Reviewing the play in which quarterback Tom Brady hurt his right shoulder:
Formation at the line of scrimmage. The Patriots were in their three-wide personnel grouping. Two receivers were split to the left, with Joey Galloway in the outside position and Randy Moss in the slot. Greg Lewis was the single receiver to the right side. Tight end Chris Baker was on the line of scrimmage, to the right of tackle Nick Kaczur. Running back Fred Taylor was offset to Brady’s right as Brady was in the shotgun (15 of his 32 snaps were in the gun).
Redskins defensive look. Four defenders had their hands on the ground and two linebackers and a safety were also in the box. The four linemen rushed, with the key player – Albert Haynesworth – lined up on the outside shoulder of left guard Logan Mankins.
At the snap. The Redskins rushed four defenders, with the two linebackers and box safety dropping into coverage. The Patriots sent three receivers and Fred Taylor into pass routes. Chris Baker stayed in to protect, creating a 6-on-4 matchup at the line of scrimmage for the Patriots.
Developing play. Brady dropped back three yards and initially pumped to his left before throwing to Lewis up the right side. Defensively, Haynesworth and Brian Orakpo ran a game, with Haynesworth rushing to his right and Orakpo looping behind him. As that happened, left guard Logan Mankins disengaged his block to account for Orakpo. So Matt Light then picked up Haynesworth. Light seemed to lose his leverage – Haynesworth can do that to a lot of linemen – as he got turned too much to the inside. Light had support from Mankins – who accounted for Orakpo and then returned to double Haynesworth -- on the inside.
The hit. That opened a lane for Haynesworth to get to Brady. It’s rare to see a 6-foot-6, 350-pound defensive lineman have the power to break through a double-team and then have the athleticism to close that quickly on the quarterback. He surged toward Brady, tackling him as he followed through on the throw. Haynesworth’s powerful blow turned Brady’s body, putting the right shoulder in a compromising position at it hit the ground. As Brady jogged to the sideline, he was not freely moving his right arm as he jogged.
(NOTE: A few emails were delivered asking if Haynesworth’s hit was dirty. After watching it over, my feeling is that it was clean. Haynesworth did not pick Brady up and drive him into the ground. He also tackled him within the play, as Brady had made the throw a split-second beforehand.)