those games.
    And in those 3 games and in those 3 games they are 2-1 vs Pitt, Brady has passed for 950 yards 9 td’s and 0 int’s.

    Again Brady OWNS Pittsburg.
    ————

    And the Giants OWN HIM.

    –_
    Awe look at the insecure NY fan trolling another patriot thread.

  170. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 7, 2013 5:59 PM

    What is there to be insecure ABOUT? LMAO you Patriots fans are hilarious. You wanna talk about who you own, then be ready to take it when another team owns yours.

  171. axespray says: May 7, 2013 7:44 PM

    …Can you Blame Brady/Peyton for not standing tall in the pocket like Rodgers/Roethlisberger or any of those guys?

    Tom and Peyton don’t have Big Ben’s size or Rodger’s mobility … so they’re left with no choice but to fall down – I wouldn’t wanna stand there and take a shot from a rampaging 300 pound Geno Atkins type player.

  172. agc99 says: May 7, 2013 8:38 PM

    Why can’t this clown shut his mouth?

  173. blkgld4lifer says: May 7, 2013 11:17 PM

    Ryan Clark was only offering his view from an analyst standpoint. As for Patsie fans running their mouth yes the Patsies have gotten the better of the Steelers in the last decade but the thing that matters to me most is the Steelers have notched a couple of Lombardi’s since the Patsies last won one in 2004.
    Enough said!

  174. usmarine75 says: May 8, 2013 9:14 AM

    Ryan Clark is correct… Brady and the Pats never won anything without Wes Welker. The run is over without him. Fools.

    And Brady shies away from contact because he’s mid 30′s now. He used to take the big hits when he was younger. Funny how Manning, Brady, and even the greats like Montana and Elway all started to avoid the big hit if they could, as they got older and still wanted to play.

  175. spinmovr says: May 8, 2013 11:33 PM

    I remember that 2011 PIT – NE game. That was the time of year when NOBODY could stop Gronkowski. Steelers laid out a blueprint in that game that I assumed every other team would follow. Their combo coverage confounded Brady all game long and the Steelers, surprisingly, were able to get enough pressure with a minimal number of rushers.

    Actually it went just like Clark said with the standard pressure eventually getting there after 3.5 seconds to disrupt or break the play

    The LBs and safeties were executing complicated coverage disguises before and during plays. Masterful.

  176. darthraven887 says: May 9, 2013 9:43 AM

    Clark’s right. Brady has had one of the most consistent O-lines throughout the year, so that helps hide his true nature against the rush..
    B.B. must know how to coach offensive linemen really well.

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