Tom Brady talks Josh Allen injury, notes long-ago Bill Belichick advice
Tom Brady on Monday noted how quarterbacks must consider the “risk/reward” component of a play before opening themselves up to injury when addressing how Josh Allen was knocked out of Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.
Allen was removed from the Bills’ 16-10 loss after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit from Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones on a seven-yard scramble during the fourth quarter.
Here’s the hit on Josh Allen.pic.twitter.com/J9HCYhM9Pp— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 29, 2019
Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness for the hit but was not ejected, much to the chagrin of the Bills. Allen, meanwhile, is now in concussion protocol.
Brady addressed Allen’s injury during his weekly appearance Monday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” saying he always tries to be cognizant of the situation in an effort to “avoid any big shots like that.”
“A lot of quarterbacks who do run, they’re trying to make yards and it’s great. At the same time, you’re susceptible to big hits,” Brady said, as transcribed by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Brady went on to highlight some sage advice he received from Bill Belichick early on his career, words that obviously have served the 41-year-old veteran well over the years as he plays in his 20th NFL season.
“I was scrambling up the right side, and tried to hold on to the ball, and tried to slide late. The guy hit me and my helmet flew about 10 yards away. It kind of riled up their whole sideline,” Brady said. “I remember the next day, Coach Belichick said to me — I’ll never forget this — he said ‘Hey Brady, if you want to have a career in this league, when you’re running like that, you either throw the ball away or slide!’ I’ve kind of taken to that.”
Despite highlighting how he does everything possible to avoid putting himself in a position to get injured, Brady of course feels bad for Allen.
“You never like to see anyone get hurt out there. Football is a contact sport. It’s part of football,” Brady said. “… Those defensive players are very fast and very physical.”