And it’s a ridiculously hard blueprint to follow. It requires two Hall of Fame pass rushers, a Hall of Fame coverage unit, and outstanding interior pressure.
The most important part is getting to Brady with the pass rush, but not just getting to him from the outside. You have to get him from the outside and the inside.
Tom doesn’t like to get hit. No quarterback does. So you gotta get to him … a lot. You need two — not one, but two — legit pass rushing threats on the outside. It’s gotta be a two-sided rush because if it’s just one guy, the offense can shift, slide, double-team, chip — they can take him out of the game. Some of my best games against the Patriots came when I had DeMarcus Ware on the other side, because the offense can’t account for both of us without keeping an extra guy in to help. And that takes away one of Tom’s options downfield. So it forces them to pick their poison.
You also have to get a good push up the middle and shrink the pocket so Tom can’t step up to avoid the outside rush. He’s gotta feel like he’s surrounded. Like he’s got nowhere to go.
Those two short paragraphs barely does service on the blueprint the 2015 Broncos followed to take down Brady and Patriots. Brady was hit 23 times in that game, yet was a two-point conversion away from sending the game into overtime.
Many people insist that the Patriots dynasty was a Bill Belichick creation, but that dynasty never happens without Brady and it would not surprise me in the least if the dynasty collapses without him.
The entire read is outstanding and worth the five minutes. The best and most accurate line in the entire post was this:
Basically, to beat the Patriots, you need to play the perfect game.
And then you need a little luck.
You need the football gods to bless you.
As much as I hate Tom Brady, he is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game and thank God his time in the NFL is nearly at an end.