In football parlance, “finesse” has come to be known as a dirty word.
”Finesse and football? Yes,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady agreed. ”This isn’t finesse sport. You don’t go very far if you’re a finesse team.”
And yet, when the Patriots throw as often as they do, it’s hard to avoid the label. Naturally, Brady balked at that concept, saying the Pats run plenty enough, and show their toughness plenty enough not to go anywhere near the F-word.
”It comes down to those situational plays. Third and one, you’re not throwing it. First and goal on the one, you’re not throwing it,” Brady said. ”Four minutes left in the game, and you got a lead, you’re not throwing it . . . like we did against the Jets. We ran it nine-of-eleven or ten-of-eleven times to end it. That’s what it means to be tough, and physical. The Steelers through 50 times last week, but they’re pretty tough and physical. That’s what we try to be as well. Even though you’re efficient in both phases, running a