September 28th, 2020

Target for Tommy.

A former Patriots beat guy thinks he knows why park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady better resembles a 35-year old quarterback than a 43-year old quarterback.

It has everything to do with weapons.

SI.com columnist and NFL writer Albert Breer once upon a time covered the Belicheats as a beat guy. So he has a background in covering and studying Brady. And the reason Brady may be flourishing npw, Breer feels, has everything to do with weapons.

The biggest statistic that stood out to me Sunday was how many Buccaneers had multiple catches. If you couldn’t guess the number, here it is—eight. I’ve always felt as if Tom Brady was at his best when he was playing point guard. You may remember how, 10 years ago, he benefited from Randy Moss being traded away and wound up winning the MVP, and I believe that happened because the burden of having to feed the beast was lifted. And he could just throw to the open guy. I think you saw a lot of that on Sunday in Denver. For the record, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, O.J. Howard, Shady McCoy, Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans were the eight. And I thought even if playing a lackluster opponent diminished the significance of that a little, that sort of distribution is what 12 is usually looking for. Good day for Brady. Good day for the Bucs. Chargers are up next, quarterbacked by a guy who was 3 years old when Brady won his first title (FYI, that kind of math makes me feel ancient.)

Well, something tells Joe that Brady knew this, which is why he ended up with the Bucs. What quarterback wouldn’t want to throw to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin?

The fact Brady coaxed foot-rubbing tight end Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and has a new BFF in Scotty Miller only added to his variety of targets.

Now the Bucs must find a way to keep these guys from popping hamstrings so often.

25 Responses to “Weapons”

  1. 813bucboi Says:


    GO BUCS!!!!

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    for years ive questioned our medical staff…

    GO BUCS!!!

  3. JameisAlmighty Says:

    What a Brady homer. Brady looks awful. He should be targeting Mike Evans down the field instead of chucking it 3 yards to whoever is close to the line. Brady doesn’t look downfield and his patterns will harm him and the Bucs as teams pick up on this.

  4. mike Says:

    It’s going to take the 1st half of the year to get this going but by winter, TB and crew will be rolling

  5. TampaBay AllDay Says:

    Brady doesnt look downfield…lol could sworn he threw a BOMB to Scotty. What a bum hating just to hate

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady threw another deep pass to Scotty that was over-thrown mostly because the defender lightly held Miller’s arm slowing him up on the route….
    That PI should have been called…..

    Brady has no problem throwing deep….I’ll take some game management from him……297 yards with 3 TDs & no picks…..I’ll take that every time.

  7. January1979 Says:

    AllDay pretty sure that poster’s name says it all lol. I liked Jameis, wish him the best. But hard to believe that Jameis wouldn’t have kept the Broncos in this game somehow.

  8. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Jameis Almighty – Respectfully my friend, if you look at the game tape, you will see Brady looks downfield consistently. What we aren’t used to seeing, however, is a QB who makes split second reads and then throws immediately to the open guy, usually the outlet in space, rather than just heaving it into coverage, or holding it until his next deepest option comes free. He does that to keep the chains moving and live for the next play.

    With Evans, OJ, Godwin, and Gronk, teams would be stupid to push their DB’s closer to the line to stuff the outlet because TB-12 will simply throw over their heads. As demonstrated several times yesterday, TB still has the arm and accuracy to take shots. We will know more in a few weeks, but for now, two double digit wins in a row, a 2-1 record, and first place in the division is pretty satisfying given where we have been for the last decade.

  9. SB Says:

    “Brady has no problem throwing deep….I’ll take some game management from him……297 yards with 3 TDs & no picks…..I’ll take that every time.”

    So will the Defense brother!!!!

  10. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    He missed a couple of throws but it looks better every week, We’ll be humming by the time Green Bay comes in here, that’s going to be an awesome game.

    Falcons coach will be fired soon.

  11. Casual Observer Says:

    Where is Brate? Used to be a great red zone weapon.

  12. SB Says:

    Well said Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says, well said.

  13. Bird Says:

    Jameis almighty

    How many life size jameis winston (fat head ) posters at home
    One for each day of the week?

    So you can have quiet time with each one in different jerseys …each day?

    We may need to take one of those CSI glow lights onto those posters
    Check for bodily fluids maybe

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    Unfortunately by spreading the ball around so much, I think Evans 1,000 yd seasons may come to an end this year. I hope not (could depend on how seriously Godwin is injured and how quickly he will return), but that’s the downside of having a lot of weapons.

  15. Cobraboy Says:

    That stat is an impressive “sheet” for yo’ to “check.”

  16. Darin Says:

    Lol. The bucs might be the least injured team in the league. Don’t question them give them props. Gota take the whole picture into account.

  17. Craig Says:

    The two big weapons (Evans, Godwin) look fragile. Their work load needs to be lightened a bit while the Bucs are playing cupcake games.

    Tyler Johnson, Scottie, and the TEs need to get utilized more. That way the team will be stronger when it is needed.

    If they are injured they can’t be weapons.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    I don’t understand Breer saying “And I thought even if playing a lackluster opponent diminished the significance of that a little”. Broncos offense may not be doing very good, but their DEFENSE was ranked #10 in Points Allowed going into yesterday’s game (and they’re still ranked #12). That was a respectable defense that we played yesterday, and for Brady to put up almost 300 passing yds on them isn’t that shabby at all.

    The short passing game came alive, and that allowed us to still control the clock (33 mins to 27 mins) despite only running the ball 25 times (38% of our 68 offensive plays). At one point Bucs were 7-for-11 on 3rd down and 1-for-1 on 4th down (that’s outstanding against a good defense IMO). I credit getting the 2 TEs involved (Gronk 6-for-7 and OJ 3-for-4). Also loved to see Chris Godwin doing his thing (5-for-6).

    Somehow some way the Bucs need to nail the coffin shut in the 2nd half. Pinion had only 1 punt in the 1st half as the Bucs went up 23-3 at one point, but had 4 punts in the 2nd half as we only scored 1 FG (plus the safety). We still don’t seem to be making the 2nd half adjustments that all champions make. Still early in the season though.

  19. #1bucfan Says:

    Buc fan well put

  20. Dano407 Says:

    Run blocking still ineffective (27th in rush yds) I’ve been saying the Oline sucks at run blocking for 5 years and the offense won’t thrive until it gets fixed. Please Godwin stay healthy. You are the best pass catcher on the team!

  21. SOEbuc Says:

    Bucs fan since 76

    “teams would be stupid to push their DB’s closer to the line to stuff the outlet because TB-12 will simply throw over their heads.”

    Another reason shows RoJo is way overated.

  22. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Buc Fan ’76:
    The voice of reason on this site. I hope the Joe’s are providing you with special access to the Distractions of the Day.

  23. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    I hope this guy Tom Brady is reading JameisAlmighty’s posts for tips. Imagine what Brady’s career could have been like had Brady listened to JemeisAlmighty. Instead of being a journeyman having to follow Jameis Winston, Brady could have been the undisputed greatest QB of all time with six Super Bowl rings. Such a waste of potential.

  24. rrsrq Says:

    I know BA loves winning, but I know he is having a hard time on the sideline when the ball is not flying 10-30 yards down the field consistently “No risk it, no biscuit” funeral scheduled soon

  25. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Defense Rules Says:
    “We still don’t seem to be making the 2nd half adjustments that all champions make.”

    I agree with this. Halftime adjustments have been an Achilles heel of our team in the Koetter and Arians regimes so far. I hope it improves.