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Charting usage of the shotgun

10/28/2010

On the Patriots' third-and-3 play on their final drive against the Chargers-- a 2-yard pass to Wes Welker -- quarterback Tom Brady was in the shotgun. While Brady seems to be playing more under center in recent weeks, that play reflects how the Patriots are still calling on the 'gun in some critical situations.

In 36 pass plays last Sunday, Brady was in the shotgun 20 times. Three of the four sacks against Brady came while he was in the shotgun.

The season numbers now look like this (small margin for error, includes penalties):

Total snaps: 361

Total shotgun: 163

Percentage: 45.1