ESPN’s Ron Jaworski pointed out on ESPN’s NFL Matchup that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been struggling this season when faced with pressure when teams blitz him.
“With time in the pocket, Brady would either lead Edelman across the field, or hit Dobson coming underneath in the middle. Neither happened, the result of pressure,” Jaworski said per ProFootballTalk.com. “The pocket closed down on Brady, he lacked time to wait for the routes to develop and the functional space to deliver the football.”
In the past Brady hasn’t has sliced up defenses when they blitz.
According to ESPN, when opposing defenses blitzed Brady in 2012, he completed 64.2 percent of his passes, had a passer rating of 117.6 and was sacked only seven times. But this year, Brady blitzed has completed just 53.8 percent of his passes when blitzed, his passer rating against the blitz has plummeted to 81.9, and he’s already been sacked nine times when blitzed.
You have to wonder if Brady is having a hard time trusting guys like Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, which could lead to him struggling when blitzs come his way.
Now that Rob Gronkowski is back, it will be interesting to see how Brady does when he faces pressure.