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Jan 13, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa lines up against the New England Patriots during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Jan 13, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa lines up against the New England Patriots during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

The audio of a mic’d up Joey Bosa from Chargers-Patriots is the latest example of why Tom Brady demoralizes defenders so often.

Check out a clip of Bosa below, featuring him and teammate Brandon Mebane along with Brady. First he jokingly complains to Brady not to throw so quickly. Then the Chargers edge rusher went to the bench in awe of how quickly Brady got rid of the ball in the pocket, even with Bosa and teammate Melvin Ingram bearing down on him.

“He really is ridiculous,” Bosa says. “Just how quick he can get rid of the ball, what he sees. Impressive.”

Bosa just explained what so many national media talking heads don’t seem to understand. One of the reasons that high-end pass rushers like Bosa struggle against the Patriots is that Brady is so quick, decisive, and accurate with the ball. Too many pundits like to focus on his arm strength and mobility, neither of which have never been his biggest assets anyway. Even when Bosa was able to make plays on the Patriots’ tackles, it didn’t matter because the ball was already out.

If you disagree with Bosa’s candid assessment, coming from an actual professional football player who played against Brady, we don’t know what to tell you.

The entire new episode of Inside the NFL is worth watching for those with Showtime subscriptions. Here are some other highlights from the Patriots mic’d up:

“He’s gonna drift away from you and just throw it up. Just don’t hit him in the head.” -Bill Belichick, instructing the Patriots defense on attacking Philip Rivers.

“We’ve got him where we want him. He is bitching to the officials on every snap.” -Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly on Philip Rivers

As an added bonus, here’s Julian Edelman mic’d up from the Patriots’ 41-28 win last Sunday.

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