Tom Brady’s Longball

May 19th, 2021

“Tom, we are going to roast people’s arses this year.”

You think now that his quarterback knows the playbook, Mr. No-Risk-It-No-Biscuit will turn loose park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super Bowl-winning Tom Brady on the NFC?

Joe is passing on numbers below dug up by the PFF tribe. They demonstrate that Brady, once known as a death-by-papercuts passer, has blossomed at the ripe ol’ age of 43 into a flat out gunslinger under the guidance and encouragement of Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

No quarterback in the NFL last year was a better long-ball thrower than Brady. Let these numbers sink in:

Some Bucs fans wildly celebrated the signing of running back Giovanni Bernard because, they claimed, Bernard would open up the short-passing game.

But man, if your offense is built to throw long and clearly your quarterback is lighting up the league throwing long with serious weapons, why the hell would you want to throw short more often?

31 Responses to “Tom Brady’s Longball”

  1. Robert Says:

    but I thought his arm was weak. must be all those veggie burgers

  2. Bobby M. Says:

    make no mistake…..Brady’s agenda is cementing his status in all categories. He sees where the league is headed, particularly passing stats and he’s going to set a very high mark as an all time great. Should be fun for Bucs fans to watch.

  3. Youngbucs Says:

    Come on oneilbucs you🤡. The numbers say you are a liar and know nothing! You spew your biased opinions like they facts. No these are the facts again right in your face. Go ahead and deny it continue to entertain us with your foolishness.

  4. Bird Says:

    Where is bucs anthem?

    Weenie arm …noodle arm

    Must suck being wrong all the time.

  5. sgrd0q Says:

    Brady’s death-by-papercuts reputation is purely based on lack of weapons in New England in the latter years. Brady’s always been an excellent deep ball passer if he had someone to pass to – see Randy Moss and 2007.

  6. MrSandman Says:

    “why the hell would you want to throw short more often?”
    To increase completions in 3rd downs.

  7. zorro Says:

    You really are young, aren’t you? Watch and learn.

  8. catcard202 Says:

    In 2020, TB12 on the 20+ yd throws was outside the top 10 for On-Target% & Completion %…. (Well below 60% on-target rate / ~45% completion %).

    Meaning, there’s room for improvement in Yr2 of being in the system & with this group of WR’s. (Maybe in 2021, TB12 connects on more of the 20+yd misses witnessed early in 2020!)

  9. Cannon Says:

    Giovanni compliments the whole “look deep first, then dump off if it ain’t there” philosophy

  10. Steven007 Says:

    Anthem was calling him noodle arm all season. Because anthem is a bear of very little brain. And a douchebag. And a troll.

  11. R.O. Says:

    Ummm… because he threw 3 picks on long balls in the NFC Championship game that gave GB new life and hope.

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Seems like a dumb stat. They include playoffs so no team played as many games as the Bucs. KC had a bye.

  13. Darin Says:

    They dont necessarily want more short passes. They just dont want the passes that do hit the RBs between the numbers dropped. Love Jones and Lenny as runners but those stone hands don’t cut it for Tommy

  14. K2 Says:

    R.O. one of those picks bounced off Evans hands and on another the ball was tipped at the line. Evans didn’t see the tip and the defense made the play. Agree that 3 picks kept GB in the game. Evans didn’t have a good game because he also had a bad drop.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    I dont think fans wanna see us throw short more. They just dont wanna see RoJo and Lenny handle the ball like its on fire when they get targets.

    Bernard should make more impact plays as a pass catching back. Thats what fans want.

  16. Magicbuc Says:

    But man, if your offense is built to throw long and clearly your quarterback is lighting up the league throwing long with serious weapons, why the hell would you want to throw short more often?

    Because defense’s will adapt…and you always have to be ready.

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    JimmyJack even without the playoffs Brady lead the regular season also.

  18. Pewter Power Says:

    A lot of people are forgetting they wanted Brady to stop throwing deep eh hem joebucs and a host of other media types said he couldn’t do what BA wanted

  19. The Red Mirage Says:

    Joe, to answer your last question, Geo is here to pick up the 3rd downs we did not convert last year due to our RB’s dropping passesor or not picking up blitzes. They aren’t changing the Offense at all, just who’s on the field in certain situations. Why is it difficult for you to understand that, seems pretty simple to me.

  20. SlyPirate Says:

    He only started doing this later in the year, too. The numbers could be wacky this season.

  21. lambeau Says:

    THe more things you can do well the harder you are to defend.

  22. Keir Says:

    As a loooong time fan, this is definitely the most excited I have been before a season. I dreamed and dreamed that we would some day have “that” quarterback, who could make “All the throws” and TB12 did not disappoint. Every time I thought we were out of a game last year, like the Corleone family, He pulled us right back in! I will take an accurate “Hitman” like him any day of the week and TWICE on Sunday afternoons!

  23. Hope springs eternal Says:

    When the opposing defenses drop extra deep because of the Bucs great long ball abilities, Gio will have an excellent chance for some long open field gains on swing passes. Opposing defenses will have their hands full. Play the run or play the pass. Play the deep pass and drop line backers deeper to help pass defense (which opens lanes for running backs and swing passes ) or respect the bucs run game and leave the dbs to try and cover the Bucs plethora of excellent receivers. The bucs averaged 30points per game without an effective pass catching running back. Should be extra tough for opposing defenses this year. Plenty of receivers who can stretch the field, two excellent backs to pound the rock, and shifty pass receiving back to add another dimension. Points per game average should go up if Brady stays healthy. Big weapons everywhere should make for sleepless nights for opposing defense coaches.

  24. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    But all the morons said Brady couldn’t throw deep 🙄

  25. Fred Orlando Says:

    I’ll tell ya why, Joe.
    If they double cover ME and keep their safety back and commit resources to Gronk or Brate the short middle is ready to plunder… or if they sir on the shallow routes our recievers will feast. Save me a drumstick guys.

  26. Fred Orlando Says:

    Now I’m hungry.

  27. G in MA Says:

    And the patriots have cam newton now ! How would the buccaneers like to have a 12 touchdown passer ! We will take Tom back if you don’t want him…

  28. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    In the NFL, you have to mix it up. Now defenses playing the Bucs have to now defend the long game AND the short game.

  29. 813bucboi Says:

    GB will help keep the defense honest….which will lead to more deep balls…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  30. JimmyJack Says:

    YoungBucs thanks. And that should be the stat used. Not that I need a stat to tell me Brady is good at long passes……Just seems wierd to include playoffs when the Bucs played 4 more games then over half the teams. Thats a full quater season.

  31. mark2001 Says:

    You want the short pass to move the chain. And then within a couple following plays, you throw the bomb and break their heart.