Brady & shotgun tracker, Week 6

October, 17, 2012
In achieving the desired offensive balance for a good part of the first five weeks of the season, and turning more to the running game, the Patriots had been using the shotgun at a reduced rate.

That changed on Sunday in Seattle based on the team's pass-first plan.

Continuing to monitor the trend of quarterback Tom Brady and the shotgun snap, let's update the numbers after last Sunday's loss to the Seahawks:

Usage of the shotgun
at Seahawks: 60 of 87 (7 runs, 52 passes, 1 false start)
vs. Broncos:
45 of 94 (7 runs, 37 passes, 1 false start)
at Bills: 30 of 77 (6 runs, 24 passes)
at Ravens: 41 of 82 (6 runs, 34 passes, 1 fumbled snap)
vs. Cardinals: 47 of 82 (9 runs, 38 passes)
at Titans: 13 of 67 (0 runs, 13 passes)

Starting center Ryan Wendell and Brady had one misfire among the 60 shotgun snaps, with Brady gathering a high snap and quickly throwing the ball away.

On the season, when including penalties, the Patriots have been in the shotgun 48.2 percent of the time (236 of 489).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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