Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady

Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady
August 28, 2011, 3:05 pm
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By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
DETROIT - The ferocity of the Lions front-seven Saturday night is exactly what the New England Patriots needed. Tom Brady was under siege in a way that can only cause the Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, receivers coach Chad O'Shea and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to examine closely how to fix a problem that -- when it arises -- usually results in the Patriots getting croaked. We saw this kind of pressure in each of the Patriots last three playoff losses. To get a fresh look now against an excellent front gives those coaches plenty of ammo. The Lions defense was on-point with both coverage and pass rush, said Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril who credited the secondary for making Brady hold the ball longer than desired. "It was also the defensive tackles," Avril added. "Once we made him step up, he didn't have a lot of stepping up room so he tried to slide out a little bit to the ends and we just made the plays. But definitely the defensive backs did their thing."Brady claimed in the postgame that the Patriots were trying to go downfield on the Lions and that's why he got stuck holding a little longer. He was waiting for wideouts to uncover that never did. But the pass rush -- even though Brady tried to absolve his offensive line -- was intense. Asked if Brady was rattled, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said, "To be honest with you, I didn't pay attention to his emotions. My job is to continue to rattle him and be in his face. When he starts yelling at me like 'leave me alone' that is when I know I have completed my job. He didn't talk too much today. He is a good player and I respect him a lot. Ever since we played against him last Thanksgiving and I had a conversation (with him) after the game, I have a lot more respect for him. He is a great player and he keeps it in house whatever is going wrong with him, if anything."What seemed to be going wrong with him had a lot to do with Suh and Co. on this Saturday night. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran