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Brady told O'Brien he threw ball away on safety

Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:08 am
 
Hard to blame Brady for throwing it away. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Much ado's been made about the safety on the first Patriots offensive play of the game in the Super Bowl last Sunday -- Tom Brady threw the ball to no one while standing in his own end zone. But was intentional grounding the right call? And did some receiver mess up a route that caused Brady to throw the ball where he did?

Turns out, no. Brady actually was throwing it away. On the Sound FX portion of NFL Replay, NFL Films caught Brady telling (former) offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien that he did in fact throw it away after first trying to find Rob Gronkowski, then Wes Welker and finally feeling heat from Justin Tuck.

"I looked to Gronk, I looked to Wes, he dropped and then I felt [Tuck]," Brady said. "I had no place to throw it away. I threw it over his head. I didn't want to throw an interception."

So it's a pretty clear case of intentional grounding, provided Brady was in the pocket (he was) and therefore a clear safety provided Brady was in the end zone (he was). That didn't stop Bill Belichick from arguing the call with referee John Parry through.

Sound FX picked up Belichick calling Parry over and saying "The intentional grounding call ..."

"What's the problem with it?" Parry replied.

"He had a guy coming in there -- he didn't throw it to him. But he had a guy that was coming in there," Belichick said. "I mean, damn."

There are four parts up on NFL.com (if you don't have NFL Network) and all are worth watching. As we noted earlier on Thursday, one clip shows Belichick telling his defense to stifle Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and "make" the Giants find Mario Manningham on their final drive.

Unfortunately for Belichick, that worked out about as well as his attempt to argue that Brady didn't throw the ball away.

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SissyBoyFloy
Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:24 am
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Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:22 am
 

Brady told O'Brien he threw ball away on safety

As a Patriots Fan, I've come to admire Number 91, Justin Tuck.  If my Pats had more players like him, we would have won the game.  He is a beast, along with Pierre-Paul and the rest.


This was a dumb throw by Brady.  I've never seen it called when it's down the middle of the field, but it was the right call.  


The blame game is overblown.  Why have the Patriots lost 2 Super Bowls to the Giants?  They aren't tough enough, and can't stop Eli Manning.  They are a soft, finesse team and they need to change their mentality, or else they will continue to lose to high-caliber physical teams.     


New England needs to start getting some Justin Tuck-like defenders..        



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:42 pm
 

Brady told O'Brien he threw ball away on safety

100% the right call and I said so at the time!!  Brady was STUPID on that play!!  All he had to do was roll a few steps to his right so that he was outside the tackle box and he could do what he wanted!!!  He didn't and the ref had NO CHOICE but to make that call!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Brady told O'Brien he threw ball away on safety

The patriots cannot win a super bowl without knowing the other teams signals and without watching their walk through. Cheaters cheaters cheaters



Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Brady told O'Brien he threw ball away on safety

Word Up Big Bang!


bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:08 pm
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Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Brady told O'Brien he threw ball away on safety

Tough call, tough set of circumstances in which the Patriots lost.  The Giants really just let the Patriots dictate the game without putting up much for points.  They stuck around and made the plays that mattered.  The safety, replays show the receiver under cut the route thinking the play was over I would question more why defer the opening kick off?  The defence is not stout and the offence is not what it once was, so you win the coin toss you take the ball and run with it.  Being a Patriots fan there is one thing of the last decade, they don't lose often but when they do they lose ugly.  On a hope and a prayer or just poor judgement for play calls.  When it goes bad it gets silly.  The game was over with 3:40 to go in the fourth when they ran on second down and got held up in the back field.  Why would you run on second down?  Next play 3rd down forced to throw for better than 12 yards for first down.  Brady makes an ugly throw way too high for Welker to make a play even though he was open.  You could feel the Giants got the opportunity they were waiting for and scored.  Manningham would be the guy to not cover as tight because some games he has the dropsies.  He came up huge as did Eli.  Brady has not been the same QB since the knee injury.  His shoulder has made it no easier.  Belichick hopefully will take the value in the stock he has in the draft this year and plug the holes he has created.  He can coach, but for a team to have boasted the draft picks they have had and to watch JPP and the young Giants defence take the title from them for the second time in four years, he has to look in the mirror and question his draft strategies.  Instead we watch as they cut the guys they traded down to get as opposed to get the player of value at the pick they had and watch him flourish in other organizations.  Brady needs a true running back to rely on and the defence needs better cover corners.  Then the safety doesn't ever happen, they don't defer the kick off, they draft the player with value not trading for value.  Go Pats make it another showing next year and get it done.


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