“How Are They Going To Protect Tom Brady?”

July 6th, 2020

“Tom, what kind of life insurance do you have set up for Gisele and the kids?”

Joe thinks it is fair to say Randy Moss (the wide receiver, not the broadcaster) knows football, yes?

Therefore, Joe listens intently when Moss speaks.

Recently, Moss spoke via phone on “Stay in Bed,” seen weekday mornings on BSPN, and thinks he knows what will drag down park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and the Bucs offense.

Moss fears his former teammate is going to get blasted and wonders how the soon-to-be 43-year old quarterback will hold up.

“I’m concerned about Tom’s protection,” Moss said. “They were unable to protect Jameis Winston for so long and if you compare quarterbacks, Jameis and Tom are not mobile quarterbacks. So if they couldn’t protect Jameis, how are they going to protect Tom Brady?”

Well, it’s worse than that if Moss wants to compare Brady and Jameis.

Jameis is sneaky mobile and two years ago was the Bucs’ second-leading rusher. Yes, that’s true! Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians put the kibosh on Jameis’ running so Jameis instead had to put on weight and take the beatings, and he still needed postseason surgery.

And unlike Brady, Jameis is a young man likely in the peak physical condition of his life.

So the fact Jameis is mobile and still got pounded actually further buoys Moss’ original point that Brady will be bruised and battered running Arians’ offense.

To hear Moss, it seems he is all but saying Bucs fans better be prepared to embrace Blaine Gabbert as a starting quarterback at some point this season.

36 Responses to ““How Are They Going To Protect Tom Brady?””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady will self-preserve…..if he feels pressure, he’ll get the ball out to an open receiver or dump it at someone’s rear……not afraid to throw it away and live to play another down……most unlike Jameis who would hold the ball until he was sacked or hit.

  2. macout247 Says:

    Yawn. How many times are we gonna hear this same tired argument? They upgraded the line and Tom won’t be holding the ball for 5 minutes like Jameis. No team is perfect and this is the main “concern” we have from “analysts” so I get it. But God how many times are we gonna beat this dead horse?

  3. Jonzey Says:

    The Bucs line held up great how do you have a quarterback throw for 5,100 yards and not credit the line

  4. Waterboys Says:

    Jameis inability to read a defense led to his taking absurdly high volume of sacks! If you look at individual ratings of the Olineman by PFF, even Cappa was close to average. Dotson was terrible in run blocking but passable in pass blocking. Other lineman were above average and should not be reason JW was sacked so often. I read that JW becasue of his inability to read defenses was blitzed much more than normal as well.

    Brady will know what the Defense is trying to do and with his plethora of weapons, blitzers beware! Brady wont get sacked 20 times this year! Book it!

  5. Allbuccedup Says:

    If Gabbert becomes the starter in the first few games we may be in the running for Trevor Lawrence.

  6. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Analytics show us that typically, it is the QB that plays the larger role in the sack total than the OL. They showed this by looking at changes in sack total when QB goes to a different team. The team sack total changes, the QB sack total stays around the same. Winston was responsible for his own beatings.

  7. gp Says:

    I don’t think we’re going to see a strictly *Ariens* offense this year. TB12’s ability to read the defense and game management skills will mean fewer plays with tunnel vision on the primary receiver. Primary will still be the deep strike but as the play develops, Tom will find the open receiver and carve up opposing defenses. And when they show adequate coverage, Tom will check to the run, further carving up the defense. And improving our run stats.
    That being said, if the defense is able to get through and blast TB12, we will be in big doo doo. I have little confidence in Gaggert being able to run the offense and read the defense so the O-line needs to do their job or we will be done.
    Keep Tom Standing!

  8. Steven007 Says:

    Jonzey is right and it seems self-evident. JW held onto the ball way too long AND he still threw for 5000 yards. That’s not exactly an indictment on the offensive line.

  9. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Some of those sacks were due to Winston holding the ball too long. Also, Wirfs will be a huge upgrade over Dotson. Brady will be fine.

  10. DBS Says:

    In other words Randy only heard things. He didn’t really watch the Bucs play. Because if he did he would have figured out what the problem was and would not be talking about this. Big difference between the two in snap to release time.

  11. Etzel Says:

    Don’t forget Brady’s main method of self-preservation… Fall over and play dead like a fainting goat at the first sign of pressure.

  12. Etzel Says:

    Dotson was a solid pass blocker last year… Wirfs has proven nothing. Not sure how you can assume an instant upgrade at the position. Especially in regards to pass blocking.

  13. Etzel Says:

    Brady’s confident he can play in Arians’ scheme. I don’t think you realize that is part of what he is trying to prove to everyone… Glad he has the chance to show everyone he can do it…. as a detriment to the future of this team.

  14. Dano Says:

    Brady is going to get rid of the ball quickly. He knows how to read a defense as well. You’re not going to see as many vertical passes as you did with Winston.

  15. Mexbucfan Says:

    At least we will finally be on the winning side of these roughing the passer flags

  16. Youngbucs Says:

    Big Hog will turn this post into racism I’m 3…2….1….

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    Joe you can’t compare Winston and Brady. Brady is better all QBs are going to get hit Brady knows how to play smart Winston not so much it’s that simple.

  18. Youngbucs Says:

    By way way post everything moss said he wasn’t pushing just this narrative like you portrayed.
    Joe never wrote or implied that Moss had nothing else to say about the Buccaneers. The “narrative” line is really getting old. –Joe

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “Brady will self-preserve” TBBF nailed it right there.

    JW not only had difficulty reading D’s and anticipating what was happening on the field…his strength was also his weakness….he just refused to give up…EVER…he was incredibly tough and didn’t mind proving it…but his never give up style cost him physically and his team with record turnovers.

    Brady clearly realizes the value in that old cliche. “Discretion is the better part of valor.

    As far as Gabbert…no he’s not Brady but if you look at his history HONESTLY you will see that he HAS done it before. Can he survive on an offense loaded with weapons and an improved running game?

    In 2015 playing for two million bucks for a garbage Jim Tomsula coached 49ers 5-11 team…Gabbert went 3-5…more than half of the teams wins.

    10TD’s against just 7 ints…he PROTECTED the ball yet still completed 63% of his passes and for an average length of more than seven yards.

    He was drafted 10th overall and considered the top QB prospect in his draft.

    However…it doesn’t mean he has NO talent. The real question is if he played as he did in 2015..over 2000 yards and 10tds in a half season on a crappy team on a really good team could he win ten games. YES he “could”.

  20. Joe Says:

    How many times are we gonna hear this same tired argument?

    Likely until the regular season begins.

  21. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    Blah blah blah BS I say …

  22. Bojim Says:

    Sign Kap.

  23. David Says:

    This line of thinking is getting old. The Bucs O-line was better than the patriots last year. Jameid held on to the ball longer and never takes the check down. Brady knows how to get the ball out, and now he has receivers to actually get the ball to, unlike last year.
    On top of that, him and Peyton Manning were probably the two best quarterbacks over the last 2 decades at subtly moving in the pocket.
    Jameis was good at escaping because he would panic in the pocket was collapsing from one area.

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    I’m amazed how many “guru’s” never really saw the Bucs play.

  25. Show me the TDs Says:

    What is this, the 51st or 52nd article on the…Exact. Same. Thing?

  26. Mike Johnson Says:

    i agree with Moss one thousand percent here. brady will be running for his life towards the sidelines often. And he won’t make it there often..not with his (lack
    of) speed. Enter all world Gabbert. You thought Jamesi was bad? Gabberts gonna take your breathe away completely.

  27. Joe Says:

    You thought Jamesi was bad?


  28. Nick2 Says:

    Jameis well documented choked under pressure. Please look at his home record where most of his interceptions came from. Why did we lose so many close games?????? So the rush is barrelling down on Jameis and does he throw it away– No because he’s afraid of one more INT. Hence a QB who eats the ball way more than he should because of fear.

  29. Sport Says:

    Mike Johnson = Eeyore

    2 2020 pro bowlers – Jensen and Marpet.

    Gronk will help the line as well.

    Moss doesn’t want other receivers to do or play equal to his accomplishments.
    Similar to those champagne popping jack wagons down in Miami when undefeated teams lose.

    Pound sand naysayers…

    In BA I Trust!

  30. chris L Says:

    fair point but that is for any quarterback. it isnt all on the line why jameis was pressured. that game in london he had no chance ( i physically was there to see it) but jameis held onto the ball a lot longer and never just threw it away so it isnt as simple as that. and the way winston threw it to the other team, it didnt matter if he had escapability.

  31. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    Brady will protect himself and the ball. Other factors:

    -Less INTs > good.
    -Am predicting more punts than last 2 seasons combined > still better option than INTs.
    -Extending plays – nope, Tom will throw away > still better than fumbles, sacks, INTs.
    -43 and durable < that is the wild card for those few times opposing D's penetrate the Oline protection with killer hits.
    -RB >> Best combo in NFL.
    -Hamstrings << Trainers need to solve this strange Bucs team issue.

    Best talent across the board since the Brooks/Sapp days but with an offense that will not rely on Field goals for points. No excuses, Go Bucs!

  32. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    Correction!!!! TYPO

    -RB >> Wild card
    – ME/Godwin/Gronk/Brate/OJ >>> Best combo in NFL

  33. Bill M Says:

    Brady is very good at the quick read. If the primary targets don’t break free he will settle for a sure 5 yard dump off that has a good chance of breaking off for a long gain. He made a career by dumping off to backs and slot receivers. If the defense tightens up on the short throws it opens up the wideouts and Gronk. Gonna be fun to watch. Also James’s never learned to throw the ball away . He would dance around in the pocket, hold the ball too long, then make a panic throw that resulted in turn overs. Yes James’s made some unbelievable escapes and throws. But the. fumbles and interceptions offset his good plays. Defences can’t double all our receivers and Gronk! Somebody will be wide open . And if the new RB rookie. has the good hands he was drafted for Brady should slice and dice.

  34. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    Bill M-

    Brady will EXPLODE when one of his dump-off passes is batted down or INT due to lazy routes or rookie mistakes. Tom can legitimately yell at teammates as 6-Ring QB and still command respect after the fact. Our last QB did not earn the right to call-out teammates based on W/L results, and that MO was not his style. And our former QB was always looking for the BIG Risk-It play, per his coaching. And like you pointed out, his decisions led to offsetting results.

    Moving on – Tom will run his 20 yr offense, not BA’s. If we win, who cares? Tom’s proclivity to target RB’s, odds of ME13/Godwin each logging 1000 yds next year is suspect. Reaching playoffs is a must to keep our “Stars” happy if their personal stats are compromised for the greater good. Just say’in…. 2020 is a contract year for Godwin, and ME naturally wants his amazing streak to continue.

    I am so jacked for the season…..so much intrigue and high expectations. Go BUCS!!!!

  35. Bill M Says:

    Mike will likely see fewer deep throws with Brady ar QB. Godwin should be the biggest threat out of the slot. Defense can’t double team ME,Godwin and Gronk at the same time without using linebackers in pass defense which will create lots of space for a pass catching back. Mike may not get as many deep throws but he is big trouble for single coverage . Same for Gronk and Godwin. Brady can pick defenses apart if any of the big three are one on one. Both Gronk and Godwin are great at breaking tackles and yards after catch.. Add a good running back pass receiver and this offense should. be a blast! Brady won’t hang ont to the ball like James’s. If the defense plays like hey did last year win or lose the Bucs. should be a serious threat against any team. Poor fg kicking cost us at least two wins last season. Got to fix that!

  36. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    I hear ya @Bill M. Looking forward to the season….Go Bucs