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Brady: 'I don't think I've ever influenced a call'

Posted by Albert Breer  November 6, 2009 03:22 PM

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As for the "roughing" issue, it looks like this: Patriots' opponents have been flagged five times through seven games for roughing the passer. Once in the Atlanta game (Jamaal Anderson) and twice in the Baltimore (Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs) and Tennessee (Chris Hope, Tony Brown) games.

Beyond just that, the "Brady rule" is actually more of a clarification than anything else.

Either way, Brady says he's not worried about the way things are called on quarterbacks when he's out there, and will deal with the calls as they come.

"I don't think about them very often," Brady said. "We're standing back there, trying to make the plays, you can't think about it. And we're not the only ones. Rules are in place that protect the quarterback, protect the kicker, protect defenseless receivers, defensive linemen on cut blocks. I just don't see it as a quarterback issue. It's just that we're the ones holding the ball, so it's pretty visible when it happens.

"We're all kind of in the same boat out there, especially if you run outside the pocket. They find ways to protect receivers, and they should. You can't just go and knock the crap out of the kicker. We all play by the rules. If you're flagged, you deal with it, and find a way to not let it happen again."

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