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Blitzing Brady bad idea?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2010 – 11:13 am

After the NY Giants won a Super Bowl by battering Tom Brady in 2007, most believe that pressuing the Patriots QB and getting sacks on him is the way to foil New England’s offense. Not so fast.

NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan presents some startling numbers concerning opponents that do successfully get pressure on Brady. Here are a few of the more eye-popping ones.

In each of the last three games alone Brady has been sacked three times. In fact opponents have posted five 3-sack games on Brady this season. All the Patriots have done is win all five games with the offense putting up an average of 33.6 points per game.

This season there are 150 plays in which teams have brought pressure against Brady and his stats are as follows 90 completions (60%) for 1,200 yards, seven TDs, 2 INTs and nine sacks.

Pressuring Brady can have some success because it forces him to move away from throwing behind center (where he prefers) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are not the most effective backs in blitz pickup. Also looping around from behind can prove successful as even Brady can get skittish when he feels pressure from behind, but oftentimes the ball comes out so quick that can be a difficult approach to hang your defensive game plan on.

Bottom line the guy is just really, really good.


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