The Patriots increased the pace of their hurry-up offense yesterday against the Broncos, and that played a key role in their offensive success. Tom Brady and company ran 89 plays over 35 minutes, 49 seconds, and they amassed a franchise-record 35 first downs.
A major reason for that was the way they dictated the pace.
“We were moving pretty quick. I think we were trying to keep the pressure on them,” Brady said this morning on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan. “I thought we did a good job of that. It’s trying to keep them off balance, trying to keep our tempo.”
Brady noticed a tired and worn-out Broncos defense that started making mistakes due to the pace. They were flagged for 12 men on the field, and they also allowed some extra creases in the running game because they couldn’t set up in time.
Brady also mentioned the importance of everyone staying on the same page. After all, the no-huddle won’t work if they don’t know what they’re doing.
We’re doing such a great job gaining yards in the run game. I think it puts a lot of pressure on the defense. We’ve just got to continue to do it. Brady said he tells his teammates to let him know to repeat the call if they didn’t hear or understand it.
‘If you don’t know what I’m saying, you’ve got to let me know because I’d rather have 11 guys on the same page than go fast and have nine guys on the same page,” Brady said.
Of course, that’s the difference between playing quickly and hurrying.
“If you start hurrying and playing out of control, you can’t play that way,” Brady said. “Certainly, we can’t. Everyone has to know what they’re doing and know the concept of the play.”
Here are some other highlights from Brady’s weekly radio spot.
Can they run the no-huddle effectively in Seattle?: “The communication is different on the road. There’s a little more of a challenge, especially in a place like Seattle.”
Practicing the no-huddle: “When it works against our defense — and we have a very smart defense — then I know we’re doing something right.”
On the failed fourth-and-5: “I liked the play we had on. I thought they just did a good job covering it.”
Is this a running team now?: “I think it’s whatever is working. We have the flexibility to do both. … When you’re ahead and you’ve get the potential to control it running it, that’s what you’ve got to do.”
If there is an assumption this is Welker’s last season with Patriots: “It really is a credit to Wes he hasn’t talked about any of that or mentioned any of that. He’s been focused on the season.”
How there’s a long way to go: “We always talk about Thanksgiving for when the season starts. We’re a long ways from that.”