Tom Brady “Is Not Trying To Run The (Bucs)”

August 21st, 2021

“Tom, you can relax. The Glazers pay Jason Licht enough cash that he can find CFL players if someone gets hurt. Ever hear of Donteea Dye?”

Joe can see how fans can connect the dots and think Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is playing general manager.

And Joe can understand how this perception annoys folks at One Buc Palace.

For example, it was Brady who lured foot-rubbing, car-littering Rob Gronkowski out of retirement (before the Bucs traded for his rights), coaxed furniture-tossing, bicycle-throwin Antonio Brown to come to Tampa and greased the wheels for Playoff Lenny to sign with the team.

But Brady isn’t ordering Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to sign/trade for/draft players. And Brady isn’t telling Arians he’s bringing in Antonio Brown.

In an airing this week of “The Rich Eisen Show,” seen on Peacock, Eisen pestered Albert Breer for intel that hasn’t seen the light of day in the NFL, perhaps something no one knows about.

Breer, who was at Bucs practice on Wednesday, said while the perception that Brady is the de facto general manager, Arians and Licht are running the show — with Brady as a trusted consultant of sorts.

“There is this perception that Brady is running the Bucs,” Breer told Eisen. “And that’s not what’s happening. They are calling Brady when they make moves. Brady will tell them when he thinks something is the right move. But he’s not trying to run the organization.”

Breer noted the Bucs certainly keep Brady in the loop on transactions and sometimes may bounce ideas off his head. But Brady isn’t running roughshod over at One Buc Palace, throwing his weight around, intimidating the littles and demanding Licht sign a certain player — or else!

But aside from his personal influence with Gronk, Brown and Fournette, Breer emphasized Brady is not calling shots.

26 Responses to “Tom Brady “Is Not Trying To Run The (Bucs)””

  1. geno711 Says:

    I think Green Bay should have tried the Bucs method of consulting their star qb.

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    I don’t care who is running the team, whatever they’re doing is working.

  3. Bucsfan Says:

    Brady seems to love Tampa Bay. Brady is the exact opposite of Aaron Rodgers when it comes to everything. Rodgers doesn’t talk to his own family. Aaron Rodgers demands to be paid the highest come contract time. Brady has been taking pay cuts his whole career. Brady is married to the highest paid super model in the world. Gisele is worth double what Brady is worth. Rodgers is engaged to a B list actress. Rodgers chokes comes up small in the biggest moments look at last years nfc championship game. Albert Breer is a hack who has no inside info on Brady. Breer ran around last year saying Josh Mcdaniels was getting chargers job.

  4. lambeau Says:

    I’m more interested in the playcalling. BA and BL are defensive about it, but I have to believe TB12 has gradually gained considerable influence. Nobody talks about it, and, unlike Rodgers, Brady is very diplomatic.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Where in he11 did Breer come up with his notion that “There is this perception that Brady is running the Bucs”? Admittedly he says it’s not true, but why even go there, other than to fill air-time of course? This guy is defending Tom Brady from charges that have never even been levied.

    Brady’s ‘influence’ on our current Bucs’ roster should be obvious. Before he signed on, we had no Gronk, we had no AB, we had no Lenny. All 3 came here because Tom is our QB. THAT’S INFLUENCE. But other personalities on our team have INFLUENCE too, starting with our HC Bruce Arians and continuing on to our DC Todd Bowles.

    Bucs have a group of leaders who’ve created something special, and they did it TOGETHER. Tom Brady knows that he’s a piece of that leadership puzzle, and he’s shown for years that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. THAT, not just talent, is what makes him so much more valuable than others like Aaron Rodgers.

  6. cover deuce Says:

    The man singlehandedly brings in several key pieces of a SB championship and he updates the scheme and he’s not running the show? Yeah, sure, okay Jason.

  7. SufferingSince76 Says:

    They would be foolish not to consult Brady. The man has proven he knows the game.

  8. sasquatch Says:

    The thought that Brady was calling the shots never crossed my mind because it’s literally absurd and only boobs would believe it.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe Brady should have stayed in Washington to advise…….not good for Bucs but probably good otherwise…..

  10. geno711 Says:

    I agree with sasquatch and DR.

  11. All lives matter Says:

    There are enough attaboys to go around for everyone but as the way, things normally are in life, it always starts at the top. Same when things go wrong.

  12. ClodHopper Says:

    I never thought he did, but it only makes sense that they would want every smart football mind they can find to advise. I’m sure they deny his ideas as much as they use them. That’s how brainstorming sessions work.

  13. Bird Says:

    But like a tool , Rodgers pushes for Randall cobb and clay maythews to be packers again. Got Cobb. Go look at cobb’s recent stats… Cause they are friends, they should be on the team?

    Lets be honest …those guys have done nothing in a long time

    Not brady

  14. Joe Says:

    This guy is defending Tom Brady from charges that have never even been levied.

    Good morning Rip Van Winkle. Welcome to August 2021.

    Not only is this a very common perception, Joe gets texts all the time from Bucs types angry that so many think the Bucs gave Brady full control.

  15. DBS Says:

    Let’s see. Where could it come from. Maybe places like here. Remember the people with ” What Brady wants Brady gets”. There were more the archives are full of it. Just people now will never admit it.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    “And Joe can understand how this perception annoys folks at One Buc Palace.”

    I’m sure they could care less at OBP the national media thinks how their organization is run by Tom Brady. Does Brady work in Licht’s front office? Does Brady know how to wheel and deal contracts like Jason? Did Brady put together this coaching staff? He does have the Brady black hole effect going on.

    What they’re trying to say is Brady ran the offense after bye week and went 8-0 to win a Super Bowl. I’m just happy they locked up future HC Bowles.

  17. geno711 Says:


    Are you saying Brady was more comfortable at the end of the season and Brady and the coaches were more on the same wave length during their 8 – 0 run to win the Super Bowl?

    Or are you saying that Tom Brady installed the offense and game plan before each game in that 8 – 0 run?

    I am just wondering how far you are going.

  18. geno711 Says:


    Reads a little wrong. Not you personally suggesting that. Just asking though.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    Rip Van Winkle? Oh wow, I feel torched now.

    Looking back through media reports of Brady’s signing well over a year ago, this ‘perception’ espoused by Breer was put to bed early-on. For instance, Rick Stroud’s piece in the Tampa Bay Times from May 2020 …

    “Did Brady truly have two non-negotiable demands — control over the roster and being part of play-calling decisions — for any club attempting to sign him?

    It’s now been revealed Brady never demanded the Buccaneers give him control in any way over the roster, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, mostly because it’s a given head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht would work with him to build the team that best fits his style of play.”

    All Brady asked for was the telephone numbers of the players on the roster so he could call them (which he apparently did). He didn’t even demand #12.

    It was NEVER a one-man show like that ‘perception’ would try to steer us to believe. And our Super Bowl victory is proof. One-man shows never work in the long run. It takes a TEAM to win championships.

  20. webster Says:

    Again any idiot that think brady ran the offense after the coaches and brady has said differently countless times is just that….an idiot!!!

  21. Joe Says:

    Looking back through media reports of Brady’s signing well over a year ago, this ‘perception’ espoused by Breer was put to bed early-on.

    Majority of football fans across America do not read Rick Stroud each and every day — if they did, the Times would be swimming in money from subscriptions (majority of football fans in America they may not even follow Adam Schefter on Twitter — gasp!). You seem to think Rich Eisen and Albert Breer work locally and that their target audience is central Florida.

  22. BillyBucoff Says:

    I think Defense Rules hit a nerve.

  23. Tackleblockwin Says:

    I think the biggest thing is Byron Leftwich. It takes time for the OC and QB to really understand each other and know what the other is thinking. This season is going to be so much easier for both of them.

  24. Andrew Says:

    I don’t think TB would even WANT to be the only guy calling the shots…IMO, TB wants to be part of a TEAM. And he wants to be valued and heard by and make big contributions to his team. He can offer connections to Gronk, AB, Fournette. Jason Licht picked the low hanging fruit and went with it…TB asks certain things from his team to improve his contribution, he gets phone number lists and Alex Guererro to help him play better and lead and fit in…et cetera.

    I’ll tell you an organization where one guy gets to call all the shots and does…The New England Patriots. They have a guy there named Bill Belichick. He’s the GM and the head coach. And if BB isn’t pleased with you there, you are GONE! You have no rights or influence in NE over BB. It’s BB’s way or the highway. I feel bad for Bob Kraft. He had a good time while it pleased BB to have TB12 on the roster. Kraft entrusted BB to make the right decision and work something out with TB12 when TB became a free agent. It was obvious what Kraft wanted for the Pats and TB12. Nope. BB didn’t want to play anymore. BB is terrified of anyone else’s influence on “his” team. Including the very owner of the team!!

    Bill Belichick is a minor coach in the NFL. Teamwork yielded The Bucs incredible Super Bowl LV Championship. How ‘ bout them Pats? How is Camp BB doing now? mmm, not too sure. My prediction? BB never goes to the Super Bowl again…not sure he’ll make it to the playoffs.

    I guess BB has a secret agreement with Kraft and whatever BB’s contract is with the Pats, it’s a secret. IF the Pats don’t make the playoffs this year, AND The Bucs win a second Super Bowl in a row, I think that secret agreement between Kraft and BB will start getting pretty transparent…and thin. Personally, I’ll never forgive Belichick for “cutting” TB12 from The Patriots. And I don’t really care much how they do. I live here in NE and I used to drink the BB Kool-Aid by the gallon. No more. I’m so happy Tom plays for the Bucs now. Yet another World-Class decision by Brady. Let’s see how that organization run by one guy does this year…I wish them and BB a lot of luck.

  25. orlbucfan Says:

    The Bucs weren’t the only team after Methusaleh Brady when he cut loose from Belicheat. Brady came here cos he saw the talent of the entire team. It was his choice. He respected it and the roster of players who had it. I don’t care for him, but I will give him his due. Sounds like the Hey Joes are stirring up the bozos yet again. The entire Tampa Bay Bucs team won the SB, period.

  26. Kathlyn G. LOGAN Says:

    I am ‘WITH YOU ‘ on every word. What a great synopsis! Meanwhile, as of March 2020 I seem to be the ONLY Mainer driving around Kennebunk with three Buccaneer decals on my rear window. It was difficult getting those NE Patriot stickers off my car after 20 years of being an obsessed Pats fan, but WOW!!!!!
    What went down between Kraft, Belichick and Tommy was UNBELIEVABLE. How many times did we read/hear “Tommy is like a SON to me” (Bob Kraft you are a phony thru & thru).
    Good Luck ‘BB’ …..I pray your one man game is up.
    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RUN IT BACK (and if it isn’t in your cards in 2021…so be it. YOU ALREADY PROVED YOUR POINT.