Like the rest of New England, Tom Brady is excited for a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series matchup. And Brady, a native Californian, has his own anti-Dodgers view.
“I do,” Brady said. “I was a [San Francisco] Giants fan growing, and now I’m a Red Sox fan, so it couldn’t set up any better for the Red Sox to win the World Series, and I think they’re going to do it. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.”
“They’ve had an incredible season and we’re all cheering them on,” Brady concluded on the Red Sox.
As for football, one of the topics Brady addressed in the interview was his (lack of) speed. Brady rushed for six yards in Sunday’s win over the Bears, while his counterpart, Mitchell Trubisky, ran for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots quarterback famously ran a 5.28 second 40-yard dash at the 2000 NFL rookie combine. Trubisky, running in the 2017 version, posted a 4.67.
Brady acknowledged that he would love the ability to run, but that his lack of speed has probably made him a better pocket passer over the years.
“I would love the luxury of doing that, and having the ability to escape and run away from the [defensive] line, because it’s a great asset to have,” said Brady. “It’s hard for the defense to stop those broken plays. A lot of quarterbacks have that.”
“I think in some ways not having that ability makes me focus more on my accuracy, and my reads, and my throwing mechanics,” Brady continued. “Getting the ball out quick, and developing other aspects of my game, like my mental game. I always say, ‘Nothing good ever happens when I have the ball.’ So, the reality is making quick decisions, and getting the ball in the hands of our playmakers is really important to me.”
Still, Brady said he would like to have had a better 40-time.
“At the same time, I wish I ran a 4.8 [second 40-yard dash]. But if I ran a 4.8, I probably wouldn’t have been picked in the sixth round either.”
In a follow-up question, Brady was asked if he ever had the capacity to run at a high school or college level.
“No, I never had that ability,” Brady answered. “And I just think when you have that skill-set, that becomes a real weapon for you, running. And those are things that probably a lot of coaches said, ‘Look, if you’re in doubt, just take it and run,’ because they know you’re going to make yards. You really develop that skill-set. I think it’s a great a skill-set to have.”
For Brady, decision making is more than when and where to pass:
In pro football, the difference is it’s really about great decision making when you’re doing that, because it’s very easy to get hurt outside the pocket. When you start running, and guys are coming at you and hitting you, and they can treat you like a running back, it’s a lot more games than high school or college, so you just have to be able to protect yourself. Certain quarterbacks find a balance, I think you see guys like Cam Newton. But he really is an incredible physical specimen in a way to be able to do that. I think if you have a lesser frame than that, you’re really susceptible to injury.
With his six-yard scramble, Brady is now 11 yards away from reaching 1,000 career rushing yards.
“I certainly wish I could run faster than I do, and watching Mitch run around yesterday, he certainly made some really great plays. Those things are hard to stop.”
Brady was asked if he agrees that quarterbacks should prioritize getting out of bounds when they leave the pocket.
“Yeah, I kind of feel that way too,” said Brady. “It only takes one hit. And sometimes you might get away with it ten times in a row, and then the next time you’re out for the year. That’s a danger in pro football, because you don’t have the supreme athletic ability that you did compared to the guys you played in high school or college. When you get to the pros, you’re playing against the best athletes that play in the sport of football.
“It’s risk-reward. If it’s 4th down and the game’s on the line, you have to do what you have to do. A lot of it’s great decision making, and again, decision making comes not only from throwing the ball, but also making good decisions when you have the ball, knowing when to get out of bounds and knowing when that one yard really matters.”