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Gresh And Zo: Are The Patriots A Finesse Team?

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OCTOBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots sits on the bench towards the end of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

OCTOBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots sits on the bench towards the end of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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During his weekly press conference, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about the word “finesse” almost being a dirty word when talking about their offense.

“Finesse in football? Yes, football isn’t a finesse sport. You don’t go very far as a finesse team,” said Brady.

Brady was asked if it was hard to be seen as a physical team on offense with the Patriots throwing the ball so much.

“It comes down to those situational plays that I talked about like third and one, you’re not throwing it. First and goal on the one, you’re not throwing it. Four minutes left in the game and you got a lead, you’re not throwing it,” Brady said. “You might, but the team really knows you’re running it. Like against the Jets, where we ran it 9-of-11 or 10-of-11 times right at the end of the game to end it. That’s what it means to be tough [and] physical. I would say that they Steelers threw it 50 times last week and they’re a pretty physical team. That’s what we try to be as well. Even though you’re efficient in both phases – running and passing, you’re still trying to do it with an element of toughness to your team.”

Are the Patriots a soft/finesse team? Did the Pittsburgh game once again expose them as a team that can’t match up physically with “tough” teams?

Gresh and Zo discuss…

What do you think? Have the Patriots become a “finesse” team? Let us know in the comments section.

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