2. Throw Everything At Brady
“He must go down and he must go down hard” – late, great Al Davis
There has been talk that the Falcons will not blitz Brady as often with hopes of getting pressure with their front four.
Regardless how Brady is attacked, it’s a MUST that Brady is flustered, pressured, agitated, aggravated, pestered, irritated, bothered, annoyed, and so on.
One thing in the favor of the Falcons this postseason is that they have generated consistent pressure against Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. Two quarterbacks who have the ability to gash defenses with their mobility. Something Tom Brady is not actually known for.
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On top of that, Brady had a 49.9 completion percentage during the regular season when pressured.
Having a veteran like Dwight Freeney in the locker room can pay benefits for games such as this. Someone who has played Brady more than enough and have gotten the better of Brady at times. Also, having the league leading sack artist in Vic Beasley Jr. can pay dividends.
I’m sure we all remember how Von Miller dictated Super Bowl 50 last season.
The Falcons incorporated several corner blitzes as well as the occasional linebacker blitz against Green Bay. While they did not result in sacks, the point was driven home. The pressure on Rodgers made him uncomfortable and essentially, out of his game.
Atlanta must get to Brady, early and often.