Tom Brady Is Under Too Much Pressure, and It Could Crush the Patriots Dynasty

June 21, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Tom Brady is feeling too much pressure.
No, it's not the pressure of preparing to attempt to lead the Patriots to a fifth Super Bowl victory. He's used to that kind of pressure. And no, it's not the pressure of maintaining excellence into early middle age, either. He's handling that gracefully. And it's absolutely not the (ugh) pounds per square inch of pressure inside a football 18 months ago. 
Brady is feeling old-fashioned pass pressure, the kind that comes when defenders approach from all directions and try to crush him.
That pressure is increasing every year. Preventing it is largely out of Brady's control. And if that pressure doesn't abate, the Patriots' 2016 Super Bowl hopes and the very future of the dynasty may be in jeopardy.
Brady's total amount of times pressured and percentage of pressured pass plays have gone up every year since 2012, according to snap-by-snap tracking by Football Outsiders: 
A pressure rate of 25.7 percent is clos...

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