The Jets pressured Tom Brady Sunday, as he had just 2.21 seconds from snap-to-throw. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Just from watching Sunday’s game, it was clear the Jets defense was putting constant pressure on Tom Brady, giving him limited time to throw. The quarterback was hit a season-high 11 times and had his fewest passing yards (182) since Week 4 in Kansas City — one of Brady’s worst games of his career.
Looking back at the game and the numbers, it was clear the Patriots made a constant effort to get the ball out of his hands quickly, which came as a surprise given what took place when the two teams met in Week 7.
Back on Oct. 16, by our numbers, Brady had a season-high 2.58 seconds from snap-to-throw. The Jets clearly made some adjustments Sunday, as Brady had an average of 2.21 seconds from snap-to-throw, more than a .30 second difference, a pretty big difference when talking quarterbacks times to throw.
“You can’t look past this week,” Brady said on Tuesday. “I think we have to improve our execution this week, and it starts with practice today to see if we can do a better job with our communication, with our overall understanding of one another and what we’re trying to accomplish out there on every play. When you don’t do it consistently, it’s hard to score points. The more we can be on the same page, the more we can understand the anticipation of each other and the more we understand what we’re all trying to do, the better we’re going to be and the more we’re going to score points.”
Keep in mind a lot of the release time numbers are based on scheme and game planning against certain opponents with quick wide receivers screens, etc. skewing the numbers a bit, but there is no question the Jets defense forced Brady into throwing the ball quicker than he would have liked and has in the past, especially from when the last time the two teams met.
In the team’s first meeting, by our numbers Brady had 12-of-37 plays (32 percent) where he took less than two seconds to throw the ball. This past Sunday he had 18-of-34 plays (53 percent) where he took less than two seconds to release the ball. The team did a little better job giving Brady more time in the second half, as he had 2.24 seconds from snap-to-throw in the second half, compared to 2.17 in the first half.
This all backs up Rex Ryan‘s claim after the game of the Jets playing Brady tougher than any team in the league.
‘I don’t know if it is really possible to control Tom Brady. If not, we’re the team that always gives him the biggest challenge, whether he admits it or not,’ Ryan said after the game.
Looking ahead to Sunday against Buffalo, the Bills come into the game leading the league in sacks with 50, but in the first meeting between the two teams Brady was sacked twice and had 2.24 seconds from snap-to-throw by our numbers. According to Pro Football Focus, Brady averages 2.33 seconds from snap-to-throw, the fourth-lowest time in the NFL.
Given the offensive line’s struggles against the Jets, giving Brady more time to throw for however long he plays in the game for is sure to be a major point of emphasis to go into the playoffs on a good note.
“I think we just have pretty high expectations for what we do,” Brady said of the offense. “We’re trying to score a lot of points. Our communication and our anticipation of one another need to continually get better, so that’s what we go out in practice and try to do. Some weeks, like I said, it’s better than others. Some weeks test you in different ways, and there are different matchups. Hopefully this week can be better than last week.”