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Brady, Belichick should brace for blitzes

As Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to return to the field in a regular-season game for the first time since Week One 2008, Tom Curran looks at what is waiting for him.

It’s enough to make the scar on Carson Palmer’s knee ache.

Brady will be blitzed, Curran predicts.  Constantly and aggressively.

The challenge will be for the Patriots to protect him.  And if anyone can come up with a plan for keeping the quarterback in one piece, it’s Pats coach Bill Belichick.

Especially since Belichick knows that Brady will expecting it.  Indeed, Belichick tells Curran that Brady is “hard to coach” because of his level of preparation and expectation.

“You have to be better prepared than he is because he sets such a high
standard with his preparation and his level of understanding,”
Belichick told Curran.  “As a coach, you’re competing with that, trying to
exceed that or else, what are you doing [for him]?”

The best thing Belichick can do for Brady is keep his body and its contents assembled as intended. 

It will be a challenge, but we’ve got a feeling that Belichick and Brady welcome it.

The process begins Monday night, against the Bills.

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52 Responses to “Brady, Belichick should brace for blitzes”
  1. hayward giablommi says: Sep 8, 2009 12:55 PM

    seems like a sound strategy considering how piss poor the line has been of late.

  2. racer-x says: Sep 8, 2009 12:56 PM

    What a non-story. What is the remedy for constant blitzing on any team?
    Quick slants and dump-off passes. Oh yeah, the Pats traded for another TE. Maybe he will help protect against all the “blitzes” while Moss/Welker/Galloway are off to the races against a vacated secondary.

  3. JoeSixPack says: Sep 8, 2009 12:56 PM

    Hence the recent moves to acquire better blocking TEs to provide some additional support to the OL, which also needs to improve their game.
    None of this is any secret in the NFL. The Patriots welcome the blitz because that means someone else is open and Brady usually finds that person.
    Normally teams might re-think their constant blitzing but most teams will have no choice but to pick the poison of letting Brady find the open man.
    Only teams that can pressure without adding an extra man blitzing will have success against the Pats.

  4. nflqb says: Sep 8, 2009 12:57 PM

    This should workout real well since the pats gave up 5 sacks in the sb and over 40 last season…..

  5. Manifesto says: Sep 8, 2009 12:58 PM

    Hopefully they blitz. Moss is the greatest weapon to have against the blitz. Just throw it up for grabs in Moss’ direction, and he will out-jump and out-adjust the defensive back(s). It will be almost too easy.

  6. Citizen Strange says: Sep 8, 2009 12:59 PM

    If only there was some way to know ahead of time if a team is going to blitz or not and if they are blitzing which player(s) will be blitzing.

  7. denden#10 says: Sep 8, 2009 1:04 PM

    duh

  8. denden#10 says: Sep 8, 2009 1:05 PM

    duh

  9. denden#10 says: Sep 8, 2009 1:05 PM

    duh

  10. DildoBaggins says: Sep 8, 2009 1:07 PM

    Isn’t Brady already the most blitzed QB in the NFL anyway? They said it on NFL Network about a month or so ago…other than the unlucky injury last year (regardless if the media wants to make it out like it’s only ever happened to Brady – the exact same thing that happened to Brady has happened to plenty of QB’s)
    Everyone wants to point out Geathers sack in preseason – that was Brady’s fault for not running the play that he called in the huddle – not the OL.
    I really don’t see how this changes how Brady has always faced blitzes and overcame it.
    Florio, get the peacock to spend some coin and get writers that don’t only have “George Washington High Gazette” on their resume

  11. snnyjcbs says: Sep 8, 2009 1:07 PM

    Good luck, Brady was almost taken out in the preseason already twice.
    These are not your Fathers Pats, the O line is wanting and they cannot protect any QB.
    The D keeps getting worse each year and all the great players that made New England great are gone or going. Brady is next on the list.
    They are on the downside slid and will go the way of other good teams like the Ninners, Raiders, Cowboys and others.
    And their coach will be going back to the guy he was with the Browns and the genuis label will be gone. Happened to Bill Walsh and others, it is the players that make the teams great and the coach, not the coach or the system that makes the players.
    If the media could give up their man crush on this guy and take their nose out of the owners arm pit long enough to print the truth more light weights would see it.
    Only the media could spin a Burgess for Seymour swap as making the Pats better, priceless.

  12. Richm2256 says: Sep 8, 2009 1:07 PM

    Teams are going to try and BLITZ Tom Brady, now that he’s coming back from major knee surgery????
    What a scoop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That Tommy Curran is a freakin’ genius!!!!!!
    Seriously Tom, as a Rhode Islander, I’ve been reading you for years in the Projo, and listening to you on EEI, but since you’ve partnered up with Mr. Florio, you’re acting like an imbicile.
    This is not typical of your work.

  13. Bigbluefan says: Sep 8, 2009 1:08 PM

    NO Kidding the Giants showed the world what the Pats can not take
    And Brady hates to get hit so its going to be an interesting season

  14. Jean Rasczak says: Sep 8, 2009 1:10 PM

    Let’s see what Schobel and Maybin can do.

  15. Florios-Lawyer says: Sep 8, 2009 1:10 PM

    “…The best thing Belichick can do for Brady is keep his body and its contents assembled as intended. …”
    yeah, looking for that gerbil last time was a bitch!

  16. Gern Blanston says: Sep 8, 2009 1:10 PM

    He will be crushed.

  17. Jose Reyes says: Sep 8, 2009 1:14 PM

    The Patriots’ protection issues aren’t big when they’re getting blitzed, because Brady is quick enough to dump it to Welker or one of the other quick route runners the Pats have which would inevitably be uncovered since there players are busy blitzing. The issue is that the line has a real hard time against one one one matchups with talented d-linemen. Which in most teams when that happens there’s usually a halfback/fullback/tight-end to provide addition protection, however the Pats play so much 4-wide and roll the halfback/tight-end into the flats for addition receiving options that the line absolutely must win their one-on-one matchups otherwise they’re free to the QB. The fact is that the middle to right side of the Patriots OL is good, but not great, so they’re not all going to win their matchups consistently. Don’t be surprised to see Belichick run more this year to balance that out.

  18. Alpheratz says: Sep 8, 2009 1:22 PM

    If Brady is 100%, he’ll kill the blitz.
    I’m sure they’ll try it until he proves he is.

  19. descendency says: Sep 8, 2009 1:23 PM

    Honestly, any D coordinator who wasn’t blitzing brady before is an idiot and will probably still continue to not blitz brady.
    The ones who did blitz him, simply didn’t have the personnel to do what the Giants did.
    The Giants DL and LBs are ELITE. They are among the very best in the NFL. Some people forget that for some reason.

  20. Babbabooey says: Sep 8, 2009 1:24 PM

    must be a slow day in NFL news

  21. danlinker says: Sep 8, 2009 1:27 PM

    I laughed out loud at this article. Now Brady is just soooooo good, that his coach has a hard time keeping up with him?
    Please
    It just gets more ridiculous all the time with this team.
    What a joke.
    Florio and others can spin this image make over all they want. This team still got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and I LOVE it.

  22. Pastabelly says: Sep 8, 2009 1:30 PM

    Brady and Belichick will screen the living crap out of teams that blitz. Welker and Faulk will be off the charts in receptions and yards.

  23. buckeye044 says: Sep 8, 2009 1:35 PM

    Funny how Belicheat was just a mediocre coach until he got Brady and started cheating by not only taping plays but also recording the other teams line of scrimmage calls.
    They are old and will show it before the year is over.

  24. ftomeo says: Sep 8, 2009 1:55 PM

    Since Pennington went uninjured last year, Sparano and the Phins are expecting to NOT be blitzed this year. The coach and quarterback are having trouble figuring out what to do with the offensive line since they will be unnecessary.

  25. spyboots says: Sep 8, 2009 1:59 PM

    Citizen Strange says: If only there was some way to know ahead of time if a team is going to blitz or not and if they are blitzing which player(s) will be blitzing.”
    snnyjcbs says: If the media could give up their man crush on this guy and take their nose out of the owners arm pit long enough to print the truth more light weights would see it.
    danlinker says: It just gets more ridiculous all the time with this team. Florio and others can spin this image make over all they want. This team still got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and I LOVE it.
    Priceless! All 3 get 5′s.

  26. Davis1281 says: Sep 8, 2009 2:10 PM

    buckeye044 says:
    Funny how Belicheat was just a mediocre coach until he got Brady and started cheating by not only taping plays but also recording the other teams line of scrimmage calls.
    They are old and will show it before the year is over
    *****************************************
    Then how do you explain going 11-5 w/o Brady?
    And this is my fav, tell me how they are old?
    The only thing that will happen before the end of the year is the haters that post here will less and less as the weeks of the season go by. When the Pats are winning you dont here from the haters.

  27. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 8, 2009 2:11 PM

    Well, if they have trouble with Buffalo’s D, they’re in for a long season. Don’t see that happening, but then, who saw Brady missing 15 1/2 games?

  28. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Sep 8, 2009 2:15 PM

    “The process begins Monday night, against the Bills.”
    And I’ll be there to see it live. Hell yes! Bring on the blitz. BB & TB will make a mockery of the Buffalo defense.

  29. username says: Sep 8, 2009 2:19 PM

    Brace is on the defensive line not the offensive line.
    Why should Belichick use Ron Brace to protect Brady from blitzes?
    I am confused.

  30. danlinker says: Sep 8, 2009 2:35 PM

    Davis1281, I explain them going 11-5 w/o Brady by saying this. They did NOT make the playoffs. How’s that?

  31. Provance1 says: Sep 8, 2009 2:35 PM

    The Pats have many options this year to stop opposing blitzes. They have fortified the OL via the draft and FA. They acquired a TE from the Giants who is known as a blocker first, and they have Welker Jr. (Edelman) opposite Wes himself that will be another good slot / short yardage receiver.
    This is not going to be the same Pats team from 2007, that winged it 50 yards downfield every other play leaving Brady exposed. They will be more methodical in their approach and have the personnel to play both long and short ball, as well as, block more effectively.

  32. RaiderMight says: Sep 8, 2009 2:39 PM

    What’s the sound strategy? As if it’s not every coaches job to keep their QB alive.
    A lot of you guys just look at anything that the cheat says and cling to every word as if he is giving you any sence of his plans. lol
    Homers!

    hayward giablommi says:
    September 8, 2009 12:55 PM
    seems like a sound strategy considering how piss poor the line has been of late.

  33. KevinFaulk-an-a says: Sep 8, 2009 2:52 PM

    # Florios-Lawyer says: September 8, 2009 1:10 PM
    yeah, looking for that gerbil last time was a bitch!
    ______________________________________
    Oh, man. Here we go with the really, really funny jokes about the gerbil again.
    This guy is infatuated with Brady’s butt.
    Can we expect you to use this joke over and over again just like the last three times that Brady was mentioned on here?
    You witty man!

  34. Davis1281 says: Sep 8, 2009 2:55 PM

    So they go 11-5 w/o Brady finished tied for first,
    not make the playoffs b/c of the third tiebreaker
    but BB is still a bad coach?
    Like i wrote before, as the season goes on and the Pats are beatingup on everyone all these haters will be hard to find. Untill the Pats get beat, then they will be comeing out of the woodwork.

  35. EskinSux says: Sep 8, 2009 3:15 PM

    What a great article…….I mean seriously, and he gets paid for that?….What’s the next article going to be?….. When the Pats have the ball on offense…..They are going to either run or pass?…..But that might be going out on a limb.

  36. Florios-Lawyer says: Sep 8, 2009 3:26 PM

    “…# KevinFaulk-an-a says: September 8, 2009 2:52 PM
    Can we expect you to use this joke over and over again just like the last three times that Brady was mentioned on here?…”
    Yea, probably.
    Just watching you become unglued is reward enough.
    Now dance.

  37. footballnut says: Sep 8, 2009 3:30 PM

    snnyjcbs: Yeah, that Pats D was terrible by finishing 8th in the league last year…
    They’ll be in the top 10 again this year. I will give you one thing, their pass defense needs to improve, which I believe it will.

  38. hayward giablommi says: Sep 8, 2009 3:32 PM

    RaiderMight says:
    “What’s the sound strategy? As if it’s not every coaches job to keep their QB alive.
    A lot of you guys just look at anything that the cheat says and cling to every word as if he is giving you any sence of his plans. lol
    Homers!”
    ^^^^^^^^
    What’s the sound strategy? For teams to blitz Brady.
    You retard. You suck at trolling.

  39. redsquare says: Sep 8, 2009 3:33 PM

    Well, this may not be news, but it’s well-timed as a setup to one of the major dramas of this season. With Brady going out quickly last year, in some ways this will really be the first hard look at the post-Super-Bowl-loss Patriots and how the’re dealt with.
    The Giants did what no one had consistently been able to do before–attack Brady to the point of distraction–and then did what no one else had done that season, beat the Pats. They broke the spell, pulled down the curtain of invulnerability, and showed the world the winning formula: tough, relentless defense that rattles Brady.
    Brady sure looked vulnerable in the preseason, and they’ve got some hungry teams sharing the division. The Pats still have to be the team to beat, but their whole season hinges on whether they can not just protect him, but protect him really well and get the ball out very quickly.
    News? No. One of the big storylines of this season? Surely.

  40. Ralphie says: Sep 8, 2009 3:33 PM

    I’d take my chances with New England for several reasons:
    - BB knows about this “weakness” Doesn’t mean he can stop it all the time, and Brady will take his lumps like any other QB- But they have had 18 months to prepare for it. As an elite coach I’m sure he has a number of ways of mitigating the blitz.
    - The fire zone blitz in many ways has nothing to do with having a good offensive line. The strategy is you throw everyone at the offense so there will be some guys who get free – you can’t pickup everyone. But in the NFL you live and die by the blitz. Welker, Moss, Edelman, Faulk, Maroney…someone with hands will be wide open (or the run) and with Brady’s quick reads and check-off’s I’ll bet they get 6 or a long gain more than him being put on his ass. Especially if they have prepared for it.
    - Speaking of the Giants. Steve Spagnuolo is the coach of the Rams because in addition to being a great defensive coach (one of the best in the NFL) he had the skills to be able to utilize his horses (many who are elite players) to hold the Pats to 14 points. The vast majority of the teams in the league don’t have the defensive coaches and players at the D-Line and LB to execute an all-out blitz strategy like the Giants did without getting burned more often than not (and they know it).

  41. Ripp says: Sep 8, 2009 3:37 PM

    Brady was always effected when pressured. Thats why Miami always has been able to steal one away from them. The problem is that Wes Welker is such a great weapon. That is why I say teams should blizz Brady, double team Welker, Man up on Moss and take their chances that Brady won’t be accurate enough times due to the blizz to beat you. Plus Moss will get his catches no matter what. In all the games that Brady had lost too the Dolphins he looked pretty sloppy from the pressure Miami placed on him. I am just surprised that no other team has looked at how the Dolphins play the Pats being that they are the team with the most wins against them during the Brady era.

  42. bonecity7 says: Sep 8, 2009 3:55 PM

    EskinSux,
    What do YOU get paid to do? Let us know what your expertise is and where we can observe YOUR work….I’ll bet you aren’t any better at it than anybody else!! STFU!!!

  43. buckeye044 says: Sep 8, 2009 4:17 PM

    Pats 2008 schedule included 49ers, Rams, Seahawks, Raiders, and Chiefs.
    That is 5 of 11 wins.
    Compare to that to Baltimore and Pittsburgh who played Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Eagles, Colts.
    Enough said.

  44. stanjam says: Sep 8, 2009 4:28 PM

    Gotta love this. Of course they will blitz, as there is no other choice. You can not possibly counter all of the weapons, so you have to go after the QB. The problem is executing that plan. The Pats have a good line, and it got even better in the off season. Plus they are investing in blocking Tight Ends, making it even harder to get to Brady.
    People like to point out all the sacks last season. Guys, that wasn’t Brady, that was Cassel, who holds the ball way too long, and doesn’t scan the field like Brady. They point out the Giants and the SB. Umm, hate to tell you, but the Giants have a great defensive line, and overpowered one side to get to Brady. That doesn’t come without risk, the Pats have shown that. Besides, very few teams will be able to execute the way the Giants did. The personnel just isn’t there. Oh, and Josh is gone. That idiot couldn’t adjust his own crotch, never mind adjust against pressure. There are changes, large ones, in the way the Pats are conducting offense.
    Oh, and this crud about Brady not liking being hit is nonsense. He isn’t Manning by a longshot. Brady will burn you his first opportunity after getting hit, and he is one of the toughest QBs in the league. He also LOVES blitzes, and has said so repeatedly, as it leaves people open, so he can get the ball out. Not to mention the Pats have dump off receivers who are extremely dangerous in the open field (Maroney, Welker). Go ahead, blitz away. I would love to see the Pats have another undefeated season.
    Once again the rest of the NFL is playing catch up.

  45. darknyyt74 says: Sep 8, 2009 4:47 PM

    snnyjcbs says:
    September 8, 2009 1:07 PM
    “They are on the downside slid and will go the way of other good teams like the Ninners, Raiders, Cowboys and others.
    And their coach will be going back to the guy he was with the Browns and the genuis label will be gone. Happened to Bill Walsh and others, it is the players that make the teams great and the coach, not the coach or the system that makes the players.”
    Can someone please explain to me how this happened to Bill Walsh? He retired from the NFL after the Niners won their 3rd Super Bowl. He went out on top and left the team in the hands of George Seifert who then won 2 more Super Bowls. Not sure how this equals the team falling apart around Bill Walsh and losing his genius status. Maybe you should educate yourself on the things you are going to comment on before making a comment that is not based on any facts.

  46. EskinSux says: Sep 8, 2009 5:06 PM

    bonecity7
    You are so cute when you’re mad, honey………

  47. Florio Borio says: Sep 8, 2009 8:14 PM

    Manifesto says:
    September 8, 2009 12:58 PM
    Hopefully they blitz. Moss is the greatest weapon to have against the blitz. Just throw it up for grabs in Moss’ direction, and he will out-jump and out-adjust the defensive back(s). It will be almost too easy.
    __________
    Funny that having Moss in the Super Bowl two years ago didn’t help one bit. The Pats STILL loss. LMAO

  48. Florio Borio says: Sep 8, 2009 8:20 PM

    Davis1281 says:
    September 8, 2009 2:10 PM
    buckeye044 says:
    Funny how Belicheat was just a mediocre coach until he got Brady and started cheating by not only taping plays but also recording the other teams line of scrimmage calls.
    They are old and will show it before the year is over
    *****************************************
    Then how do you explain going 11-5 w/o Brady?
    And this is my fav, tell me how they are old?
    The only thing that will happen before the end of the year is the haters that post here will less and less as the weeks of the season go by. When the Pats are winning you dont here from the haters.
    _________
    You explain 11-5 by correctly noting that Cassel was a better runner than Brady (Cassel’s 73 rushes for 270 yards in 2008 vs. Brady’s 37 rushes for 98 yards), which somewhat negated the effectiveness of the blitz on the NE passing offense (of course, Cassel STILL got sacked 47 times last season). Expect Brady to be sacked much more than the 21 times he was sacked in 2007, when teams hardly blitzed him in the first half of that season). Sorry if my analysis goes over you stupid Pats fans’ heads. I know it’s hard to do more than just scratch your asses and say “Duh Pats”.

  49. Florio Borio says: Sep 8, 2009 8:29 PM

    To the Three Splooges (haywood jablowtheentirepats team, Ralphinthetoilet, and stanjamadickuphisass) and the erstwhile Shimp (EskinSuxanydickhecanget):
    Keep running your mouths, just like you morons did in 2007. The rest of us will once again be laughing when your team once again falls short. Rest assured, the teams in their division, as well as many others have significantly beefed up their pass rush in order to continue what the Giants started. Brady may complete passes on them, but he will suffer in the process and come the end of the season, he will be so banged up that the completion percentage will drop off just enough for the offense to suffer the consequences. The rest of us NFL fans will reap the benefits, meaning that the Pats will lose and you lame Pats fans will once again be crying like you all did in 2007.

  50. Richm2256 says: Sep 8, 2009 9:16 PM

    redsquare: “The Giants did what no one had consistently been able to do before–attack Brady to the point of distraction–and then did what no one else had done that season, beat the Pats. They broke the spell, pulled down the curtain of invulnerability, and showed the world the winning formula: tough, relentless defense that rattles Brady.”
    Yeah, they had him so rattled that it took a last second miraculous “super glue the ball to Tyree’s helmet” catch for the Gints to actually win that Super Bowl.
    Yeah, they rattled him pretty good.
    Moron.

  51. Alpheratz says: Sep 8, 2009 11:08 PM

    Compare to that to Baltimore and Pittsburgh who played Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Eagles, Colts.
    Enough said.

    One more thing needs to be said.
    Pittsburgh gets 4 wins every year handed to them with the Browns and Bengals.
    Don’t use Pittsburgh for strength of schedule arguments.

  52. Florio Borio says: Sep 10, 2009 1:43 PM

    Alpheratz says:
    September 8, 2009 11:08 PM
    Compare to that to Baltimore and Pittsburgh who played Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Eagles, Colts.
    Enough said.
    One more thing needs to be said.
    Pittsburgh gets 4 wins every year handed to them with the Browns and Bengals.
    Don’t use Pittsburgh for strength of schedule arguments.
    _________
    As opposed to the fact that the Pats got SIX wins handed to them in the past several years with the rest of the AFC East (until last season, that is).
    AlpoRatz is a typical moronic Pats fan, a know nothing.

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