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Brady pitch count already at 100

When the Patriots got the ball trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Jets, the table seemed set for Tom Brady.

Six days earlier, he tore the heart from the Bills’ collective chests and showed it to them. Why should the Jets be any different to Brady, who’s built a Hall of Fame-worthy career on such moments?

Well, it was different. This time, Brady didn’t come through. The drive stalled, the game ended and the Jets celebrated. And it became a little clearer that, right now, the 2009 Patriots are built solely around what Brady can do for them.

We mentioned it earlier but it bears repeating. Through two games, Brady has thrown exactly 100 passes (53 Monday, 47 today). That puts Brady — coming off reconstructive knee surgery and operating with a “sore” shoulder — on pace for an NFL-record 800 attempts.

Meanwhile, New England’s run the ball 43 times. The concept of offensive balance is overrated. If you can move the ball more easily through the air than on the ground, throw it. That’s how the Patriots rolled in 2007. But if you’re throwing because you cannot move the ball on the ground, then you may have bigger issues. And that’s where the Patriots looked to be against New York.

Brady was never sacked Sunday, but he was under duress all day. And his receivers were jammed up. He failed to complete at least half of his passes for only the third time since the start of the 2006 season. The last time it happened was the last time he faced a Rex Ryan defense — December of 2007 in Baltimore.

Said wide receiver Randy Moss after the game, “With the firepower that we got, it is a little frustrating. I’m not going to sit here and lie. At the same time, when things go bad, you have to find ways to win. Toward the end of the game, we kept going backwards as a whole offensive unit. We just didn’t make things happen.”

Actually, Brady didn’t make things happen. And right now, if he doesn’t for the Patriots, who will?

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38 Responses to “Brady pitch count already at 100”
  1. jaxdolfan says: Sep 20, 2009 7:38 PM

    Apparently it is not as easy to get those easy completions when the defensive signals are no longer done by hand signals.

  2. i'm president charlie! says: Sep 20, 2009 7:41 PM

    wake up call…its not 2003 anymore

  3. Brady-mancrush says: Sep 20, 2009 7:45 PM

    it’s only 2 games, not hitting the panic button yet. Good game by the Jets.

  4. Ocelot138 says: Sep 20, 2009 7:46 PM

    If only they could do something more to get an edge over the competition…

  5. Debacled says: Sep 20, 2009 7:55 PM

    Brady will get to about 500-some attempts. This 800-some attempts figure is a bit high with November and December football in cold, rainy/snowy weather.
    And once Brady & Co. get all on the same page, his attempts will be fewer- he will be connecting more. Remember, up until this past Monday, he hasn’t been in an actual full game since February 2008.

  6. Laxer37 says: Sep 20, 2009 7:57 PM

    It’s clear after two weeks that having the Pats on your schedule is no longer scary. The defense is just terrible.

  7. Mark0226 says: Sep 20, 2009 8:02 PM

    I guess Brady forgot to predict a game winning drive this time. Does he only do it when they are down by two scores? I wonder why he doesn’t do it when they only need one score?

  8. hexfarmdale says: Sep 20, 2009 8:02 PM

    It’s about time an AFC team decided to step up and face Brady face to face. I think Rex Ryan put together a great game plan to disrupt the Patriot’s offense. I agree that the Patriot’s do rally behind Brady and rely heavily on his hall of fame skills, but he will get burned out if his passing attempts continue to average @40 a game. I really don’t care what he does. I’m out!
    Dolphin Fan,
    hexfarmdale

  9. hayward giablommi says: Sep 20, 2009 8:10 PM

    Pats need to get the running game established. They certainly have depth with Maroney, Taylor, Morris and Faulk…Brady should not be throwing 50x a game.

  10. bullysaint says: Sep 20, 2009 8:17 PM

    Has anyone recognize Randy Moss? Does anyone realize how far Randy has come since his Oakland days? ……
    ….in this day and age of Terrell Owens, Donte Stallworth, Michael Crabtree, Braylon Edwards, and others, he can be said to be on the verge of being greater than Jerry Rice!

  11. Fifty Slam Reaver says: Sep 20, 2009 8:17 PM

    Brady is a sinking ship. He has been the most overrated player in the history of the NFL all of these years anyway, being bailed out time and time again by his defense, special teams, referee calls that generate new rules the following year to justify, and a parade of Pro-Bowl future hall of famers leaving teams they’ve been on for over a decade for a chance to get a ring. It has made me sick to my stomach all of these years listening to people like Cris Collinsworth who talks about nothing but the Patriots and how great they are…I’m sorry….he talks about nothing but how great “Tom” is (he doesn’t refer to him as “Brady” or “Tom Brady” like every other commentator would….he calls him “Tom.” If I played football and my name was Tom, I would be insulted.)
    This season will be a telling reality at how average Tom Brady really is. That team’s defense has lost way too much to bail him out like in the past, the line is not going to be able to handle the pressure this year, and Randy Moss is going to show his true colors when they lose a few games and start whining. It is just too bad that he was out all last year from the knee, because everyone will blame his failure on that, and the rest of the Patriot’s that were actually responsible for their success will still not get the credit for it. A monkey could have been trained to throw screen passes all day (sorry, I was closing it up, but i reminded myself of something else). It annoys me to no end to hear commentators at halftime talking about “Tom going deep all game” looking at how many plays generated 25+ yards or something, but all he actually did was take the snap, throw the ball for -2 yards and watch Corey Dillon run it for 50. A monkey (Matt Cassel) could do it.

  12. TheWizard says: Sep 20, 2009 8:22 PM

    That offense couldn’t get out of it’s own way today.
    Worried? Not at all.
    Anybody writing these guys off in week 2 is a fool.

  13. nyJag says: Sep 20, 2009 8:25 PM

    Somewhere in Boston, Bill is at a Best Buy

  14. davis1281 says: Sep 20, 2009 8:30 PM

    Laxer37 says:
    September 20, 2009 7:57 PM
    It’s clear after two weeks that having the Pats on your schedule is no longer scary. The defense is just terrible.
    ===================================================
    Based on what? they have not allowed a 100 yrd rec, a 100 rusher or a qb to pass 4 more than 200 yrds and they gave up 17 points in the 1st gm and 16 in the second?

  15. mvlonergan says: Sep 20, 2009 8:45 PM

    In 2008 the Pats had one of their best years in franchise history running the ball. In 2009 they are already back to their lackluster 2007 form. The differences are Brady and Maroney. Absent Brady, the coaching staff put more emphasis on the running game to protect Cassel. And without Maroney, who crumples like a paper cup at first contact, they developed the running game around straight-ahead backs like Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
    This is the same starting offensive line as last year. They didn’t suddenly lose the ability to run block. The problem is the coaching staff is using Brady as a crutch instead of focusing on having a balanced offense.

  16. TheWizard says: Sep 20, 2009 8:46 PM

    Lax, the defense only gave up 16.
    That’s gonna win you the game most of the time, the offense and special teams were pathetic.

  17. Richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2009 9:26 PM

    Laxer37 says:
    September 20, 2009 7:57 PM
    It’s clear after two weeks that having the Pats on your schedule is no longer scary. The defense is just terrible.
    Yeah, they suck. They could only held the Jets to sixteen points.

  18. Richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2009 9:31 PM

    Fifty Slam Reaver says:
    September 20, 2009 8:17 PM
    Brady is a sinking ship. He has been the most overrated player in the history of the NFL all of these years anyway, being bailed out time and time again by his defense, special teams, referee calls that generate new rules the following year to justify, and a parade of Pro-Bowl future hall of famers leaving teams they’ve been on for over a decade for a chance to get a ring. It has made me sick to my stomach all of these years listening to people like Cris Collinsworth who talks about nothing but the Patriots and how great they are…I’m sorry….he talks about nothing but how great “Tom” is (he doesn’t refer to him as “Brady” or “Tom Brady” like every other commentator would….he calls him “Tom.” If I played football and my name was Tom, I would be insulted.)
    This season will be a telling reality at how average Tom Brady really is. That team’s defense has lost way too much to bail him out like in the past, the line is not going to be able to handle the pressure this year, and Randy Moss is going to show his true colors when they lose a few games and start whining. It is just too bad that he was out all last year from the knee, because everyone will blame his failure on that, and the rest of the Patriot’s that were actually responsible for their success will still not get the credit for it. A monkey could have been trained to throw screen passes all day (sorry, I was closing it up, but i reminded myself of something else). It annoys me to no end to hear commentators at halftime talking about “Tom going deep all game” looking at how many plays generated 25+ yards or something, but all he actually did was take the snap, throw the ball for -2 yards and watch Corey Dillon run it for 50. A monkey (Matt Cassel) could do it.
    Have you ever actually WATCHED a Patriots gane in the past eight years? This is the single dumbest post I have ever read on this site.
    By the way, your “Monkey” only won 11 games last year with Brady’s team in front of him; the same team that Brady took to 17-1 and the Super Bowl.
    And again, the Patriots defense really sucked today, they could only hold the Jets to sixteen point.
    Seriously, you really shouldn’t be allowed to post on this site until you’re out of middle school.

  19. Brady-mancrush says: Sep 20, 2009 9:31 PM

    Fifty Slam Reaver says:
    September 20, 2009 8:17 PM
    Brady is a sinking ship. He has been the most overrated player in the history of the NFL all of these years anyway,
    You have gone past crazy, and straight to delusional!!

  20. ZombiePatriot says: Sep 20, 2009 9:57 PM

    It will just take some time. Brady is obviously not stepping into his throws and he is playing tentative. He needs to get comfortable and to shake off the rust.
    As to today, let’s also not forget the Jets had quite a bit of information on the Patriots offense today thanks to O’connell.
    It’s true the Patriots are not the same team they were. The defense is still playing half decent given all the new faces and it might just take a little time for it to all gel. Playoff games are not won in week 2… neither are Super Bowls.

  21. stanjam says: Sep 20, 2009 10:10 PM

    Wow, I have heard a lot of Patriot haters. Normally they just spout hatred. Now they are taking stabs at trying to sound knowledgeable. They should stick to just hatred.
    First the comment that Brady having always been an overrated QB. That is just nuts! The stats and history show something completely different. He holds so many records it isn’t funny. Moist TDs in a season, etc. etc. One of the highest Qb ratings in the post season ever. Probably the best Qb ever when he has to throw over 50 passes (meaning he is one of the best QBs when he has to carry the team). Just idiotic. Add to this the normal idiot stick comment that he isn’t successful now that the coaches don’t use hand signals. Even IF the stats show that this helped, and they don’t, and even IF taping helps a lot, which several coaches have testified it does not, you are forgetting 2007. He had probably the best year in the modern era for any QB ever. This was AFTER the scandal, and if anyone thinks that the Pats had tape of the other team during this season they are idiots. They could NOT have taped, and if any team kept using the same signals at that point they deserved to lose.
    Second, that the Pats defense stinks. They actually did quite well, despite not having Mayo for the game. They concentrated on stopping the run, and guess what? They did. They held the Jets to 16 points, not bad. Everyone expected this defense to come out slow and build throughout the season. If that is the case this defense is going to be quite good.
    So what is the problem. First the Oline isn’t giving the amount of protection needed. That is quite serious and the Pats need to address this, as the Pats need the offense to carry them early in the season. Second, Brady looks uncomfortable and isn’t stepping into throws. This is likely a big mental leftover from his injury. This COULD be something that goes away as Brady gains confidence. Or it could be something along the lines of the Palmer injury. Palmer hasn’t been right since, and that could be devastating to the Pats. I am betting he gets over it, but he better get over it fast. Connected to this is the Pats inability to finish drives. If they can manage to just finish some of these drives, it will make all the difference in the world. THAT has been the big difference so far.
    It is a long season, and anyone who wants to write off the Patriots is foolish at this point. Tonight they are still building, and Brady is trying to gain confidence to throw again. They were without Mayo and Welker, and had a short week to practice, all things that hurt them, and any one could have made the difference in this game. Remember 2001? I believe the Pats lost their first two or three games that year.
    Yes, there is reason for Pats fans to worry, but not to write them off. Not nearly. Still a long ways to go, and the Pats should improve a lot as the season progresses. Hang on to that hate folks. You just might need it to get through this season!
    Oh, and does anyone want to trade for Galloway? He needs to go.

  22. jaxdolfan says: Sep 20, 2009 10:15 PM

    Zombie Patriot
    Just because the Jets had info on the Pats O, the defense still had to execute the plays, right?
    That was the Pats line when they were caught taping.

  23. weezy97 says: Sep 20, 2009 10:24 PM

    hey curran,
    its called NE doesn’t have a quality franchise RB, fred taylor is older than dirt, marnoey is injury prone, faulk is a special teams player, new england wasted too much money on aging veterans, spygate, and paying off their head coaches’ divore, instead they should be using money on finding the next Tomlinson.

  24. nflqb says: Sep 20, 2009 10:28 PM

    I wiill say it again, if brady has to move left or right 1 inch, he is ltierally pathetic. rite system , rite offensive line put this bozo in the hall of fame, but reality is hitting now as the line ages and by the end of this season, the media will turn on him and mock him like they did the first 3 yrs of his career!

  25. Franchise says: Sep 20, 2009 10:36 PM

    Sure, its only week 2, but sorry Pats fans, its going to be a LOOOOONG season for you.
    1. Injuries. Brady and Welker wont be able to stay on the field all season.
    2. Lack of a run game. Your team couldnt run vs the Bills, and looks like crap. I’d sit Maroney AND Taylor and let Ellis run. At he looked like a RB last year.
    3. Defense. YUCK! The worst offensive line in the league (Buffalo) made you look terrible, and a rookie QB did the same.
    Atlanta will beat you, so will Baltimore and Tennessee, but hey, you stole a win vs Buffalo, and you have Tampa and Denver to hopefully walk on.

  26. shake&bake says: Sep 20, 2009 10:48 PM

    Pats fans are not hitting the panic button yet……. but they have their finger very very close to it.

  27. Ralphie says: Sep 20, 2009 11:10 PM

    @nflqb says:
    September 20, 2009 10:28 PM
    “I wiill say it again, if brady has to move left or right 1 inch, he is ltierally pathetic. rite system , rite offensive line put this bozo in the hall of fame, but reality is hitting now as the line ages and by the end of this season, the media will turn on him and mock him like they did the first 3 yrs of his career!”
    _______________________________
    No, I’ll say it again, you’re the stupidest douchebag who posts on this site. You are a true moron. Go ahead, tell me everything you know. It’ll only take 4 seconds and 5 postings. You’re like some cheesy advertisement jingle that people can’t get out of their head, always harping the same unoriginal, blowhard trash. GFY.

  28. Richm2256 says: Sep 21, 2009 12:01 AM

    nflqb says:
    September 20, 2009 10:28 PM
    I wiill say it again, if brady has to move left or right 1 inch, he is ltierally pathetic. rite system , rite offensive line put this bozo in the hall of fame, but reality is hitting now as the line ages and by the end of this season, the media will turn on him and mock him like they did the first 3 yrs of his career!
    This is it, Florio. Where are you getting the retard posters on this thread tonight???
    Buddy, no one “mocked” Brady his first three years. His first year was 2000, and no one – including Patriots fans – even knew who this third stringer was! Mocked? Hell, we didn’t even know he existed! His second season, 2001, he took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe, and promptly took them to a Super Bowl victory!
    Since then, he has set God knows how many NFL records enroute to winning three “lucky” Super Bowls.
    Yeah right, a sucky, lucky “system” quarterback.
    I swear, do ANY of you morons have a single clue who Tom Brady or the New England Patriots are, or do you simply post hateful stuff without knowing a single damn thing about football, simply because so many other retards spew hateful things about New England?
    Even the most hateful anti- Patriots fans will look at some of these posts like this one, and say that you don’t have a frickin’ clue about football.
    Can’t you go post ignorant shit on your local Craigslist Rant & Rave, and leave this site for people who at least KNOW football???

  29. ParkerFly says: Sep 21, 2009 12:21 AM

    Fifty Slam Reaver, I’m ashamed to even be visiting the same site as you. You give us calm, open minded and impartial fans a bad name. You could make all the same arguments against Joe Montana, but do you? No, you probably think he’s one of the greats, which he is, just like Brady.
    If Brady had been on all of you hater’s teams you wouldn’t be complaining about him being overrated right now.
    I sure wish any of the teams I follow had him.

  30. tj.52 says: Sep 21, 2009 7:22 AM

    IT DOESN’T MATTER. All of your points are moot, the season is over.
    THE JETS WON THE SUPERBOWL! Can’t you read? They even framed the freakin game ball like it’s a Lombardi trophy! They’ll be at Pebble Beach tomorrow or off to Hawaii after appointing themselves to the Pro Bowl. They are the best 2-0 team to ever grace the face of the earth.
    Talk about an obsession with an opponent.

  31. Flying elvis says: Sep 21, 2009 8:51 AM

    I was at a camp ground near a lke in NE CT yesterday and Jets fans were running through the place with Jets flag celebrating like it was the SuperBowl. I hope I never have to do that.

  32. BK says: Sep 21, 2009 9:10 AM

    I have to apologize. I doomed Tom Brady to a career-worst year when I selected him with my first-round fantasy pick. And he’s coming through just as expected. Stupid fantasy football…*grumbles*

  33. StillMadAtSlobber says: Sep 21, 2009 9:12 AM

    When the only reason you beat the Bills is that they step on their own Johnson, you aren’t that good a team.
    The o-line is mediocre, anyone with an average+ pass rush will get to Brady. The RBs are average at best, a combination of never weres (Mahoney) and has beens (Taylor) and an average 3rd down back. The secondary is still a joke. The LB corp lost its best player. The veteran leadership on the D is gone. Add that all up with no ability to cheat and it spells a long season of Patsey fans.

  34. StillMadAtSlobber says: Sep 21, 2009 9:13 AM

    When the only reason you beat the Bills is that they step on their own Johnson, you aren’t that good a team.
    The o-line is mediocre, anyone with an average+ pass rush will get to Brady. The RBs are average at best, a combination of never weres (Mahoney) and has beens (Taylor) and an average 3rd down back. The secondary is still a joke. The LB corp lost its best player. The veteran leadership on the D is gone. Add that all up with no ability to cheat and it spells a long season for Patsey fans.

  35. overkil2 says: Sep 21, 2009 9:37 AM

    This is coming from a Dolphin fan who has no love for the Patriots.
    Brady is a good QB. How many have 3 SB rings? He’s gone through a tough injury and it takes time to recover, not just physically but most importantly mentally. I remember when Ronnie Brown went down one season. He ran so tenatively the following season.
    Before adding Welker and Moss Brady was just efficient. He’s just a winner. Add those two and he can put up the stats with anyone. Does he benefit from that, of course, but he still has good decision making.
    The Pats have had to try to infuse their team with some young talent since some of their older players are already at the end of their career so they are not as sharp, but they are still a tough team to play against week in and week out.
    Now, all that being said, don’t kid yourselves that your D is all that. You played against a rookie QB and a less than potent Bills offense. The bright side is that you didn’t give up 28 points to each one of them, but until you play a good offense let’s just say that the jury is still out.
    The AFC east is going to be very interesting again this season.

  36. tj.52 says: Sep 21, 2009 9:51 AM

    @StillMadAtSlobber:
    It’s Maroney. Mahoney was in Police Academy, which you should get back to watching and leave the talking to the grown ups.
    @ Florio: Was StillMadAtSlobber’s post so good you had to post it twice?
    Really?
    You’re making me miss sixburghdude.
    @Flying elvis: I hope they were clothed.

  37. footballnut says: Sep 21, 2009 10:16 AM

    Great game by the Jets. Congrats on a well deserved win…watching that D flustering Brady and Co. was something that’s for sure.
    Brady was off all game, penalties, D disappearing in the third quarter, just an all around poor effort but they were out played and out physicalled in this game by the Jets.
    It is only week 2 and I am not panicking, but the Pats have a shitload of work to do…

  38. The Green Titan says: Sep 21, 2009 10:53 AM

    1. For the Patriots fans who were on here last week talking crap about Ryan for motivating the troops, I think the last laugh is on you. The stadium has never been louder and it did affect Brady’s game.
    2. For the Patriots fans that are on here bashing your team and QB, you’re the bandwagon fans that give Patriots fans a bad name. I’m a Jet fan and even I’m not counting your team out of it. That’s why they coined the term “Any Given Sunday”. But at the same time, I appreciate you allowing me to return to this site and watch you tear your team and each other apart. Priceless!
    3. For the Dolphins and Bills fans who have been railed by years of New England dominance, I know you understand that value of winning against the Patriots yesterday. It may only be week 2 game 2, but if it was important for the fans, that means something.
    Good luck!

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