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Tom Brady is feeling the pressure

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is struggling with the blitz this season.

Brady is usually among the best in football at getting the ball away quickly and accurately when opposing teams blitz him, but as former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski demonstrated this week on ESPN’s NFL Matchup, that hasn’t been the case this season. Jaworski showed game film of a badly underthrown pass by Brady against the Bengals and showed how Brady could have hit either Julian Edelman or Aaron Dobson but instead completely missed as he felt the Bengals’ pass rush.

“With time in the pocket, Brady would either lead Edelman across the field, or hit Dobson coming underneath in the middle. Neither happened, the result of pressure,” Jaworski said. “The pocket closed down on Brady, he lacked time to wait for the routes to develop and the functional space to deliver the football.”

As Jaworski noted, Brady has usually picked apart opposing defenses when they came after him. According to ESPN, when opposing defenses blitzed Brady in 2012, he completed 64.2 percent of his passes, had a passer rating of 117.6 and was sacked only seven times. But this year, Brady blitzed has completed just 53.8 percent of his passes when blitzed, his passer rating against the blitz has plummeted to 81.9, and he’s already been sacked nine times when blitzed.

Just about any way you slice it, Brady is having his worst season. In his previous 11 seasons as the Patriots’ starter, Brady never had a completion rate lower than 60 percent and never had a passer rating lower than 85. This year Brady’s completion rate is 55.4 percent and his passer rating is 75.3. He’s also on pace to be sacked 46 times this season, which would top his previous high of 41 in his first year as the Patriots’ starter.

It’s fair to wonder how much of Brady’s susceptibility to pressure is a sign of his own decline, how much is the result of the offensive line’s ineffectiveness and how much is the fact that in the past, Brady knew he could count on Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez to be open for a short pass on a blitz, while this year Weler is in Denver, Hernandez is in jail and Gronkowski has played only one game.

But whatever the reason, pressure on Brady is a real problem for the Patriots.

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  1. joetoronto says: Oct 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    His best days are clearly behind him but he still able to make some great throws, he just misses more often now.

    He could really use some help, but for whatever reason, the Pats aren’t giving it to him.

  2. technopeasant777 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:30 PM

    There is a saying in pro sports that when athletes begin to decline, it never happens gradually but all at once.

    Could we be witnessing the decline of Brady before our very eyes.

    He’s only 36 but and he should have at least two good years remaining but you never know when skills begin to diminish.

    But let’s see what the second half of the season brings.

  3. nickster31 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:31 PM

    As with Marino, Elway, Montana and other greats, age is catching up with him.

    I am FAR from a Patriots fan, and Brady will go down as one of the best ever, but NO ONE can beat age.

  4. foobarfoofoo says: Oct 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    - Brady has always had issues with his accuracy when he is hit often during a game. In case you didn’t realize, that is how the Giants beat the Patriots in both Super Bowls
    – Brady has always had accuracy issues on deep throws. Wobbly passes. Gronk, Welker and Hernandez (and even Brandon Lloyd) have always made “acrobatic” catches. Gronk has long arms and a huge catch range. I can’t count how many times brady hit Welker in the feet and he still managed to catch the ball
    – The Patriots offensive line is geared towards lighter, more athletic linemen for downfield blocking. They have always had issues against pure power fronts.
    – The real problem this year is Nate Solder. Once my favorite Patriot, he has just been beaten way too many times

    And, my favorite item
    Tom Bradys accuracy and arm strength has actually vastly improved when compared to past years. His deep ball has much more zip, and in my eyes he is way more accurate than past seasons.

  5. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    Welker made Brady

  6. shatho1 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:33 PM

    welcome to reality Tom. it sux when ur offensive line isn’t there to help bail u out of those situations isn’t it

  7. jagsfan1 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:35 PM

    I flat out HATE the Patriots…but not too hard to figure out that Brady’s stats would be down this year without Hernandez, Welker, and Gronk…

    5-2 is very impressive with all the injuries on D as well.

    HATE them – and hope they go into a tailspin for the rst of the year…but why does it seem like the Pats are one of the only teams out there actually TRYING to win…
    as opposed to the gutless, overly conservative, paralysis prone teams like my Jags and most of the other teams out there.

  8. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 26, 2013 12:35 PM

    Zero Superbowls since Spygate. #Cheater

  9. marima07 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:37 PM

    You’ve managed to pretty much name the whole litany of what’s behind Brady’s off-season this year.

    Hard to pin it on any one factor, but the combination has been brutal.

    With zero consistency outside of 7th-rounder Julian Edelman, he has to find some peace with the situation he’s in and go all-in with whatever group of receivers happens to be active on any given Sunday.

  10. bullcharger says: Oct 26, 2013 12:38 PM

    Give me a break. They are 5-2. And they were in the two losses until the bitter end. Who cares how they are winning. They just are.

    One week it’s Brady the hero, next week he’s declining. Who cares? They are still in the same position they have been every year since Brady got there.

    Every Patriots fan knows that Brady will decline eventually, but the Patriots can still win with him, just in a different way.

    He’s still the ultimate winner.

  11. howiefeltersnatch says: Oct 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    Diminishing skills

  12. tonyugoh says: Oct 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    What’s crazy is that this is about as bad as it can get for Brady and yet the Pats will still win 11 or 12 games and possibly get a first round bye.

  13. anonymous135 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    Awesome point too Jagsfan1.. 5-2

    wtf?!?! They should be 2-5

    lol.. craziness

  14. mrwalterisgod says: Oct 26, 2013 12:41 PM

    I hope everyone enjoyed watching Tom Terrific in his prime, because I think he’s done being an elite level QB. I know Peter King will continue to write columns about how Brady ‘feels the best he ever has’ and how that game winning drive against the Saints shows he’s still got it, but folks, all good things come to an end.

    Taking away some of the weapons and combined that he’s 37. Sorry guy. It was a pleasure watching you dominate for years, but it’s time for a new crop of QB’s to come in.

  15. 1billsnation says: Oct 26, 2013 12:49 PM

    You are seeing the pre-Welker Tom Brady again. Brady has no one right now, at least not like he had before. The arsenal is depleted in NE and just like logicalvoicesays pointed out, 0 Super Bowl W’s since they haven’t been able to video tape the opposing teams. Never liked Belicheat, never liked Marsha, never liked Bruschi, never liked Harrison(dirtiest of them all), never liked Wilfork(not far behind Harrison), and any of the other minions that have been on that team. It’s wonderful to watch their demise.

  16. debandbobzillainlove says: Oct 26, 2013 12:51 PM

    wait til the vaunted steelers defense gets a hold of him next week. he will be crying like a lil school girl!!

  17. technopeasant777 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:51 PM

    Yes, the 5-2 record is truly amazing. Have to credit the defense for saving the day.

  18. borisbulldog says: Oct 26, 2013 12:51 PM

    More accurately, zero Superbowls since Crennel and Weiss left.

  19. bostonistitletown says: Oct 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    5-2 and on top of the division. Smell ya.

  20. cjnunes426 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    He tore apart the blitz because for years his offensive line gave him 10 seconds to throw a 5 yard pass to wide open wes welker. Now it’s only 5 seconds for poor Tom and he has to throw a little farther down the field.

  21. shayeezy says: Oct 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    there isn’t a quarterback in the game who is immune to pressure and being knocked around. brady, both mannings, rodgers, brees, roethlisberger, ryan, luck, kaepernick, wilson, griffin.. they all look mortal against a fearsome pass rush and pressure up the middle.

  22. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 26, 2013 1:02 PM

    Maybe he’s beginning to realize that defenders ARE allowed to touch him after all…

  23. lorddarkhelmet says: Oct 26, 2013 1:04 PM

    I think there are a couple things at work here. #1 no feel for any of his receivers prior to Gronk coming back. #2 his o-line has been considerable worse than in the past so not is he having to pick up the blitzer but also the person coming at him due to missed blocks. His game isn’t based on having a big arm or superior athletic skills so deterioration should be not much of an issue

  24. calicokiller49 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:05 PM

    just picked up Brady off the waiver wire……that’s probably the first time anybodys ever said that. still think in starting Kap this week.

  25. deano64 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:05 PM

    1billsnation writes,

    “You are seeing the pre-Welker Tom Brady again. Brady has no one right now, at least not like he had before. The arsenal is depleted in NE and just like logicalvoicesays pointed out, 0 Super Bowl W’s since they haven’t been able to video tape the opposing teams. Never liked Belicheat, never liked Marsha, never liked Bruschi, never liked Harrison(dirtiest of them all), never liked Wilfork(not far behind Harrison), and any of the other minions that have been on that team. It’s wonderful to watch their demise.”

    And how many times have the Bills been to the Superbowl since “Spygate”? How many times have the Jills been there and lost? So sick of hearing about “Spygate” and whining babies acting like its somehow related to why their teams suck so bad. Get over it already. Or go grab your binky and read your old “Spygate” newspaper clippings and whimper on some other boards, if Mom will let you use her computer.

  26. roanboon says: Oct 26, 2013 1:12 PM

    Brady never had prolific passing numbers until 2007. Then after the injury he had 3 years of prolific numbers– adding up to 4 total. Do perhaps he is just regressing to the mean from a passing perspective; but he’s still winning games, which is what he, Belichek and the defense always do.

  27. zeke2517 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    “Zero Superbowls since Spygate. #Cheater”

    #prettysurethisonlyworksontwitter

  28. deathonwings410 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:17 PM

    I’m a lifelong Brady hater and I wish his decline was true, but come on! This is Tom Effing Brady. You really think he’s on the decline? He’s still the best there is, the best there was, and the best there every will be (except maybe Marino, Montana, Johnny U and Elway–I know, I just contradicted myself, but what the Hell, lol). This guy is still the best in the game, give him Denver’s weapons and he’d probably have 35 touchdown passes now. He’s just suffering from inconsistent weapons around him, you know, like all the other QBs that PFT posters like to bash, like Cutler, Ryan, Flacco, Romo, etc.

  29. Wisconsin77 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    Brady has always struggled whenever his line can’t offer him to notch protection. The difference is that in the past, that only happened maybe once or twice a year. This year, protection is an issue every game.

  30. richiebburg says: Oct 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    I guess this means we can pencil ole Tommy Boy for 300 and 3 tomorrow.

  31. floridascuba1 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    brady has always been bailed out by his WR and TE.

  32. steelersreallysuck says: Oct 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    1billsnation says:Oct 26, 2013 12:49 PM

    “You are seeing the pre-Welker Tom Brady again. Brady has no one right now, at least not like he had before. The arsenal is depleted in NE and just like logicalvoicesays pointed out, 0 Super Bowl W’s since they haven’t been able to video tape the opposing teams. Never liked Belicheat, never liked Marsha, never liked Bruschi, never liked Harrison(dirtiest of them all), never liked Wilfork(not far behind Harrison), and any of the other minions that have been on that team. It’s wonderful to watch their demise.”

    You must be the biggest loser of all the posters here! Anyone who listens to logicalvoicesays proves they know nothing. Sounds like you are extremely jealous that you don’t have everyone you named on your team. Haha…sucks to be you! You must be a Buffalo Bills fan. Zero Super Bowl wins FOUR years in a row!

  33. dalcow4 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    Like Peyton, Brady has always been a bit skittish when the pressure is on.

    The difference now is that he doesn’t have receivers who know when and where to help when the pressure is getting to him.

  34. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    Something tells me that any of the Patriots woes have nothing to do with them having the best quarterback of all time behind center, eh?

  35. 1billsnation says: Oct 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    deano64 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 1:05 PM
    1billsnation writes,

    “You are seeing the pre-Welker Tom Brady again. Brady has no one right now, at least not like he had before. The arsenal is depleted in NE and just like logicalvoicesays pointed out, 0 Super Bowl W’s since they haven’t been able to video tape the opposing teams. Never liked Belicheat, never liked Marsha, never liked Bruschi, never liked Harrison(dirtiest of them all), never liked Wilfork(not far behind Harrison), and any of the other minions that have been on that team. It’s wonderful to watch their demise.”

    And how many times have the Bills been to the Superbowl since “Spygate”? How many times have the Jills been there and lost? So sick of hearing about “Spygate” and whining babies acting like its somehow related to why their teams suck so bad. Get over it already. Or go grab your binky and read your old “Spygate” newspaper clippings and whimper on some other boards, if Mom will let you use her computer

    As a supporter of the Pats* you also seemed to have developed the same incessant whining trait they all have. Now it’s time you support the Jets owner, Woody Johnson, and go buy tissues after that teary-eyed tirade of sorts. I didn’t blame the Pats* for anything about the Bills. You also need to see someone to help your apparent sensitivity and anger issues. Maybe you didn’t get enough hugs as a child or something? Or maybe you didn’t get enough positive reinforcement? Or it could be the fact that you put all of your trust in a team that turned out to be cheaters from top to bottom and then they let you down? I don’t know. Either way get over it because the worst is yet to come and the demise is just in the beginning. ;-)

  36. steelersreallysuck says: Oct 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:Oct 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    “Welker made Brady”

    There was nothing sweeter than beating your team in the AFC Championship on your own field when they already made plans for the Super Bowl. And your pathetic QB Kordell Stewart CRYING that the best team doesn’t always win. What a bunch of losers! Read my name: steelersreallysuck. Hahaha.

  37. bigwii says: Oct 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    Do all of you talking about Welker realize Brady won 3 Super Bowls before he had Welker or Moss or Gronk. No you’re too busy hating to realize this. You all care more about the Pats than your own teams. Relax the Pats aren’t going anywhere for a while, get over it haters.

  38. 1billsnation says: Oct 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    steelersreallysuck says:
    Oct 26, 2013 1:22 PM
    You must be the biggest loser of all the posters here! Anyone who listens to logicalvoicesays proves they know nothing. Sounds like you are extremely jealous that you don’t have everyone you named on your team. Haha…sucks to be you! You must be a Buffalo Bills fan. Zero Super Bowl wins FOUR years in a row!

    LOL!!! Another sensitive Pats* fan? You and Deano can get together and swap tissues. ;-)

  39. bradyisbest says: Oct 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    he must be truly washed up,except for gronk,all his receivers were #1s………..in pop warner.

  40. tigerlilac says: Oct 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    The Patriots are 5 and 2 and lead their division while their losses were both by less than a touchdown, the last being in overtime when the game was gifted to the Jets by the officials. The Patriots have won despite not playing well on offense, having breakdowns along their usually strong offensive line, and having a roster depleted by injuries. When it comes to the Patriots, the haters don’t call it like it is; they don’t even call it like they see it; they call it like they want it to be (e.g., Brady over the hill and the Patriots in decline). It is possible they are right but much more probable that they are not, That’s why the Patriots keep winning, Vegas keeps placing the odds in their favor, and why they keep making the playoffs.

  41. bartlettruss says: Oct 26, 2013 1:42 PM

    Brady and Belichick should both be banned from the Hall of Fame because of Spygate. They are frauds and history has shown it. Brady is a coward who starts hearing footsteps if he’s knocked down one time in the game.

    He has stood idly by while Welker took the blame for every bad pass he ever threw. He’s a brat and a terrible sport. The game will be better when he’s out of it.

  42. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Oct 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    Dropped balls don’t help.

  43. dlk47823 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Geno Smith (who was everyone’s draft day joke) has played with a different set of receivers every week. 2 of his receivers last week had been signed off the street the week before. He still made plays and clearly outclassed Brady.
    It’s not just the receivers, or the line. it’s Brady too.

  44. belicheckisgod says: Oct 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    Find me another QB in the league now or league history that has had the team replace the top 7 Wrs from the year before with rookies and first year free agents in a complex offensive system, couple that with players that can’t stay on the field due to injuries and yet they still win. Theres no doubt this statisically has been a rough year for Brady, but he and the defense has found ways to win. When its all said and done this might be the worst year stats wise for him, but his best year at getting a team to the playoffs. Most teams without Brady would be 0-7 at this point not 5-2, give it a rest all the Brady and Pats haters, they win the division again and hit the playoffs clicking at the right time. Hes far from on the decline, he has a whole team( outside of Gronk) full of new receivers. I have witnessed plenty of gaudy statistical seasons from Brady only to be let down in Superbowls or AFC championship games, I rather have a grinding geting it done somehow Brady with minimal stats and win Superbowls like in his early days. Manning can have all the MVP’s I want trophies in February.

  45. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    foobarfoofoo says:
    Oct 26, 2013 12:32 PM
    – Brady has always had issues with his accuracy when he is hit often during a game. In case you didn’t realize, that is how the Giants beat the Patriots in both Super Bowls.
    ————–
    The thing about that is; When younger, he was not one bit afraid to stand there, ignore the defender, sling it down field, immediately taking a big hit, yet making a completion.

    This changed after his knee surgery. At first he was tentative about the knee, but after he gained confidence, he oftened seemed to take bigs hits on purpose, as if he were proving something to himself.
    But then, ol man time becomes a factor. I remember dear ol dad taking us lil kids skiing. The guy was a wild man. On the steep black diamond runs, he would wait at the bottom for us to make our way down.
    As we got older and our skill set was about equal to his, he was now older and on the challenging parts of the mountain, it showed. He was more and more stopping, looking down the slope too long and reverting to the snowplow.

    But I dont think Tom is that old yet and the giants did not invent “pressure the QB”.

    Brady has also never had the most accurate long throws.
    Of course, with the exception of Moss for a very short period in his career, he has never had the caliber wide receiver that could tell where the ball was going and going to be just in reach, and adjust on the run. EVERY other one of the great QB’s have had a couple wide receivers over the long haul.

    What bothers me is that, well, let’s take last week for example.
    The announcers said that Gronk had to adjust his route as a defender was where he was originally headed. Brady had no problem figuring out where Gronk was going.
    Same with Wes. Every play he had to improvise in the crowded middle to find an open spot.

    So, If Brady can do this with these two, what was his problem with Ocho and many other receivers that have come and quickly gone?
    Always this talk from the media about the playbook and them not being in the right spot.

    It seems to me that many older QB’s and receivers as well, get stubborn about this with age and fame. Bkedsoe got like that. I have also seen receivers around the league make no effort to adjust when the ball is not headed directly where they might want it.

  46. steves11 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    “I can’t count how many times brady hit Welker in the feet and he still managed to catch the ball”

    Donovan McNabb sure could have used Welker :-)

  47. jetsarestacked says: Oct 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    Hate Brady but he’s faced some really good defenses so far in the jets and Bengals. Not that surprised his numbers are down so far.

  48. ejvyas says: Oct 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    Brady being sacked and his receivers not catching the ball is not his problem. Stats dont really matter for the team as long as the team wins.

    As for the haters, players come and go – if they are with Pats today they might be with your crappy team tomorrow.

  49. neilpountney says: Oct 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    As a Patriots fan as much as one does not like to face it Brady is declining but he is still a really good player. I love when people say the way to get to him is to blitz him and put pressure on him especially up the middle does that not apply to any or all quarterbacks?? More paralysis by analysis, I love football but maybe the time has come when there is just too much coverage and all these experts just have to fill time spots up.

  50. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    belicheckisgod says:
    Oct 26, 2013 1:56 PM
    Find me another QB in the league now or league history that has had the team replace the top 7 Wrs from the year before with rookies and first year free agents in a complex offensive system, couple that with players that can’t stay on the field due to injuries and yet they still win. Theres no doubt this statisically has been a rough year for Brady, but he and the defense has found ways to win.
    ———–
    Good point. What other QB could put up such poor stats yet win?

    “Greats” like Marino and Manning have had so many games with rediculously high stats, yet, they lost the game.
    Stats ARE for losers. Brady and the Pats are for winners.

  51. sschmiggles says: Oct 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    He tore apart the blitz because for years his offensive line gave him 10 seconds to throw a 5 yard pass to wide open wes welker.
    _________________________

    Someone’s only been watching football since 2007.

    He was good against the blitz because he had receivers who knew how to beat the blitz. Not just Welker, but guys like Troy Brown and David Givens as well. Every QB who can beat the blitz has had guys they could trust at that position, from Montana to Manning.

    It’s amazing how few people are capable of paying attention to detail in football.

    Brady is one of the quarterbacks ever at moving around inside the pocket, which shouldn’t be confused with running ability. It’s not just his offensive line.

  52. bearsoxass says: Oct 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    This is the end……..my only friend, the end!!!!

  53. BringBackTheFlex says: Oct 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    Wait a sec. I thought Brady was elite and won games all by himself. I thought he and Eli and Peyton and Brees all elevated the players around them to All-Pro status, making them bigger and faster and stronger.

    You mean they all need OL to block for them and WRs that run the right routes and catch the ball? You mean they need a defense to stop the other team from giving the lead right back to the other team?

    Wow. Didn’t think that was the case.

  54. jr4real says: Oct 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    C’mon. Give the guy decent time in the pocket and he will light it up. I don’t see any skill dropoff. And I’m a Steeler fan.

  55. atxpatfan says: Oct 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    These comments are so inane…

    Brady has been one of the best to ever play the game for over a decade. Now we’re only 7 games into a season where he lost ALL of his top receivers from a year ago, is working with two rookies, has had no TE for much of the year, no reliable receiving threat out of the backfield since Vereen got injured in Game 1 and all of sudden he’s washed up and “on decline.”

    Lets take a deep breath and see what happens if Amendola and Gronk can stay on the field with Edelman, Thompkins and Dobson….not to mention when Vereen gets back.

  56. meatsweat says: Oct 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    Yep, Brady must be washed up, couldn’t be anything but the worst case scenario…wait for it…he’s been counted out plenty times before and you’ll all be eating crow when he lights the league on fire later this season.

  57. steelersreallysuck says: Oct 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    1billsnation says:Oct 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    “LOL!!! Another sensitive Pats* fan? You and Deano can get together and swap tissues.”

    You know all about sensitive and tissues don’t you? I sleep well while the Patriots keep on winning while you and your hating buddies stay awake crying about it all week. Like I said, sucks to be you!

  58. EJ says: Oct 26, 2013 2:31 PM

    deathonwings410 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 1:17 PM

    I’m a lifelong Brady hater and I wish his decline was true, but come on! This is Tom Effing Brady. You really think he’s on the decline? He’s still the best there is, the best there was, and the best there every will be (except maybe Marino, Montana, Johnny U and Elway–I know, I just contradicted myself, but what the Hell, lol). This guy is still the best in the game, give him Denver’s weapons and he’d probably have 35 touchdown passes now. He’s just suffering from inconsistent weapons around him, you know, like all the other QBs that PFT posters like to bash, like Cutler, Ryan, Flacco, Romo, etc.
    =================================================
    I’ll give you a pass on Brady and Ryan not having weapons around them, but not Cutler(Marshall, Hester, Jeffery and Forte, who could not succeed with that talent around?) Flacco(Smith, Jones, Clark and Rice, another great cast)and Romo(Bryant, Austin, Williams and Witten, Strong as can be). There is no reason for those Quarterbacks to fail. Brady has good receivers, Its just not beneficial when two of them are consistently sitting on the sideline and you have no chemistry with the others. Belichick was relying too much on Gronkowski and Amendola to be in the game to dole out reps to the other receivers and tight ends in order to put them on the same wavelength with the QB, and it looks like nothing will change on that front.

  59. edgerules says: Oct 26, 2013 2:36 PM

    Analysis from Ron Jaworski is always suspect. Hard to have great numbers when guys are out injured, guys you DO have are DROPPING balls. Also hard to have great games when your O line is terrible (see Big Ben), and the left tackle is having a terrible season also.

    Also, not surprised that an ESPN analyst who works for the station that is not a fan of Brady. Now if this were their boy , Peyton, they’d make every excuse in the book.

    Pats 5-2. Please.

  60. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Oct 26, 2013 2:40 PM

    His wife wears the pants.

  61. promickey says: Oct 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    I don’t agree with the statistics; according to the numbers related in this article Brady is down on his completions when blitzed around 10%. If you have seen the Patriots play one would realize that the receivers on the Patriots are dropping more passes than in previous years. So one could easily suggest that the issue is with the current receivers and not Tom Brady being on a decline.

  62. channer81 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    nickster31 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 12:31 PM
    As with Marino, Elway, Montana and other greats, age is catching up with him.

    I am FAR from a Patriots fan, and Brady will go down as one of the best ever, but NO ONE can beat age.

     ———————————————————————————-

    I don’t buy the decline excuse, and I’m not a Pats. You mention Elway who, btw put up his best stats the final two years of his career when he had talent around him. Same argument can be make for Rich Gannon, and look at what Manningis doing this year, with nothing special at the running game. Montana led pretty pedestrian KC offense a lot further than most qb’s could when he was there. Can you name anyone on those offenses besides Marcus Allen and maybe Willie Davis?

    The age argument is a lazy argument it goes much deeper than that. It’s ok if he feels pressure but I hope it doesn’t get to the point where his job is on the line. He built Gillette stadium and made NE a winner. When he’s gone the Pats won’t be relevant for a decade and ownership and Pats fans will beg to turn the clock back to 2005.

  63. cavington says: Oct 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    If he keeps taking hits like he has, I would expect another catastrophic injury to him. He is incredibly slow and one wrong tackle could completely ruin him.

  64. dlk47823 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    One thing’s or sure…..This was the worst offseason the Pats ever had. Every other team in the division improved while NE took a major step down in talent. it was a good run.

  65. forsbergler says: Oct 26, 2013 2:56 PM

    This team sucks for 1 simple reason. Tom Brady is an Avg QB. He can’t put a team on his back like the best QB of all time could, i.e. Elway, and Marino. He needs supporting cast around him to be successful. Most importantly 2 good TE so the can run the ball. All the years of getting the teams Def calls radioed into his helmet pre snap are starting to show as now he looks lost when his 1st read isn’t open on 3rd and long and has to get rid of the ball. He 8 TD and 5 INT’s are pathetic for a QB of his apparent skill level. I’m loving every second of it btw. Wanna know the sad thing? Is that Pats fans are so delusional that they still think this team has a chance at winning a SB in the next few years. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  66. forsbergler says: Oct 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    Oh ya and about the comment of Elway showing his age at the end of his career! Are you an IDIOT? The guy FINNISHED his career with back to back SBs you retard wtf are you talking about?

  67. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 26, 2013 3:03 PM

    The O-Line isn’t effective against covering blitzes & the caliber of his receivers has not been as good at adjusting to make the plays on marginal balls. Brady has always had issues when a team can put pressure on him…

    [end analysis]

  68. legeisyaj says: Oct 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    What’s his teams record again? TEAM.

  69. chowderhead12 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:07 PM

    all this talk about how bad brady is this year and that welker made him look good well lets see here edelman has more receptions then welker and just as many yards… then we can go with what ron jawarski says on second thought jaws couldnt hold bradys jock strap. he was a horrible qb. its funny that all the haters are talking about brady but yet he is 5-2 thats odd

  70. bubbahotepp says: Oct 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    The Golden Boy has enjoyed some of the best protection in the league for his whole career. Never could handle pressure. It’s the reason he lost his perfect season and a SB to the Giants. They were able to get in on him and he couldn’t handle it.

  71. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    Still better than Peyton “9-11 in the postseason” Manning.

  72. mrconnors says: Oct 26, 2013 3:29 PM

    1BillsNation, yet he’s still able to beat the Bills. Keep believing that the Patriots filming the other coaches jumping up and down on the sidelines somehow impacted the Bills sucking for the past 14 years.

    And I love this. They win 12-14 games every year, they go the AFCCG or the Super Bowl every year, but somehow they just can’t win without spygate.

  73. judsonjr says: Oct 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    belicheckisgod says:
    Oct 26, 2013 1:56 PM
    Find me another QB in the league now or league history that has had the team replace the top 7 Wrs from the year before with rookies

    —————————————-
    Brett Favre 2005. The Packers lost 5 RB to injury. Half way through the season, they were playing their #2 and #5 WR as #1 and #2. All other WR were street free agents. Likewise their #1 TE was a street FA pickup during the season. And they lost 2 probowl Guards in Free Agency.

    But this kind of proves your point since the Packers went 4-12, although 9 or 10 of those losses were by a TD or less.

  74. Wisconsin77 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:34 PM

    belicheckisgod says: Oct 26, 2013 1:56 PM
    Find me another QB in the league now or league history that has had the team replace the top 7 Wrs from the year before with rookies and first year free agents in a complex offensive system, couple that with players that can’t stay on the field due to injuries and yet they still win.

    Favre went through a WR refresh several times in his career with the Packers and his first year with Minn when they went to the NFC Champ game. Before the season with Minn, most people were saying he was inheriting the worst WR corps in the league.

  75. jasonculhane says: Oct 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    Yea he’s declining…Him struggling has nothing to do with losing Welker, Herndandez, Lloyd and Gronk until now(sarcastic)

  76. spygatedontexist says: Oct 26, 2013 3:39 PM

    PATRIOTS ARE INSECURE OF THEIR 3 SB’S BECAUSE THEY ARE
    #CHEATERS
    #SPYGATE
    18-1 CHOKERS
    0-2 IN SUPERBOWLS SINCE SPYGATE
    WELKER MADE BRADY A STAR NOW HE IS BELOW AVERAGE AND INCONSISTENT
    AARON RODGERS IS WORKING WITH A NEW CAST OF RECEIVERS RIGHT NOW WITH JONES AND COBB OUT BUT STIL PLAYING CONSISTENT…
    patriotway= cameras

  77. spygatedontexist says: Oct 26, 2013 3:48 PM

    #SPYGATE
    #CHEATERS
    WELKER MADE BRADY A PRO BOWLER
    ONTHEMENDOLA MAKES BRADY A BELOW AVERAGE QB ONLY BETTER THAN B GABBERT AND FREEMAN AS STARTER
    RETIRE CHEATER NO MORE CAMERAS TO HELP

  78. 1billsnation says: Oct 26, 2013 3:55 PM

    steelersreallysuck says:
    Oct 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    You know all about sensitive and tissues don’t you? I sleep well while the Patriots keep on winning while you and your hating buddies stay awake crying about it all week. Like I said, sucks to be you!
    ————————————————
    Yes, I have seen sensitive today because it is on display with every reply you make to every comment someone leaves about Tommy Brady and the Patsies that pokes at your little heart. ;-) This has nothng to do with crying, but everything to do with the obvious truth. How many SB’s has Brady/Sith Lord won without the video tapes? C’mon, I think we all know the answer……………….. C’mon…….And your apparent hate for the Steelers stems from the fact that they have won SB’s in recent years while your VHS-less Pats* have not. And we live a sad existence? Lol, oooooook. :-)

  79. steelcurtainn says: Oct 26, 2013 4:08 PM

    This just means good things for the opposing teams. Brady usually folds under the pressure.

  80. dlk47823 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:22 PM

    Belicheckisgod- You’ve just proven the level of BB’s arrogance.
    He lies to Brady to take a pay cut to sign Welker, with no intention of doing so.
    he gives a huge contract extension to the gang banger who now sits in prison.
    Refuses to pay welker or LLoyd and replaces them with a bunch of no name rookies.
    Has another poor draft while failing miserably on the Amendola signing.
    Has no true backup for Wilfork on the D line.
    You can’t expect excellence from a group that has lost the majority of its talent on offense.
    This team can’t beat a good defense on the road.
    (See NY and CINN) They were manhandled on both sides of the ball and will continue to struggle to run and stop the run.

  81. holeinone09 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:24 PM

    Brady is no doubt one of the best QBs of all time, but he is a statue in the face of a poor OL. This story serves to prove just how great Ben has been with the Steelers and their lack of good OL play for years and no running game since Betis retired. Brady, for how grwat he is, is no Ben if his line does not block. Period.

  82. dualprime says: Oct 26, 2013 4:25 PM

    I’m not a Brady fan but I did see what he did to I the Saints with a minute on the clock. Don’t care how old he is. That was badass!

  83. beerndrums says: Oct 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    Sure…they’re 5-2 but doesn’t it figure that the only good team they played was at home?Why does this seem to happen every single year? Yet we always hear about how good they are.
    If they are that good,give them some tough games on the road.It will be a different story then
    You know I’m right

  84. RE LEE says: Oct 26, 2013 4:48 PM

    Brady even at his worst is still better than most qb. As for those parroting the spygate refrain, do read its history. Find somebody who was involved who actually said that the pats benefited from the catchy phrase spygate. Spying with a shoulder borne video camera. Not exactly James Bondish is it? Sure brady is struggling this year with the whole team and has worst stats…. Bottom line is he and the rag tag pats still manage to eke out wins. As for the blitz.. Qb’ s are not immune to it. Peyton got blitz too by the colts and so did brady by the saints. Maybe brady is declining but that spark of brilliance at the end of the saints game is something to behold. As geno smith of the jets said Brady’s moves is ” poetry in motion”. Brady is and will be a legend. Sorry haters… Rant on…

  85. mugsymagpie says: Oct 26, 2013 5:29 PM

    Every quarterback does not like to get hit. Let’s face it once any quarterback gets hit several times in a game they all get happy feet. Tell me one quarterback that says hey I like being hit.

  86. taintedlombardis says: Oct 26, 2013 5:30 PM

    Brady is a non talent cheater. Years of Ernie Adams radioing in the defense’s play calls second before the snap should keep him from Canton. He will taint the Hall of Fame more than Irving…

  87. ray5382013 says: Oct 26, 2013 6:01 PM

    Brady will be fine. By December they will be clicking and feared. The cheater/spygate crybabies need to grow up. Funny how those comments are never spoken face to face but on the anonymous internet.

  88. steelersreallysuck says: Oct 26, 2013 6:11 PM

    forsbergler says:Oct 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    “Oh ya and about the comment of Elway showing his age at the end of his career! Are you an IDIOT? The guy FINNISHED his career with back to back SBs”

    Actually, someone who can’t spell FINISH is an IDIOT!

  89. lflib69 says: Oct 26, 2013 6:21 PM

    Yeah…pretty funny how a litte flat item with a bunch of letters on them make these little boys tough LMAO Bet they would wet their shorts if they had to sit in front of BB and explain their ignorance

  90. bigbabies says: Oct 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    His play this year is indicative of a cheater that no longer cheats.

  91. doe22us says: Oct 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    Its from Ron Jaws, nothing to see here folks. Ron has become a blow hard recently.

  92. romomaniac says: Oct 26, 2013 6:46 PM

    debandbobzillainlove…”vaunted Steelers defense”,HaHaHaHaHaHa thanks for the laugh buddy. Seems like you’re smoking some funky stuff.

  93. seadan1973 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:06 PM

    Congrats to the author.. Worked pretty hard to talk about this issue and not mention anything positive the JETS did against Brady when they LOST their 2nd game of the year..

    Or

    Mention that the pats haven’t won JACK since cheatergate.. Brady is a great QB, he was legendary better WRs, and the Defensive signals…

  94. jimjets says: Oct 26, 2013 8:20 PM

    I probably hate Brady more than anyone alive, but give him his due, he’s great, albeit a cheater.

    I think this year it’s many things. The o-line is not playing well, the running backs don’t scare anyone, he’s lost weapons AND the Giants showed the league the blueprint – get pressure up the middle early and often and he’s finished.

    Oh, and yea, the Jets ate him alive in that 3rd quarter last week. A thing of beauty.

  95. unclepino says: Oct 26, 2013 8:38 PM

    Really who cares about the Pats? They are yesterday’s news. If they weren’t in the AFC East they wouldn’t even be in wildcard contention. As for spygate? Again who cares it’s yesterday’s news…. Just like the Pats. The Pats domination was possible because of a weak division that gave them home field in the playoffs via 6 easy wins a year. Their run is done and over like Emilio Estevez’s career. Love it or hate it, it is what is.

  96. bsizemore68 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:16 PM

    Unclepino, you beat me to it, how many teams can almost count on 6 easy wins most years, perhaps that is over this year, Bills and the wets seem to be better and the fish is who knows. Bill

  97. agentzero321 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:30 PM

    So Brady and many other QBs can complete 55% of their passes, but we crush Tebow for hovering around 50?

  98. dpdonny says: Oct 26, 2013 10:57 PM

    Trash Tom all you want. Keep your QB. I don’t care who it is. I will take Tom. If you were being honest you would as well….if you were smaht.

  99. cover200 says: Oct 27, 2013 6:54 AM

    This is ridiculous. The Patriots are 5-2. Brady is the best quarterback to ever play the game, hands down. And Im a Buffalo Bills fan.

    How many fellow teammates are going to be joining him in the HOF? He’s the best. I hate him but he’s the best.

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