Tom Brady No. 2

May 23rd, 2021

One former Bucs quarterback, ever so slightly, seemed to gently trivialize the job Tom Brady did last year for your Super Bowl champion Bucs.

Another former Bucs quarterback, however, was damn impressed.

Bruce Gradkowski, one of Chucky’s Bucs quarterbacks, now makes a living as an NFL analyst. Unlike Chris Simms who works for NBC Sports, Gradkowski works for SiriusXM NFL Radio and also stains himself by stooping to the level of the PFF tribe.

And while Simms suggested several NFL quarterbacks could have pulled off what Brady did last year, Gradkowski isn’t so sure.

Gradkowski ranked NFL quarterbacks and has Brady at No. 2, largely for the job he did last season.

Brady capped an incredible 2020 season with his seventh Super Bowl win, and his overall performance was the catalyst for elevating the Bucs to their second championship in franchise history. Not only did he accomplish that after changing teams, but he endured a reduced offseason while having to learn a whole new offense, which makes it that much more remarkable.

He ranked second in passing yards on 20-plus-yard throws during the regular season while taking care of the ball better than any Bruce Arians quarterback since 2006. Not to mention, Tampa Bay has re-signed every significant player… Brady will be more familiar and comfortable in the Arians passing attack with even more supporting cast continuity from last year.

That’s the thing: What can Brady and the Bucs offense do now that Brady knows the offense? And one can say not only have the Bucs brought everyone back on offense, they added to the roster.

Something tells Joe that gamblers might like to bet the over on each Bucs game this fall. Or at least, be very tempted to.

Oh, and who did Gradkowski pick as his No. 1 quarterback? The same guy who couldn’t score a touchdown against the Bucs in February.

36 Responses to “Tom Brady No. 2”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Even Simms, a former mediocre Bucs QB seems to consistently brain fart when it comes to Brady. If it was just about physical ability then Brady is behind many QB’s throughout the ages. But Brady brings the whole package of measurable talent but also all the intangibles. He is a Culture changer at 1 BUC Palace. Just like Simms’ playing career, his analysis of Brady is mediocre. Simms is a good guy, a pretty decent football talking head, but again with Brady he just brain farts. Tom Brady was the real NFL MVP last year, not A Rodgers who got beat 2 times by Brady and Co. GO BUCS!!!!!!! And the 7 Ring GOAT BRADY!!!!

  2. FlBoy84 Says:

    While other QB’s likely may have had similar on-field success as Brady as Bucs QB, think what Simms and other’s miss/undervalue is the impact Brady’s mindset and demeanor had on the entire teams performance during the season. There are def QB’s out there that have more physical talent than TB12 (even he’d prob admit that), but think only Mahomes comes close to instilling the belief and can’t lose mindset into his teammates. Everyone else is a few rungs down the ladder. Without that mental impact on the rest of the team, likely no other QB raises our level of play enough to win it all last year. Simms flops easily btw, challenge his POV and he’ll likely change his tune… lol

  3. Cainishere Says:

    Analysts are jokes today. Notice most are people who were garbage when they played and we are supposed to agree with their takes? Experts? Jokes are what they are. They should flash a message on screen or announce on the radio “For entertainment purposes only” if you gamble money off of today’s analysts you are an idiot.

  4. Buczilla Says:

    Brady and Mahome’s numbers were very similar last year. Add in Arians admitting that Brady didn’t know the playbook until week 12, and Mahomes looking horrible against us in the superbowl, I gotta give number one to Brady to start the year.

    Checking out pro football reference, I realized that Brady hadn’t thrown for 40 or more touchdowns since 2007! It’s incredible what he accomplished at 43.

  5. capecodder Says:

    Not only does TB-12 destroy defenses he has for decades destroyed sports journalists.

  6. Slugglife Says:

    One of the two industries that you can be consistently wrong and still have a job.

    The other one is elected government official.

  7. steve gaudreau Says:

    Simms is butt hurt from his time spent in New England and getting cut.

  8. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Let’s stop with all this “Brady Love”…….stop it

    ……….give credit where credit is due……the defensive gameplan and the defense is really what won the Superbowl.

    Todd Bowles should be getting all the praise……just saying…..

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    No Tom
    No playoffs
    It was his intangibles

  10. Stephen T VanDeBoe Says:

    If you don’t think Tom Brady is not number 1 you are not very bright or extremely jealous.

  11. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Simms has always had a little something against Brady. His takes over the years are a little shaded. Not terribly shaded but somewhat. @TheBucsAnthem. The offense jumping out early allowed the defense to pin their ears back and go after the QB as in the Greenbay and KC(SuperBowl) games. The defense getting stops keeps the offense from having to take as many chances. Itโ€™s called complimentary football. Hard to win without it.

  12. Bird Says:

    Dont forget a receiving back now. Lenny has average hands. Rojo has stone hands.

    Look for gio to make plays on 3rd and 4
    Move the chains. Score more points

    35 points a game could really happen

  13. Joseph S Hannah Says:

    straight ruff rider voodoo

  14. capecodder Says:

    Not enough Dan Jenkins type writers anymore.

  15. Hope springs eternal Says:

    Opinions and butt holes. Everybody has both. Some are much bigger if ya know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Youngbucs Says:

    Hey anthem how many points the defense score in the super bowl?

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    Nut huggers brigade says anything to save face!

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “He ranked second in passing yards on 20-plus-yard throws during the regular season…”

    Not bad for a man who, according to most NFL Fans and a great number of Bucs fans, could not throw deep anymore when he was signed.

    Guess he proved them wrong. Wonder if any of them have the guts to admit they were wrong?

    When the concept of signing Brady first came up, I was hesitant…but as it got closer, I converted. Age was my main concern.

    I did, however, say that we needed a better backup plan. Thankfully, we now have that.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buczilla Says
    “…and Mahomes looking horrible against us in the superbowl…”

    In all fairness, he was up against a very good defense, and his offensive guys were out. I think he had 6 starters on offense out?

    Imagine if that had happened to the Bucs instead. We would not have the title either.

    A rematch this year could be more up in the air.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    No Tom, no Gronk, no Suh, no PO Lenny, no Brown, no SB.

    Not even a sniff.

    We’d be talking about replacing Bridgewater or Rivers right now. Or checkin’ the sheets.

  21. Cainishere Says:

    Lol jokes

  22. Couch Fan Says:

    If you think about all the things Brady had to go through last year, theres no way I agree with Simms. Only Brady could pull this off.

  23. David Bamford Says:

    Simms wears his insecurities on his sleeve. Unlike his Dad he failed on the field and comes a distant second to his Dad as a pundit. He takes positions that are meant to call attention to himself rather than employing reasoned insight. Last year he ranked Tom Brady as twelfth best QB in the NFL. There is not one quarterback who could come to a new club in the in the throes of a pandemic and without adequate prep time and win as he did. Quickly his teammates came to respect and love TB as they began to see themselves as winners, big winners.

  24. Fishybucslombarditoss. Says:

    TB12 + BA = Champa Bay!! I look forward to the season with the same roster, and the added depth. Does that mean another SB title, no? If bucs nation wins again, can we call it the greatest show on grass? Not sure how many of you felt, but didn’t the 2020 bucs defense remind us of of anything. Hmm. A decade of defensive dominance including our first championship 2002? 55, 99, 20, 47, countless others. BUCS RULE!

  25. Keith Says:

    I donโ€™t know. I felt the playoff run as a road wild card team was probably easier this year because there was no crowd noise and no fans… I think they would Have had a much more difficult time in NO or GB otherwise

  26. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    I agree with all positive takes on Brady,guys seen it so many freaking years, don’t ever bet against him

  27. sgrd0q Says:

    Leadership and physical ability are all fine but what separates Brady from the pack are two things: number 1 – ability to read defense and identify mismatched – nobody is even close except for Payton Manning; and number 2 – be cool under pressure – he thrives under pressure which is very unusual for any position in any sport.

  28. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Cause you’ll look like a fool,,,,,, ๐Ÿ

  29. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Except against the Giants,,lol,, SOB,, coming from a Brady fan,,I hate them

  30. Ben green Says:

    Let’s not get crazy. Brady essential joined an all-star team. He picked them because he knew he could put them over the top. I’d argue that covid actually helped Brady. He’ll say the same thing to a man. No way do they win consecutive road playoff games with people in the stands. It effects everything, right down to the refs. This was by far the easiest Superbowl he’s ever won. Nobody is a bigger Brady fan then me, but he got some huge breaks. Especially in the divisional playoffs, and the NFC title game. Brady was able to take advantage of covid because he preps like no other. Having a wrecking crew for a defense didn’t hurt either

  31. Larry Richards Says:

    Ah, jealousy. There’s no account ing for. I’m sure TB is paying no attention.

  32. David Says:

    I wonder if Tom Brady, a big golf fan, just got inspired a little bit more, and motivated a little bit more, by watching Phil when a major two weeks shy of turning 51!


  33. gp Says:

    Slugglife Says:
    May 23rd, 2021 at 6:19 am

    One of the two industries that you can be consistently wrong and still have a job.

    The other one is elected government official.
    Don’t forget weather forecasters!
    50/50 on the weather for tomorrow but they can say with certainty what the weather’s going to be 10-20 years from now???

  34. 123urout Says:

    No other Qb can do what Brady did last season. Brady came in with a new environment, new teammate, new playing schemes, new coaches, unfamiliar neighborhood, covid, new house, and everything is totaly different. Do that to Mahommes, Rodgers or any other high ranking QB and they will make it as their excuses of not even making the playoffs.

  35. Anonymous Says:

    Brady has too many asterix next to his championships to be the “goat” just saying the only championship he won without any problems or accusations was with tampa

  36. Anonymous Says:

    He has one clean championship and well if you watched it at all the refs during that game c’mon man really? Did anybody watch the first game they played against each other… Not even close to the same game even tho kc line was washed out that game should have been alot closer than that. Nothing against Tampa there a squad for sure but something wasn’t looking right during that game