TD Leader Under Pressure

June 8th, 2020

Those fancy official NFL stats generated by tracking technology in equipment always provide intriguing insight.

The latest compilation of NextGen Stats compiled and broken down by Nick Shook of focuses on quarterbacks with the most success under pressure last season.

Tom Brady did not make the cut, and neither did America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston. Interestingly, Drew Brees ranked second-best and Matt Ryan was seventh – and the Bucs defense led the NFL in blitzes last year.

But buried in the analysis is a nugget about Brady. Since the 2016 season kicked off, he’s been elite under pressure and leads the NFL in touchdown throws when the heat is on.

…We shouldn’t be all that surprised. No one in the NFL owns a higher passer rating under pressure in every season combined since 2016 than [Matt] Ryan, whose mark of 87.9 puts him at the head of a top-five list that also includes Stafford, Alex Smith, Tom Brady (82.9) and Mahomes (81.2). Only Brady has thrown more touchdown passes while under pressure (30) than Ryan (27) since 2016.

Impressive stuff.

With Brady in a new offense, though, there is so much unknown. And as former Super Bowl QB Phil Simms wondered allowed, will Brady be willing to stand tall in the face of pressure in Bruce Arians’ offense?

12 Responses to “TD Leader Under Pressure”

  1. You Know Who Says:

    doesn’t matter. NFL is done now. Brady will likely give it his all this year and throw in the towel next year as viewers drop another 50%.

  2. Rayjay1122 Says:

    What are you even talking about? NFL is far from done.

  3. Swampbuc Says:

    If the Bucs succeed, it will be thanks to the defense carrying them early. In 2002 the Bucs offense didn’t gel until the second half of the season, until Brad got hurt. But then they were effective in the playoffs.

    And this assumes Brady isn’t hit with an injury that lands him on IR.

  4. Youngsbucs Says:

    Hey swampbuc you said it last article ok. You think Brady will be sluggish and injury prone ok. We get it

  5. Sport Says:

    More situational football stats proving the Bucs made the right decision to upgrade.

    If you need to win a game you want someone who you can trust. JW proved he cannot he trusted. Brady is the most trusted QB in history.

    So awesome that we have him as a Buc!

    In BA I Trust!

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    You Know Who Says:

    doesn’t matter. NFL is done now. Brady will likely give it his all this year and throw in the towel next year as viewers drop another 50%.

    Rayjay1122 Says:

    What are you even talking about? NFL is far from done.

    If the NFL goes all Woke *during* games…the part that is televised…I assure you the NFL will earn a significant decrease in viewership.

    Will they be dead? No. But the game will never be the same as far as overall interest.

    People like the NFL as a time away from life’s stresses and the bullcrap that goes with it…like Social Justice Warriors in your face.

    The NFL is still suffering from empty stadiums after the first round of woke. At some point that will begin to affect TV revenues.

  7. geno711 Says:

    I agree with Rayjay1122

  8. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Why are we talking about anthem protests in here? I swear people around here get more offended by protests (legitimate protests) then actual injustice

  9. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Brady is great against the rush because of his quick reads and releases. Last year’s struggles were due to receivers who could not get open. That won’t be an issue this year, assuming he is able to build quick rapport with them in this shortened off-season. If anyone can do it, it’s Brady.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I once pointed out that in the “olden” days..I’m the old dude here…the QB was expected to call the plays out on the field. No eye in the sky…no plays sent in.

    Old school QB’s would chafe at what has developed. They believe their position in the heat of battle may have limited their vision but increased their awareness.

    They knew if their right guard was simply no match for his opponent…their play calling would be effected…and they knew on a fundamental level who was winning the major battle….the line of scrimmage.

    Brady has beyond a PhD in QB’ing. He may even wish to write a new book using all this tools in abnormal yet creative ways. How conservative is Brady at the end of the day? I honestly do not know. I do believe he likes taking what the D offers and why not. Why “work” for something if somebody is going to give it up free.

  11. Bobby M. Says:

    Its not going to be the “Bruce Arians offense”……but merely the “Bruce Arians aggressiveness”. Brady will have the offense tailored to what he likes, he’ll be able to audible out when he wants…that’s the reality of this offense. Technically Bruce wasn’t calling anything last year….it was the Byron Leftwich offense with Bruce Arians playbook.

  12. gp Says:

    Political terms and ideologies do not translate to the field of battle. In this case, the football field.
    “Taking” what the ‘D’ offers is more like choosing a path among many. Even the easiest path requires precision of movement which means it is not free and requires work to do it right.
    Aside from the semantics though… Yeah, Tom knows how to take advantage of many defensive fronts. He also knows when to throw it away.