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Tom Brady has put together, statistically, a sub-par season, especially for a quarterback of his caliber. After putting together a 52 game streak in which he threw at least one touchdown pass, Brady has failed to record one in two of the last three games. He has recorded one game with a passer rating north of 100 and he is on pace to throw for his least amount of yards since the dreaded 2006 season.
When asked if his he still trusted his mechanics to make throws, Brady was unequivocal, per WEEI.com:
Yeah, I feel really good,” Brady said Wednesday.
“There are definitely times where I need to put more arc on the ball,” Brady added. “That definitely helps. Sometimes it is decision making and sometimes it is execution and throws. Sometimes you try to drive and you don’t drive it, or sometimes you drive it and you shouldn’t have driven it. But it’s just, what is the coverage, and how do you envision the ball getting to the receiver? When we don’t hit them, you always evaluate them and you think, ‘Man I’ve got to do a better job. I wish I put a little more on this one.’ Some you wish you had done better, and some are pretty good. You are always trying to work to improve those things.
“You have to be aware of where the other players are on the field. If there is a safety that may not be involved with the particular receiver, but the safeties have a lot of bearing on how the quarterbacks throw the ball. The longer the ball is in the air, the more the safety has a chance to impact the play. So, sometimes you don’t want the safety to be involved so you drive it a little more. When they are not involved, you can put a little more air on it. Ultimately, whatever it takes to complete the ball that is what you are trying to do. Certainly there are some throws that I would like to do a lot of things different on. Whether I throw inside or outside or low or high, you’re just trying to complete it the best you can.”
Brady has made mistakes this year that we Pats fans are not used to seeing. Even when he's made the right read, there have been points where he simply just misses the receiver. However, the fault of Brady's sub-par numbers are not his alone. Tom is still working with two rookie receivers pretty regularly and the split between when Tom throws to them and when he throws to his veteran receivers shows a huge difference in productivity, per ESPN.
Brady has completed 66% of his passes to non-rookies and 42% of his passes to rookies. His passes have averaged 6.4 yards per attempt to his veterans and 5.7 yards per attempt to his rookies. The biggest difference is in drop percentage. The Patriots veterans drop only 4% of Brady's passes while the rookies drop a very high 9% of theirs.
Brady has seemed a bit hesitant in his reads, and he has missed some throws that we're not accustomed to seeing him miss, but when looking at the split between his passes to veterans and rookies, we can see that when he is throwing to guys he has played with for more than half a season, the old Tom is still there.
The issue is more so timing than it is mechanics. Hopefully, the timing will work itself out soon.
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