Bruce Arians Scoffs At Those Who Say Brady Has Lost His Deep Ball, Details Offense Fit

March 27th, 2020

Has Tom Brady lost the fastball in his 42-year-old arm?

Joe doesn’t think so, but it’s a common criticism of Brady. As Joe scolded Ira Kaufman on the Ira Kaufman Podcast many times early this year, Brady had no deep threats in New England. That’s why the team was chasing freak show Antonio Brown and spent time standing behind Josh Gordon.

Bucco Bruce Arians was on CBS Sports Radio yesterday and was asked about the many folks who say with confidence that Brady has lost the pop on his deep ball.

“I don’t know what they’re looking at,” Arians said. “But, you know, they don’t throw the ball deep that much [in New England]. But when they did, it was super accurate, super efficient. You know, he’s going to complete the football; that’s what we want also. Now if that means look deep, take short, I’m fine with that, you know.

“But still, take your shots when they’re there. And in our offense, if it’s 3rd-and-2 and we get the right matchup, I’m not afraid to throw the deep ball, if it’s the right matchup. But let’s continue to move the chains, also. You know, he and I have had some great conversations about that already. He’s a really good play-action and he’s gotten really good in the last three or four years at play-action, which is one of our staples. So we’re also a huge empty [formation] team, where the ball’s coming out fast. I can see him just see him getting in empty and going right down the field.”

Joe likes that last sentence. Get Brady in empty and let him carve up teams with two tight ends, two receivers and a running back who can catch.

34 Responses to “Bruce Arians Scoffs At Those Who Say Brady Has Lost His Deep Ball, Details Offense Fit”

  1. PSL Bob Says:

    Better have a solid O-line, because the opponents will be bringing everything they’ve got to stop it.

  2. LaMarcus Says:

    It’s not up for BA to discuss. It’s up to Brady. I’ll wait to Brady speaks on it.

  3. Casey Morgan Says:

    Good QBs make quick intelligent decisions which make the O line look good. I love the quote from an unnamed Bucs coach, “Winston has slow twitch muscles in a fast twitch position.”

  4. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Yes!! We have so many matchup nightmares with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Our Two Monster Pass catching Tight Ends….

    Please draft a pass catching RB, because once you add that RB who can split out as a WR and go single back and carry the rock…that will be crazy hard to defend when we do 2 min drill/hurry up offense.

  5. Robert Says:

    This offense is going to be outstanding so glad to be a Buc fan now, as opposed to before where it was a badge of shame, a cloud hung over the team, an uncontrollable stinch.

    not any more!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Wesley Says:

    I don’t buy it either.

  7. Ndog Says:

    Hey I am truly hoping this works out, but you guys do know Brady had elbow tendonitis last year. That usually does not get better with age or playing addition games.

  8. WestChap Says:

    We were nearly unstoppable by everyone but ourselves last year. With Brady bringing better and quicker decision making and short throw accuracy… ouch! I would not want to be the D trying to stop them.

    As for the OL, they are going to look like superstars given how reliably Brady will quickly see the mismatch and immediately attack it (short or deep). Last year Brady had to hold the ball until double-covered and gimpy Edelman got open… no more waiting with up to 5 receiving threats… 2 pro bowl caliber, a 1st round TE and 2 otherwise reliable hands… and that’s before anybody new shows up.

  9. Craig Says:

    The best use of the deep ball is to keep the defense honest, even in Arians offense.

    Godwin on a slant will be money in the bank and half of his eight yard catches will end up at over 20 yards.

    Evans might get even more catches because they will be placed properly for his type of body usage.

    It will be more than fine.

  10. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    NDog you are so hoping this doesn’t work out

  11. ManzielMadness Says:

    I believe Brady can still push it down the field… hard to do when you can only rely on Edelman… On a side note Darqueze Dennard is a FA again, wouldn’t mind taking a look at him.

  12. Ndog Says:

    SC Bucs Fan Says:
    March 27th, 2020 at 11:16 am
    NDog you are so hoping this doesn’t work out

    Yes you are correct SC I just paid for my season tickets again cause I want to see us lose. You people simply hear what you want to hear.

  13. Bird Says:

    SC bucs

    Agree with you …its super bowl or nothing we will here 10 times a day from NeverrightDOG. Even if its a game or two in playoffs , it wont be good enough

    From a man who worshipped another man ThAt couldnt even get us to the playoffs and had 1 out of 5 winning seasons . Won 4 out of 10 games.

    Hey I was not a big jameis fan …wasnt even in top 15 favorite bucs each year. I thought he was average …and i buy season tickets every year. Who cares. 😂

  14. adam from ny Says:

    tom brady for president in 20 years…

    make the buccaneers great now and america great later…


  15. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Did Kobe just read play action?

    BAs adopted son Leftfoot called 17% of play action plays last year. JW who is career great at play action plays was 34th ranked QB in total play action plays last year

    3 days

    3 days TB12 starts screaming at Leftwich and he runs crying to Arians”

    Kobe Faker

  16. geno711 Says:

    NDOG you tend to be more negative than positive about every Buc situation but Jameis.

    Just who you are in my opinion.

    But if you can be positive about something else right now you can prove me wrong.

  17. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Yo Robert, I would have a Urologist take a look at your “an uncontrollable stinch”.

    Modern medicine has come a long way.

  18. Deminion Says:

    Is it me or are Bucs fans not happy with the Brady signing??? The game is about winning? Idc who is playing Qb or for the future of the team we fans want a team that wins now ijs

  19. Kansas95Buc Says:


    Go watch every game of last year and then go re read his post, he’s being very honest about the team that most don’t want to admit. This team has multiple hole that Brady cant fill and probably wont overcome seeing how this offense is ran

  20. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    You know I genuinely cannot believe how many people seem to be up in arms about ditching Winston for Brady. If Winston was anywhere near as good as you guys thought he would be signed to at least back someone up right now. He isn’t, he is unemployed.

    He is not a good quarterback or he would still be here.

  21. Kansas95Buc Says:


    Don’t you think it’s weird that fans being saying for years to change plays to suit Winston and he didn’t but willing to do so for Brady? Ariains is on record telling Winston to ‘keep firing’ and did nothing to help the man. 30 ints is too much but that isn’t a norm

  22. JP09 Says:

    @lamarcus, Brady already spoke he signed with the Bucs

  23. Kansas95Buc Says:

    Not to mention that we’re gonna need a QB in about 3 years so we’re going to be back in the same situation. If the Bucs don’t win the SB then we just set ourselves back

  24. Formally Tampa2 Says:

    NDog Still like your passion. And it seems that you may keep that passion when it comes to the Bucs this season. Go Bucs!

  25. Ndog Says:

    When I see something to be positive about i will be positive. I’m not going to come on hear and lie. Who do you think I am Bruce Arains?


  26. 813bucboi Says:


    bucs ditching a 1st round BUST for brady is a positive thing….

    real fans dont want you to come on here at all….

    stay in your cage until JW becomes a week1 starter….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  27. sincethebeginning Says:

    I am loving every word im seeing from BA right there. Hot damn!!

    GO BUCS!!!

  28. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Ndog Says:
    “Hey I am truly hoping this works out”


    That is all ya needed to say, brother.
    I know you are frustrated with how things worked out with JW.
    But, at the end of the day, you are a long-time BUCS fan and Season Ticket holder. — We ALL want this to work out.

  29. geno711 Says:

    Did you see Chris Simm’s – national guy. He was just saying how Brady will be throwing the ball to Buc’s receiver Tim Evans.

    How can you take the national guys seriously when they cannot even get the players names correctly?

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    He’s the best QB in the history of the game, let him do whatever he wants. You don’t bring in Tom Brady just to say, OK, run this deep ball offense where you’re going to throw a bunch of deep passes and get hit a lot. Winston was built for that, and fearless, and was the best in the NFL at it (that’s the stats you anti-Winston d-bags). Meanwhile I watched some Brady highlights where they talk about his deep ball, and, well, the people doing the highlight video have a different idea about what a deep ball is compared to myself. A deep ball for Winston is like 30-40 yards downfield — a deep ball technically is something like 20 yards downfield. Brady looks fine at the 20-25 yard range, but I didn’t see much beyond that. Doesn’t mean he can’t still do it, but I just didn’t see it in the highlights.

    Anywho Arians just needs to be realistic about things – and if you let Brady get hit trying to do those deep drops that Winston was doing on nearly every play, Brady is going to get killed. So just change it up a bit, it’s not a big deal to do so. Brady is best, from everything I’ve ever seen, at carving people up, almost in a Drew Brees type of way, and the Saints have never had an issue scoring points or moving the ball.

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    geno711 – I’ve heard Chris Simms quite a bit and he actually does keep track of the Bucs pretty closely. But he also doesn’t really strike me as the sharpest guy out there, and makes a ton of errors. But, doing sports talk, it’s so boring and so repetitive that your brain can just go into cruisemode and you can make all sorts of mistakes without even realizing it.

    But I don’t mind Simms most of the time, and when talking about QBs he can make some interesting comments here and there.

  32. SB Says:

    SC Bucs Fan Says:
    March 27th, 2020 at 11:16 am
    NDog you are so hoping this doesn’t work out


    I believe this is true.

  33. Patrickbucs Says:


    Long time season ticket holder and went to the SB, section 113. When the season kicks of I would like to buy u 1. Differences and all..

  34. SOEbuc Says:

    All this deep ball stuff is too funny. They want to talk Brady in Tampa but this is the only thing they have to talk about. Brady and BA are going to draw up a sick arse offense and can blow all the smoke they want too.