Sunday, September 20, 2009
Jets defense put Brady at a loss
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For only the ninth time in 133 career starts, Tom Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes.
For the first time since 2006, Brady failed to lead the New England Patriots on a touchdown drive.
Sunday was atypically tough for Brady. The New York Jets harassed him all afternoon and beat the Patriots 16-9 at the Meadowlands.
The Jets didn’t sack him, but they had him off kilter with different looks throughout the game.
"Sometimes, you let it go sooner and sometimes you’re able to hold it," Brady said. "There were times when I had plenty of time and just missed. There were times when they came with just their pressure package, and I held onto it a little too long. You have to recognize the blitz and get the ball out quickly. We got it out quickly. We just didn’t complete them."
ESPN Stats & Information charted the game and found that when the Jets rushed five or fewer defenders, Brady completed 17 of 26 attempts for 154 yards, a respectable 81.3 passer rating.
But when the Jets sent six or more he was 6 of 21 for 62 yards and an interception. That's a 19.7 passer rating.
"This defense allows you to give so many looks and unconventional looks," Jets safety Jim Leonhard said. "If you come up with something he knows or has seen before, he has no problem identifying who's blitzing and who's coming.
"It really helped us to play him this early in the year, so we could come with stuff he hadn't seen before."
ESPN Stats & Information also noted Brady struggled on third down. He was virtually automatic against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, completing 9 of 11 passes. But versus the Jets he was 4 of 13 for 40 yards. All four completions attained first downs, though.
"Just the pressure got him off his game a little bit," Jets safety Kerry Rhodes said. "It made him start throwing off his back foot, and you can't do that in this league."