August 14th, 2020

“Danger, Will Robinson.”

The fact that park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady’s coach expects him to be elite says a lot of things.

Of course, Brady, even at 43, has street cred with his six Super Bowl rings.

But of all the people in the NFL who Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com believes has something to prove this August, it is Brady. Why is that?

Well, Rosenthal said when teams make Brady hesitate, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history all of a sudden turns mortal. And if Brady doesn’t have a full grasp of Arians’ offense or his teammates, Brady will hesitate and his carriage may turn into a pumpkin.

Brady’s comments about learning a new playbook being “really tough” were blown out of proportion, but they still speak to the 43-year-old’s anxiety on time missed this offseason.

Brady is playing catchup in the most crucial offseason since his ACL-tear recovery in 2009. No quarterback relies more on knowledge before the snap to win. When Brady hesitates, he struggles. In a season where teams won’t have as much time to install an offense, the edge could go to quarterbacks with superior continuity or athleticism. That’s not Brady.

Inevitably, Brady just won’t be able to grasp certain things about his new offense — and new teammates — until the regular season starts, but the future Hall of Famer has thrived for longer than any quarterback ever because he has all the answers to the test before it starts. The next month will be an incredible cram session.

Joe does not discount anything Rosenthal types. But here is the thing: Will Arians actually put Brady in a position to fail? Unlikely.

Yes, it’s a slight stretch to believe Brady will have Arians’ playbook down pat by September. He could, but with no offseason, that seems to be biting off more than one can chew.

Therefore, Joe doesn’t believe Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and likely Brady himself, will develop a gameplan that leaves Brady uncomfortable.

14 Responses to “Warning”

  1. Bojim Says:

    The RB’s will see a lot of dump offs this year.

  2. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Brady needs to be given free reign to make plays where he finds them, regardless of the playbook. To do otherwise would be crazy.

  3. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Inevitably, Brady just won’t be able to grasp certain things about his new offense — and new teammates — until the regular season starts

    More likely- receivers and rb’s will need to grasp Brady’s expectations…

  4. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    You are talking about THE GOAT!!!!!

    As 40TDs would say, “CHECK THE SHEET!”

    Smh lol

    Go Bucs!!!

  5. Bradinator Says:

    Welcome to 3 weeks of sloppy football at the season start. Rookies and anyone with a new team or coaching staff is going to have some tough sledding without a full off season and pre-season games. I love the Wirfs pick but I’m more worried about him doing his job than Brady during this wacky off season.

    Joe, thanks for the Lost in Space Robot to start off my Friday. Cracked me up.

  6. PSL Bob Says:

    Agree with the Bradinator. Many teams (in particular the offenses) will be struggling during the first part of the season. That gives the defense the upper hand. The Bucs defense is largely the same as last year, both players and scheme. So hopefully they’ll keep things close while Brady tightens the loose nuts and bolts. All we need is a 50-50 record through the first half of the season and we’re in the playoffs. By the time the playoffs roll around, Brady will be in high gear. Look out Super Bowl!

  7. TampaTown Says:

    The robot was my favorite part of Lost in Space. He was a hilarious sarcastic smart a$$ and he hated Dr Smith.

  8. Roster Says:

    Every QB who hesitates struggles… Dumb, Dumb, Dumb

  9. Danny C Says:

    If our defense holds and we can end up 2-2 after the first quarter of the season, then we’ll be alright.

  10. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Listen, according to one of the Joe’s, Winston was able to run Arian’s offense to perfection with one summer to learn the playbook. Now with Brady playing 19 years I’m positive he’s seen and used every play in the book. The only difference is verbiage and I think Brady is smart enough to have enough plays memorized to fill out a game plan come opening day against the Saints.

  11. james west Says:

    as brady has said, he’s gone against and seen every damn defense imaginable, he knows where he’s going with the ball when he is under center if he don’t like the play call he will audible, he is a pro’s pro, and the goat for a reason, i do not for see any problems, he’s got this

  12. Shecky Says:

    Totally agree. Arians and Leftwich are gonna “square peg, round hole” everything until Tom Brady catches up? I’d put the odds of that happening at zero.

  13. Stanglassman Says:

    It would be interesting to know if Arians would have changed Qbs had he known where would be no real off-season or preseasons games. We will never know but I believe he would have sided with continuity over change. I maybe in a minority but with all the off-season moves that kept the defense intact, improved the offensive line and RBs I personally would have been even more confident had we stuck with the continuity at Qb. Especially with the lack of a real off-season and preseason preparation this year.

  14. Joe Says:

    The robot was my favorite part of Lost in Space. He was a hilarious sarcastic smart a$$ and he hated Dr Smith.

    What a dumb SOB of a “doctor” Dr. Smith was. LOL