When Patrick asked Urlacher, “Who was the quarterback or running back you didn’t get, and you really wanted to?” it didn’t take Urlacher long to remember one particularly embarrassing play against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It was Week 12 of the 2006 season, and Brady — who will hardly go down as the most mobile quarterback of all time — managed to elude Urlacher in the open field on a fourth-quarter scramble. As you can see in the video above, it was an atypical play for several reasons.
“Brady always kicked our butts — I don’t think we ever beat [New England] when Tom Brady was the starting quarterback,” Urlacher remembered. “He juked me out of my shoes in 2006.”
As Patrick said, “Every white guy who couldn’t move loved that play, because it was Brady who was doing it.”
“Man, he really got me, and he’s one of the best of all time,” Urlacher concluded. “There were just some guys I had a hard time with.”
Thanks for the memory Brian Urlacher!
Frenz and I are back on the podcast train this week with some offseason discussion, including OTAs, Spikes’ absence and the wide open wide receiver competition.
If Mark Harrison makes the team do you think it'll be him and Dobson taking the outside together?
It’s certainly intriguing to have both of those guys. I really love how the Pats are rebuilding their receiver corps, though I have no idea how it will play out. But just based off the rookies alone I’ve never seen more young talent at the position. There are slot receivers (Amendola, Edelman, Moe), there are big outside guys (Dobson, Harrison, Jenkins), there are explosive guys (Boyce).
This will be a different Patriots offense this year. Sure, there will be elements of the last couple years, like Gronk and Hernandez, and I’m sure Amendola will run a lot of Welker’s routes, but how teams matchup on the outside will have to totally change. There are now new elements of size and speed that will be sprinkled in for opponents to deal with. It won’t always be consistent, especially early, but I think in the long run the Patriots offense is going to be well set for the next few seasons.
Good signing, this receiver competition in camp is gonna be nuts.
It’s not an understatement to say that statistically Mark Harrison had the most impressive 2013 NFL Combine performance of any participant. During February’s combine Mark weighed in at just under 6’3″ tall and 231 lbs. When Harrison posted a 40 yard dash time of 4.46 seconds, a broad jump of 10’9″ and a vertical jump of 38.5 inches, people immediately took notice. A human being as big and heavy as Harrison isn’t supposed to put up those kind of agility numbers.