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January 19, 2008

Jaworski: Brady season is best I've ever seen

Editor's note: Eagle-Tribune Publishing's Bill Burt traveled to NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J., a suburb of Philadelphia, and spent the day breaking down film with ESPN's Ron Jaworski, a former NFL MVP quarterback with the Eagles. Burt also spent time breaking down film on the MVP of the 2007 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - It took only three pass plays from the New England Patriots game against Jacksonville on Jan. 12, for Ron Jaworski to start gushing.

"Look at that back foot," said Jaworski, while watching coaches tape of the game, to which only NFL Films and NFL coaches have access.

"Look at the pointed toe and how he pushes off when he releases the ball. Forget about the (Patriots') perfect record. That's perfection."

The play in question was a flare pass to the sidelines that gained only a few yards. But it was Tom Brady and, well, there isn't much he can do wrong in Jaworski's eyes.

Jaworski is probably the best guy in sports media to analyze the quarterback position. He spent 17 years in the league, 10 with the Philadelphia Eagles, which included an MVP trophy in 1980.

Jaworski is co-host with former Steelers running back Merril Hoge and ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on the "State Farm NFL Matchup" show on ESPN. The show is produced at NFL Films, where Jaworski has an office.

"Why do I get so excited about seeing Tom do the little things right?" asked Jaworski. "Because so few quarterbacks do. You'll see that same play where so many other quarterbacks pick up that back foot. I believe the quarterback position is the worst-coached position in the league. Tom, though, has been taught very well.

"Sid Gillman would have loved watching Tom Brady. I worked with Sid. He was fanatical about mechanics. And when you watch Tom Brady, there is not a better quarterback at doing the little things correctly."

Gillman was former assistant and head coach with the Los Angeles Rams before joining the AFL and Los Angeles and later the San Diego Chargers. His 1963 Chargers beat the then-Boston Patriots, 51-10, in the American Football League Championship game. The late Hall of Famer is hailed as the innovator of the passing game in the modern era.

Jaworski says the Patriots would be a decent team, maybe even a good team without Brady.

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