Tom Brady is taking sacks like never before

AP

We noted last week that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been getting sacked more often than at any other time in his career this year. After Thursday night’s win over the Buccaneers, that remains the case.

It’s true that Brady getting sacked “only” three times on Thursday against the Bucs was a slight improvement over his 2017 average so far this season, but consider that the Bucs’ defense only had one sack all season heading into that game. Against the worst pass-rushing team in the NFL, Brady was still taken down three times.

And Brady is still on pace to be sacked more this year than he ever has been: With 16 sacks through five games, Brady is on pace for 51 sacks this season. His previous career high was 41 in 2001, his first year as a starter. Brady’s sack total this year has already exceeded last year’s total of 15.

Brady is also getting hit plenty after he passes. Quarterback hits are not an official statistic for individual quarterbacks, but the NFL does track quarterback hits for ranking offensive lines. This year, the Patriots’ offensive line has allowed 33 hits. That’s an average of 6.6 a game, all on Brady. Last year, the Patriots’ offensive line only allowed 73 hits for the entire season, an average of 4.6 a game, and many of those hits were allowed when Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were at quarterback.

All those sacks aren’t cutting down on Brady’s productivity: He’s on pace to throw for 5,446 yards, which would fall just short of Peyton Manning’s single-season record of 5,477. But part of the reason Manning was able to stay healthy that season is that he was sacked just 18 times. If Brady keeps taking all these hits, he might not play in enough games to challenge that record.

61 responses to “Tom Brady is taking sacks like never before

  1. Even Brady’s performance drops significantly once he gets hit in the teeth a few times. If this keeps up his time is limited, despite being in good football shape for his age.

  2. Yeah, they do need to fix that. These next 10 days will be really telling based on how many of their problems get fixed in that time. (Its a lot more than Brady’s protection)

  3. cookerduff123 says:
    October 7, 2017 at 9:09 am
    Even Brady’s performance drops significantly once he gets hit in the teeth a few times. If this keeps up his time is limited, despite being in good football shape for his age.

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    I thought his performance actually improved as the game went on. He was misding easy throws early in the game. Later his accuracy got betterand he was hitting really tough throws. But he is having to hold the ball too long too often which is leading to the hits.

  4. Good thing the Patriots have 10 days to sort it out. Although the problem isn’t just the offensive line. Receivers aren’t getting open and Brady needs to get out of the pocket and throw it out of bounds instead of overthinking. He’s holding on to the ball for too long and despite the fact that other than this game and the opener he’s been playing well, the hits will add up eventually unless the problems get fixed.

  5. I’m a Brady fan, but some of this is self-induced. He’s holding the ball a lot longer than in the past, and if his first few reads aren’t there he needs to throw it away. I have to wonder if he’s still looking for the “big play” too often, over-compensating for his age and perception his arm may not be what it was (a la Peyton Manning). Partial blame also goes to Josh McDaniels, for not leaving a check-down player doing the Edelman thing virtually all the time. Amendola is filling the bill somewhat, but there are weapons that could be improved on.

  6. (Its a lot more than Brady’s protection)

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    Yup, O-line was great when Brady was getting rid of the ball in under 2.5, now w/out Edelman they’ve been forced to go more vertical and Brady has to hang in the pocket longer letting plays develop

  7. Tom Brady is 40 but has the body of a 27 year old and he is tough (physically and mentally). Dante will eventually fix the O-line and TB12 will continue to win Super Bowls. Beating up Tom like this just makes him more determined. Ring #6 is still there for the taking this season.

  8. Brady gets hit less than any qb i have ever seen. If all you do is fade back – throw passes and never get hit – you can do that until you are 50 or 60. Big deal.
    I hope the whiny crybaby gets jacked up every game.

  9. Brady is used to Edelman & Amendola immediately getting open on their routes, which gets rid of the ball quicker. Now he is forced to wait for his 3rd & 4th options and it kills his release time. Half of Brady’s completions are to the rb position, which has to set up and again takes time.

  10. No Edelman hurts. Over time the pats will fill that role and the offense will improve. I like and respect Brady but tired of the patriots—I wouldn’t be surprised if they are right there in the AFC championship game again contending for another super bowl but honestly, I hope not.

  11. I will say this: The Patriots appear more vulnerable than at anytime since the KC game in 2014, or losing 28-03 in the SB.

    So of course the Steelers, Raiders and any other pretenders out there shouldn’t have any excuses in 2017, right?

  12. The offense is morphing with more deep threats than Brady has ever had before but fewer short and middle range ones. Receivers going deep take more time, the Oline has injuries and is getting overpowered.

    As they find their identity more sacks will go down. Brady also has to go back to making his favorite receiver the open one, whether its 5 yards down field or 25. He’s been getting greedy and not taking the easy underneath throws at times when they’ve been there.

    Scar has 10 days to whip the line into better shape so things should be improved vs the Jets.

  13. Don’t forget the two unflagged very late low hits on Brady. And don’t forget the mystery Bucs injuries each time he got into a bit of a no-huddle rythym. He still put up 300yds though and despite being without his two top weapons.

  14. Week 7 vs. Falcons… REALLY good pass rush
    Week 8 vs. Charger…good pass rush (Only thing they’ve got going for them)
    Week 10 @ Broncos… Their pass rush may just do in Brady by then.
    Week 11 vs Raiders… Raiders D isn’t that great…BUT their pass rush is
    Week 13 @ Bills… we’ll have to see if this Bills D is for real by week 13. If it is, another potential rough day
    Week 15 @ Steelers…

    looking at this schedule… Not looking good for Tom

  15. The Bill’s always play the Pat’s early in the season, except this year. This year we have 2 december games against them, I’m sure they will get this and their D straightened out by then…if Brady survives till then…

  16. terripet says:
    October 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

    One of these hits will end his career
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    I predict his career will end when he decides he’s had enough after SB win #6 or #7.

  17. I put most of it on Belichick. He may be the GOAT in X’s and O’s but he has trouble dealing with certain personality types that conflict with his world view. Can’t let the most valuable contributors on the team walk without it eventually affecting outcomes. If Blount were still here Brady wouldn’t have had to throw it fifty times in a row or suffer so many hits.

    We definitely are seeing it in the defense. That side still hasn’t recovered from the Collins and Chandler moves or the very public put down of #21, which IMO directly impacted the two losses so far this year. Tampa should have easily won that game. I wonder what everyone would be saying if they had? And why is he punishing Branch? These aren’t children. If Branch rebels and is cut or traded it will not end well for this team.

  18. heyguru1969 says:
    October 7, 2017 at 9:38 am
    I’m a Brady fan, but some of this is self-induced. He’s holding the ball a lot longer than in the past, and if his first few reads aren’t there he needs to throw it away. I have to wonder if he’s still looking for the “big play” too often, over-compensating for his age and perception his arm may not be what it was (a la Peyton Manning). Partial blame also goes to Josh McDaniels, for not leaving a check-down player doing the Edelman thing virtually all the time. Amendola is filling the bill somewhat, but there are weapons that could be improved on.

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    You just completely made this up. The middle field fast routes are not available, so he has to hold the ball. It’s not ego, or anything like ego. Never was, never will be. TB12 will take a fast 8 and day of the week, and that’s from day 1 of him starting. I don’t get how you claim to be a fan and don’t know this very basic fact about the guy. Only Dola was playing that short pass game Thursday night, and that’s who he threw it to often. Not having Gronk hurt a lot, so he held it and it worked. Yes he took a beating but he took a beating last year too.

  19. You don’t fix an oline issue in 10 days. Heck most teams can’t fix an oline issue all season. This is an issue that will remain unless they try a different oline, trade for someone, or add an extra lineman.

    The defense can improve by changing your scheme every week, Hide coverage and blitz more ( since they have a secondary). They have good corners and safeties, they should take a page out of Denvers playbook. Load the box and force them to try and beat you in the air. They may win a few times doing this but at least the run game would be shut down ( hopefully)

  20. murph2432 says:
    October 7, 2017 at 11:30 am
    You don’t fix an oline issue in 10 days. Heck most teams can’t fix an oline issue all season. This is an issue that will remain unless they try a different oline, trade for someone, or add an extra lineman.
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    The Patriots are starting the same o-line they did last year and they ‘fixed’ it in a week during the 2014 season.

  21. The Patriots are starting the same o-line they did last year and they ‘fixed’ it in a week during the 2014 season.
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    We shall see!

  22. I will say this: The Patriots appear more vulnerable than at anytime since the KC game in 2014, or losing 28-03 in the SB.

    So of course the Steelers, Raiders and any other pretenders out there shouldn’t have any excuses in 2017, right?

    I hear nor see Raider or Steeler fans making any excuses yet your post seems to be the beginning of your excuse position….explain.

  23. I predict his career will end when he decides he’s had enough after SB win #6 or #7

    Considering your record of accuracy on here I am gad to read this….because you are hardy right. Maybe change your tea leaves or buy a new eight ball.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says:
    October 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I hear nor see Raider or Steeler fans making any excuses yet your post seems to be the beginning of your excuse position….explain.
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    The excuses will inevitably come (as they every year) when the Raiders and Steelers get bounced again.

    Whatever deficiencies this year’s Patriots team is showing in week 5 I’m confident will be improved, and their massive coaching advantage over Del Rio and Tomlin is still very much intact.

  25. After robbing the Saints for Cooks….why does Brady have to hold the ball as if he doesn’t have anyone open to throw to?? Wasn’t Cooks supposed to be his best receiver since Randy Moss? LMAO!!!

  26. Panoramic Wifi says:
    October 7, 2017 at 9:13 am
    Yeah, they do need to fix that. These next 10 days will be really telling based on how many of their problems get fixed in that time. (Its a lot more than Brady’s protection)
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    Agreed, the play calling hasn’t adjusted to account for Edelman’s absence. That’s why Brady’s getting killed.

  27. carloswlassiter says:
    October 7, 2017 at 10:22 am
    I will say this: The Patriots appear more vulnerable than at anytime since the KC game in 2014, or losing 28-03 in the SB.

    So of course the Steelers, Raiders and any other pretenders out there shouldn’t have any excuses in 2017, right?

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    Ah yes 2014. They certainly did look vulnerable and trolls and experts alike were declaring the dynasty over. They flipped out when the Patriots dashed all those hopes.

    No matter what happens with the Patriots the Steelers and Raiders should hold on to their excuses.

  28. Even if Brady goes down, this team is loaded and can win the SB with anyone at QB. In fact Jimmy G. scrambling abilities to extend plays may be just what the doctor ordered for this offensive line. In addition, when you look at teams that people thought were going to give the Patriots some competition are struggling right now. Look at the Steelers, the Raiders, the Titans all have issues. We are going 17-2 until we aren’t.

  29. Cannot argue with the facts of this article. Missing Edelman, the checkdown specialist, definitely doesn’t help either.

    However, what this article fails to mention is Brady’s unparalleled ability to absorb hits. It goes unnoticed, but having dealt with minor shoulder ailments most of his career, it’s as if it’s become second nature for him. The way he will twist and turn and manipulate his body to absorb tackles and hit the ground on his non-throwing shoulder is unlike any other QB I’ve seen. Watch closely next time a defender gets to Brady. It’s extremely impressive and a major reason for his longevity and consistency.

  30. seahawkboymike says:
    October 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    And the descent into irrelevancy begins…
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    Pats fans can recall hearing this when the team got off to a slow start in ’14. That season ended okay when they exposed a certain one year dynasty in the Super Bowl then went on to the AFCCG and another Super Bowl win since. All things must pass. When New England does eventually slide back to the pack at least the shehawks will be there breaking the team’s fall, oursis and mbarra will be their to break Pats fan’s fall as well if the five (and counting) Lombardis aren’t enough to cushion the blow. It’s obvious from the continued trolling from 12’s that one obviously isn’t enough to do it.

  31. denverscott says:
    October 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    He’s going to play until 50 so he can pad that stat too.
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    He certainly has padded the SB wins stat with 5.

  32. streetyson says:
    October 7, 2017 at 10:50 am
    Don’t forget the two unflagged very late low hits on Brady. And don’t forget the mystery Bucs injuries each time he got into a bit of a no-huddle rythym. He still put up 300yds though and despite being without his two top weapons.

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    And don’t forget the pat fan constant excuses.

  33. Pat fans, you need to face facts. Every HC knows to have a chance against the Pats you have to keep Brady off the field. When he is on the field, you have to make him pay for each of his failurs and pay even more for his successes. There is not one thing Belichick can do about other teams doing their jobs. Brady is getting slower and defenses are getting faster. No one has anything to lose against the Pats. Several teams had the Pats beat, rested on their leads and handed the game back the Pats. I don’t think you are going to see that. And Brady and the Pats will no longer have the refs’ protection or favor.

  34. Frazier28/7 says:
    October 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    Favre fell apart after 40. So did Manning. It’ll happen to Tom too
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    Most everyone falls apart after 40. Some in a few months, some in a few years and some in a few decades.

  35. Brady has never taken the beatings that Farve and Manning took. Farve was a Bounty Prize for years. How he even lasted as long as he did was amazing.

  36. Brady has always been able to take more hits; that’s one more thing that separates him from all other QBs that have played, they’re all softer.

  37. limakey says:
    October 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    Brady has never taken the beatings that Farve and Manning took.
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    Favre yes but Manning? Only if you are talking about Eli. Peyton and Polian are the reason QB’s wear skirts now. No one was allowed to breathe near Manning never mind on him

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