Can Brady Keep The Streak Up?

May 9th, 2020

“Really Tom? Streaking?”

It’s very, very rare for a quarterback who has won a Super Bowl playing well over a decade for his original team to flip to another.

But that’s where we are with park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

Consider what NFL Research dug up.

Joe barely remembers that Johnny Unitas played for the Chargers, only a memory of Unitas in Chargers gear.

What Joe does remember is the widespread moral outrage among sportswriters of the day. Here was Unitas, a tough crewcut-wearing guy from a hardscrabble background who starred on a dirt field of a multi-use ballpark in a blue-collar, shot-and-a-beer town like Baltimore. And he dared to move cross-country to play in a hippie beach town like San Diego and wear a powder blue jersey.

San Diego then, as now, is just about the polar opposite of Baltimore in so many ways.

Unitas, as a Chargers quarterback, was a total failure. He started only four games and won just one. Unitas suffered injuries matched only by his subpar play. After that 1973 season, Unitas called it quits.

(Unitas was beat to hell physically halfway through that ’73 season, so the Chargers gave rookie quarterback Dan Fouts a test drive. As the old saying goes, the rest is history.)

Joe Montana fared much better than his fellow western Pennsylvania native Unitas. Montana also was traded to an AFC West team, the Chiefs. Like Unitas, Montana was beat to hell when he left San Francisco. But unlike Unitas, Montana still had magic in his arm.

(Joe vividly remembers Montana on a Monday night at Denver in a shootout with John Elway — the two combined for 656 yards passing — where, once again, Montana demonstrated why he was the master. Montana answered a late Elway touchdown run with fireworks of his own. Montana sealed the win on a game-winning TD pass with eight seconds left.)

Montana led the Chiefs to playoffs in his two Kansas City seasons, getting as far as the AFC title game where he was knocked out with a concussion in a loss at Buffalo.

Brett Farve looked as if his last memorable NFL moment was sexting Jenn Sterger with the Jets. But he found his way to Minnesota where he got the Vikings into overtime with the Saints in the 2009 NFC title game. There, Farve threw a horrible interception that set up the Saints’ game-winning field goal.

Farve, like all the aforementioned quarterbacks, was beat to hell. He lasted one more forgettable season with the Vikings and threw in the towel.

Peyton Manning wasn’t as beat up as the other quarterbacks in this story, but he did sit out his final season in Indianapolis after neck surgery. Manning lasted four seasons in Denver. In the first three, he was his usual self, shredding opposing defenses.

However, Manning’s arm was shot in his fourth season and he briefly looked like he would be benched for Brock Osweiler (can you imagine?)! Manning willed the Broncos to the Super Bowl, his second appearance during his Denver days.

The Broncos beat Carolina in the Super Bowl and Manning walked off a champion in his final game.

So, can Brady continue the streak started by Montana and carried out by Favre and Manning? Will Brady lead the Bucs to playoff success? Or will Brady go down the same way Unitas closed out his playing days?

Opening day is in roughly four months.

29 Responses to “Can Brady Keep The Streak Up?”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    Brady BA BL & TB will get this team to the SB….

    Get ready fans….


  2. Afo Says:

    He’ll get us in the playoffs

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    One would hope that the priority of the Oline protecting Brady would be obvious to everyone, including Brady.
    I suspect he will toss the ball away at the feet of a TE or RB……all to play another play….nothing at all wrong with that.

    The problem with Jameis was his fearlessness……fear is like pain….it’s necessary for good health and fewer turnovers.

  4. JP09 Says:

    @ j o e you seriously call the other guy “America’s QB” with his past and you give the best QB all time this BS moniker lol your a special kind of stupid aren’t you

  5. BucDan Says:

    I have seen evidence of all of the other modern QBs absolutely getting walloped. I am sure NFL Films has the same kind of clips featuring Unitas getting hammered, especially given when he played and the rules (or lack thereof) during the time. Manning suffered a neck injury with nerve damage to his arm.

    Tom tore his ACL. That’s it. So the only thing that I am aware of that would keep him from being TomTom of 2007 is his age. He gets the ball out quick and has preserved his body to allow him to play while he’s 43. It’s my opinion that he’ll be fine throwing to ME, CG and the gang.

    Go Bucs!

    Also, grew up LOVING Favre. Played the game for the right reasons: having fun playing a game while working to win.

    BUT THE JOES BROUGHT BACK THE DEADSPIN ARTICLE!!!! Hat tip to ya! Favre peen will live on the internet forever haha.

    Can you imagine the issues if Mark Chmura had a celly back in the day?

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    No matter how great those mentioned qbs are, none of them are the GOAT.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Any QB can get seriously injured……just look at Bridgewater……the only problem is at what age the injury occurs……so, for Brady that’s a big issue.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    JP09…nobody make you come here.

  9. JP09 Says:

    87 I’m just calling a spade a spade, srry not srry if your triggered

  10. Pok Says:

    3 out of the first 4 got you a real opportunity for a season. I would like our shot in an nfc title game if Brady and the Aerial Brigade are living up to that potential and with the D line we are a dangerous matchup.

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Is Manning the only QB to win a SB with 2 teams?

  12. Tye Says:

    Brady has one thing no other QB has going for them; 9 trips to the Super Bowl, so if anyone has a chance to make it 10, he is the one with the best chance!

  13. El_Buc941 Says:

    Mam this tom brady guy with his shenanigans… Breaking quarantine…breaking and entering into residential homes…whats next?hes gonna steal the spotlight from tampa hosting the superbowl by appearing in it himself?

  14. Steven007 Says:

    Dewey, you are correct.

    JP, Joe is trying to be provocative. And succeeding obviously. I hate that he does that but it’s his thing.

  15. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    R-E-L-A-X about the park violating, home invading. It’s humor. And it’s true! Just like he calls Tom Bassinger “kiss stealing” and Peter King about 500 things. They’re all based on facts and I view it as ball busting in a funny way. Lighten up. I can assure you Tom’s friends have been busting his balls about it, especially walking into the wrong house.

  16. El Buco Realisto Says:

    If Brady is somehow able to drag ole stale biscuit to a playoff victory, he should be considered the greatest QB of all time!!!!!! That feat of overcoming bruce Arrogance should be even more impressive than his 6 superbowl titles!!!!!!!!!!!! Its all on Brady’s shoulders!!!!!! Can he drag that old anchor called ole stale biscuit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    El Buco Fake-A-Leasto: You need to sign on under someone else’s name, like you have in the past, to make it look like someone backs up your gibberish.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Kurt Warner won three SB’s playing first for the Rams and then the Cards.

    Can’t think of many QB’s and only a few coaches to do it with different teams.

  19. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Johnny Unitas was so loyal to Baltimore that he refused to have anything to do with the “Indianapolis” Colts after they moved there – even demanding that his HOF display in Canton be shown as a Baltimore Colt. And then he became a regular at Ravens practices after the original Browns moved to Baltimore.

    My kind of old school guy who helped make the NFL more popular than baseball.

  20. Ndog Says:

    stpetebucsfan Says:
    May 9th, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Kurt Warner won three SB’s playing first for the Rams and then the Cards.

    Can’t think of many QB’s and only a few coaches to do it with different teams.

    Wrong yet again, Kurt Warner won one Superbowl and it was with the Rams. He lost two, one with the Rams and one with the Cardinals here in Tampa.

    You can’t think of many cause only one has done it and that was Manning when his defense basically won it for him.

  21. Joe Says:

    Johnny Unitas was so loyal to Baltimore that he refused to have anything to do with the “Indianapolis” Colts after they moved there – even demanding that his HOF display in Canton be shown as a Baltimore Colt.

    That’s true. He wouldn’t have a thing to do with the Irsays and embraced the Ravens.

  22. nfl fan Says:

    TB12 really get no respect…too old, over the hill, his best days are over, no team really offer a contract except the BUC overpaid, all talk and once the season starts TB12 will not win without BB, immobile statute inside the pocket, cannot run, etc. I look at Dallas, RAMS, Seahawks, and soon KC, the QFs there command a huge chunk of the cap money, and really makes it difficult for the team to pay for good players. Yet TB12 took home discount for years, never the highest paid QF even at his prime, just his desire to win and win only, and he won 6 of them. BB took a chance on him drafting TB12 199 and kept him as the 4th QF in NE and the rest is history, how can anyone not like him??
    TB12 contract really did not cost the BUC anything, the merchandise sale, full stadium and box seats, and the BUC franchise has overnight increase in value significantly, previously the BUC is like a fire hydrant it is there but nobody notice, now everyone notice with 5 prime matches on TV. If BUC goes to playoff (and they will), the Glazers have already won and laughing all the way to the bank.

  23. NewBucsfaninIllinois Says:

    Brady will deliver. Watched every game available when he was a Patriot and he is a winner. The 199th man picked one his draft. Apparently not many believed in him then either. To take a team from worst to first would cement two things.
    1. It wasn’t all Beliceks doing all those years.
    2. He will qualify as the GOAT when that Super Bowl trophy comes to Tampa this year while they host.

  24. nfl fan Says:

    Whether TB12 win another SB, his legacy is intact. If TB12 can bring a SB to the BUCS, that would top it all. Winning 6 SB, it needs both TB12 and BB together and an ownership that truly believe in both of them and hands off (read; Jerry Jones??). SB against Falcons is all TB12 with that incredible comeback from 3-28 in 4th Qtr, and in SB against the RAMS (12-3), I gave it to BB with that defense strategy keeping the RAMS high flying offense to 3 points and TB12 just do enough 12 points to win. If TB12 score 12 points in SBs, he can forget those 6 rings. The coach who took a chance on a skinny player nobody wanted (but now everyone said they wished they got him) and who sucked at the combine and drafted him 199, therefore NE 6 rings are due to BB and TB12, one without the other will not work. Both BB and TB12 owe nothing to the NE fans, they walked high.

  25. Buczilla Says:

    I think that we’ll be in the playoffs this year. Man, Dan Fouts! I used to love watching that dude as a kid. Can you imagine if he played with the sissy a$$ rules that we have now? That dude was fun to watch with that offense.

  26. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    One of the huge differences between TB12 and all of the others, is that they were beaten to hell and back by the time they changed teams. Peyton was a little different as his issue wasn’t long term beat downs but a neck injury and surgery so significant that even after signing with Denver, there were major concerns that he would never play again.

    TB12 had the ACL several years back but has been otherwise healthy. Combine that with the fact that he fitness regimen focuses not so much on muscle strength as it does pliability, TB12 is in a totally different boat than the others.

    He’s never been a QB that lived or died with arm strength. As they say, “the eye in the sky doesn’t lie”. Go to YouTube and with very little effort, you can find nearly every throw TB12 made last year. Watch it and ask yourself if you see a significant in his ability to throw the ball. I see very little drop off in comparing the TB12 of 2019 to that of years past.

  27. Brandon Says:

    Misspelling pet peeve #2 (#1 is RHonde)… Joe spelled Favre as FARVE twice DOH!

  28. Brandon Says:

    Three times 🙁

  29. unbelievable Says:

    lol, so “park-violating, home-invading” is the new moniker for Brady?

    Alright then…