The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots was at one time one of the best in the AFC, with the two teams constantly meeting each other late in their postseason runs. Lately, the Steelers have taken a step back, but that hasn’t stopped them from going after the Patriots. Starting Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark recently ripped New England’s quarterback Tom Brady and recent free agent acquisition Danny Amendola.
Clark believes that the Patriots have gotten worse by replacing Wes Welker with Amendola. He also said that Brady loses his composure when he feels pressure.
“I think what’s really underestimated is Wes Welker’s importance to not only the New England Patriots, but Tom Brady,” Clark said, via ESPN. “Losing him is huge. . . . I know they think Danny Amendola can come in and have the same type of numbers he had with the Rams, but we also have to remember, he’s fragile.”
Then Clark went in depth about Brady’s struggles.
“When Tom Brady gets pressure and when you’re man-to-man and bumping those guys and making it hard for him to throw, he sees ghosts,” Clark said. “Even when guys aren’t around him, even when he’s not about to be sacked, when his clock goes off in his head that the ball should be out, we’ll see him duck, we’ll see him flinch. When you get Tom Brady doing that, the whole New England Patriots mystique goes away.
“Two years ago we played them and dominated them because we went man-to-man and had a big corner in Cortez Allen on [Rob] Gronkowski, and made it hard for Tom Brady to get the ball off, in timing, and made him to have to make plays. It was hard for him.”
When Brady has been criticized in the past, he has come out on fire and targeted those who spoke out against. Most of the time, Brady makes the mouthy defensive back look like a fool, so Clark better watch out when the Steelers travel to Foxboro on November 3.