Tom Brady on pace to get sacked a career-high 52 times

AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is leading the league in passing yards and on pace to throw for an NFL record 5,596 yards this season. But a look at Brady’s stats through four games reveal some troubling signs as well.

First and foremost, Brady has been sacked 13 times this season. That’s a sharp increase over what Brady is accustomed to; he was only sacked 15 times all of last season.

With 13 sacks a quarter of the way through the season, Brady is on pace to get sacked 52 times this season. That would be the worst of his career: His previous high was 41 sacks in 2001, the year he replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe and became the Patriots’ starter.

And that raises a question about just how many hits Brady can take. At age 40 he hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down, but everyone can get injured, and a quarterback who’s getting sacked a lot is at a greater risk of getting injured.

The 2-2 Patriots’ biggest problem is on defense, but their offense has a problem, too. Brady needs to stay upright.

78 responses to “Tom Brady on pace to get sacked a career-high 52 times

  1. Sad that they think others can’t get open fast just because Edelman is not there.

    That’s on Brady as much as anyone. The line has been solid so far, allowing plenty of time on deeper developing routes.

    The playcalling has been inconsistent and that includes Brady as much as McDaniels.

    That 2nd down call on that first drive as they shredded the Panthers D down the field, was absolutely atrocious. It was a delayed fake reverse.

    Ugh.

    ATTACK!

    Talk about over-analyzing. My god. Anyone who thinks McDaniels is a great OC doesn’t watch all of the games.

    He has toys up the ying yang and calls that?

  2. The KNOWN antidote to Tom Brady has always been to hit him in the mouth.
    The sky is starting to fall in New England. They’ll still make the playoffs (benefits of playing in a crap division for so long) but with the defense looking clueless and Tom not staying upright, you’re about to see the biggest mass exodus of a bandwagon ever.

  3. I have been following this team over 45 plus years and this is the worst Defense I have ever seen. When Brady and the offense score 30 plus ….YOU HAVE TO WIN….Belichick and his greatness aside , the Gilmore signing I didn’t like from the beginning. He is a huge liability back there as hes out of position constantly. The Panthers were averaging 9.7 yards a PLAY …A PLAY!!!! ATROCIOUS ON EVERY LEVEL…. Bradys not gonna be able to bail them out every week..If it wasn’t for his Houdini act against the Texans they would be 1-3….If the defense doesn’t get it together its gonna be a long year in FOXBORO

  4. They look terrible so far.

    The defence looks worse each game than the previous week.

    Remember all those 19 & 0 predictions.

    They will be lucky to make the playoffs…

  5. medialovesthecowboys says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    The KNOWN antidote to Tom Brady has always been to hit him in the mouth.
    The sky is starting to fall in New England. They’ll still make the playoffs (benefits of playing in a crap division for so long) but with the defense looking clueless and Tom not staying upright, you’re about to see the biggest mass exodus of a bandwagon ever.

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    Did you know that to make the playoffs they had to beat teams in other divisions too? Dont take my word for it, check the schedule. Its amazing but true.

  6. you know, after 17 years of glory, it eventually had to come to an end. Patriots may not make the playoffs. They are that bad. Their defense is horrid. With little qb protection, their offense is suffering. I see them finishing 9-7. If the bills keep their play up, they’ll take the division.

    Brady won’t be a patriot next year. I’ve been saying it since the offseason. If they lose their upcoming few games, gronk will be traded. And brady might be traded too. Guarantee you discussions are already in place.

  7. I only remember all the perfectly legal hits/sacks by defenders that tom brady cried/complained into penalties.

    Oh… and… the phantom pass interference penalties.
    We could go on all day about those!!!

  8. There seems to be some trouble in paradise. They lost twice and had no business winning last week against HOuston… but they have Brady. And I will never assume they, or more specifically he, are done until they prove other wise.
    The Bills are the best team in the division TODAY. They are playing the best at all phases of the game..

    but its only 4 games in. I still think the Pats will figure it out and right the ship. Their D is allowing a ton of points and yards, so they should be easy to beat BUT when he is your qb, he is one of the few that can get you one more point than the opponent.

    Im still going to assume they win the SUper Bowl this year…

  9. Tom Brady will come back better than ever. He is a 40 year old with the body of a 27 year old and he is tough. Yes, he’s getting sacked more but Dante Scarnecchia will tweak the O-line and make the needed corrections. All of those wishing this to be the end of Brady will be left with egg on their faces. Talk of him declining just fires him up.

  10. His whole career has been high percentage passes- screens and slants, which are 2 step drops, quick passes, not reading through progressions, not standing in the pocket, using footwork, taking shotts from defenders while delivering the ball. til now he’s been a system qb in a system that every qb would thrive in (see Matt Cassell and Jimmy G. or Brissett the first 4 games last year- Jimmy was #1 qb in the league after week 2). So this is the first time brady has actually ran an offense thats not dummy proof……and they are 2-2.

  11. The offense scored 36 and 30 against very good defenses, throwing for over 300 yards in both games. Given how much the opponents have had the ball that`s pretty great.

    Nothing wrong with that at all. The defense can`t get the job done. Got to hold teams to no worse than 21 if you want to win consistently

  12. Spoiled little Patriots bandwagoners starting to cry after some adversity. If you’ve been a fan for over the last ten years…apologies…but this rude crop of whiny, annoying, bandwagon Pats fans is funny to watch as they cry like babies.

  13. Maybe it’s time to start making a few deals. Otherwise, if they can get that awful defense and o-line fixed, it will be curtains on this season. See what they can get for Garoppolo…just a thought. And that Gilmore signing…I just don’t get that one, or like it.

  14. medialovesthecowboys says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    The KNOWN antidote to Tom Brady has always been to hit him in the mouth.
    The sky is starting to fall in New England. They’ll still make the playoffs (benefits of playing in a crap division for so long) but with the defense looking clueless and Tom not staying upright, you’re about to see the biggest mass exodus of a bandwagon ever.
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    LMAO, the answer to beating any QB is to put him on his back but Brady has shown time and again he has a propensity for getting back up and giving as good as he gets. The division crap is just the regurgitation of a weak mind. The last 4 years running New England has lost as many times in 6 games inside the division as they have in 10 out of it. Belichick’s Pats have a higher win percentage against the other Northern and Eastern divisions than they do against their own. I have every faith this too shall pass. You keep whistling past the graveyard, we’ll talk again in January when we see how it plays out. Having survived Rod Rust and 1-15 everything since ’01 has been gravy, enough gravy to float on for a very very long time.

  15. I can’t imagine a Belichick team staying at this level of mediocrity. Not used to seeing N.E. defenses out of place during plays. Getting Hightower back will help. Will it be enough? And can the line keep Brady upright? Hard to imagine coming off a Super Bowl with the league’s best D and they could easily be 1-3. What happened to the D?

  16. Bills teams always seem to gell and get better as the season goes on.

    This year they look even like they are playing worse than the week before,

    The defense was ranked 32.

  17. I love the “on pace” stats… my favorite part … they are never right.

    The Patriots have issues with the Oline and the defense… both sections of the team that need more pads contact in the offseason… and due the stupid rules around offseason contact … they are unprepared for the season.

    I feel very strongly the Patiots will adjust… the sacks will go down and the secondary will get on the same page… the defense will improve alot…

  18. You know, I keep hearing all these excuses for QB’s like Brady, Wilson and Newton on how they cannot get time in the pocket so they are not playing as well or the team is not as successful because of the o-line and protection. Yet I never hear those same excuses for other QB’s like Tannehill, who has never had a good o-line and has had a terrible defense that couldn’t keep the games close…but for some reason it’s #blametannehill all day for him despite him being the 4th highest rated QB in the league when not pressured. Or how about all the naysayers who claim Luck is overrated, yet he too has had a poor o-line and defense his whole career. Now I’m not saying Tannehill is anywhere close to Brady’s level, but maybe….just maybe people will start to realize that it’s pretty hard to win in this league when the QB has zero protection and doesn’t have the defense to mask the problems on offense, which has been the story of Tannehills and Lucks career.

  19. “Did you know that to make the playoffs they had to beat teams in other divisions too? Dont take my word for it, check the schedule. Its amazing but true.”

    *******************
    Actually, not necessarily so. Technically a team can go 3-13 and still get in, if every division team goes 3-3, and depending on who/how they lose to outside the division, but for now I think the Pats can escape this fate.

    And there have been teams with losing records getting into the playoffs.

    It’s all amazing but true.

  20. uglydingo says:

    Tom Brady will come back better than ever. He is a 40 year old with the body of a 27 year old and he is tough.
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    When you’re on the ride you think it’s gonna last forever. Patriots fans will learn it always ends.

  21. To borrow a quote from Aaron Rodgers, “RELAX”.
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    This does sound just like a the comments on a Packers story.

    – no defense
    – suspect coaching
    – catastrophic breakdowns
    – sacks due to the fact that you have to throw 50x game to win…

  22. These problems will be fixed by Belichek, and Kraft. One phone call to Goodell by Kraft and you will see more roughing the passer calls, no OPI calls, a great increase in uncalled offensive holding calls. Heck, you might even see a yellow hankie in Brady’s pocket.
    Whatever, guaranteed there will be fewer calls against the Pats and an increase in calls against their opponent.

  23. Let’s go back to before the season started and look at all of the comments from the Pats homers thinking this defense was going to be the best. Funny how after a year of playing horrible QBs and offenses your ego becomes inflated…..or deflated….

  24. They scored 27, 36, 33 and 30 points in their first 4 games. They are still far and away the best offense in the nfl and no matter who you are, you better be prepared to score in the 30’s to have a shot against them.

    Your teams defense may be top 5 in the nfl, but that matters very little when you Play the Patties, cause their gonna light you up. So your offense better be capable of going score for score with them.

    unfortunately, my steelers look to be trotting out the same sluggish offense that scored 23 points a game last season. So we have to hope someone else knocks em off as usual.

  25. finsphan says:

    October 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    You know, I keep hearing all these excuses for QB’s like Brady, Wilson and Newton on how they cannot get time in the pocket so they are not playing as well or the team is not as successful because of the o-line and protection. Yet I never hear those same excuses for other QB’s like Tannehill, who has never had a good o-line and has had a terrible defense that couldn’t keep the games close…but for some reason it’s #blametannehill all day for him despite him being the 4th highest rated QB in the league when not pressured. Or how about all the naysayers who claim Luck is overrated, yet he too has had a poor o-line and defense his whole career. Now I’m not saying Tannehill is anywhere close to Brady’s level, but maybe….just maybe people will start to realize that it’s pretty hard to win in this league when the QB has zero protection and doesn’t have the defense to mask the problems on offense, which has been the story of Tannehills and Lucks career.
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    The best post on here, you are spot on sir.

  26. Him and Carson Palmer will be playing shuffle board this season when they both hit injured reserve.

  27. His whole career has been high percentage passes- screens and slants, which are 2 step drops, quick passes, not reading through progressions, not standing in the pocket, using footwork, taking shotts from defenders while delivering the ball. til now he’s been a system qb in a system that every qb would thrive in (see Matt Cassell and Jimmy G. or Brissett the first 4 games last year- Jimmy was #1 qb in the league after week 2). So this is the first time brady has actually ran an offense thats not dummy proof……and they are 2-2.
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    Interesting. After 4 weeks, Brady is the leader in passing yards, TDs, TD:INT ration, and second in total QB rating. Simply put, he again is the best QB in the league right now. Something tells me the 2-2 record has nothing to do with Brady at all. Overall, great analysis though.

  28. justtherealfacts says:
    October 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    They scored 27, 36, 33 and 30 points in their first 4 games. They are still far and away the best offense in the nfl and no matter who you are, you better be prepared to score in the 30’s to have a shot against them.

    Your teams defense may be top 5 in the nfl, but that matters very little when you Play the Patties, cause their gonna light you up. So your offense better be capable of going score for score with them.

    unfortunately, my steelers look to be trotting out the same sluggish offense that scored 23 points a game last season. So we have to hope someone else knocks em off as usual.

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    Thanks for the honnesty. Rare from most Steelers fans.

    And the thing is, the D will only get better. Once the offense gets more into a rhythm, they too will get better on the flip side, and you’ll see more complementary football.

  29. It’s only week 4… They’ve only lost 2, plenty of time to get the kinks worked out and take the division… Besides real football starts in November… We’ll know by Thanksgiving what the playoffs might look like…

    The sky’s not falling…. Not yet anyway…

  30. And the wheels falling off the bus go round and round…

    Let’s be real, Tom Brady has fought father time better than almost any football player to date, but every player has a shelf life.

  31. patsfan1820 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    Unfortunately Brady could put up 50 points and still might lose because of how awful the defense is. They better shape up soon.

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    Agreed……heck down 14 Brady brought the Pats back again yesterday to tie the game. Going into the game the Pats had the #1 ranked offense in the entire league. They also had the #32 ranked defense. I suspect that latter ranking hasn’t changed at all. The offense is fine….the defense….not so much…

  32. medialovesthecowboys says:

    October 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    The KNOWN antidote to Tom Brady has always been to hit him in the mouth.
    The sky is starting to fall in New England. They’ll still make the playoffs (benefits of playing in a crap division for so long) but with the defense looking clueless and Tom not staying upright, you’re about to see the biggest mass exodus of a bandwagon ever.

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    Except that Brady is still playing as the best QB in the NFL this year even as he is being “hit in the mouth”. Its the defense and the O Line that’s the issue.

  33. Footballfanz says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    His whole career has been high percentage passes- screens and slants, which are 2 step drops, quick passes, not reading through progressions, not standing in the pocket, using footwork, taking shotts from defenders while delivering the ball. til now he’s been a system qb in a system that every qb would thrive in (see Matt Cassell and Jimmy G. or Brissett the first 4 games last year- Jimmy was #1 qb in the league after week 2). So this is the first time brady has actually ran an offense thats not dummy proof……and they are 2-2.

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    I think you missed the part of the story that mentioned how despite all this he leads the NFL in passing and is on pace for a record. I think you also missed the part last year how he led in YPP.

    That comeback drive to win in houston did not look like a system qb to me. Nor did the two drives to tie the score against Carolina. Frankly it looks to me like Brady is the only thing keeping the season from being a total crash and burn so far.

    Too bad he stinks at defense though.

  34. “Yet I never hear those same excuses for other QB’s like Tannehill, who has never had a good o-line and has had a terrible defense that couldn’t keep the games close…”

    Actually I’ve often made posts that Tannehill is a decent QB with a horrible Oline, and that if the Fins ever fixed it they’d have a much more successful offense.

  35. Some interesting stats from Football Analytics from yesterdays Pats/Panthers game:
    Brady,
    Yards per completion: 9.6
    Yards per attempt: 6.8
    Air yards per completion: 1.9
    Air yards per attempt: 3.3

    Air yards is the average forward distance the ball travels from qb to receiver, eliminating yards after catch distance.
    Analyzing just those numbers, it appears that Brady has difficulty completing longer passes. Also, with 80% of the passing yard coming from run after the catch, IF one eliminates the yards after catch, Brady actually only threw for 61 yards. This could be, in part, due to Brady throwing to a rcvr who had an opportunity to make a play vice one who would get killed the moment he caught the ball.

  36. kamthechancellor says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    Spoiled little Patriots bandwagoners starting to cry after some adversity. If you’ve been a fan for over the last ten years…apologies…but this rude crop of whiny, annoying, bandwagon Pats fans is funny to watch as they cry like babies.

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    Thats the one thing that is not happening. Patriots fans have nothing to cry about. They have for over a decade and a half now been able to enjoy a good exciting football team that will contend hard. And despite a little adversity they still have that. You guys think its like you won the superbowl any year the Patriots dont. You cant even root for your own team on a year in out basis, each year your hope to see the Patriots not win it all is a different team. New England fans are the only ones in the NFL who can focus on their own team year in year out. They are the only ones who live with a worst case scenario being a deep playoff run and the luxury of calling acdeep playoff run a down year. No other team in the NFL can set a bar like that not even close. No life is good in NE. Even if the Patriots fall short this year life is still good in NE.

  37. Footballfanz says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    His whole career has been high percentage passes- screens and slants, which are 2 step drops, quick passes, not reading through progressions, not standing in the pocket, using footwork, taking shotts from defenders while delivering the ball. til now he’s been a system qb in a system that every qb would thrive in (see Matt Cassell and Jimmy G. or Brissett the first 4 games last year- Jimmy was #1 qb in the league after week 2). So this is the first time brady has actually ran an offense thats not dummy proof……and they are 2-2.

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    Except that Brady was #2 in the NFL in yards per attempt last year and is #3 this year and is playing the best QB in the NFL this year. So your “System QB” argument falls flat. And Belichick is 18-19 without Brady starting as Pats coach.

  38. “If they lose their upcoming few games, gronk will be traded. And brady might be traded too”

    If, and that is a big if, this were remotely true, I would agree with the possibility of Gronkowski being traded for picks/players. But, I don’t think the Pats would ever part with Brady. Ever…

  39. Pats will be fine as long as the talent in the secondary gets on the same page and the O Line keeps Brady upright and healthy. Its a long season, adjustments will be made.

  40. I’m sure the tough qbs in the league like Roethlisberger, Rodgers, & Newton feel bad for Pretty-boy Brady. Guess you might change your thinking about “playing til I’m 45” eh Tommy Boy?

  41. Tommy wont make it through the season – then he’ll retire. And the defense isn’t getting better. Wait till the Jets beat them! This thing is over.

  42. “The KNOWN antidote to Tom Brady has always been to hit him in the mouth.”

    This is the KNOWN antidote to any QB at any level, not just Tom Brady. Please show me a QB that excels and improves performance when they get pressured and hit repeatedly?

  43. The NFL will pass a rule soon that says it is illegal to sack Brady. He will be the first two hand touch QB in history. The NFL has to protect the person single handily responsible for ruining the game. Football used to be a tough sport.

  44. Brady has never been the toughest player in the league. On the contrary he’s been the most protected by some of the best offensive lines. This year not so much and he is taking a beating and will continue as such.

  45. He’s not the toughest player in the league. That would be the guy who beat him twice in the super bowl.

    And he deserves to get sacked after since all his offensive linemen hold all game long.

  46. teelerfanjo says:
    October 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    The NFL will pass a rule soon that says it is illegal to sack Brady. He will be the first two hand touch QB in history. The NFL has to protect the person single handily responsible for ruining the game. Football used to be a tough sport.

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    I really don’t get that sentiment. He hasn’t drawn any roughing the passer penalties and despite getting killed he’s still leading the league in TDs and Yards. Not only that, but he was killed in the Super Bowl and won, almost came back in a game against Dever the year before where he was killed and he was killed in the Super Bowl against Seattle and won. He’s crazy tough.

  47. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    Let’s go back to before the season started and look at all of the comments from the Pats homers thinking this defense was going to be the best.
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    You won’t find a post from one real Pats fan talking about 19-0 or a great D. You shouldn’t confuse what you posted under your various Pats id’s as being the opinions of actual Pats fans chip. Most of us wondered where the pass rush was coming from and were concerned about the lack of depth up front, none of us saw that confused looking secondary coming though.

  48. When you have to air it out all game just to keep up with the opposing team it makes you one dimensional, the pass rushers are just teeing off on brady all game.

    If the defense can get it to together and get off the field on 3rd down once and a while, they can afford to run it more often. Get play action going. Then the sacks will drop off.

  49. vancouversportsbro says:
    October 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    He’s not the toughest player in the league. That would be the guy who beat him twice in the super bowl.

    And he deserves to get sacked after since all his offensive linemen hold all game long.

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    Eli is the toughest 0-4 QB. That I will give you.

  50. If your quarterback can score 30 points and you still lose the game, the fault is on the defense. Stop overanalyzing. Their offense is fine. Fix the defense and they will right the ship… as they always do.

  51. What the hell, TB has every other QB record, just as well get the most sacks too. One thing about it, he’s the toughest sob out there and has been able to absorb more punishment than any QB in history. The all-pro caliber guys that have hit him the hardest all say so.

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