New York Jets Defensive Player Reveals Plan to Stop Tom Brady: ‘Got to Treat Him Like a Nameless, Faceless Guy’

Published 12/30/2021, 1:26 PM EST
GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


In the New York Jets’ first match of 2022, the AFC East team will face off against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. With the Jets virtually out of playoff contention and the Bucs having secured one; this match is as significant as ‘ueue’ in the word ‘queue’. While there isn’t any hope of progress for the Jets, they can always fight for their dignity.

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A week ago, this match could have easily been written off for the Jets. For starters, the NY-based team has only won only 4 matches this season. Moreover, they will be facing one of the most dominating sides in this NFL. But things have changed radically in the last week.

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) forces a fumble in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports| Credit: Reuters

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently going through an injury crisis. As per reports, nearly 9 players are doubtful for the Week 17 clash. With players like Leonard Fournette, Shaq Barrett doubtful; and Chris Godwin out for the season, the New York faithful have a glimmer of hope!

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Veteran Jets defensive star reveals his plan to stop Tom Brady

Ahead of the Jets‘ dignity salvaging clash against the Bucs, veteran Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins revealed an interesting plan to tackle the GOAT. Rankins suggested that the best way to overcome Brady‘s aura is to not put him up a pedestal in your mind.

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“At the end of the day, football is football,” Rankins said on Monday. “He is Tom Brady but you’ve got to treat him like a nameless, faceless guy and go out there and go through your progressions, go through your keys and play football the way you’ve played football your whole life.”

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What do you make of this mental tweak suggestion by Rankins? Should other teams also adopt this solution against the GOAT? Drop-in your thoughts below!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xavier's College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite soccer club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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