Tom Brady, A Game Manager?

March 26th, 2020

Yes, Joe understands full well that new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (it’s going to take a while for Joe to get used to typing that!) is the anti-Jameis. But a game manager?

That sure is what Colin Cowherd seems to be peddling.

In a recent edition of his FS1 weekday show, Cowherd said to find what type of quarterback Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians wanted to replace Jameis, look at the other quarterback Arians was hot in the pants for: Teddy Bridgewater.

What is Bridgewater? Cowherd correctly pointed out he’s a game manager. Boring. Vanilla. Run of the mill. Pedestrian. Yawn-inducing. Time-to-get-up-and-use-the-bathroom signal-caller.

Bridgewater’s greatest strength is he doesn’t make mistakes, Cowherd said. And that’s Brady. Sort of. Brady is a wildly talented quarterback in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career who isn’t prone to mistakes.

This seems to be the antithesis of what Arians likes in a quarterback but Joe thinks Cowherd is on to something.

Unfortunately for Cowherd, he blew his argument with his Alex Smith analogy. The Chiefs actually broke their playoff curse and won a Super Bowl with a Jameis-like quarterback, not Checkdown Charlie Smith.

You can view the segment below. Joe isn’t sure he would label Brady a game manager, but Joe sees Cowherd working here.

25 Responses to “Tom Brady, A Game Manager?”

  1. SteveK Says:

    Pat Mahomes is careful with the ball. He threw 5 INts last year.

    Joe, you’re reaching to say he and Jameis are alike when they are not. Mahomes is a legit super star, champion, mvp. Winston is a pro bowl alternate four years ago, and turns it over more than anyone. 30/30 is in a league or his own.

    Now, I will agree they Jameis has a big, inaccurate arm. That is where the comparison ends.

    Good morning all!

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Sorry Joe but Patrick Mahomes is NOT a ‘Jameis-like quarterback’. Not even close. He’s in a league all by himself IMO.

  3. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    You called ira “stupid” this week on the podcast & that was so bad & disrespectful and now you compare jameis with mahomes? Those 2 QBs are no where near each other. Jameis is not in the NFL anymore let alone tampa. Its starting to look like maybe mike evans made both jonny football and jameis. Put your JW doll in the attic like the kid in toy story did to woody.

  4. Bobbo Says:

    Mike Evans covers a lot of bad QB play. Can’t wait to see what he does this year with a HOF guy throwing it to him

  5. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    Where’s Winston!!??? If JayMiss was anywhere close to being like Mahoney he would have been signed to a LONG term extension by us!! Also Arians wouldn’t have to be calling other teams to recommend they give Winston a look… as a backup!! Sorry NDog, Lamarcus etc. y’all were about the only people in this WORLD that thought JayMiss was ALL THAT!

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I would not call Teddy Bridgewater “Boring”.

  7. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Three pluses for Brady. His decision making, getting rid of the ball quickly, and knowing when to throw the ball away without getting flagged.

  8. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Dusty, it is actually funny how you say he isn’t in the NFL anymore and many of your buddies say the same thing. It’s the offseason dude. Jameis will sign somewhere when he finds the right fit. He is in no hurry I am sure. Do you really think the guy who led the league in yardage and 2nd in TD passes won’t get an offer? GTFO!

  9. Doctor Stroud Says:

    My prescription: get a RB!

  10. Ndog Says:

    See this is simply not accurate as we might have one “scorer” on this team and that is Godwin. No one else on this team does anything with the ball after the catch. OJ and Rojo have shown flashes but their opportunities have been limited because they also have a hard time just holding onto the ball. There is a reason we had the most air yards last year (balls actually traveling through the air), we simply don’t have many catch and make you miss guys on this team which BTW Brady is used to having. Hopefully we can get a back in the draft that is in that mold and we can finally get OJ to hold the flipping ball and that would help some.

  11. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Touchdown, sure he will be signed probably in Seattle maybe the LA Rams as a back up making $8-$10 mil per year but as of today he is not on an NFL team, so to compare jameis with mahomes is really a bad & comical take.

  12. Steven007 Says:

    Haha, “Jameis like”… Joe, get back to me when Mahomes is responsible for 35 turnovers, will you?

  13. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Other than the crappy quarterback play, he is basically identical to Mahomes.

  14. Swampbuc Says:

    Cowherd is an unlistenable imbecile — I’d enjoy hearing Arians or Brady respond to that,

    If the Bucs win 10 or more games, who cares what kind of label Cowherd puts on a quarterback.

  15. stravenite Says:

    JW IS GONE, still unemployed with no visibility of any interest from anyone in the NFL, he bears no resemblance to Mahomes in any way / shape or form.

    Lest anyone forgets, here is “Mahomes” turnover figures from last season :-

    25 with clean pocket (most in NFL)
    23 within 1 possession (most)
    22 targeting WRs (most)
    19 when trailing (most)
    17 vs zone defenses (most)
    13 vs man defenses (most)
    13 vs blitz (most)
    11 on 3rd down (most)
    10 in 4th quarter (most)

    Yeah they really are alike ????

    This continual conflict on JW is really tiresome, he will not be back in any capacity and will be extremely lucky to get employment, oh I nearly forgot he is scheduled for a SB appearance this coming season so he will be back at that !

  16. Bird Says:

    Somebody call the fire department

    Joe was just struck by a bolt of lightning in his house
    Comparing jameis to Mahommes
    There are a lot of things to say but i know i am one push away.
    Still Living in jameis fantasy land
    Cmon joe. Come back to reality with almost everyone else

    Sucks… its so hard to type and talk about tom brady the GOAT
    We are in such a bad situation now
    And were in such a good situation before

    Brady threw for 50 tds one year and 8 ints and almost 5000 yards.
    Averages around 30 plus tds a year

    But yeah …he is a game manager

    Jameis threw more picks last year then brady did in last 4 combined

  17. jmarkbuc Says:

    “Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (it’s going to take a while for Joe to get used to typing that!)”

    Just call him “America’s GOAT”.. Pro Bowler and six time World champ…..

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    thats an insult joe…lol…

    trying to compare a QB thats outta the league to a SB champ and NFL MVP….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  19. SteveK Says:

    Dusty Rhodes,

    Hell of a point about joe calling the safe “stupid”. This is an obtuse stance, grasping at straws and otherwise just not a good comparison


    Evans has no problems being a stud with Mike Glennon and Josh McCown throwing to him. He will continue to do so!

  20. Ndog Says:

    SteveK no one said he wasnt but he is basically offers nothing after the catch which is all I said. Seriously bro can you read?

  21. Jmarkbuc Says:

    When you have to make a circus catch, with a likely shot to the ribs, your yac will go way down….

  22. TOM Says:

    I see Pittsburgh as a landing spot for JW. 10 mil a yr plus incentives. Not that I really care where he goes.

  23. SteveK Says:


    Damn it! Come on man. Evans caught 12 TDs as a rookie with Glennon and McCown.

    How can you say Evans doesn’t produce enough tDs?

    How often did Jameis hit guys in stride that would be conducive for YAC?

  24. sincethebeginning Says:

    Winston and Mahomes are both strong-armed passers who like splash plays. That’s where the similarity ends. In terms of results, they are in no way alike. At all. There can’t even be a debate about it.

    Mahomes controls the line of scrimmage pre-snap, does more than just little baby run checks, and he will throw it away, take a sack, or check it down whenever that’s the best choice. He hits the open man. In stride. For lots of YAC. He sees the whole field at once and does not laser beam lock onto a target, and that’s huge. He is nearly unreadable for defensive backs, much like Drew Brees.

    I could go on and on. Don’t put Jameis into the same category as Mahomes. Your credibility suffers.

    Also, let’s get real. “Game managers” can win Super Bowls. That’s been proven quite a lot – especially when the winning quarterback is on a team with a dominating defense. We have the greatest game manager of all time at QB now. He’s the type who can still make big plays when they’re needed, but otherwise he’s getting us into the right plays every time. What’s not to love??

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This is a borderline absurd argument. But Cowherd frequently pulls stuff out of his behind to throw against the wall to see what sticks.

    Protecting the ball does not automatically make you a “game manager” whatever that means.

    When “game manager” is thrown around here you frequently hear Teddy B. And the biggest advantage of a “Blameless” style QB is that they can score points in bunches quickly and you preserve the ability to come from behind even if the other team grabs a big lead. IE Teddy is ok as long as the D is stout and his team never falls to far behind.

    IF that’s your definition then consider how ludicrous it is to include Brady!!!

    He led the Pats to the greatest come from behind win in Super Bowl History…trailing 28-3 in the second half before Brady led them all the way back to his 5th ring.

    I get that Brady is 43 and the odds increase against his success compared to 15 years ago….but they’re not THAT long.

    Any QB could get concussed and miss a season…any QB can have a knee blown out…it’s the NFL so stop with the health issues and stop calling the greatest comeback QB in the history of the game a “game manager”.

    When the lights shine the brightest players reveal themselves. TB12…Patrick Mahomes are money…Jimmy Garrapolo…Matt Ryan not so much. JW a choker.