But if the Patriots keep double-teaming Mathis, they’ll have one less player to block a blitzer.
“It would be great to say, ‘Well, why don’t we just put a guy over there to help?’” McDaniels said. “They pressure enough with enough people, use the secondary, use the linebackers, that some of those people that you would like to use in help on a guy like him may have to be blocking blitzers.”
Brady, though, is among the best at reading defenses. So he can throw quickly and remain upright.
“Every game you go into, you feel like you can do something,” Belichick said. “I don’t think we’ve ever played a team that we didn’t feel like that.”