- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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During an appearance on Wednesday's SportsCenter, ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi discussed Steelers safety Ryan Clark's remarks about Tom Brady seeing "ghosts."
"It's a defensive term, and Ryan's a safety and I'm a linebacker. He calls it 'seeing ghosts' but I call it 'protecting the franchise.' Because you want your quarterback, every week, to be there for you, 16 weeks out of the regular season," Bruschi said, alongside host Linda Cohn. "I've seen Peyton Manning do it. I've seen Eli Manning do it, those quarterbacks that know they're more important than this particular down right now, so live to fight another day, get down, and save the franchise, protect the franchise.
"I'll talk about Ryan Clark's quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. He's only played 16 [regular-season] games one time in his entire nine-year career. He's missed eight games in the last three years. It's hard to win without your franchise quarterback.
"It's taken me a little bit of time to realize this, post-retirement, as an analyst. Quarterbacks must think differently than linebackers, than safeties. They must know that the position is of the utmost importance and they need to stay alive and stay healthy, and be there through the entire regular season and the entire postseason. That's the way I see it."