Man Coverage Against Tom Brady Means Touchdown

October 17th, 2021

Slices apart man coverages.

Pretty cool stuff here about Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and how defenses cover him.

Larry Holder of The Athletic did a deep dive with NextGen stats and quarterback stats. Joe won’t bore you with a lot of the gobbledegook. However, one element was very interesting.

In man coverage, Tom Brady’s chances for throwing a touchdown skyrocket. Brady’s completion percentage against man defense isn’t that great at 58 percent, but when he does complete passes against man he hurts defenses badly.

Brady has a crazy touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-0 facing man defense. Best in the league. Dak Prescott is close at 9-0.

When facing man coverage, Brady has 656 yards. The next closest is Joe Burrow of Cincinnati with 476.

Joe isn’t sure of the whys and hows of Brady being so very good against man coverage. Perhaps it has to do with superior receivers? Notice Prescott also has an excellent touchdown-to-interception ratio against man coverage.

So it seems only a fool of a defensive coordinator would call for man coverage on Brady.

8 Responses to “Man Coverage Against Tom Brady Means Touchdown”

  1. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    The reciever’s ability to create seperation is most certainly a factor.

  2. Leighroy Says:

    You may not be sure, but I think your idea is certain given Dallas’ WR talent. Their scenario is similar to ours. Man on AB? Good luck! Man on ME13? Hope the guy is both over 6’ and athletic enough to keep up. Man on Godwin? Prepare to get beasted. Man on Gronk? Please!

    Plus with all these crossing routes and “non-pick” pick-plays these days, man coverage puts most teams at a further disadvantage when the DB talent doesn’t match the WRs. It’s easy to dissect for Brady and lock in on the weakest link.

    Another factor is that in the red zone, there’s less field area to cover, so a zone fills the gaps better. Man coverage inside the 20 remains susceptible to all listed above.

  3. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Joe isn’t sure of the whys and hows of Brady being so very good against man coverage. Perhaps it has to do with superior receivers?

    I’d have to say it’s got more to do with all that high quality blocking he’s getting from our All-World LT.
    Durable Donnie just doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    It’s not just the quality of good receivers, it’s the number. 3 No. 1 WR, 2 clutch TE (Gronk and Brate), and 2 excellent RB checkdowns (Bernard and Fournette). You simply can’t cover all of them.

  5. Mike Says:

    You are right, Joe. Tom was better on the zone coverage during his stint with the Patriots. His accuracy puts the ball that only the receivers can get the ball but it needs good receivers too.

  6. Colonel Angus Says:

    Brady knows how to throw WRs open. Couple that with a top notch receiving corps, and there you have it.

  7. TJ Says:

    Brady’s receivers carry him. He has an embarrassment of riches for weapons. Teams will continue to play a lot of man coverage because the greatest check-down-thrower of all time poses no threat as a scrambler.

  8. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    DoooshLaRue – Very well said !!