Bruce Arians: “Brady Became Fearless” On Deep Shots

May 8th, 2021

”Gunslinger” has not been an adjective used for Tom Brady very often during the majority of his career.

Understandable. Brady didn’t always have quality deep weapons and he was extremely disciplined in throwing middle routes and to running backs.

But things have changed in Tampa. Brady is letting it fly. Bucco Bruce Arians talked about a Brady transformation this week on The National Football Show.

”When you look at the last eight games, we were pushing it down the field a lot,” Arians said. ”We had a good feel for the whole offense. And it’s like, we can check it down, we can check it down, but when that shot’s there, take it. Yeah, [Brady] became fearless at that. You know, going back to the end of the half at Green Bay –‘I’m all-in on this call.”’

Interesting stuff from Arians, implying that Brady evolved into the Bucs offense. And also in the interview Arians noted that Brady looked at the game ”through a different lens” after being around Bucs coaches.

Joe is so curious to see how this translates to 2021. Yes, Brady will throw to the open man and use his running game, but it wouldn’t shock Joe if Brady led the NFL in passing yards like he did in 2017.

42 Responses to “Bruce Arians: “Brady Became Fearless” On Deep Shots”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    Add the regular and postseason stats together, he’s Brady’s line last year…

    5694 yards passing
    50 TDs
    15 INTs

    That’s a hell of a year.

  2. PSL Bob Says:

    I think he’s having fun in the offense. Yeah, he’s still good at those short and intermediate routes, but to be able to unleash those deep throws has to be fun as hell for him. He wouldn’t be able to do that though without the Buc’s stout offensive line.

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    Brady was a “gunslinger” when he had Randy Moss and Dione Branch…

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    Jameis was rarely ever afforded the opportunity to “check it down, check it down”. It was more like ” Force it deep downfield, force it deep downfield, blame the qb for the oline struggles and ints.

    Jameis is going to be scary with Sean Payton, and I believe he will win the starting job.

    I’m all for deep shots, but balance is crucial and predictability is suicide. Brady was forcing the ball down field the first 8 games of the season and he looked very Winston like with his stats early on, especially with the defense crapping the bed like they did with Winston, the team record was nothing to brag about.

    IT was when the coaching got better, the playcalling, the schemes the entire team improved. I am glad we have Brady, but Jameis in New Orleans I believe makes the playoffs this year and the Bucs better get ready!

  5. Hodad Says:

    Yeah but Arians did sign Bernard, so both men have embraced a change. Tom might be taking more shots, but dumping it off to the back is something he does real well, and B.A. gave him that. Plus Darden as a small slot is something Brady likes too. It’s exciting to see what level this offense can reach in year two with Brady.

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    You can’t be a gunslinger if you have no bullets. Like Cobra said Brady had Moss but he has gone the majority of his career without that luxury. Then he comes here and has 3 #1WR’s a HOF TE and his #4 and #5 WR would be starters on most teams. (TJohnson and Scooter).

  7. Mort Says:

    No link to the pod? Damn.

  8. Ben Says:

    Who is this guy blaming the defense for Winston’s decision making issues?! Lol

  9. Bucsfan951 Says:

    “ Brady was forcing the ball down field the first 8 games of the season and he looked very Winston like with his stats early on”


  10. Swampbuc Says:

    Anyone saying Brady looked like Winston last year, has to be a peyote addict. That’s a bad hallucination trip man.

    Yeah, Jameis will be scary with the Saints. Coaches players and fans will develop the same ulcers we had watching the interception festival. Most of JaMiss’s picks were outs and underneath routes. He threw very few deep ball picks, which is also why his turnovers resulted in so many points for the opposition.

    Some real maroons around here.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    I’m sure Arians and Leftwich ordered Winston to force the ball downfield.




  12. Beeej Says:

    Brady had two pick 6’s last year, both early on, BOTH to forever-frozen-out Justin Watson. Jameis made endless throws where it was clear either he or the intended receiver didn’t know where the route was suppose to go, and that never stopped happening throughout his time here

  13. Swampbuc Says:

    Cobra — EXACTLY! They wanted him to fail so that they would be fired! Yeah, that’s it!!!!!!!!!!

  14. lambchop Says:

    I still can’t believe Tom Brady is a Buc. I just can’t believe it. Am I in a parallel universe or something? We never get lucky. I’m going to savor watching him play in our colors. I am a HUGE Joe Montana fan, but geez, I watched Brady from afar and made excuse after excuse to not put him above Joe Cool. I simply cannot do that disservice any more.

    GOAT TB12.

  15. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Jw 2019 first 8 games:
    Yards: 2407
    Td passes: 16
    Rushing tds: 0
    Ints: 12

    Brady 2020 first 8 games:
    Yards: 2189
    Td passes: 20
    Rushing tds: 2
    Ints: 4

    If you think those are similar numbers, you have mental problems and ride JW’S jock just a little too hard!

  16. SB Says:

    If Kyle Trask had played 7 more games , totaling 20 games,
    his numbers extrapolate to 66 TDs, 6,300 yards and 12 INTs.
    Just sayin’.

  17. Mike C Says:

    Come on now, Jay miss did have 200 more yards in that span….

  18. EA Says:

    They hit a few long shots against green Bay but they missed a lot, bucs had a comfortable lead at one point until Brady threw like 4 interceptions deep. We’d be singing a different tune had green bay gone on 4th down instead of kicking for 3, that was a very frustrating game to watch because it could have been managed much better.

  19. Bucsfan951 Says:

    And then if you want to add in the 121 points scored off of jw turnovers, that’s 7.5 points per game. How many pick6’s was there again?

  20. Youngbucs Says:

    Yea keep blaming decision making on coaching some of y’all refuse to except the truth.

  21. Youngbucs Says:

    Rod this was the second best season of Brady career at 43 years old it’s ridiculous. I know everyone believes Brady gets to much praise but look at his numbers since age 40. We will never see this again in my opinion.

  22. Youngbucs Says:

    Bucemup is just making stuff up smh.

  23. Youngbucs Says:

    Swampbuc exactly winston only tossed 5 ints out of 30 that was over 20yds. They want you to believe the excuses that he was forced to throw deep and that’s the cause.

  24. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Well he did make some reckless deep throws in the GB game that almost lost it.
    I prefer safe Brady.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    We just won a SB and you triggered morons are still obsessed with talking about Winston, just shows what low IQ idiots you are.

  26. Cainishere Says:

    lol comparing Brady to Jameis is like comparing Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to a global conflict. So glad Jameis and his antics are gone. His deliberate game losses will not be missed by this Bucs fan. Some of you say it’s the coaches fault some say he had no defense some say he had no weapons some say he didn’t get a fair chance. Well you guys are gonna feel pretty bad when he stinks it up in New Orleans and imma laugh at you losers so bad. What a bust of a football player. Oh Check downs? You kidding? The reason he threw downfield so much was because that is all he could understand. The Bucs had to dummy down the playbook. I guess Jameis didn’t study enough Google on how to be a good Quarterback. Lmao what a joke.

  27. webster Says:

    Some idiots just dont get it. They want to say the bucs ran brady’s offense and BL had nothing to do with it once the offense started clicking. It was brady’s offense they say. No matter how many times BA has had interviews and debunked such foolishness. Its no coincedence that evans had putrid numbers the 1st half of the season because brady was not used to going deep etc. Arians had an interview after the super bowl where he said they had to show brady on film that yea its good you hit a check down for 5 yards but you missed the 40 yard strike. Take the 40 yard strike. You remember around week 8 Arians was asked why evans isnt getting the ball and Arians said well evans is open. We just have to do a better job of getting him the ball. Oh some in this fan base was up in arms saying how can arians throw the goat under the bus? They said it was Arians horrible offense that is the problem. They said it was evans not running routes correctly because brady likes percision eventhough evans had giving this fan base 6 straight 1000 yard seasons and has constantly gotten open. In their minds it couldnt possibly be brady’s fault due to not being up to speed. No, brady was not seeing the 40 yard strike until about week 9. Thats what brady started to do more often, taking the 40 yard strike but the arm chair coaches said it was brady’s offense when things started clicking. Nope. Brady just got comfortable. Even the goat needs coaching. Good job BA and BL.

  28. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    Are there any prop-bets yet where Famous Jamis throws more interceptions than Brady throws Touchdowns… ?

  29. Fred mcneil Says:

    Attacking Brady’s stats is truly a foolish idea. Stats win a few games here and there, but championship TEAMS win … wait for it, CHAMPIONSHIPS.
    Brady’s magic isn’t that he’s a champion in and of himself, though that helps incredibly. TB’ s magic is he inspires his teammates to be champions also.
    He shares the money. He shares the glory. He is the ultimate teammate.
    Don’t blather me about a bunch of stat-geek foolishness about computer simulated baloney.
    Talk to me about leadership..
    Another championship is never guaranteed… but I’d NEVER bet against it.

  30. Cainishere Says:

    Arians refused to use TE and play action in the beginning of the season. Brady installed it with BA BL and low and behold success. Learn wtf your talking about before you post ignorant garbage Webster.

  31. Gordon Says:

    Jason Licht and Bruce Arians are very great leaders to win everything. They are admired and loved by Brady. They talked with Brady on the phone 8 days ago when the NFL was allowing teams to selecting new players. Never has Brady been give so much love and admiration from any other team. Now the Bucs have great back up in all positions because they have done everything possible to make the team greater. This past year I made the Bucs my team because I watched every game. Recently I have bought a beautiful new home in Tampa Bay but still have my home in Massachusetts because I plan on going to all the Bucs games!

  32. TampaTown Says:


    Tampa Bay is a body of water. But welcome to Tampa

  33. Cainishere Says:

    Welcome to Tampa Gordon.

  34. Bucanero Says:

    Brady will throw over 5000 yards and 50 TDs

  35. MarkRIf Says:

    Spot on Cainishere. The offense got better in the second half because we/they began to use the TE, running backs and play action a lot more which gave the offense more continuity and made the deep passing game more effective.
    Also Webster, although Tom would never point this out, how many of TB’s interceptions were thrown in ME’s direction last year – well, at least in the playoffs all three of them! Accident?

  36. AtlBuc Says:

    I wonder if any one ever passed for 6000 yards. 🧐

  37. USFBUC Says:

    Brady has been known to be a king of the short passing game focused on his TE, slot WR, and RB all coming off of play action.

    Bruce Arians offense was known for its long passes being setup off of an effective running game.

    What we saw in the second half of the season was a blending of those styles. The fact that a well respected head coach and the greatest player to play the game could work together was the most impressive thing that happened.

  38. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Brady has always adapted to the talent around him. He was more ball control early in his career when he had the great defenses with Brusci, Seymour etc. He let it rip in the Moss years. He used the tight ends when Gronk and Hernandez were at their height. He mixed it up during the Edelman , Gronk , White era. Just like when he plays. He takes what u give him. People try to put him in a box. You need a big box . The difference between him and all the other QBs is his adaptability. You saw Mahomes lack of adaptability in the Super Bowl.

  39. webster Says:

    Cainshere and markrlf wtf are u talking bout?. 1st of all mark u must have missed the ints that were intended for watson? U must have missed the start OJ got off to before his injury. TE was a part of the offense. Just because gronk was not used doesnt mean it was not there. Gronk was working himself back into playing shape and thats why oj got the targets. It was smart not to over tax gronk early. Jameis had check downs and short routes to miller or mickens but he very rarely used them. Thats why BA after games would say jameis just needed to check the ball down. This year brady used them too much. Thats why BA said Evans is open. U morons act as if BA did not have check downs in his offense prior to brady. Maybe u missed how big of a receiving weapon his rb in Arizona was but i didnt. Its really not that hard. Jesus how many times do the coach have to say it? U guys are about as slow as a turtle on crutches. There is a reason brady is micd up praising BL for his playcalling and game plan. There is a reason Brady called the qb coach right after the superbowl to say we will be so much better. There is a reason BA said its easier to teach 1 guy a new system as oppose to teaching 22 guys a new system. If u morons think the bucs scrapped BA’s system when the team was struggling early to impliment a new system mid season that magically took off then u are more clueless than i could have ever imagined. Good job BA and BL for bringing Brady up to speed.

  40. Hissylizzard Says:

    The Jamis apologists are funny. The guy was in this offesne last year and had several regime changes to benefit him and he still didnt succeed he had throw deep to try and keep.them in the game because he would turn the ball over so much
    Most of you all.said Beady would fail in this type offense,that he had no deep ball accuracy ,he work and had his receivers been better he wouldve had an even better year,they dropped alot of good passes during the season and in the playoffs .Brady ismt perfect by any stretch but he certainly proved most everyone wrong .last season but sadly enough ,if they domt repeat ,he will still be called a failure by alot of people but he has.made a fortune and accomplished so much so.jard.yo feel sprry for him…lol

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  42. adam from ny Says:

    yeah that’s not true @BUCEMUP

    brady kinda hit a wall for a few games and sputtered as did the entire team…

    there was a lull, a down cycle, a loss of gonads, a toke and pass moment before the bye week…

    then they shook it off and rolled from there on out – thru the superbowl…

    jameis wishes he had brady stats the first 8 weeks of last season…

    they were pretty stellar before the lull and if i recall, we started
    6-2… that was pacing for a 12-4 season…

    then the lull came and we had a really bad 3rd quarter of the season…leaving us at 7-5 if i recall correctly