Dolphins got “good shots” on Tom Brady; no thought to taking him out in fourth

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got hit a fair amount during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, but that didn’t cause head coach Bill Belichick to think about taking Brady out of the game when the Patriots were up 18 points in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots took that lead into the quarter and then regained it on Brady’s fourth touchdown pass with 6:31 left to play. Brady remained in for three handoffs and three kneeldowns before time ran out on the game and Belichick was asked at his press conference whether there was thought to taking him out.

“No. I mean it’s easy for you to sit there and say the game is out of hand,” Belichick said. “I mean, if you watch games in the National Football League, a lot can change in a hurry. The only time I think the game is in hand is when they’re not going to have enough possessions to get the number of points that they need. Sorry, we just see that one totally differently.”

Brady said that he “definitely took some shots” and that the Dolphins have an “aggressive defense,” but there wasn’t really a point where it would have made sense to pull him without jeopardizing the game. The Patriots turned the ball over on downs to open the fourth quarter and the Dolphins cut the lead to 11 points on their next drive. By the time New England got the ball back after going up 18, there wasn’t much risk in having Brady hand the ball off  .

18 responses to “Dolphins got “good shots” on Tom Brady; no thought to taking him out in fourth

  1. It only takes 1 hit on Brady’s knees to put him out for the season and the playoffs. NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it. So keep putting him at risk…it’s bound to happen that he’s hurt.

  2. “NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it.”

    Funny I could’ve sworn the Pats were 3-1 last year when Brady wasn’t playing. One of those wins by a rookie in his first start and the loss that same rookie when he has a badly injured thumb on his throwing hand.

  3. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    It only takes 1 hit on Brady’s knees to put him out for the season and the playoffs. NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it. So keep putting him at risk…it’s bound to happen that he’s hurt.
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    Oh chip, how many times (under God knows how many id’s) have you said that while sticking pins in your Brady doll and yet he is still standing and winning and winning and winning and (pause for you to stomp feet) winning…

  4. “NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it.”

    Packers are nothing without Rogers, Saints without Brees, Panthers without Cam,Eagles without Wentz, Seahawks without Wilson, etc., etc., etc. … your point?

  5. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    It only takes 1 hit on Brady’s knees to put him out for the season and the playoffs. NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it. So keep putting him at risk…it’s bound to happen that he’s hurt.
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    So what would Pete have done? Tell Brady to wait in the locker room where its safer?

  6. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm
    It only takes 1 hit on Brady’s knees to put him out for the season and the playoffs. NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it.

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    The Patriots can win with anyone at QB. You better believe it.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm
    It only takes 1 hit on Brady’s knees to put him out for the season and the playoffs. NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it.

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    The Patriots can win with anyone at QB. You better believe it.
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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have now reached the point in the thread where chip responds to chip…smdh

  8. “NE is nothing without TB and everyone knows it.”

    Funny I could’ve sworn the Pats were 3-1 last year when Brady wasn’t playing. One of those wins by a rookie in his first start and the loss that same rookie when he has a badly injured thumb on his throwing hand.

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    The lone loss was to Buffalo, welcome to Buffalo.

  9. Karen Gargoyle asked Belichick about pulling Brady. She likes to stake out territory to rip Belichick at a future date if there’s the slightest opportunity. She gives a lot of coaching advice in her columns like “ need to get Lewis more involved”. Really inciteful, and reflecting her vast armchair coaching experience.

  10. “Funny I could’ve sworn the Pats were 3-1 last year when Brady wasn’t playing.”
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    Yep ever since completing the rebuild they’re 14-6 without Brady with 3 different back up QBs, a .700 winning percentage. Virtually every team that loses their Hall of Fame QB absolutely collapses without them. But not the Patriots. Brady or not, they just keep on winning.

    In fact, no other great QB of the modern age has proved to mean less to his team in winning games than Tom Brady.

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