Montana: Brady To Bucs A “Mistake”

March 27th, 2020

“Oh Tom, my powerful man!”

Hold on, one Hall of Famer isn’t ripping another. But spliced with information that surfaced this week, it adds up.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, largely regarded the best quarterback of the Super Bowl era until Bucs quarterback Tom Brady came along, is stunned that Brady left the Pats and found his way to Tampa Bay.

Montana said comparing Brady’s situation to his when he was traded to the Chiefs at the end of his career was different as the 49ers decided to pull the plug. Montana doesn’t believe the Patriots pulled the plug on Brady.

Instead, it was Brady, Montana claims, that pulled the cord on the Belicheats.

Montana told Jarrett Bell of USA Today that he thought it was a “mistake” that somehow Brady and the Patriots parted ways. But after talking with Brady at the Super Bowl last month, he has an idea why Brady left.

“He wants control. I mean, he wants a lot of control. I don’t know what Tampa Bay gave him, but at some point in time, you’re just a player. You can try to get what you can and do what you want, but in the end, you’re still not in the hierarchy when it comes to hiring people, firing people and all that.

“I don’t know exactly what he’s looking for, but my understanding was that he’s just looking for more control of the offense. But I don’t know. I haven’t had a long conversation with him; I talked to him a little bit at the Super Bowl, but not enough time to really get in-depth.”

Now Brady claimed in his conference call earlier this week he didn’t make a power grab with the Bucs. But the words from Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians seems to indicate Montana is onto something.

Arians talked about how he was going to collaborate with Brady on getting him up to speed. Is part of that collaboration brainstorming with Brady on molding an offense around what Brady wants to do?

That doesn’t seem far-fetched.

Of course, how much Brady will influence the Bucs’ offense might be neutered as it appears there may not be OTAs or minicamps this offseason thanks to the corona.

Reading Montana’s words, Joe reflects on the claim made by former Bill Belicheat confidante Michael Lombardi that Brady was going to be Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht’s right-hand man.

62 Responses to “Montana: Brady To Bucs A “Mistake””

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    what da heck does old Joe knows anyways???????

    Montana has no idea…………….

  2. Architek Says:

    Welcome to relevance! There will be more noise and random commentary by people that never cared about Bucs!

    Great problems to have!

  3. Formally Tampa2 Says:

    Who cares if Brady wants more offense control? Something tells me that, after 20 years, he may have a tad more offensive knowledge than Leftwich.

  4. NEWBUc Says:

    Belichik always wants players gone before they drop off. Hint

  5. Lamarcus Says:

    Brady didn’t make a power grab which is probably true but upper management put him in charge anyways

    Arians sounds retired already and says “Brady is gonna fix the team”

  6. Elita Vita Says:

    Every situation is unique. Here we have a coach soon to retire. We also have a 20 year veteran pretty soon to retire. They both have decades of experience. Don’t you think both contributing to the offensive playbook is a good idea? Emphasizing what the player does best and incorporating this as well? In this situation, a 12 year playoff drought, we best welcome Tom Brady and all he has to offer. Go Bucs!

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Yeah I agree on Arians………..

    He can’t expect Brady to be the franchise savior……that was suppose to be his job as the HC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Arians is getting a little senile now

  8. Robert Says:

    who is Montana to question the P O T U S anointed AMERICAS QB, Mr. BRADY?

  9. miken Says:

    Joe Montana basically says … This is what Tom wants, but I don’t know bc I haven’t really talked to him. Thanks Joe.

  10. Deminion Says:

    Idc Brady has won 6 Super Bowls and is the greatest QB of all time if he wants control on O so what he has earned that respect… if it was josh freeman, Jeff Garcia, Josh Johnson, Bruce gradkowski, Brian griese, jake plummer(never suited up) JW, Chris Simms, Brsd Johnson( I like him) Rob Johnson, Byron Leftwich… who did i forget???? Anyways if it was a schmuck I would laugh but we are talking to about the best Qb of all time…

  11. Pick6King Says:

    Jamoist contributed a lot to the offense. A lot of turnovers and losses that is!!!

    Get over it already Joe, the biggest bust in franchise history is gone.

    If the GOAT wants to put his championship stamp on this offense, then I say do it!

    I’d like to add another championship DVD to my collection.

    Go Bucs!!!

  12. Formally Tampa2 Says:

    @Joe here is something that would be a pleasant surprise; Arians & Brady hqve a great 2 years together and both retire, and Brady becomes the Bucs head coach! Not unthinkable!

  13. SKBucsFan Says:

    TB12 seems to be setting himself up as a front office member. Maybe even partial ownership. I don’t see this as a bad thing. Having influence from someone not named Galzer or Licht would be a welcome relief for this organization.

  14. Joe Says:

    Brady becomes the Bucs head coach! Not unthinkable!

    Very unthinkable. Why would Brady want all that work? He can (and likely will) earn a sh!tload more cash with his Hollywood production company and work about 25 percent as much, if that.

  15. ChanEpic Says:

    OK Boomer

  16. james west Says:

    it would make perfect sense, to “TWEAK” the offence, to the plays that brady is most comfortable with, every damn offense out there is basically quite similar to one another, but different verbiage, where they differ is based on if you have a mobile QB, or a pure pocket passer, along with your player’s surrounding the QB, running backs, tight ends, jumbo packages, etc so why would not arians want to collaborate with a 6 time superbowl winning, 4 time MVP HOF QB, not to do it, and to be uncompromising in my opinion would be malfeasance and irresponsible to the point of requiring dismissal of both the head coach and GM, arians and licht are both intelligent enough to recognize that, and they will put brady in the most comfortable setting for him to succeed

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    If nothing else, Tom Brady put the Bucs on everyone’s radar. Defensive coordinators around the league have all taken a step back. 😝

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    With the first pick in the 2021’ draft, the New England Patriots select Trevor Lawrence, Clemson.

  19. Hawk Says:

    It’ll be about right if Brady has 2 very good years and decides to go one more. That would make him the first Buc QB to get a second contract. lol

  20. J Says:

    Joe, you’re the mistake.

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    I’ve lost track Joe. Is this Brady Conspiracy Theory #47 or #48? Wait, I think it’s been recycled from an earlier one, so maybe it’s #17 Bravo?

  22. BigHog Says:

    [Not going there, sorry. Don’t give Joe a reason to run you (though you have offered plenty in the past). — Joe]

  23. Marlow1976 Says:

    Dumb article … click bait

  24. Inspired Says:

    Joe, seems to me that you are missing the point of Very Thinkable. Seems that the 1 BIG reason is “perhaps” Brady is ALL about football… He CLEARLY doesn’t need the money now does he.?.

    With that said, why not “the” Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Why not tax free Florida, Right next door to Georgia (thinking in terms of the film industry and production companies). It seems it’s possible that you have no understanding of the for those and not so much in the know concerning that industry. Bud I’m explaining to you that it ALL lines up…. Look around a bit more and it turns out that the dots line up to a far larger picture than you are describing. Is it all possible? Don’t be so nieve. Because it Surely Does…

  25. Says:

    Marlow… Why did you click?

  26. Joe Says:


    How exactly is Brady going to have time working with his studio when he’s spending 90+ hours a week with an NFL team working for very likely a whole lot less cash? And basing a Hollywood studio in, say, Macon or Valdosta, you are not exactly in prime territory for Hollywood talent both in front of or behind the camera.

    Brady (and his wife) have enough to cash to buy a piece of a team if he is all about football as you say. A dude who just launched a production company suggests he’s not 24/7 consumed with football.

  27. WestChap Says:

    Silliness… Montana needs to go back to playing dominoes. He has no idea… and I have read other versions of his thoughts that centered on the mistake being the Patriots taking Brady for granted and not Brady grabbing power.

    Brady would like a few credible weapons to throw to for his last 2 years… particularly given his history of team-friendly deals. That sounds like a very reasonable ask… no?

  28. Craig Says:

    Brady did not leave the Pats the way Montana left the 49ers.

    I think Brady felt betrayed and left on his own. He wasn’t forced out.

    Now Brady has the kind of weapons he had five years ago, when the Pats became a dynasty. It is a reset for him and he will enjoy it.

    He will want control and the Bucs should listen if he points a certain way during the draft. The rest of the control will be in fine tuning the Bucs offense to fit his long established efficiency.

  29. Inspired Says:

    Simple Joe. His Wife…. He’s about football and where might he be able to get in the door to far larger opportunities in a football organization? Tampa Bay just stood up like No Others and said “Hey! Right here man!” As far as doubling down in the film industry, Where do you think everyone in the film business is going? Not N.Y. and LA has lost it’s shine. REAL EXPENSIVE THERE… (Ever heard of a show called the walking dead?) That’s just one of now hundreds being shot within miles of us. I’m in that business so I’m aware. Turns out that the “Perfect Scnerio is in Florida for him and his family with 2 birds with 1 stone. It’s brilliant. Open your eyes and look around. You know, check the sheet. Thanks for the back and forth Joe.

  30. RICHARD weeks Says:

    What a misleading title !

  31. SOEbuc Says:

    These idiots that think GM came with Brady’s deal are pure idiots. He is scout for guys he played in the league with for 24 year’s and another amazing assistant coach and locker room leader. To say bringing in the GOAT to help us break our playoff demise is a bad idea… well… Your an idiot.

    GO BUCS!!!

  32. adam from ny Says:

    brady wants to control the players…

    and he wants his girl giselle to control the cheerleaders…


  33. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    What a nice interesting nugget that I would put that away in my bag of nuggets for later! Thanks Joe

  34. geno711 Says:

    Reading Montana’s words, Joe reflects on the claim made by former Bill Belicheat confidante Michael Lombardi that Brady was going to be Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht’s right-hand man.

    The same Michael Lombardi that just said that Antonio Brown to the Buc’s was a done deal.

    How confidante is Michael Lombardi with anyone anymore?

  35. Formally Tampa2 Says:

    “very unthinkable. Why would Brady want all that work? He can (and likely will) earn a sh!tload more cash with his Hollywood production company and work about 25 percent as much, if that.

    Why wouldn’t he prefer his production company now? He has millions now, and I’m sure he earns mega millions from endorsements? Why is he about to do tons of work to be a winner on the Buccaneer Organization? Why unthinkable Joe, Because Tom Brady “loves” Football! Never say never Joe! Lol “Other Joe” agrees with you. Production companies often lose mountains of cash.–Joe

  36. El Buco Realisto Says:

    If true, what could it hurt!!!!! Its not like licht bulb is a good gm!!!!!!!!!!!! All the latest free agent acquisitions just show his failures in the draft and mismanagement of the roster!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Adrnagy Says:

    He’s always been two face …. just go back and dissect every stop by Arians.

    I really thought this opportunity was the one it will change him, by developing and I mean sticking with Jameis. But he falls again to “ others “ to get it done. Either great coaches like Todd , Tom and great QBs he’s been apart.

    Luck develop by Pep Hamilton
    Peyton develop by Tom Moore
    Ben Roethlisberger develop by ken Whisenhunt

    Don’t get me wrong he might be a ok ocoor, but way over blown he’s god for qb.

    That’s why Tom Brady wants control of the offense. He knows ,where ever he goes the only way to win is his way or the patriots way.

    TheBucsAnthem Says:
    March 27th, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Yeah I agree on Arians………..

    He can’t expect Brady to be the franchise savior……that was suppose to be his job as the HC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Arians is getting a little senile now

  38. Joe Says:

    Why wouldn’t he prefer his production company now?

    Roughly $30 million — which won’t be there in two years — can persuade one to push aside their investments for a few months.

  39. Adrnagy Says:

    Bruce is a diva.

    From Steelers 2004 15-1
    He was wide receivers coach. That’s where he picked up the diva.
    Bruce Arians: A-Holes Usually Run In The Wide Receiver Room

    “I’m just going to be me. I can’t stop that. The one thing that I think the Buccaneers like so much is that I am me, and they like that,” Arians said

    What coach or assistant wouldn’t be successful with the talents of
    Hines ward,,Plaxico. Randle el?

    My point. Bruce couldn’t get it done in indy, Cardinals and won’t get it done here. Only chance he knows he has is giving offense over to Tom.
    He must win. Or he’s a failure.

  40. Adrnagy Says:

    This isn’t about Tom Brady … this is about Bruce only. Just watch.

  41. Formally Tampa2 Says:

    Never say Never Joe! I know it’s nothing but mere speculation when he isn’t even here yet, but when someone loves the game as much as Brady does ya never know! None of us know where we will be 3 years from now, no matter how much we’d say right here doing what we’re doing.

  42. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Brady has surpassed Joe as the greatest QB. Did I hear a little jealousy or envy in Montana?

  43. Caleb Lee Says:

    Mistake is a strong word in this scenario. Hall of famer? Done. Greatest of all time? Done. There is zero risk to tainting his legacy now, but if he succeeds then it only raises the bar that much higher for future hall of famers. Records will always be broken but Brady is still competing with people who have never played a game in thier lives. Someone’s is always considered the greatest of all time.. until they’re not.

    He’s still packing his lunch box every day and grinding away at 42.

  44. Cobraboy Says:

    Brady was insulted Belichick tried to trade him to the 49ers and never told him, and the relationship never healed.

  45. Caleb Lee Says:

    And I don’t want to jinx anything but I have to say it would be the most Bucs life moment ever if the season gets cancelled. We get Tom – hype talks of playing the Super Bowl at home – Coronavirus cancels the season – Tom retires for some unforseen reason and never takes a snap in a Bucs uniform.

    When you live your NFL life as a punching bag you can’t help but to expect the next haymaker.

    Fingers crossed! Lol

  46. View from 132 Says:

    This stuff is funny. What’s the alternative – just hand Brady a playbook and say run this and don’t ask questions? Of course he’ll collaborate with the coaches. Dude is old as… well… some of us.

  47. matt herrington Says:

    Click bait title. He said the patriots made a mistake

  48. 813bucboi Says:

    does it matter?

    im sure BA tweeked his offense for JW….

    he’ll do the same with brady….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  49. MDFree Says:

    Can anything ever go right for this franchise. There’s always some be that happens to ruin our momentum to start the season. 2017 hurricane loss of bye week, 2018 Jameis suspension, 2019 ridiculous schedule opening up on the road, 2020 rona virus with a new qb and no time to acclimate to new system and gel with teammates. This team is truly cursed lol

  50. sincethebeginning Says:

    I really don’t think it is as much about hand-picking prsonnel, ie. getting them in the building, so much as it is about getting the right personnel packages on the field out of the existing players on the roster and then letting Brady check to the plays he wants to run a la Peyton Manning.

    That being said, there can be no doubt that Brady is pulling hard for a three-down pass-catching running back who can go anywhere on the field with his routes. I think that is the one and only thing that Brady would be pushing for, and we’ve already heard BA say he wants it too.

    On that note, it was interesting to see some tweets by RoJo’s people yesterday showing him running some wide receiver routes out in some empty field somewhere, training himself up trying to be that guy. I would love to see him prove that he is !!

    Anyway, this is Manning to the Broncos all over again in sooooo many ways.

  51. BucEmUp Says:

    Sorry but anything that takes Leftwich idea of a good offensive game plan and makes it more like Bradys idea of a game plan if an improvement by default.

  52. chris L Says:

    if you read arians’ book, he always works with QBs on their favourite plays and what they like to do. most coaches would do this. maybe brady has a bit more leeway but he should. dont think this is as shocking as people are making it out to be.

  53. stpetebucsfan Says:


    That’s what I was going to bring up. Isn’t it “common knowledge” that Lynch originally had a deal for Brady not Garrapolo? Then Kraft overruled BB and somehow that leaked to Brady.

    Belicheat HAS built the great defenses that powered those Pat teams but again…he was literally a losing HC until Brady. If Brady wins and BB loses and does not even make the playoffs out of that weakarse division that might end all the debate about who was more important.

    Jamoists everywhere…you’re embarrassing yourselves. Give it a freakin rest.
    You are actually creating MORE JW hatred with these absurd attempts to now portray BA as the heavy instead of simply accepting JW is a choker

    But seriously…people expect us to believe JW is honest but BA is liar? bwahaahaha

  54. Pick6King Says:

    Has Jamoist been signed yet???

    Asking for a friend.


  55. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Montana saying Tom wanted control is showing he’s not up on the current news. It was already stated that control had nothing to do with it.

    Arians has a history of adjusting to his players, so there is no need for control. Tom just lets him know what plays he can’t do, or suggests plays Arians does not have.

    Brady wants 1-2 more superbowls, and he objectively looked at the Bucs roster and coaches, and decided they were his best opportunity.

    Montana is 100% wrong in this one.

  56. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    On the topic of Jameis, here’s the real truth: There is no way he does not get more opportunities to start. It might not happen this year, or it might happen during this season or next year, but it will come. And the truth is that all of there people here saying Jameis is a bust won’t be held accountable.

    If he ends up winning 3 superbowls in his career, people here will lay the blame at Arians feet. Or Lichts feet. They’ll pretend that never wanted to give up on Jameis…and we’ll have possibly missed out on multiple Superbowls.

    If Jameis does not win multiple superbowls, what have his fans done that’s so bad. They’re not hurting the team by still being fans. He’s gone now, and nothing will change that.

    And although I would question the wisdom of re-signing him as a backup this year (it would counter-productive to team chemistry at this point) it could still happen…unlikely, but possible.

    Personally, I say give Cam Newton a year as Brady’s backup. It will give him time to heal up, and if he has to play for us, he’ll have a huge chip on his shoulder to make the Panthers regret releasing him.

    And we should still draft a QB. Personally, I think Eason is much like Brady, so he would be great to be mentored by Brady.

  57. Kansas95Buc Says:

    Man, some people cant make a point without name calling. Name calling, another sign that a person cant articulate their talking points lol

  58. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Honestly, I think signing Brady was a brilliant move though. He is the only reason I’m not mad about dumping Winston. I firmly believe Brady is going to help us win 1-2 Superbowls.

  59. Cobraboy Says:

    Signing Brady is brilliant and unbelievable.

    I also would like to see Eason as a Buc.

    No to Cam Newton. I can never forget is SB fumble, then his abysmal, embarrassing SB post-game presser. Those two acts taught me much about the man’s character.

    His ego is too big to play second fiddle to GOAT. 🐐

  60. kyle Says:

    blah blah blah, montana is an all time great, but the dude seriously has become the “get off my lawn ahole” since brady passed him as the GOAT. Its 2 different eras, its like comparing lebron to michael. Montana.. stop being jealous of the money the guys are making and be an ambassador for the game.

  61. Bucemup Says:

    Who cares what Joes thinks? Brady is a 42 year old man that wanted to play elsewhere. He was a free agent Joe! Mistake?

  62. Jokers Says:

    It’s super funny, Joe finally admits that he was the only person to use the absolute retarded shameful nickname of “America’s Quarterback” and then you lock the comments down on that article, freaking joke