- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said this week that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady “sees ghosts” in the pocket. According to Clark, Brady ducks, dodges and flinches from phantom pressure if he holds the ball too long.
As a result, it didn't take long for Tedy Bruschi to come to Brady's defense. Bruschi was a former teammate of Brady and the pair won Super Bowls together in New England. Bruschi didn't deny Brady's ducking and dodging from phantom defenders, because we’ve all seen it live and on tape. But Bruschi said Brady is simply "protecting the franchise."
Bruschi, in return, also takes a subtle shot at Clark's quarterback with the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, who doesn't flinch from contact and takes a lot of big hits during the season.
"I will talk about Ryan's quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger," Bruschi said. "He’s only played 16 games one time in his entire nine-year career. He’s missed eight games in the last three years."
It appears Clark and Bruschi have differing opinions of how to best play quarterback. But it's clear that both ways can be effective. Brady and Roethlisberger have combined to win five Super Bowl titles.