Justin Houston has a simple strategy for dealing with Tom Brady

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The NFL season begins on Thursday night, with the Chiefs visiting the Patriots. And Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has a simple plan for the greatest quarterback in league history.

“To hit him,” Houston told reporters on Sunday regarding his strategy for dealing with Tom Brady. “Because the ball comes out so fast, he’s a smart guy. My main thing is the defense, don’t lose confidence in what you got going on because he’s going to make plays — it’s Tom Brady. Just got to stay together through four quarters.”

It’s far easier said than done, especially since Brady has seen it all and knows what he’s going to do before the ball is snapped. But if/when a defense can get to him repeatedly, the chances of beating him improve, dramatically.

Defenses have a better chance of making it happen early in the season, when the offensive line remains a work  in progress thanks to reduced offseason workout time and the absence of traditional two-a-days. Three years ago, the Chiefs caught the Patriots’ offensive early in the year on a Monday night, and it was ugly.

This year, the Chiefs get them right out of the gates, and Houston and the rest of his teammates will be doing everything they can to disrupt the New England offense by getting to Brady.

58 responses to “Justin Houston has a simple strategy for dealing with Tom Brady

  1. I imagine anybody getting hit repeatedly would be rushing the ball out and perhaps prone to more mistakes. That’s not a formula for beating Tom Brady, it’s a formula for beating just about anyone.

  2. That’s how you beat Brady! He does not like to be touched. Eat a penalty or two early and put him on the turf! He’ll start hearing footsteps and his accuracy will falter. Go look at his playoff losses–pressure got to him! Make Marcia fear for his safety and you’re halfway home.

  3. Yeah that’d help but prob won’t work too well because unlike most years the Pats’ o-line for once is healthy and intact from last year – plus Gronk is back and he loves to block. You also need to keep Brady off the field entirely by long steady clock-eating drives that keep him bench-cold, and frustrated. But that’ll be tough too because unlike the preceding decade the Pats D have gotten hot – top 5 and ranked 1st in stopping opposition scoring, and again largely intact from last year. But everyone has an off day, even the Pats.

  4. sorosbolshevism says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    That’s how you beat Brady! He does not like to be touched. Eat a penalty or two early and put him on the turf! He’ll start hearing footsteps and his accuracy will falter. Go look at his playoff losses–pressure got to him! Make Marcia fear for his safety and you’re halfway home.
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    so you’re saying to cheat by breaking the rules and hit him late? If that’s all you got for strategy that you can’t beat them fairly at least we know where you and your team stand.

  5. sorosbolshevism says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    That’s how you beat Brady! He does not like to be touched. Eat a penalty or two early and put him on the turf! He’ll start hearing footsteps and his accuracy will falter. Go look at his playoff losses–pressure got to him! Make Marcia fear for his safety and you’re halfway home.

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    Spoken like a true average Joe. Brady is not an average Joe. I remember the beatdown Denver put on him. Totally vicious. But he still kept getting up and making plays in between body slams, darn near pulled that game out too but for a couple missed drops and kicks. Speaking for myself and Im pretty sure most or all of the commenters here I would have been curled up on the ground. Even if I was a big tough NFL QB no way am I diving on a fumble in all that. But Brady never lets up no matter what you do to him. When the heat is on you see he is one of the toughest guys in the game today.

  6. “Three years ago, the Chiefs caught the Patriots’ offensive early in the year on a Monday night, and it was ugly.”

    Yes it was. And the Patriots won the Super Bowl that year.

  7. The greatest QB in league history retired a long time ago – Brady can’t hold a candle to him- Joe Montana- closest QB to him playing now is Aaron Rodgers- too bad rest of packers are not that good.

  8. lanman11 says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I imagine anybody getting hit repeatedly would be rushing the ball out and perhaps prone to more mistakes. That’s not a formula for beating Tom Brady, it’s a formula for beating just about anyone.

    I agree with you. Great post. Why the media and fans buy the narrative that “hitting the QB repeatedly” only applies to Brady, I don’t know. Oh, there is the other false narrative about Brady: “He does not like to get hit.” Um, can you name me a QB that DOES like to get hit? Don’t say Ben Roethlisberger, because I am sure, deep down, HE hates getting hit. Like the person I quoted said, if you constantly hit ANY QB, and disrupt his timing, he will make mistakes, NOT JUST Brady. God, Justin Houston is dumb, and so is anyone else, who believes it is just Brady. Idiot.

  9. “Three years ago, the Chiefs caught the Patriots’ offensive early in the year on a Monday night, and it was ugly.”

    I remember the media after that game the Pats were 2-2 and Brady was “struggling.” I remember reporters asking Belichek if he was thinking about benching Brady and Belichek rolled his eyes. Not sure if he even said anything.

    I also remember the media discussing whether or not Brady was “done.” There is a reason they write instead of do.

    Good times.

  10. lol

    HOw many more times are we going to hear this crap?

    Dear idiot low IQ morons players and fans:

    The way to beat Brady and the offense is to outsmart them. Admittedly, that’s vert difficult to do, especially now with the versatile weapons he now has.

    But, it’s the only way and you best have the personnel to play man and not play zone too much, or it’s a blowout. Ask Pittsburgh. Ask Indy. Ask many teams who think they have it all figured out.

    Tell me: How many more big hits in Super Bowls does this guy have to take, before he wins the game, where people will admit how tough he is? It’s hilarious. The jealousy and anger runs so deep, trolls/haters can’t see straight.

    Lastly, the RBs they have in there now to pair with the scatbacks, will be devastating and unlike anything anyone has ever seen for Brady to use, in the Goodell Era with passing and rules all favoring offenses.

    You asked for it, trolls, and now ya got it.

  11. PFT also dropped the Patriots 14 spots in the power rankings after that game. All the way down to #6.

  12. 17 years later the plan to beat Brady comes out!!!Great scouting haters..keep up the good work.5 lomBRADY trophies to late..you think.Great planning..you probably forget your shopping list everytime to..go figure.

  13. For 16 years, everyone has had the same strategy to beat Brady but only one will work, PATIENCE – wait and wait and wait and BOOM someday he’ll be retired

  14. You can absorb a lot of punishment and still get up when your body is full of Italian HGH. Just sayin!

  15. pauldeba says:
    September 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    For 16 years, everyone has had the same strategy to beat Brady but only one will work, PATIENCE – wait and wait and wait and BOOM someday he’ll be retired

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    Good to see ya, Paul. Tell the snowflakes over there they lost and I hope they’re enjoying BB as the greatest GM ever. Special hellos to Mt Cupcake, TFB12 Bandwagoner, etc.

    Brady’s last year if he wins it all, is this year.

  16. Justin Houston has a simple strategy for dealing with Tom Brady

    Oh…I doubt you are the first to have a “stragety”, but he’s played in 7 sb’s & won 5.
    And I’m a fan of one of the teams he beat in the sb.

  17. Brady has been hammwred in many games including the last one. Impossible to intimidate him, win or lose he just keeps getting up and making plays. Probably the toughest qb to everplay.

  18. Brady was hammered time after time 2 years ago in the AFC championship game and still had them in it until the last second. Last I checked, KC doesn’t have that defence Denver had.

  19. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    September 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Gee if only Atlanta or Seattle had thought of that…
    The only way to beat Brady is to score more points than New England does… good luck with that.

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    And I have tried to explain this to fellow Pats fans for year. Offense wins championships in Goodell’s league, not as much the defense anymore. War of attrition…On offense.

  20. patriotmaleorgy says:
    BRADY BRADY BRADY
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    Look at the obsession and derangement he has driven you to, you have multiple user names based on the team you hate and we laugh at each and every one of them chip

  21. patriotmaleorgy says:
    September 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    Greatest qb in NFL history?…..lol. Maybe he could of been but the numerous times he and his coach WERE caught cheating casts a shadow on that.

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    Typical. Waaaaaah, it’s not my fault I lost.

    Grow up.

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    September 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Gee if only Atlanta or Seattle had thought of that…
    The only way to beat Brady is to score more points than New England does… good luck with that.

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    And I have tried to explain this to fellow Pats fans for year. Offense wins championships in Goodell’s league, not as much the defense anymore. War of attrition…On offense.
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    Why is it no surprise you misconstrue even the simplest of things? I was being sarcastic. Whether the Pats score 14 or 44 to beat then you still need to score 1 more than they do. They can win a slug fest or a track meet, pick your poison. As in one of all Pats fans favorite Belichick quotes “Stats are for losers, the only numbers that matter are the big ones on the scoreboard at the end of the game.”

  23. Enough with the cheating accusations…jerry rice admitted it and debartolo admitted it and walsh went on to win in college and montana won superbowls in kansas city and rice helped the raiders win..goats..lol…lomBRADY is the GOAT.

  24. Exactly what the Giants did to the Pats both times. The Giants’ version of the (Justin)Tuck rule was sack and pressures. More pressure on Brady, esp the hits, the greater chance of winning.

  25. The only time Pats seem to lose is if they hand it over via turnovers. The last ugly game wasn’t against KC, but Baltimore in playoffs. And that was a long time ago.
    KC game was about turnovers and KC’s ability to get a monster lead (2nd half was close on points attained). Nowadays, after SB, even a huge lead one isn’t safe. I don’t know if Brady has gotten better at handling a rough game or they change it up so he gets a change of pace, but one thing is for sure, beating Pats on hits doesn’t work anymore. Seattle and Atlanta tried that, but they forgot about the game.

  26. I just can’t stand people that can’t just say my team got BEAT… I really TB12 and the guys have beat a lot of teams good teams so just be a man and say he really is great and we got BEAT more power to him. We just have to get better.THE WAY TO BEAT BRADY IS TO JUST GET BETTER PLAY BETTER AS A TEAM AND IF YOU DON’T JUST SAY WE GOT BEAT…

  27. patriotmaleorgy says:
    September 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    Greatest qb in NFL history?…..lol. Maybe he could of been but the numerous times he and his coach WERE caught cheating casts a shadow on that.

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    So…

    #1: So-called Spygate: NFL sent a stupid memo (not a rule change in the rule book) saying to move a few more feet away. Not that recording was the issue but the location. Every team records. But since it wasn’t “official” (in the rule book) teams may not have changed tactics right way. Remember, historically only rule book changes were observed – GODell stepped out of line.

    #2: So-called “Deflategate”: The NFL admitted twice under oath in court they had no evidence at all that the Pats cheated.

    So you must have some evidence you’ve been witholding which could be a federal offence – “obstruction of justice”.

  28. Only team that’s had any kind of success against Brady over the past ten years have been the ravens. Hasn’t worked every time but more than anyone else. Hit em, just like every other qb he doesn’t like it and it changes the game

  29. patriotmaleorgy says:
    September 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    Greatest qb in NFL history?…..lol. Maybe he could of been but the numerous times he and his coach WERE caught cheating casts a shadow on that.

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    Numerous times?- Please show me one time Tom Brady was caught cheating.

  30. This is exactly the strategy the Ravens have used to give the Patriots fits in the playoffs. From begging for a flag on Suggs to kicking Ed Reed in the groin, Brady gets whiny and erratic when he gets hit or is under pressure. The one other thing: you need to blow up his receivers too. Wes Welker dropped balls left and right after the Ravens started pounding him too. Even if Brady can get the ball out, if his receivers are hearing footsteps they’ll drop it.

  31. Bradycheat more closely resembles a piece of garbage that “the greatest qb of all time””. He’s a proven cheat, and no amount of propaganda intended to suppress that fact ever will.

  32. Wrong truth: even the NFL admitted in federal court they had no evidence of tampering, all you do is show your ignorance and lack of the understanding of 7th grade science. I’m embarrassed for you.
    Roger that !

  33. Hit Brady? What a revelation… Teams has been hitting Brady all these years, some good that do. Why not improve your team overall instead of that worn out strategy?

  34. Black Cadillac says:
    September 4, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Only team that’s had any kind of success against Brady over the past ten years have been the ravens. Hasn’t worked every time but more than anyone else. Hit em, just like every other qb he doesn’t like it and it changes the game

    Pretty sure Brady is like 7-2 against the Ravens

  35. sorosbolshevism says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    That’s how you beat Brady! He does not like to be touched. Eat a penalty or two early and…

    …and get out your checkbook.

  36. Brady has been hammered in many games including the last one. Impossible to intimidate him, win or lose he just keeps getting up and making plays. Probably the toughest qb to ever play.
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    In a losing effort (a VERY close one) he certainly played that Denver defense 1000 times tougher than “superman” Cam Newton did. Brady was a million times classier in defeat also.

  37. billymutt says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm
    “Three years ago, the Chiefs caught the Patriots’ offensive early in the year on a Monday night, and it was ugly.”

    Yes it was. And the Patriots won the Super Bowl that year.
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    And the Chiefs last won the Superbowl in 1970. Before Brady was born.

  38. Black Cadillac says:
    September 4, 2017 at 12:43 am
    Only team that’s had any kind of success against Brady over the past ten years have been the ravens. Hasn’t worked every time but more than anyone else. Hit em, just like every other qb he doesn’t like it and it changes the game
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    The Raven’s are 1-8 total against the Patriots, 2-2 in playoff games. If you think that means they have had success against them, then I guess that’s what defines success against the Pats. One win and eight losses.

  39. vegasbearfan says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    The greatest QB in league history retired a long time ago – Brady can’t hold a candle to him- Joe Montana- closest QB to him playing now is Aaron Rodgers- too bad rest of packers are not that good.

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    Lets face it, you feel threatened by the truth so you would name Blake Bortles ahead of Brady. Brady has outperformed both guys you name and any other guys you might care to name. He is the GOAT until someone comes along that does more. (It WILL happen too, such is sports)

  40. edgerules says:
    September 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Um, can you name me a QB that DOES like to get hit?

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    Brett Farve
    Steve Grogan

    But really those guys are anomolies and every point in your full post was spot on.

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