Behind The Scenes On Tom Brady Prep

February 12th, 2021

Details and “projects”

Through eight years of NFL paychecks, Bucs backup QB Ryan Griffin has thrown four regular-season passes.

What a gig!

In all seriousness, it speaks to the kind of teammate 31-year-old Griffin is and the talent he must display in practice.

So what does Griffin do all week as backup to Blain Gabbert, the No. 2 behind Mr. Seven Rings, Tom Brady?

Griffin explained on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night that every week he and Gabbert spent daily time with Brady talking through every potential play and diving into various football “projects” Brady assigns.

“The biggest thing that Blaine [Gabbert] and I really did was we’d meet with Tom every day, just go through the game plan,” Griffin said, “Literally every play, think about every scenario that we possibly could come with that we thought [the Chiefs] were going to bring. Every pressure, whatever it was. And so I think that preparation was really key for us. Because we felt like when we got into the game, everything they were doing we had seen before.”

Griffin spent years behind America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, on the Tampa Bay bench. Griffin seemed to hold his tongue when trying to explain that Brady operates on a completely different plane than his predecessor.

“No knock on Jameis, but I just really think there’s only so many guys in the league that are like Tom Brady, ” Griffin said. “He forces everybody else to elevate their game. And the expectation level changed.”

Joe’s real happy for Griffin, and considering Brady featured him and Gabbert in a post-Super-Bowl Twitter video, it seems Griffin’s role on the Bucs is secure. Also, Griffin’s bad anxiety is finally over.

There was one interesting non-Bucs nugget Griffin dropped on NFL Radio. Nick Foles, in the midst of a great season years ago, reached out to Griffin to ask what he was learning from QB guru Sean Payton. Griffin spent two seasons with the Saints before landing in Tampa. It wasn’t the first time Griffin had players asking for Payton secrets.

30 Responses to “Behind The Scenes On Tom Brady Prep”

  1. Mitch Says:

    Hey Joe did you catch Jason Licht saying Gabbert could be the successor for Tom?

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I just saw that Bucs Fans have started a go fund me, to get a billboard erected in New Orleans to Troll the Saints.
    The Billboard has a pic of Brady, and the words “We Dat” LOL

  3. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I re-watched the game last night for the Fifth time and paid Extra special attention to the penalty aspect. Calls and non calls.
    I am LMFAO at Chiefs fans for blaming the loss on penalties!!!
    First off All the penalties were legit except the DPI on Evans in the endzone where the ball was uncatchable but that only gained us 3 yards. We score Regardless of that penalty.
    Secondly on that Punt where Townsend dropped the snap and #56 got flagged for absolutely Mauling Mintner. If not for that mauling Mintner blocks the punt easily and we score in probably 7 less plays.
    There were ZERO bad calls that could have resulted in points for KC!

  4. Crack3rK Says:

    RE: Troll Billboard…Please add something about eating a “W”

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    But JayMiss had such a high football IQ!

    JayMiss Wonderlic 27
    Tom Brady 33
    They should both be pretty close in talent.
    How could this be?

    JayMiss was a football savant, remember?
    How could this not translate to genius on the field?

    Oh yeah, Wonderlic doesn’t test for maturity does it?
    It doesn’t test ones bullsh!tting ability…… which is unfair because Jaboo would have scored off the charts!

  6. Buxszntkt Says:

    He looked quite sure handed helping Tom off the boat when Tom was blasted , I mean had sea legs after the parade.

  7. AMI_Chris Says:

    It’s shame that guys like Jameis, Mariota, Trubisky, Wentz don’t get the chance sit behind a guy like Brady. Aaron Rodgers had to sit behind Favre but maybe he doesn’t turn into an MVP without those years of learning.

  8. VabucSINCE’97 Says:

    JJ Watt has just been released

  9. VabucSINCE’97 Says:

    JJ watt has been released

  10. #1bucsfan Says:

    AMI totally agree I mean you could go as far as garipolo who sat behind Brady then got his shot on San Fran and took them to a super bowl he didn’t win but there is something to be said for young QBs who sit behind the legends and actually do something after riding the pine and learning from the tru pros. Didn’t Brady sit behind Bledsoe for a season ?

  11. diggler Says:

    #1bucsfan Says:
    February 12th, 2021 at 10:40 am

    ^^^Yes sir he did.

  12. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Joe – I have some pics from the parade if you’re interested.

  13. TOM Says:

    I still say Griffin is better than Gabbert.

  14. adam from ny Says:

    tom gravy and rob crunkowski…

    the dynamic duo


  15. DoooshLaRue Says:


    You’re getting a little better with your metaphors.

  16. adam from ny Says:

    yes doosh yes ! 🙂

  17. Joe Says:

    I still say Griffin is better than Gabbert.

    With Griffin, you don’t know (four passes is not a barometer and since he’s been a career No. 3 or No. 4 while being on teams with noted quarterback coaches, who really knows?). Gabbert, you know. 🙁

  18. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Griff is the GOAT of preseason and Brady is the Goat of everything else.

  19. Cainishere Says:

    Gabbert needs to be shipped out, sorry. We need a more reliable back up than Gabbert. When he comes in I just do not feel secure that he can maintain the offense.

  20. Bucs Says:

    @mitch imagine that (Gabbert starting when Brady’s gone). To me, it’s a recipe for disaster. Why don’t we draft a guy (Newman, White, Ridder) and groom him 2+ years? Maybe even sit him behind Griffin (i think he’s better than Gabbert) for a season. But who knows, im just a regular guy and Licht and Co live for these types of decisions. It would help me sleep better at night if bucs draft a qb tho.

  21. Bucs Says:

    Also, anyone thinks theres a chance we trade up in rd 1, keep the aggressiveness rolling? Maybe package Brate and a 2nd (as well as 32nd) for a top 20 pick?

  22. OBF Says:

    NO trade up for me!
    A trade down out of 32 swapping with a early second round team in exchange for a 3rd or swapping 3 picks would be tempting!

  23. Cainishere Says:

    Hey Bucs, I think the Lions would probably go for a deal like what you described lol.

  24. Cannon Says:

    You know… despite Brate not being a first ballot HoF’r like Gronk, or a physical specimen like O.J., he just continues to make clutch catches/first downs/touchdowns.

    Brate made a significant contribution to this Super Bowl run, and I’d hate to lose him.

  25. OBF Says:

    Brate has back reoccurring back issues

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I think it’s a smokescreen and I do think Griffin is better only because Gabbert is awful.
    I’d really like to see TB groom someone with potential, possibly Griffin, but I’m cool with bringing in some fresh talent.

    I wonder if Minshew would be a good candidate?

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    I was a big Winston backer, but I don’t think there is any disrespect in saying Brady is on a different level — he’s literally the greatest QB in the history of the league.

    With that said the Bucs have to do something about the backup spot. If Brady gets injured this team is sunk. Maybe you can get by for a few games like the 2002 Bucs did with God awful Rob Johnson, but they need a legit backup. If they drafted someone, that should not be the backup, you’d still need a vet, but I’d gladly even take the mini-giraffe Mike Glennon on Gabbert – and I’m no Glennon fan.

  28. TampaTown Says:

    NO Billboard: please make that happen

  29. Brandon Says:

    DoooshLaRue Says:
    February 12th, 2021 at 11:27 am

    You’re getting a little better with your metaphors


    One does not have to be an English teacher to point out that these are not metaphors. They are more accurately called “Spoonerisms” as a metaphor is a comparison of two unlike objects by saying or calling one object the name of the other. Calling Tyreek Hill “Cheetah” is a metaphor.

  30. View from 132 Says:

    Best job ever.