Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tom Brady not worried about O-line
By James Walker
It was only the preseason. But in limited time, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took enough shots this summer to be concerned about the offensive line heading into the regular season.
Brady is 35 and cannot get knocked around at that rate for 16 straight games if New England wants to be successful. But according to Brady, he’s not worried about his pass protection heading into Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
“Whoever is out there is out there, and whoever’s out there has earned that position,” Brady said in his weekly news conference. “They’ve done what the coaches have asked them to do and there’s a lot of confidence that they’ll be able to do their job. My focus is on quarterback and I’ve got enough to worry about as is.”
New England has few weaknesses on offense. But getting to Brady is the best way to disrupt the Patriots’ high-powered attack. The Patriots hope the healthy returns of right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and an improving Logan Mankins (knee) will lead to more chemistry and better play up front.
Brady is coming off astounding numbers in 2011 where he passed for 5,253 yards and 39 touchdowns. He has the most weapons of his entire career at receiver and tight end and could have another big year. But Brady needs time to find his skill players like receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
“It’s not like I figured everything out the past four weeks either, so I’ve got to go out there and try to do what my role is and that’s play quarterback,” Brady said. “I let those guys really do what they do -- and they do a good job of doing that and playing offensive line.”