After the New England Patriots dismantled the Indianapolis Colts by virtue of 6 rushing touchdowns, the running back committee rightly got their praise. A lot has also been made of Tom Brady's seemingly quiet day at the office, with just 13 completions for 198 yards and 0 touchdowns. But that doesn't mean he was a passenger on this team while #BlountForce did the damage, as Julian Edelman pointed out (From bostonherald.com):

“Tom did a lot,” said Julian Edelman, who was asked about Brady having an easy night at the office. “That’s very false. He puts us in the plays and he gets us right. A lot of people don’t understand that when you have a quarterback who can go out there and put you in the right play every time, good things are going to happen.”

When you get over 200 yards of rushing offense, it is easy to overlook the work that the Quarterback does. I mean, if it was that easy, how do the Minnesota Vikings fail pretty much every year with a stud like Adrian Peterson? Not only does Brady make the required throws - which is pretty important - but the most important bit is Brady's smart. Really smart.

His pre-snap reads of the defense were important, especially on 3rd down. Jeff Howe in the same article points out three calls on running plays (and one on a passing play) to convert on 3rd down. He also made a pre-snap adjustment on one of  Blount's 4 TD's.

Bill Belichick was suitably impressed. I guess.

“I thought Tom did a good job as well in the running game of, I don’t know if I would say getting us into a good play, but certainly getting us out of a bad play,” coach Bill Belichick said. “There were two or three times when we had a look where we just were short a blocker.”

Yeah. Look at that. Brady must have been elated to hear that.

I think the point of this article is: You can shout "Omaha!" as much as you like, but our Tom Brady is going to do pretty much the same thing, without ESPN getting on their knees for him.

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Brendan Annely 1/13/2014 06:59:00 PM Edit

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