Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brady's slide under review by media, fans, now NFL


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had a long, prosperous and mostly healthy NFL career, in part due to his awareness and effective use of the slide.

But this week, that slide has come into question. Well, one slide in particular. (photo: Jose Luis Garza)

In the second quarter of the Patriots' AFC Championship loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Brady went down to slide on a scramble. This time, his leg kicked up (or he kicked up his leg) as Ravens safety Ed Reed came in for the tackle. Here's a video clip of it.

Tuesday, ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the NFL is now reviewing the "slide/kick," which has been a somewhat weighted topic of discussion among talk radio and fans. Many are arguing that Brady intentionally put his leg up to either "protect" himself or actually make contact with Reed. Either way, it was a dangerous play.

"We all know and understand what's going on there," Ravens safety Bernard Pollard told CSNNE Monday. "And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we're taught ... we can't do anything. When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody, that's bull crap.

“... When you slide, everything is on the ground. He knew what he was doing. It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it.”

Well, they are, but it's yet to be seen if the accused "special treatment" Brady, like any other star player, gets will come into play.

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