Brady Notices Sense of Urgency
By Ross Gienieczko
Before Tom Brady took the field for the Patriots final practice before their penultimate preseason game Friday night against Carolina, he noted the increased urgency of the week at his press conference.
“This week has mimicked much more of a regular season week. Just in terms of the install and scouting reports and getting into our opponents, we’ve had extra time to watch our own film study,” Brady said. “I think everyone likes to feel like they’re getting accustomed to what’s coming.”
He also went into detail on the difference between practice and preseason repetitions and gave a hint at why he’s been so obsessive about his game reps throughout the years, evidenced by his playing the entire first half in his preseason debut Philadelphia.
“When you get into games, the timing is different. They can actually hit you. In practice, the rushers come and they stop. So you get a false sense of security,” Brady explained.
“When they don’t stop, you’ve got to get rid of the ball quicker. You have to make faster decisions. Your footwork has to be better. Your pre-snap reads have to be better,” he continued. “So all those things time up. I like to be someone that can really anticipate things and be really efficient with what I’m doing. The more time you have actually doing it, the better.
“There’s only one way to simulate it. That’s to play.”