“That Ball Just Kept Sailing”

November 18th, 2020

Inaccuracy reason emerges

The Tom Brady deep ball was off target more than everyone was used to seeing on Sunday.

Now we have a reason, courtesy of the first winning Buccaneers coach since Chucky.

Bucco Bruce Arians shared with fans yesterday that the wind was a major factor in Charlotte. In fact, it was so bad it affected the team’s playcalling.

“It was a really tricky wind in that stadium,” Arians told his official Buccaneers radio show. “And it’s really why we didn’t try that field goal; we didn’t think we could make it from the 30 yard line in the fourth quarter. So we went four it on fourth down, got a little bit closer and Ryan was able to knock it down.”

Specifically asked about the wind affecting Brady’s deep balls, Arians was adamant. “Oh, there’s no doubt. That ball just kept sailing.”

Brady had a heck of a day when it comes to arm strength, Joe believes. It sure seemed like he had extra zip on his fastball throughout the game. Perhaps he was trying to adjust to that rough wind.

While it wasn’t perfect, Brady’s day still was extraordinary. And that says a lot.

18 Responses to ““That Ball Just Kept Sailing””

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I get the impression how well Brady does is how long his fuse is on any given day. If he stinks early for any reason at all…his own fault or combined with others, and gets mad about it early…like we saw with NO2 and CHI, here comes a terrible day from the QB and the offense. He’s started out slowly and kept chomping at the bit, and recovered well. While that seems like a no brainer, when the camera pans to him early on tee’d off and sulking, or ranting befhore halftime…watch out.

    To borrow a famous line from “Major League” regarding MNF. “I got a feeling he’d due.”

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    ^^he’s due.
    Would be nice to have a happy MNF.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong….but weren’t Brady’s overthrows in the same direction that the FG was when BA went for it on 4th down?……
    Did the wind change direction?

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Hard to see on TV sometimes. But that “tricky” wind affected a few of his long throws. He was on target most of the time in spite of this problem. A great day for the GOAT. Hope he has on of those for every remaining game. NO is in the past.

  5. Onetrickpony Says:

    Deflate the ball

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    brady missed a few….

    better execution and the offense wouldve put up 50+…lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Really funny. One week, after we are embarrassed, BA is ripping TB (to piss him off/inspire him??) with comments like ‘ME was open’. And after we get a blow out win, BA has TB’s back ‘it was the wind…’.

    As a coach, I think I would be the opposite – ignore the blow out and try to find more things wrong after such a comfortable win. I want my Bucs pissed and fired up for MNF.

    BA: “obviously people were wrong about TB’s arm strength; now if TB were as accurate a thrower as we had last year, he would be unstoppable”. 😂

  8. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    So the direction Brady overthrew Gronk and AB was the direction the wind was going, so that could be a legit explanation. Bucs were going that way in the first and third quarters. The possession Arians was referring to actually happened at the end of the third quarter, so they changed sides going into the wind. The wind was really strong, and I remember saying at the time that they needed to call a timeout just to kick it at the end of the third. When they didn’t, I expected a miss. Glad Arians decided to go for it.

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    I am surprised everybody didn’t understand the wind was an issue.

    Fact is every kick-off in one direction went waaaaay past the end line, and barely made the goal line in the other direction (one resulting in a 98 yard return.)

  10. Roster Says:

    I live in Charlotte.. winds were 15-25 Mph on Sunday.

  11. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Pinions kickoffs went an average of 20 yards farther on kickoffs in 1 direction. That’s a good gauge on the affect the winds had. Hes a pro kicker with 1000s of reps going up there to kick it as hard as possible every time. So we know he’s fairly consistent, and we know he’s hitting as hard as possible. 20 yards is a Huge difference. That wind had a major impact on long throws. That’s why Brady was throwing so damn hard all game. Resulted in a couple drops but that’s the way it goes. Teddy also had a deep throw that without the wind mat have neen a td. Cd3 was able to catch up though because the wind kept the ball well under thrown

  12. Leighroy Says:

    Hey me too roster! You felt those “after effects from hurricane Eta” (as the Joes mused) all weekend as well huh?! 5 days of wind….meteorological miracle.

    Jokes aside, the wind argument is legit. It was crossing BOA stadium from SW to NE, and darned if that’s not the direction that Brady missed AB on that bomb in 1st half.

  13. Srbija Says:

    Guys you forgot that wind sometimes change direction

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    PFR’s play-by-play shows Brady going 4-for-8 on deep balls. 1st qtr: 2-for-3 deep. 2nd qtr: 1-for-2 deep. 3rd qtr: 1-for-3 deep. 4th qtr: 0 deep. That 50% completion is not that shabby for deep balls, wind or no wind.

  15. gbobucsfan Says:

    I was lucky enough to be at the game. Windy was swirling and strong. Not surprised it got ahold of those bombs.

  16. TOM Says:

    I knew I could count on BA to come up with a good alibi for TB’s miserable deep throws.

  17. cmurda Says:

    Well said Joe. Brady is still really good.

  18. Ericb Says:

    TOM: wow miserable throws?? We beat the crap out of carolina and he had some amazing throws in that game but never mind the wind and physics and the people who was there said the wind was all over the place yeah we won big time so go bucs!!! And well be first now NO has JW under them lol…but on to LA pressure the hell out of jared hell fold like a cheap lawn chair from walmart look what Miami did to him….keep donald in check double team from getting brady…..exploit thier weakness take away thier strengths