Patriots' pass-happy offense puts Brady at risk

Quarterback hits, not sack totals, provide the clearest indication of which signal-callers take the most abuse, writes Football Outsiders.

Originally Published: March 27, 2008
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

How good was New England's pass protection in 2007? NFL statistics list the Patriots' offense with just 21 sacks allowed (the fifth-lowest total in the league), yet that number doesn't quite seem to match our memories.

Early in the season, Tom Brady had ridiculously good pass protection, enough time to sit in the pocket, scan the field and maybe knit a baby blanket or two before the other team even breathed on him. However, as teams began to blitz the Patriots more and more toward ...

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