Tom Brady attributes his ability to safely run QB sneaks to “pliability”

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On Thursday night, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes dislocated a kneecap while executing a quarterback sneak. The prior Thursday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ran multiple quarterback sneaks without incident.

So what does Brady do to avoid injury on a play like that?

“Pliability, man,” Brady told reporters on Saturday. “That’s what I work on every day.”

So was the Mahomes injury a freak thing?

“I mean, it’s football,” Brady said. “It’s a contact sport, so guys get hurt all the time. I think that’s the nature of a physical sport, whether it’s football or — you run around, it’s part of it. So, you’ve just got to do the best you can to try to avoid getting injured, but sometimes you can’t.”

When running a sneak, Brady has a simple strategy for gaining the needed yardage and avoiding injury.

“I’m just trying to get the first down,” Brady said. “If that’s what it’s got to be, I try to get as many yards as I can, so I try to go to the soft spot of the defense and — yeah, try to get as many as I can.”

Although the connection between pliability and health remains unclear, Brady has been able to play effectively into his 40s without getting injured. This year, with so many quarterbacks getting injured, Brady just keeps going.

28 responses to “Tom Brady attributes his ability to safely run QB sneaks to “pliability”

  1. He’s the most protected qb, and defenses are afraid to touch him, for fear of getting fined.

  2. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    “He’s the most protected qb, and defenses are afraid to touch him, for fear of getting fined.”

    All QBs are protected today yes. The incredible exaggeration that ‘defenses are afraid to touch’ him has got to stop. And YES, I get that the 2nd and 7 roughing the passer call in the AFC ‘chip was bad, but as we know, all the refs are terrible. It’s apparent in every game.
    He’s already been sacked this season 10 times with 0 roughing the passer calls. So stop it.

  3. According to NFL penalties.com Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees draw more roughing the passer penalties than Tom Brady so once again red and gold is full of it.

  4. The correlation between Pliability and health is clear.

    We are more easily injured as we age. Because we ar more brittle and muscles are tight.

    Anyone who disputes this has not experienced it.

    TBis right. He has taken plenty of hits.

  5. He’s the most protected qb,
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    redandgoldhitman52

    Tell your QB to get rid of balls within 2.2 seconds, he will be the most protected QB.

  6. It’s got a bit to do with pliability I’m sure, but a lot to do with being smart and experienced. Broncos D were bunched on the line and appeared to expect it’d be straight ahead, and in that situation you don’t call a sneak for an ankle-injured QB, or if you do you audible out, or T.O.

  7. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    He’s the most protected qb, and defenses are afraid to touch him, for fear of getting fined.
    /
    So you’ve actually seen a flag thrown on a defensive player for hitting Brady on a QB sneak?

  8. brady has taken more of a beating over the years than any of the young guys, he played when you could still pound the qb and he got pounded; don’t know how he kept getting up in some of those playoffs / bowls. he’s just tougher and more disciplined, but he’s not immune, especially at his age. one of these times even he won’t be able to get up, and that will be the end of the Great One.

  9. Yoga practicing vegans have superior flexibility. Meat makes the body stiff and effects cardio as well. EAT YOUR VEGETABLES !!

  10. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    He’s the most protected qb, and defenses are afraid to touch him, for fear of getting fined.

    Ummm…we’re talking about QB sneaks. How ya gonna “protect” your QB when there are 31 D-lines that want to snap him like a toothpick at the bottom of the scrum?

  11. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    He’s the most protected qb, and defenses are afraid to touch him, for fear of getting fined.
    ———
    Except that Brady is one of the most hit QBs and draws very few roughing calls. At least that’s what the official NFL statistics claim…

  12. don’t know how he kept getting up in some of those playoffs / bowls.
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    #1, stay in pockets, so pass rushers are not at full speed. So when he is hit, it is like he is hit by a bike, while other QB is hit by a car.
    #2, he gets rid of balls 1/10th or 2/10th of a second before being hit, which allows him adjusting body position to take hits.

  13. Total fluke injury. No one is expecting a dislocated kneecap on a QB sneak. In fact I can’t think of a time seeing that injury.

    He fell forward, seemingly doing nothing, then he rolls over and won’t get off his lineman.

  14. “Brady has been able to play effectively into his 40s without getting injured”

    One reason why is because he drops to the ground anytime a defender might sack him. He isn’t going to scramble AT ALL. He isn’t going to throw the ball knowing he’ll have to take a hit, he’ll resort back to dropping to the ground before a defender even gets close.

    If he does throw the ball under ANY kind of duress, it’ll prob be a pick in the endzone.

    FOr supposedly being so ‘pliable’ he is scared to death of any kind of contact.

    I see a 5 game losing streak mid season when we play teams that are actually worthy opponents. What they are doing now is NOT going to work when the teams get tougher… though the D could bail us out.

    So do we even HAVE a kicker anymore??? Will we be going for all 4th ddownsin FG range ??? We DESPERTELY need guys back from IR and maybe get rid of Bennett for a receiver seeing how he isn’t doing ANYTHING while all the guys around him are playing lights out.

  15. Before everyone starts believing pliability is the key to longevity, we must remember that one of the rules of science is that a hypothesis must be repeatable to be proven. Has anyone else done what Brady has done? I am not aware. Until someone else lasts as long as Brady using his same techniques will his techniques have more credibility. Being Patriots, I suspect PEDs is the more likely answer.

  16. What do you mean Brady never gets hurt? He missed all of 2008 season with a knee injury.
    Sincerely,
    Matt Cassell

  17. All Brady is saying is “Sometimes, you get lucky. Other times, not so much” and if that’s not an accurate statement, I don’t know what is. He wasn’t as lucky early on when he had his knee blasted out missing an entire season. Mahomes on the flip side, got lucky this time. Next time, probably not. The odds aren’t in his favor.

    I used the “pliable” response when I fell 15 feet off a ladder, hit the concrete and then had the ladder fall on top of me. Yeah, it had to look cartoon level ridiculous if watching from the street. I ended up with bruises of many colors and ended up blowing chow when the pain FINALLY set in 30-seconds later. That same drop probably would have busted another old guy’s hip or worse. As I said, “Sometimes, you get lucky …..”

    It’s too bad that every Brady story here has to degenerate into a slam Tom, or, circle the wagons for Tom thing. Same deal on Rodgers – yeah, I’m a Packers’ fan. You kids need to sit down and watch Brady execute that offense. Maybe you’ll learn something about the game (but probably not).

  18. “Yoga practicing vegans have superior flexibility. Meat makes the body stiff and effects cardio as well. EAT YOUR VEGETABLES !!”

    A non-vegan yoga practitioner has “superior flexibility” too…
    Yoga/stretching makes you more flexible, nothing new.
    Veganism don’t give you superpowers.

  19. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 20, 2019 at 9:57 am
    Most protected QB in the league. Patriots fanboys just cannot grasp that because they live in the fantasy world
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    And you liven a world of Pats jealousy. You just cannot grasp the Pats dominate your sorry team. Look at you handle. Says enough.

  20. The dude literally falls to the ground whenever someone on the D gets by an O lineman. Brees anmd others will make the throw, knowing they are going to take a hit, but not Brady. If he does move, ut’s just to get into a better position to throw it away.

    You’d think such a ‘pliable’ guy wouldn’t dive onto the ground and curl up into the fetal position whenever there is a chance a hit is coming.

    He’s also terrible in the red zone. He’s got 2 end zone picks this year and very few passes caught for TD’s from the 10 yd line or less.

    He also doesn’t want to throw to rookies. It used to be he threw to the open man, whoever that might be. THose days are long gone. When he HAD to throw to Myers, Myers caught every ball. He ought to throw to him more often. He should be using these awful opponents as training sessions for the newer guys and get them up to speed.

    Getting the left tackle back will be a plus, and the same with N’Keal Harry, but will it be enough??? Going in to the season I thought our offense was going to be formidable. Now it looks like a train wreck

    Once we get to the meat of the schedule, or offense will get smoked. The D should still give us a shot, but

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