Tom Brady Analysis

#12 Tom Brady 6’4” 225 18th Year, Michigan

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Taken straight out of our 2017 Pro QB Almanac

Overview

Viewed by many as the best to ever play the position Tom Brady responded to off the field adversity about as well as anyone could have predicted as he played some of the best football of his career in 2016. Brady stepped in after a four game suspension and ended up completing 67% of his passes while throwing for over 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. And as a footnote  he also led arguably the best 4th quarterback comeback in Super Bowl history earning his 5th Super Bowl ring. Brady seems to get better every single year even as he is pushing 40 years old and has stated he wants to play well into his 40’s. The story really is too good to be true but the fact of the matter is that nobody works harder at his craft than Brady and he enters 2017 as possibly the greatest football player of all time.

 

Analysis

Because Tom Brady is so technically sound as a thrower some have a tendency to overlook his  physical ability as a passer. From a mechanical (Base, Feet, Balance, Throwing Motion) perspective Brady is as good as they come. He intuitively understands all of the micro elements that go into high level quarterback play. Touch, Timing and accuracy are Brady’s calling cards as a passer but his arm is strong enough for him to throw with velocity to all levels of the field as he has shown throughout his career. Even during 2016 his arm strength seemed to get better as the year wore on and when you add to the equation his release speed and level of comfort with not his receiving core but also the system that he plays in we can clearly see why he is such a consistent performer week in and week out. Josh McDaniels and Brady are joined at the hip and watching Brady run the show is a thing of beauty.  Brady is the best before the snap quarterback to ever play the position at the NFL level and his ability to both process information and eliminate bad options both pre and post snap give him an edge every single time he steps on the field. Brady also combines both toughness and elite pocket presence while keeping his mind calm in the face of duress.  As alluded to earlier, his crisp, clean and quick release allows him to fit balls into tight windows at all levels of the field. His vision as a passer also is extremely rare.

 

2017 Projection

As long as Brady can remain healthy he will continue to perform at a Pro Bowl type level. His play will decline somewhat as he continues to age but most likely will not be noticeable for a few years due to the way he takes care of his body. Expect more of the same in 2017 as the Patriots are primed to make another Super Bowl run with Tom at the controls.

 

2017 Pro QB Almanac Sample, Brandon Allen Jacksonville

#10 Brandon Allen 6’1” 217 2nd Year, Arkansas

Analysis- Allen is a streaky thrower with a quick release and is instinctually accurate as a passer to all levels of the field. Allen does not have a strong arm and his passes will lose steam the deeper down the field he has to throw. Allen does however have a great understanding of defensive coverages and works his feet and his eyes together in tandem which allows him to throw with top level anticipation particularly between the hash marks at the intermediate levels and even to the outside areas of the field. He is very polished form a footwork standpoint and gets himself ready to throw in quick order. He also boats a quick delivery and will anticipate windows down the field reminding us of Jimmy Garoppolo at times.  Allen does not have prototypical size or athleticism but he seems to have a knack for completing passes which should allow for a long career as a backup and possibly as a starter some day, perhaps even in 2017.

2017 Projection- The team only brought three quarterbacks to camp and Allen is a sure fire lock to make the 53 man roster in 2017. We have been high on Allen since his entrance into the league in 2016. A great natural passer with high level instincts for the position should give him an opportunity to play at some point in 2017.

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New Ravens QB Thaddeus Lewis Scouting Report

 

Authored by Bryan Trulen

Somewhere David Cutcliffe is smiling. He groomed Lewis at Duke and watched him grow into a pure passer during his time as a Blue Devil. Lewis was just signed to compete with Ryan Mallett for the backup job in Baltimore.

#9 Thaddeus Lewis 6’1″ 220 8th Year, Duke

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Analysis

Thad has spent time with multiple organizations since his entry into the league back in 2010. When given an opportunity to play he has shown the ability to operate comfortably- executing a pro style passing attack & is a competent thrower of the football with plus arm strength. While in College playing for Quarterback guru David Cutcliffe at Duke, Thad was exposed to high level offensive coaching that has enhanced his overall appeal as a quarterback. Thad has demonstrated the ability to throw with accuracy as well as poise while making a variety of types of throws. Chip Kelly brought Thad with him from Philly to San Francisco in 2016 for a reason and Thad would have started games in 2016 had he not gotten injured during pre-season play. It would not surprise us to see Lewis start games for the Ravens at some point this year.

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Deshaun Watson – Recognition and Instincts

Watson showed us some things during his first pro action against Carolina. We go frame by frame on his touchdown run. (All Video Content courtesy of NFL Game Pass)

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Carolina is playing a two high safety look in the red area. Watson recognizes the inherent weakness in this alignment pre snap.
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Early stages of post snap – Watson is feeling out the route concept while “feeling” middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. Watson knows Kuechly has pass game responsibility.
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Watson feels the void created by the rush and from this point on it is all instincts coming into play.  By now we can clearly see Kuechly turn his back and run with the seam route.
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Watson takes off and his (X) receiver has an under route against man coverage further creating a running lane for him.
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Watson shows off his quickness and ability to accelerate quickly as he takes off in the alley.
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The definition of dual-threat on this play as Watson heads toward pay dirt.
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Too little too late.

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Matt Moore Scouting Report

With Ryan Tannehill going down we took part of our Pro QB Almanac Report on Matt Moore and posted it below.

#8 Matt Moore 6’3″ 219 11th Year, Oregon State/UCLA

He has an exemplar internal clock that allows him to speed up or slow down his process post snap depending on the pressure and timing of a play. He also is adept at “leading” his targets to green grass deep down the field. Moore has an instinctive athletic sense about him and the Tony Romo comparison often 20170727 ale dolphins camp 019arises when trying to find a solid comparison to him. Not to say Moore is the second coming of Romo but stylistically they play the game similarly.

 

2017 Projection

Still considered one of the best backups in the league, Moore signed a two year deal that will pay him 3.5 million in guaranteed money. He is going to once again serve as the primary backup to Ryan Tannehill and if called upon would be able to step in and direct the offense in an NFL starter type capacity. 

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Isolation Series, Jimmy Garoppolo Injury (2016)

Coaches generally do not want their quarterbacks to freelance and would much rather have them operate from the pocket by working within the confines of the system. The main reason for this is due to the inury risk of straying from the pocket and taking a shot while on the move. We examine the play against Miami from 2016 where Jimmy Garoppolo was injured which speaks to the reason coaches demand that their quarterbacks play the game from the pocket.  We look at how leaving the pocket can turn ugly.

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Garoppolo initially sets up to throw to the left but feels some pressure in his face. His vision is obstructed by pressure but he has Amendola open.

 

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Garoppolo responds to pressure by looking to escape the pocket as opposed to sliding to his right and stepping up to create a throwing window to get the ball to Amendola.

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By now he is looking to create and find an open target down the field.
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Garoppolo ends up throwing on the move while taking a vicious shot from a linebacker who reacted to Garoppolo moving off-script. The pass is complete but Jimmy ended up getting injured on the play due to not protecting himself.
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Kiko Alonso is gaining steam and reacting to a moving target (Garoppolo)
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The blow is delivered