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Tom Brady isn’t throwing the ball very much

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Who says the NFL has skewed toward the pass?

As pointed out by our buddy Tom Curran of CSN New England, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown only 75 passes in the team’s last three games.  Brady, per Curran, has never thrown fewer than 75 passes in a three-game stretch.

Of the 75 attempts, Curran notes that Brady has completed only 41.  That’s his lowest three-game completion total since 2004.

That’s not a bad sign, given that the Pats last won the Super Bowl that same year.

The broader question is whether teams will now start running the ball more, taking advantage of defenses that are being built and coached and prepped to stop (or at least to contain) the pass.  Given that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw only 18 passes in the other conference semifinal game played on Saturday, the pendulum could be starting to swing away from glorified seven-on-seven sessions.

If so, veteran running backs could start getting more on the open market than veteran kickers.

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36 Responses to “Tom Brady isn’t throwing the ball very much”
  1. flash1283 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:53 AM

    I think a lot has to do with the weapons around him.

  2. flash1283 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:59 AM

    those last three games it was pouring raining in every game so they ran the ball because they knew they could

  3. morr24 says: Jan 12, 2014 8:02 AM

    The same can be said for Newton and the Panthers, Seattle and Wilson, and Kaepernick and the 49ers (maybe Rivers also). I suggest it is not a coincidence that these teams remain standing.

  4. footballfan58 says: Jan 12, 2014 8:06 AM

    Brady is the ultimate team player. He’s not concerned with his stats or breaking records. He’s only interested in winning. And he has shown that he’ll play any style or position that helps his team win. He won’t be famous for breaking passing records in domed stadiums or running the football himself and taking chances on getting injured but his heart and will power is dedicated to winning games as a member of the team. He doesn’t throw as well in his later years but he knows how to adjust and still be a very valuable member of his organization.

  5. titansbro says: Jan 12, 2014 8:28 AM

    God I hope so. I miss the running game.

  6. bobby927 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:47 AM

    “Old school football” You gotta love it.

  7. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 12, 2014 9:52 AM

    Peyton would’ve audibled into a pass at least four times on the goal line just to pad his stats. Too bad he doesn’t realize the only stat anybody cares about is his playoff record. 9-11.

  8. igorjohnson88 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:25 AM

    This is nothing new. It’s been said over and over again; teams that run the ball well go deep into the playoffs.

  9. brohamma says: Jan 12, 2014 10:30 AM

    Brady isn’t throwing the ball as much as usual, correct. But tell me he wasn’t throwing bullets when he was.

    Not only does the running game stop defenses from just reading Brady (also see the Lacy effect on Rodgers), it also generates less wear-and-tear on his throwing arm; which in turn, will leave him with “more in the tank” towards the end of the playoffs.. something I might start thinking about if I were Denver.

  10. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 12, 2014 11:25 AM

    The Patriots may or may not win the Super Bowl, but one thing is undeniable: Bill Belichick is the best coach of his time. His ability to retool his teams at the drop of a hat to suit their personnel is astounding.
    I just watched Mike Tomlin “coach” the Steelers to a 16-16 record the past two seasons. Of the 32 teams the Steelers played, 20 of them finished each season at or below .500. Think Belichick would be a .500 coach against that kind of schedule?
    I have a newfound respect and appreciation for Belichick and what he continues to do season after season in New England.

  11. theysone says: Jan 12, 2014 11:43 AM

    Yet if he were a QB for another team, he’d be labled a game manager…

  12. richwizl says: Jan 12, 2014 11:47 AM

    Why throw when you have a first down after two runs?

  13. righthereisay says: Jan 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    Is it me or was BB doing this to mess with Denver’s plans next week?

  14. theeperspective says: Jan 12, 2014 12:38 PM

    It used to be “use the run to set up the pass.” Then the rules changed making it easier to pass. Defenses are now centered around stopping the pass. Offenses seem to be using the pass to set up the run.

  15. mydogsnameisvick says: Jan 12, 2014 12:38 PM

    Pats are going to win the Super Bowl. Sad but true.

  16. all4patriots says: Jan 12, 2014 12:38 PM

    A coach comes to Tom Brady with a game plan calling for running the ball 50 times. Tom yells ‘Hell yeah!” and head butts the coach.

    A coach comes to Peyton Manning with a game plan calling for running the ball 50 times. Peyton yells ‘Do you know who I am?”

    Give me the greatest winner, ever.

  17. ravenswhat says: Jan 12, 2014 12:39 PM

    The pats have 3 RBs that could start for any team and 6 wrs that wouldn’t make most rosters. Maybe that’s why?

  18. micknangold says: Jan 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    But it’s a passing league! Quarterbacks win Superbowls! You need to throw the ball to win! All that other nonsense every sportswriter and analyst and armchair GM spouts on TV and the internet!

  19. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    That’s how they want it. Brady doesn’t like hanging in the pocket and taking hits, it intimidates him and messes up his game. Belichick knows this and wants to protect him. It’s why he’s a genius.

  20. mytwoanahalfcents says: Jan 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Regular season, the quarterbacks and receivers have the refs. In the playoffs, it is the defense who has the refs. That’s why they say “Defense wins championships. The refs are not throwing the flag on ticky tack PI’s and are letting them play. That is why the league had to send out that memo to the refs that they need to call the games the same as they do in the regular season but the refs sure as heck don’t want to be the ones to make that one questionable call that ends the season.

  21. jrebar88 says: Jan 12, 2014 1:30 PM

    Look at all you Brady lovers slobbering all over him for handing it off. What did Alex Smith do the week before? Why couldnt Brady do the same?

  22. flash1283 says: Jan 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    theysone says:
    Jan 12, 2014 11:43 AM
    Yet if he were a QB for another team, he’d be labled a game manager…

    Comments like this shows how stupid people are.

    A “game manager” doesn’t throw for 4500 yards with the leading WR being a former QB.

    why do people ignore the fact that they attacked Ind weakness, run defense.

  23. micknangold says: Jan 12, 2014 1:58 PM

    all4patriots says:
    Jan 12, 2014 12:38 PM
    A coach comes to Tom Brady with a game plan calling for running the ball 50 times. Tom yells ‘Hell yeah!” and head butts the coach.

    A coach comes to Peyton Manning with a game plan calling for running the ball 50 times. Peyton yells ‘Do you know who I am?”

    Give me the greatest winner, ever.

    ==========================

    This is an inaccurate depiction of Peyton Manning. He’s had a plenty of high volume and productive RBs on his teams, including this season.

  24. cjspiller12 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:03 PM

    Great job by Ernie Adams and Bill Belacheat on reaching the AFC Championship game!! Aging QB who can’t move, running back who was cut by another team, around 10 starters missing and this team keeps on winning. Do you ever wonder why this only happens to New England? Doesn’t matter who plays QB, running back, guard, tight end, wide receiver, defensive back, center, any position, this team keeps on clicking even if you were undrafted out of a Division three school. How? It’s systematic cheating on their home field that has been going on since 2001 and still exists to this day. Record on the road this year is 3-4, but boy or boy they are so good at home, in fact 9-0. Why does Belacheat continue to hire cardboard cutouts for coordinators, young people with no experience or older failures or even hire no coordinators at all? The Patriots have no super stars on the team, but yet they can rotate anyone in at any time and be successful. How come this works only for New England? Doesn’t it even sound fishy since the magical first Super Bowl season with 6th round draft pick and virtual rookie Tom Brady behind the helm and a failed head coach in Bill Belacheat calling the shots? With all the great coaches and all the great players, why has this never happened to any other team in the history of the NFL? It’s because the NFL doesn’t want to upset the apple cart on billions of dollars. Someone should ask Doug Flutie what he found inside Tom Brady’s helmet when Flutie picked up the wrong one. The Patriots were always a lousy team, no real history or legendary players, had a couple good years in the 80′s and a couple in the 90′s, but then they won all the time in the 2000′s. You just don’t go to being a dynasty overnight. Tom Brady left tens of millions of dollars on the table, to accept contracts well below what the top QB in the NFL should command, just to stay in New England. Why? Loyalty? What sports agent would allow his client to throw away tens of millions of dollars? Wouldn’t the top QB in the NFL be offended by lowball offers from the team that he took to the Super Bowl five times in his ten years? Yet Brady accepted the lowball offers without a fight. Strange. Brady and his agent accepted downright lousy deals to stay in New England. Why? Did Brady perhaps feel that the only reason a 6th round draft pick became a Hall of Fame QB was because of this cheating scandal? Did Brady become the best QB in the NFL simply because in New England, he always knew what play the opposing defense was calling before the snap?

  25. bucforever says: Jan 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    I never liked the trade the Bucs did with Blount and the Pats. Then Doug Martin is down for the season and the trade looks really bad! Schiano never got the running game going again after that. Now Blount dose a superman act in the game last night and now the trade looks really stupd unless you are New England! I just hope Coach Smith has a fix for that this season!

  26. haterade999 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:19 PM

    Said it before, will say it again.

    If the you think Patriots are cheaters, you better check yourself.

    What happened last night was no mistake. It was calculated. For all the praise Manning gets, he will never be the player Tom Brady is.

  27. quinonesben says: Jan 12, 2014 2:22 PM

    @cjspiller12 you are an absolute idiot and troll. Fans that arent even patriot supporters will even tell you how stupid you are. Yeah so belichick and brady have no talent and they know every play before it happens and score touchdowns on every play and dont give up any. If you hate the pats thats your right, but to try and discredit everything a team has done for one incident in week 2 of 2007 is moronic. If your team won the games the pats did you would be the first one trolling everyone about how good your team is. Whats next your gonna argue legarrette blount has an invisible motor scooter?

  28. papagambino says: Jan 12, 2014 2:25 PM

    CJSpiller

    I assume that your comments were written in jest.

  29. timmons94 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:27 PM

    Every year same old story…Pats have a ton of injuries, some key guys leave, and always same story-Pats a contender..

    they EASILY could have 5 or 6 titles…If u don’t respect the Patriots- u probably think Obama is a good president too.

    they are a machine….amazing to watch…

    let’s go patriots !!!!!!!!

    as a steelers fan, please drop the cheaters and spygate jokes…your embarrassing yourself

  30. badmoonrison says: Jan 12, 2014 2:51 PM

    cjspiller12 says:
    Jan 12, 2014 2:03 PM
    Great job by Ernie Adams and Bill Belacheat on reaching the AFC Championship game!! Aging QB who can’t move, running back who was cut by another team, around 10 starters missing and this team keeps on winning. Do you ever wonder why this only happens to New England? Doesn’t matter who plays QB, running back, guard, tight end, wide receiver, defensive back, center, any position, this team keeps on clicking even if you were undrafted out of a Division three school. How? It’s systematic cheating on their home field that has been going on since 2001 and still exists to this day. Record on the road this year is 3-4, but boy or boy they are so good at home, in fact 9-0. Why does Belacheat continue to hire cardboard cutouts for coordinators, young people with no experience or older failures or even hire no coordinators at all? The Patriots have no super stars on the team, but yet they can rotate anyone in at any time and be successful. How come this works only for New England? Doesn’t it even sound fishy since the magical first Super Bowl season with 6th round draft pick and virtual rookie Tom Brady behind the helm and a failed head coach in Bill Belacheat calling the shots? With all the great coaches and all the great players, why has this never happened to any other team in the history of the NFL? It’s because the NFL doesn’t want to upset the apple cart on billions of dollars. Someone should ask Doug Flutie what he found inside Tom Brady’s helmet when Flutie picked up the wrong one. The Patriots were always a lousy team, no real history or legendary players, had a couple good years in the 80′s and a couple in the 90′s, but then they won all the time in the 2000′s. You just don’t go to being a dynasty overnight. Tom Brady left tens of millions of dollars on the table, to accept contracts well below what the top QB in the NFL should command, just to stay in New England. Why? Loyalty? What sports agent would allow his client to throw away tens of millions of dollars? Wouldn’t the top QB in the NFL be offended by lowball offers from the team that he took to the Super Bowl five times in his ten years? Yet Brady accepted the lowball offers without a fight. Strange. Brady and his agent accepted downright lousy deals to stay in New England. Why? Did Brady perhaps feel that the only reason a 6th round draft pick became a Hall of Fame QB was because of this cheating scandal? Did Brady become the best QB in the NFL simply because in New England, he always knew what play the opposing defense was calling before the snap?

    ——————————————————-
    Its upsetting there arent more people presenting evidence like cjspiller12 here. Its a fact the Pats cheat and the NFL looks the other way. Why did Goodell order the video be destroyed/burned when Spygate first happened? If a defendant had done that in a court of law he would easily be prosecuted for a handful of felonies. Do your homework with an open mind and read “Spygate” by Bryan O’Leary. Its the book the NFL doesnt want you to read.

  31. peymax1693 says: Jan 12, 2014 3:21 PM

    all4patriots says: Jan 12, 2014 12:38 PM

    A coach comes to Tom Brady with a game plan calling for running the ball 50 times. Tom yells ‘Hell yeah!” and head butts the coach.

    A coach comes to Peyton Manning with a game plan calling for running the ball 50 times. Peyton yells ‘Do you know who I am?”

    Give me the greatest winner, ever.
    —————————————————————–
    I guess you forgot about Moreno gashing the Pats for 227 rushing yards the last time they played. You realize it was Manning calling all of those running plays, right?

    I don’t get why so many of you Brady fans feel the need to bash Manning in order to elevate Brady.

    We get it; you believe that Brady is better than Manning because his superior record in the playoffs makes him a winner (whatever that term means). That is a great argument to make and I can’t say you are wrong for making it.

    But it’s pretty lame that you resort to making unfounded personal attacks about Manning.

  32. flash1283 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:24 PM

    Its upsetting there arent more people presenting evidence like cjspiller12 here. Its a fact the Pats cheat and the NFL looks the other way. Why did Goodell order the video be destroyed/burned when Spygate first happened? If a defendant had done that in a court of law he would easily be prosecuted for a handful of felonies. Do your homework with an open mind and read “Spygate” by Bryan O’Leary. Its the book the NFL doesnt want you to read.

    —-

    It’s the book no one wants to read, they couldn’t sell any copies now you can get it for free online.

  33. thewiz37 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:43 PM

    Cjspiller12 – It looks like your account has been hijacked by some kind of lunatic, you might want to consider changing your password.

  34. pats1stfan1 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:10 PM

    @ badmoonrison

    It’s tough being a Bills fan.

    And as a follow up you should go to bleacher report and look up The Truth About Spygate.

    I love the haters. Success truly does breed jealousy.

  35. micknangold says: Jan 12, 2014 10:09 PM

    @pats1stfan1

    And arrogance breeds contempt.

  36. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 12, 2014 11:17 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Jan 12, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Patriots may or may not win the Super Bowl, but one thing is undeniable: Bill Belichick is the best coach of his time. His ability to retool his teams at the drop of a hat to suit their personnel is astounding.
    I just watched Mike Tomlin “coach” the Steelers to a 16-16 record the past two seasons. Of the 32 teams the Steelers played, 20 of them finished each season at or below .500. Think Belichick would be a .500 coach against that kind of schedule?
    I have a newfound respect and appreciation for Belichick and what he continues to do season after season in New England.
    _____________________________

    Translation: “I just watched Tom Brady get carried by his running game, so I can’t do my usual drool job all over him. So rather than rip my hero for contributing nothing, I’ll just give credit to his coach for coming up with a superb game plan! Never mind that I would rip my own QB if HE got carried like that, without hesitation, but you know I can’t do the same thing to my sweet man crush Tommy! Yes, I have a newfound respect for Belichick, because God knows I have to come up with something fast to cover for my hero Tommy’s total lack of production! Sure, Tommy was totally lame, but I only point out such things when it comes to Ben!”

    Steeler Nation is watching you, bob. Time to turn in your black and gold card.

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