Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Outlines What His Team Must Do to Stop Tom Brady

Published 09/09/2021, 12:44 PM EDT
TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers throws a pass during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called it the match between David and Goliath. And he isn’t wrong saying that given that his side takes on the defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by Tom Brady.

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Brady and the Buccaneers enter the 2021 NFL season as one of the favorites to lift the crown again. But first, they must get their campaign off on the right note by claiming their first win.

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While the Buccaneers and Brady will have home advantage, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory feels his side knows what they must do to stop the evergreen quarterback.

Dallas Cowboys looking to be disruptive against Tom Brady

Speaking to the Dallas Cowboys’ official website, defensive end Randy Gregory highlighted the game plan his side have in mind to ensure Tom Brady has a quiet night.

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“You got to make him feel uncomfortable,” Gregory said. “With him he likes to stand tall. You’ve got to make sure you keep bodies around him, even if you’re not hitting him, just being able to get around him, get your hands up, different things like that. Knock him off the spot. Just not really give him a chance to pick us apart as a defense.” 

The Cowboys defense was the butt of plenty of jokes last season thanks to their dismal performances. But containing Tom Brady in the opening tie will go a long way in dismantling that narrative.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates in the final seconds of their 31 to 26 win over the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

“Our main goal as a defensive line is to be disruptive, get in the backfield, and get to the quarterback, and cause issues that way. But just not making him feel like he can drop back and stand in the same spot that he dropped back in.”

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The defensive end indicated that Brady could be in for a long night given that the Cowboys’ motto is simple – Blitz, blitz and blitz again.

“Blitzing,” Gregory said. “Disguising different calls, things like that — those are all different ways you can kind of get him off his spot, getting him thinking twice about what he wants to do with the ball.”

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The Cowboys have the offense to go toe-to-toe with the Buccaneers, but it will boil down to whether or not their defense can keep Tom Brady quiet through the night.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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