Nearly every NFL team must try to keep its quarterback upright and in the pocket if it is to have success in the passing game, teams that feature rollout and scrambling types aside.
The New England Patriots, who face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, are no exception and, in fact, rely more on Tom Brady than other teams do their signal callers.
Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, who covered this subject in an article recently, discussed how New England must plan to handle the Giants' vaunted pass rush with Cinesport's Noah Coslov.
Some of the topics they talked about:
- Deliver quick passes on underneath routes, particularly to Wes Welker.
- Attack the middle of the field with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
- Establish the running game to set up play-action passes.
All of which is easy to plan but difficult to execute as the Giants proved in Week 9 this season during their 24-20 victory over the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.