Air Brady

January 22nd, 2021

Here’s a legitimate stat that many people would have found unthinkable in August.

The numbers have been spit out by the official NFL NextGen Stats, the fancy numbers that come from sensors in players equipment rather than dudes with calculators and remote controls.

Per NextGen (see the Tweet below) Tom Brady throws deep more than any QB in the game — at 43 years old. The qualifier is a throw that travels 20 yards past the line of scrimmage.

No. 2 on that list is Sunday’s opponent in the NFC title game, Aaron Rodgers.

Joe finds this funny in some ways. The screamers and freaker-outers, who after Brady was in an early-season slump on deep balls, got it wrong when they called for Brady and the Bucs to change their approach. Brady ended up leading the NFL in deep throws and is sitting in the NFC title game with a hot offense.

23 Responses to “Air Brady”

  1. Leighroy Says:

    This is attempts I assume? Would be curious deep completion % considering Lock and Wentz on this list. Bring on the NextNextGen stats!!

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    All of those who said Brady was too old and worn out were proven wrong.

  3. Infomeplease Says:

    If the Bucs get their running game going and use a lot of play action maybe TB can get that up to 16%!!!!
    GO BUCS!!!

  4. 123urout Says:

    I thought Mahomes and Josh Allen are the king of the vertical passing game ?

  5. Bucfan81 Says:

    bet the over this game is going to be very high scoring.

  6. Jerid421 Says:

    Air Yards… the football stat equivalent of The Number of Girls I’ve Banged In My Mind.

  7. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I can hear Frank Sinatra singing “Come fly with Me” BTW Joe, another link in the moniker chain for Brady is “Lord of the Rings” sounds pretty good to me.

  8. gp Says:

    BUT, BUT, BUT,…Noodle arm!!!

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    lol weenie – noodle arm lol lol They got the wrong guy, he plays in New Orleans and is retiring GO BUCS!!!

  10. gp Says:

    I said from the beginning, TB12 chose us for a reason. A big part of that reason was Ariens “air it out” offense.

  11. 813bucboi Says:


    GO BUCS!!!!

  12. Bird Says:


    Joe (or the one joe). Go back in the archives
    You were one of them screamers / freak-outers 😂
    Go check for yourself cause i know there is two of you. Or call the other and confirm? 😂
    And you were even happy to compare brady to gardner minshew 😂

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Very cool.
    But anyone who was writing Brady off, dont understand how great this guy really is.

    Funny how everyone is trending for scrambling QBs, yet Pocket passers get you thru the playoffs.

    This is gonna be an Amazing Sunday!

  14. Kentucky Buc Says:

    @Capt.Tim. I’ve been saying it for years that the running QBs are stupidity. Your putting your franchise on the line every time you do it. Jackson is fast enough to get away with it but most of the rest aren’t. Mahomes is elusive but he’s not exactly fast. Sooner or later one of the big boys is going to get you. Percentages are not in their favor. Pundits push this baloney . These guys will have a limited shelf life.

  15. gp Says:

    @Kentucky Buc
    I think Mahomie proved your point in his last game.
    I, obviously, agree with you.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Does anybody miss the negative posters?…….

  17. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Tampabaybucfan, you can bet the house they will be back like flies on excrement should the Bucs stumble this week or in the Super Bowl.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    TBBF…I miss Ndog.

    I also miss Mike Johnson telling us weekly how Brady’s going to get hurt.

  19. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oline, pick up the phone you’re invited to the dance. They need to keep defenders off Brady. Goff got killed last week. (Grant it, he sucks). This game could come down to last possession. If I’m GB why would I run the ball against #1 run D when I can pass against #20 something secondary? Can you say SHOOT OUT!

  20. unbelievable Says:

    Joe finds this funny in some ways. The screamers and freaker-outers, who after Brady was in an early-season slump on deep balls, got it wrong when they called for Brady and the Bucs to change their approach.

    I find it funny that you are now trying to pretend that you were not one of these people who also got it wrong saying they should stop throwing deep. A few of the many past nuggets:

    “Brady has fully lost his long ball — and it is outrageous that Bucs coaches pretend as if this is some bad dream.”

    “AriansLeftwich apparently have no clue that for reasons unknown, park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, jet ski-losing Bucs quarterback Tom Brady cannot throw deep any longer.”

    “Only a fool or someone blinded by arrogance continues to go to the well time after time when a slob on a couch at home can see it isn’t working. When you are asking a player to accomplish a task he has demonstrated he cannot accomplish, that is squarely on AriansLeftwich.”

    “Joe agrees the Bucs are asking Brady to throw long way too much. Either that or Brady is choosing to throw long way too much. Either way, knock it off!”

  21. Boulder 66 Says:

    Ahh yeah Brady leads in attempts down the field over 20 yards , but I’m quite sure he’s right up there in comp percentage also at 21 it’s impressive at 43 it’s unbelievable

  22. adam from ny Says:

    he does not have a noodle arm…

    he has a barilla pasta arm…

    that sheet is always al dente !

  23. Oneilbucs Says:

    If we go air Brady and don’t run the ball we are going to lose . We ran 33 times last week and played good defense and that’s why we won . Brady threw for 199 and he got the rest of those yards at the end when the game was over .His 2 tds came from a int that put him at the 3 yard line. And they ran the ball mostly for the second one .