Thursday, November 10, 2011
Breakdown: Brady's INTs
By Chris Forsberg
On Wednesday, we wrote that something just isn't quite right with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. After throwing a mere four interceptions last season, Brady has been picked off 10 times at the midway point of the 2011 campaign and seems to be committing uncharacteristic errors.
Now we are putting Brady's 10 interceptions under the microscope and examining the damage they've caused:
THE BRADY 10
2nd & 7, MIA 40
1st & 10, BUF 13
1st & 10, NE 43
1st & 10, BUF 23
1st & 10, NE 20
2nd & 10, NYJ 11
1st & 10, NE 10
2nd & 10, DAL 33
2nd & 7, NY 29
2nd & 3, NE 43
Opponents turned Brady's 10 interceptions into a staggering eight scores -- four touchdowns and four field goals -- for a total of 40 points. Four of Brady's first five picks were parlayed into touchdowns by the opposition, highlighted by Buffalo cashing in four interceptions for 24 points to aid a rally from a three-score hole. What's more, Brady threw six interceptions on early downs on the opponents' side of the field -- five of which were inside the opponents' 33-yard line, suggesting the Patriots should have come away with at least five field goals. Combined with the 40 points allowed off the turnovers is a huge swing of points considering the Patriots have lost three games by a combined 15 points (or exactly five field goals).
Let's take a closer look at each interception:
Interception 1 vs. Dolphins: A screen pass for receiver Julian Edelman is blown up and the ball slams off the pads off a defensive player before caroming all the way back to defensive end Chad Odrick as he attempted to pressure Brady. It's just the first of numerous bad bounces Brady will incur.
Interception 2 vs. Bills: Brady puts a pass a little behind running back Danny Woodhead and, while it was still a catchable pass, it bounced off the receiver and safety Bryan Scott makes a nice grab lunging over the fallen Woodhead to make the pick.
Interception 3 vs. Bills: Cornerback Leodis McKelvin stepped in front of receiver Chad Ochocinco in the middle of the field. Brady could have avoided danger by putting the pass further in front of Ochocinco, but McKelvin made a nice play, too.
Interception 4 vs. Bills: Tight end Rob Gronkowski is behind the defense as he runs up the seam, but the pass is behind him and safety George Wilson makes the nice pick to prevent what probably should have been a touchdown.
Interception 5 vs. Bills: With three previous interceptions, the Bills had rallied to tie the game at 24, but Brady's bad luck wasn't done for the day. On the very next throw of New England's ensuing drive, Brady's pass slammed off the facemask of a defensive lineman and caroms to Drayton Florence, who returned it 27 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Interception 6 vs. Jets: Brady can't catch a break as Aaron Hernandez can't catch what should have been a touchdown pass. The Patriots had marched down the field in the two-minute offense, but Antonio Cromartie comes up with the interception when a pass to the front of the end zone slams off Hernandez's hands. It was Brady's first ever red zone interception at Gillette Stadium.
Interception 7 vs. Cowboys: First play of a drive starting deep in New England territory and Brady threw a pass woefully behind receiver Deion Branch, allowing cornerback Terence Newman to make a sliding grab at the New England 23. Patriots lucky to only allow a field goal off of it.
Interception 8 vs. Cowboys: Under pressure, Brady is hit as he shuffles up to throw and linebacker Sean Lee makes a leaping grab as the ball floats through the middle of the field. Cowboys utilized field goal off turnover to pull ahead.
Interception 9 vs. Giants: Patriots were just about into the red zone when Brady tried to rifle a pass into Branch. Instead, linebacker Michael Boley deflects the offering and Mathias Kiwanuka makes the grab.
Interception 10 vs. Giants: Similar to Interception No. 4 vs. the Bills. Brady tries to force the ball to Gronkowski down the seam, but the pass is behind him and Deon Grant makes the interception that again prevented New England from generating points.