Steelers' Clark: Brady 'sees ghosts' under pressure

Steelers' Clark: Brady 'sees ghosts' under pressure
May 6, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Tom Brady may have a bit of bulletin board material around his locker prior to the Patriots - Steelers game on November 3.

Speaking on ESPN's "NFL Live" on Monday, Steelers safety Ryan Clark was asked about his thoughts on Wes Welker leaving the Patriots for the Broncos, and what that could mean for New England.

“I think what’s really underestimated is Wes Welker’s importance to not only the New England Patriots, but Tom Brady," Clark said. "A lot of what they do is timing. A lot of what they do is option reads, when you’re working inside against that nickelback or against those linebackers. Losing him is huge."

Clark went on to talk about Welker's replacement, Danny Amendola, and how he's "fragile", before he went on to say that the more pressure put on Brady, the worse he gets.

“In 2010, we saw it start with the Jets in the playoffs," Clark said. "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. 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.”