Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Can Brady handle the pressure?
By Rich Cimini
Here's a great matchup nugget, courtesy of the folks at ESPN Stats and Information:
The New York Jets blitz a defensive back more frequently than any other team in the NFL, having sent a DB rusher on 141 quarterback dropbacks -- 31 times more often than their closest rival in the category. Most of the time, it's a safety (Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith or James Ihedigbo) or a slot corner (Drew Coleman or Dwight Lowery).
It just so happens that Patriots QB Tom Brady has struggled against DB pressure this season, posting a 69.5 passer rating. That's the seventh-worst rating in the NFL, based on a minimum 20 attempts.
Hmm, you think that'll come up in Rex Ryan's game-plan meetings?