- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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During his weekly appearance on "Mike & Mike" on Friday, ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski offered insight on the Patriots' up-tempo no-huddle offense, highlighting some notable statistics from last Sunday that reflect why it is such a weapon.
"Let's take a look behind the curtain, because this is what pro football is going to begin to look like all around the NFL," Jaworski began.
"When you look at the number of snaps that New England ran in that game [not including penalties], it was 89. That is a lot of repetitions, a lot of opportunities for big plays.
"Here is what the no-huddle does, and here are the facts when I went through that game. Von Miller is clearly the Denver Broncos' best football player. This guy is a great football player. Well, he was only on the field for 60 of 89 snaps, because when he wasn't on the field, when [the Patriots] could dictate packages where he wasn't on the field, Tom Brady stayed with the no-huddle offense and did not allow Von Miller to get back on the field.
"Now, of those 29 plays that Von Miller was on the sideline, watching his defense, New England ran 19 times for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Brady was 7 of 10 for 65 yards.
"So the 29 plays, a third of the plays, the best player for the Denver Broncos is on the sideline and New England ran 29 plays for 171 yards -- 5.9 yards per play. That's what the no-huddle does."
Given these results, why Miller wouldn't be on the field for all of the snaps is a question that Broncos coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio figure to be asked, if they haven't already.
Meanwhile, Jaworski sees the Patriots' offensive approach, which has featured back to back rushing performances over 200 yards for the first time since 1978, as having a long-term benefit for quarterback Tom Brady.
"It takes a little bit of the pressure off Tom Brady," Jaworski said. "We all know the NFL is a quarterback-centric game. If your quarterbacks plays well, you're likely to win. If he plays poorly, you're likely to lose. Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game, but he still needs help. I think what we're seeing from the Patriots is that they're taking a little bit of the pressure off Tom Brady to win every game."
To listen to the interview, which includes thoughts around the NFL, CLICK HERE.