Safety Jim Leonhard has spent six of his eight years in the AFC East, where he played the New England Patriots at least twice a year.
While he admits he hasn’t had much success against them, Leonhard has enough experience against the Pats to know the keys to defeating them.
“I always say, to beat Tom Brady, you have to hit him and you have to get there with four (defenders),” Leonhard said. “That’s easy to say but it’s not very easy to do. I think we have the guys up front that we can get it done and get him off his spot and get him moving a little bit. That’s what you have to do to have success against him.”
Pressuring Brady with just four – not five, six or seven – is important because of Brady’s ability to recognize a blitz and capitalize on the matchups that are created in the secondary when additional players rush the passer.