New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has taken his fair share of hits during the 2017 season. Obviously, that’s not a great thing for a quarterback who’s 40 years old.
While it hasn’t slowed down Brady at all, as he’s thrown for 1,399 yards and 10 touchdowns without a single interception, fans would always like to see their quarterback take fewer hits.
On the season, Brady has taken 27 hits and during Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers, he was sacked three times. On Monday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the hits that Brady has taken, per NESN’s Zack Cox.
“Well, we always try to, obviously, protect the quarterback, create holes in the running game, do all the things that we try to do to move the ball and be successful,” the Patriots coach said Monday in a conference call with reporters.
“So that’s what we’ll continue to do. It’s a contact sport, and guys are going to get hit out on the football field. I think that’s reality. “We’ll do the best that we can to try to win games. That’s what we’re going to try to do. I’m not really sure what you’re suggesting.”
Belichick didn’t slow down there either when it came to the topic of protecting Brady. He seemingly didn’t love the question and proceeded to ask if the Patriots should only run the ball.
“Should we run the ball 70 times a game? Is that what you think we should do? Run 70 runs a game?” Belichick added.
He’s not wrong, as it’s obvious that Brady is going to take hits. Limiting those hits is key, and as Cox pointed out, the Patriots star franchise quarterback on pace for over 100 hits this season.
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