It’s Called Blocking

June 6th, 2021

Killed lame narrative.

Joe remembers in the days leading up to the 2021 draft, Bucky Brooks of NFL Network had a strong opinion on dropback quarterbacks.

Brooks was no fan of Mac Jones, who eventually was drafted by the Belicheats midway through Round 1. But why did Brooks not like him?

The NFL, as it is constructed today is no longer a dropback-passer league, Brooks maintained. A quarterback must be mobile to run modern offenses. More important, Brooks said to be successful QB in 2021 requires mobility.

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 quarterback Tom Brady says, hold my shot of avocado tequila.

Per CBS Sports, no quarterback has fewer scrambles than Brady. But guess who is getting ready to receive his latest Super Bowl ring?

The hidden key here is that Brady doesn’t have to scramble. Why? Because the Bucs offensive line doesn’t give him a need to scramble.

Brady didn’t scramble much last year because he didn’t have to. And that’s a credit to the Bucs’ front line.

Perhaps Brooks needs to reassess?

40 Responses to “It’s Called Blocking”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    I thought the whole Mac Jones thing was going to start a race war

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Brooks is the wrong guy to evaluate Brady, he has been down on Brady for a while. Just go on you tube and you can see his Brady takes over the years. He is Not las bad as Rob Parker, who has predicted Bradys downfall almost daily for at least 10 years lol , but let’s just say Bucky prefers the scramblers. Myself, I do not care how you play QB, if it means winning Super Bowls.

  3. bojim Says:

    Drop back QB’s will never go away.

  4. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Bucky was just showing his true colors in his disdain for Mac Jones.

  5. PassingThru Says:

    “Mobile QBs are the wave of the future” is just an overused, brain-dead sports media sentiment. Sure, all things being equal, you should prefer a mobile QB. But in reality all things are never equal; give me a QB who makes good decisions and accurate passes to all levels of the field. That my friends is the winning ticket rather than mobility.

  6. geno711 Says:

    Bucky Brooks on Speak For Yourself: “I don’t get why it’s taking you guys so long to come around to the fact that it’s over for the Patriots, and it’s over because their quarterback is the worst quarterback in the playoffs. TOM BRADY IS THE WORST QUARTERBACK IN THE PLAYOFFS. That boogeyman that’s across the ring? He AIN’T it, he AIN’T the guy anymore.”

    Bucky Brooks on The Herd: “Tom Brady’s accuracy has changed and he’s missing more layups than we’ve ever seen him miss. Pressure never used to affect Brady in his production, in fact, when you blitzed Brady you paid for it. This year, the pressure and the blitzes coming after him affects him more than it ever has. Some of it is on the receivers, but a lot of it is really on him. Can he have a magical performance? Yes. Can he sustain it over a three or four game run to win a Super Bowl? No. The Patriots revealed who they were down the stretch.”

  7. Godlovesbucs Says:

    I would argue that Brady is a very mobile qb, it just all happens inside of the pocket. There is a difference between a mobile qb and a running qb. You do have to be mobile to be effective in the NFL, but you don’t have to be a running qb.

  8. geno711 Says:

    After losing to the Saints on week 1 last year, Bucky Brooks said that Jameis Winston is a better player and Tom Brady will never turn it around.

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Geno, is bringing it. It is all there for all to see. Bucky, maybe you can wake up and smell the coffee bro. GO BUCS!!!!

  10. Beeej Says:

    Scrambling QBs rarely play even into their 30’s–either they’re too banged up, or they haven’t the skills to be a regular QB after their ability to scramble leaves them. I can’t think of one beyond Wilson

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Bucs have had great success with non-scrambling QBs……..there was Spurrier, Vinny, Johnson…..oh wait!!!

    I would agree….on average…you’d like to have a QB who could scramble if needed……Freeman & Winston fit that mold…..there’s a difference between a running QB & a scrambler…….a running QB is Lamar Jackson….a scrambler is Aaron Rodgers.

    I’ll take Brady over everyone else…..because he brings more to the table.

  12. mark2001 Says:

    Mobility is fine…but no substitute for having the defense mastered, reading opposing offenses and adjustments and knowing where to go with the ball, when to get rid of the ball and live to play another down, and knowing how to attack an opposing Defense….having a feel for the ebb and flow of the game.

    Frankly, only one or two other QB’s are in the same league regarding those most important things, that Brady is.

  13. mark2001 Says:

    offense mastered… defensive adjustments…. sorry.

  14. DaBux Says:

    And Julio Jones to the Titans is only going to help us. Now Atlanta faces the daunting prospect of being easier to cover in addition to having a suspect offensive line and horrid defense. Thank goodness Jones is out of our division now.

  15. Trey Long Says:

    Brooks is a long time Brady hater.

  16. Trey Long Says:

    TB can also get the ball out accurately as quick as anyone ever. Thus little need to run around. Couldn’t care less what Brooks thinks.

  17. Bird Says:

    Saw that too

    Glad to see julio out of nfc south. Knocks atlanta down just a notch
    Bucs should go undefeated in division

  18. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Ah yes. The “mobile QB” agenda.

  19. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I don’t want a running QB, I want a matador. Marino, Brady are great matadors. Winston’s strongest trait might be elusiveness in the pocket.

  20. R.O. Says:

    I think everyone is way off here… There are QBs who can run, there are Mobile QBs and then QBs who manage the pocket. The Lamar Jackson’s have an O that utilizes their running ability. Mobile like Rogers and Mahomes who can create outside the pocket. The. Brady, Rothlisberger, Stafford etc who play by manipulating the Pocket.

  21. Long time Brady fan says Says:

    Releasing the ball in 2.5 seconds or better is a key. As important is being able to run the ball for play action to buy more time is another. And having running backs catch balls out of the backfield is a third key. It makes the Oline play better, builds momentum, and moves the chains on critical 3rd downs .

  22. Buckyballs Says:

    Bucky brooks is racist and still hates white people. Brady just won another championship with a new team. Typical black guy that can’t get over a black QB won’t win.

  23. SB Says:

    DaBux Says:
    June 6th, 2021 at 12:09 pm
    And Julio Jones to the Titans is only going to help us. Now Atlanta faces the daunting prospect of being easier to cover in addition to having a suspect offensive line and horrid defense. Thank goodness Jones is out of our division now.


    The replaced him with Kyle Pitts! That dude is a nightmare we really don’t want to see twice a yr.

  24. Bucky Says:

    Name the last scrambling QB to win? Maholmes snd Rodgers dodge a pass rush because they have no blocking. Do you really think jamar Jackson will ever ein. The QBs that were in the playoffs are white

  25. Leighroy Says:

    SB, you’re not wrong on Pitts. But the reality here is the Falcons just traded away their advantage; Pitts, Ridley AND Jones would have been the nightmare. Just facing the first 2 without a potential HOFer feels more like a nap on an uncomfy couch.

  26. Bird Says:


    No doubt pitts is a stud. But think of it was still pitts , julio and ridley
    Most teams could not stop all 3
    2 studs makes it just a notch better

  27. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Bucky correct,my feelings exactly,,how many scrambling QB have won the Superbowl ,,yes I know some have,, rather have a pocket QB than a scramble QB any given Sunday

  28. Joe Says:

    Ah yes. The “mobile QB” agenda.

    You know, sometimes Joe thinks it is actually an agenda. Joe hears this all the time from college football guys. “Why doesn’t the NFL use more running quarterbacks?” It’s called “investment, fast linebackers and hashmarks.” That’s why.

    Hell, Bruce Arians was fired by the Rooneys because Ben Roethlisberger was getting hit too much and the Rooneys were scared it would shorten his career. You know, investment.

  29. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Amazingly one of the slowest, lumbering QB’s in the league…JW was actually pretty effective as a runner. Slow but slippery and strong. He was CLEARLY a better runner than Brady. Does anybody want to trade Brady for JW?

    Mark2001 nailed the prime ingredients needed to judge QB’s. Some do some of those things better than others. Mahomes may be the only one to run and pass equally well..Rodgers is close as is Russell Wilson.

    But what league is Brooks watching? Brady, and statue of stone Phillip Rivers both had successful seasons…Big Ben near the end…Drew Brees…these guys did not beat people with their legs.

    Some QB’s…obviously Brady…but I include Brees..Rivers…and Russell Wilson among them…can read defenses…their adjustments and tendencies and they get rid of the ball quickly.

    If you are cerebral, have great targets, a QB can get the ball out so quickly that blitzes do not effect them. An 8 yard pass covers the same yardage as the 8 yard scramble.

    I do not have a preference although I do worry about QB health if they’re running.

    Freeman had a rocket scatter arm and a stout build with athleticism. When they took the run away from him he became a poor QB.

  30. gp Says:

    Some of these posts today have raised a curiosity question for me

    How many and which NFL teams have yet to field a “starting black quarterback”?
    (back up starters don’t count)

    NE broke the mold last year

    Giants? Miami? Denver? Buffalo? GB?

    And, for the record, there have been a few black quarterbacks to hoist the lombardi, and a couple of them are considered to be scramblers.
    Wilson, Mahomes, Williams,… Off the top of my head.

  31. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Bucs have the most underrated Oline in the NFL.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    Every generation thinks they are reinventing the wheel.

  33. Joe Says:

    LOL Geno!

  34. rrsrq Says:

    What Bucky is saying is that a lot of offensive linemen are coming from spread offenses in college, that means pass pro may not be their bread and butter. Brady is the exception, because of offensive line and how he processes things much faster than most QBs. Mac Jones better have a damn good offensive line, because theses defensive linemen, even inside like Aaron Donald are athletic as he!!., then you take the OLB that pass rush as well as a few Devin White, non mobile QBs better process real quick.

  35. Youngbucs Says:

    How does an offensive line go from almost 50 sacks to barely above 20???????? And I wish a 🤡 oneilbucs would say because of the rookie tackle. No 🤡 because of the QB!!!!!!!

  36. Cobraboy Says:

    QBs today need to be more mobile because all the way down to the PeeWee level the gruntwork OL fundamentals are not taught or coached to any decent level.

    The reason some schools produce better OL is because *they* recruit and coach OL fundamentals.

    Nothing says you can’t run a spread offense if the OL can block well. But if the OL can’t block, a mobile QB is critical.

    Cause—>effect. Not effect—>cause.

  37. Buczilla Says:

    Bucky has good opinions from time to time, but this one just makes him look like a fool. Arm talent and accuracy will trump running ability every single time. If you get someone with all of those traits like Young or Mahomes, then you have someone truly special.

  38. Eddie Marz Says:

    The best thing about Brady not being a scrambling QB? He’s never had to adjust his game. That’s why he’s playing into his forties. Let’s see where these scramblers are at 43? LMAO GO BUCS!

  39. David Says:

    I remember a couple years ago Mike Mayock saying oh line play and blocking has gone downhill because of a few reasons.
    -Different types of college offenses with mobile quarterbacks
    -less time to practice
    -less time to practice physically

    So with the OL and QBs coming out of college geared towards that style a.k.a. the Chiefs, the Bills, that’s what teams are drafting.

    BUT…. With good drafting and coaching of OL, there is no reason a drop back QB can’t succeed.

  40. Edward Overby Says:

    Doug williams was not a running QB, he was a tall pocket passer who was very accurate considering he played for TB who sucked back then .warren Moon one of the most dynamic QBs was very accurate and no he was not a running QB. Ruffly 95’/. Of QBs who won the Superbowls were NOT runners,they scrambled to let the WR get open.Brady is mobile inside the pocket.