Tom Brady has revealed all about how the New England Patriots managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks to win a fourth Super Bowl title last weekend.
Brady was interview by Peter King of the Monday Morning QuarterBack, going in to detail about the Patriots game-plan for taking on the much vaunted Seahawks defense and how they managed to better the Legion of Boom.
In his interview, Brady ran through what the team wanted to do and things they would never even attempt at the same time. Safe to say that a very quick pass, short yardage gains was something that they had been practicing all week was put in to good use by Brady and his receivers.
What Not To Do
Brady started off by outlining what they absolutely didn't want to start doing on any circumstance, which was throwing the ball deep. The Seahawks secondary are too good to be beaten over the top or behind, so the Patriots refused to push it long.
“They’d allowed the fewest big plays of any team all season, and you saw pretty early why you don’t want to go into the Super Bowl throwing up a bunch of posts, a bunch of ‘nine’ routes. [‘Go’ routes.] Richard Sherman picks off the go route every time you throw it."
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Where To Target
The Patriots absolutely knew where they had to go to get the ball moving and it was obvious. The less time Tom Brady has the ball in his hands, the less chance of the defense making a play, so quick slants and checks were always going to be the order of the day.
"The plan was to exploit other parts of the field—but short parts of the field. Michael Bennett rushes from everywhere. Cliff Avril kills people. They believe in what they do. We countered that by saying, ‘Okay, here’s what we’re pretty good at: Space the field, find the soft spots, be satisfied with the four-yard gain, be happy with the four-yard gain. We were gonna be happy with a two-yard gain.”
No Time At All
The longest Brady had the ball in his hands all day - barring free plays from flags that were called on the defense - was 3.48 seconds. That's it. And that came on the first drive of the 4th quarter, resulting in a 21-yard gain.
It has also been revealed that in every single practice the Patriots ran, all offensive plays were called dead after 3.7 seconds because that was the maximum amount of time Brady had to make a play before the Seahawks pass rush was on him. No wonder he was only sacked once in the whole game.
So there it is NFL teams, the keys to beating the Seattle Seahawks lie in making very quick plays, not forcing anything downfield and hoping Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are all injured. Good luck.