One might ask why Brady wouldn’t notice Landry is picking up Branch. Well, normally he wouldn’t be giving it away so easily. He would be in better position and looking in Brady’s direction. He would almost look like a QB spy. Regardless, his job is to pick up Branch while Thomas blitzes. He does just that.
Now let’s see how the play unfolds…
The most underrated job-well-done here is DE Quinton Coples. Yeah, you see him face first on the ground. But look at the man who is blocking him. He totally missed Bryan Thomas coming off the edge, creating a free rusher (nobody touched him). Brady has very limited time to get the ball off.
Yeremiah Bell, playing deep center, would usually help David Harris who is covering Rob Gronkowski mid-field, but instead is helping Darrelle Revis cover his man. That is NOT necessary. Revis can handle his man on his own. So, if you think Gronkowski is open at all, you’d have to consider him to be double covered here. But this is the closest we will get as the computer controls Bell.
With man-to-man across the board, there is not much time/options for Brady to pick and choose from. Thomas gets there quickly.
But does he get the sack?
Continue on page 3 to find out…