Brady And The “Throwaways” Number

April 10th, 2020

For the past 14 seasons, a popular stats outfit has been charting “throwaways” by NFL quarterbacks.

Newer Bucs fans may not be too familiar with throwaways — except the kind to the wrong team.

Joe was watching an ESPN TV clip on YouTube recently that was breaking down why Tom Brady had a good but unspectacular season last year. A big focus was on his “throwaways” total, as provided by Pro Football Focus, aka the PFF Tribe and their band of misguided player graders.

According to Tribe data, Brady had 45 throwaways last season, 15 more than in any previous season; they started tracking that number in 2006.

Now Joe has little faith in The Tribe overall, but Joe assumes they’ve at least been consistent with this subjective but easy stat to track.

The Brady total of 45 total is one of the highest numbers in the history of the stat. For example, Philip Rivers set a new NFL record (since ’06) for throwaways with 46 during the 2016 season. Aaron Rodgers broke that record in 2018.

The implication on the ESPN panel was that Brady threw the ball away a lot because his pass catchers were subpar, a significant drop from what he had in previous seasons.

Joe buys the logic, but it will be an interesting marriage between Arians and Bucco Bruce Arians. Joe just knows there will be times when Brady throws the ball away this season and Arians will tell himself (even if just for a second), ‘Sh*t, that would have been a completion last year.’

No, Joe isn’t saying Jameis Winston is better than Brady, only that throwaways will be revived in Tampa, especially if the Bucs don’t upgrade significantly at running back or find a solid right tackle.

27 Responses to “Brady And The “Throwaways” Number”

  1. Dark Mominick Says:

    What seems to be missing here is that more throwaways can also = less potential interceptions. Compared to Winston that sounds like addition through subtraction to me. Makes you wonder how many throwaways Winston had.

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I’m not a JW supporter but I do believe in addition to improving his deep throws last year he was at least beginning to improve on his throwaways.

    In the past five years my wife could tell you how many times I was screaming at the TV screen…throw it away…throw it away…THROW IT AWAY DAMNIT’.

    JW was just beginning to do that..not nearly enough but he had made an attempt at least. In addition to being “excitable” I’m not sure JW really has yet developed the skill set of knowing what the D is going to do pre snap.

    DC’s are constantly working on ways to confuse ALL QB’s by jumping defenders pre snap…guys with 20 years of experience and great field vision can still narrow down the possibilities and adjust calls and their thinking PRE snap.

  3. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    Brady will have far fewer throwaways bcuz our talent at the skill positions is VASTLY Superior compared to what he’s had basically every year in his career; especially last year…

    Brady might throw for 5,500 yards with 50 TD’s and 5 Int’s this season…. Seriously, those numbers are realistic possibilities.

    Possibly the Greatest Season ever for an NFL QB is upon us, Bucs fans…

    And by the GOAT to boot…. What a storybook scenario… Brady is a Genius for signing here.

  4. Bird Says:

    Throwing it to other team is the best

    Somebody should catch the ball on a pass
    Who cares if other team

  5. 541BucsFan Says:

    Brady is getting MASSIVE upgrade in WR talent.

    He threw for 4K and 24TD last year with guys that were hurt or wouldn’t have made it the Bucs roster.

    Now he gets Evans, Godwin, Brate, and Howard. Guys that know how to get open and catch the ball.

    Stat Prediction: 4700Y, 32TD, 8INT 70%Comp

  6. Mort Says:

    Jameis needed more throwaways, Brady will have better receivers this year. It’s embarrassing how bad the NE WR corps has been over the past couple years.

  7. Umm Says:

    This is definitely a throw away post

  8. CalBucsFan Says:

    I think Arians would have ‘Sh*t, that would have been an interception last year’.

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    When you feel the need to throw it away Tommy Boy throw it in the direction of #13. If he can’t get it no one can.

  10. miken Says:

    throwaways don’t lose games fortunetly

  11. Jean Lafitte Says:

    When you’re completing passes to the other team you’re bound to have less throwaways, and punts as well.

  12. james west Says:

    man anyone ready for the draft already or what?

  13. Youngbucs Says:

    This is great news for the Bucs and the Fans.

  14. WestChap Says:

    Calbucsfan, I had the same thought.

    No way in he!! is BA going to ever pine for a completion from “the guy throwing it to the other team” when Brady deems the play broken. Rather, he’s going to constantly be saying “Yes! Live to fight another day.”

  15. WillieG Says:

    Joe just knows there will be times when Brady throws the ball away this season and Arians will tell himself (even if just for a second), ‘Sh*t, that would have been a completion last year’.

    WillieG just knows there will be times when Brady throws the ball away this season and Arians will tell himself (even if just for a second), “Sh*t, that would’ve been a pick 6 last year.”

  16. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    The thing these defenses are going to get burned a lot on is last year they baited Jameis to perfection, they do that too much on Brady he’ll make them pay. After 20 seasons he’s seen all the defenses.

  17. Etzel Says:

    He’s washed. No other team wanted him. Just a lame way to try to become a relevant franchise.

  18. Knuckle Sandwich Delivery Service Says:

    This guy^^^^^

  19. Etzel Says:

    If you’re one WR injury away from becoming a mediocre team, you’re probably already a mediocre team.

  20. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Everyone keeps pointing to less interceptions by throwing the ball away. That’s true and important but throwing the ball away prevents sacks and fumbles as well. Less negative plays win football games.

  21. Oneilbucs Says:

    Why do yall love to say a Jamies supporter ? So are yall Brady supporters or bucs fans ? Yall loving Brady because of what he did for the Patriots and he ain’t did nothing for the Bucs . He haven’t threw 1 pass for us . That’s why I don’t want to hear about the running game or the defense it’s superbowl or bust playoffs is not good enough because he’s 43 years old and Bruce Arians is not going to be here next year or in 2022. And remember Jamies was the only problem with this team . So No Excuses …….

  22. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    Joe says…..”Joe just knows there will be times when Brady throws the ball away this season and Arians will tell himself (even if just for a second), ‘Sh*t, that would have been a completion last year.’””……. No Joe, Arians will say to himself, Thank You Tom, that would have been an interception last year!

  23. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    Wow, just read back and everyone but the writer Joe agrees on what Arians will say! lol

  24. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Oneilbucs, yeah you sound like a Bucs supporter, running down the Bucs starting QB. And why should we care what you think should happen this season? You’re obviously a Jameis supporter and not a Bucs supporter or you wouldn’t be so butt hurt.


    I thought Brady was the answer… at least that is what everyone fro Boston has told me.

  26. BringBucsBack Says:

    “What is a throwaway?”


  27. TB12Lover Says:

    I’m a long time Pats fan and I can tell you that Brady’s throwaways were due as much to his offensive line as a poor WR group. Team had three OL starters out for much of the year.