Last month, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer explained that the biggest challenge facing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in his return from ACL surgery is achieving sufficient confidence in his knee when arms and legs and torsos are swarming around it.
On ESPN’s Sunday NFL Matchup, which continues to merit much more prominent placement than it receives at 7:30 a.m. ET, Ron Jaworski explained that Brady lacks that confidence — and that as a result Brady isn’t following through on his passes.
And the Jets know it, too. As safety Kerry Rhodes said earlier this week, “I’m sure if somebody is around his leg or he feels pressure below, he’s not going to step into his throw.”
So either Rhodes thought of that on his own, or it was a topic that came up repeatedly this week during defensive meetings.
Our money is on the latter — especially since the Jets seem to be pulling out all the stops in an effort to stop the Patriots’ eight-game winning streak against the Jets in the Meadowlands.