Tom Brady Throwing “Probably Harder”

August 9th, 2021

The study of Tom Brady is an evolving joy for so many ex-quarterbacks.

He’s defied science and history and has made believers out of every remaining skeptic.

Former Super Bowl QB Phil Simms has always been in Brady’s corner, though he admitted on CBS Sports Radio last week that he believed Brady was a little crazy years ago when he talked about playing at 45 years old.

Simms’ study of Brady last year, he said, revealed a quarterback who was trying not to get hit yet still was delivering tremendous fastballs.

“But the thing about him, you know, he’s still willing. And the throwing arm, he’s Nolan Ryan,” Simms said, referring to the legendary pitcher who led Major League Baseball in strikeouts four times.

“[Brady] can still throw it as hard now as he did early in his career, probably harder. And of course we Nolan Ryan was throwing in the mid-90s even when he was 44 or 45. … He was an angry pitcher. … Tom Brady is the same way. He loves really letting the ball go, throwing as hard as he can, which comes in handy a lot of times in the NFL.”

Joe can’t really imagine how much better Brady might be on a healthy knee this season. Did it really affect his play last year? That’s unclear.

But Joe feels great about hearing another QB guru talking about Brady’s fastball looking as good or better than ever. Remember, former Falcons offensive coordinator and Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter marveled at Brady’s improved velocity early this year.

17 Responses to “Tom Brady Throwing “Probably Harder””

  1. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Same velocity, he just trusts who he’s throwing to now so he’s turning it loose.

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Quote – “Nolan Ryan was throwing in the mid-90s even when he was 44 or 45.”

    And I thought Brady was ageless!

  3. Beeej Says:

    “Simms’ study of Brady last year, he said, revealed a quarterback who was trying not to get hit”

    There ARE some things Brady can’t overcome with his lifestyle, I’m good with it

  4. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Alabama – yup, I was just a kid in the 80s and 90s but I do remember Nolan Ryan putting Robin Ventura in a headlock and whupping that ass at 43 and still throwing No Hitters. Back when pitchers used to, you know, actually used to be workhorses and go 7 strong every outing. Nowadays analytics nerds wanna pull someone after 5. In the World Series. While giving up a single hit….

  5. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Lol. Yeah , Ventura didn’t think that out beforehand.

  6. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Also, rumor has it that Brady had a pretty bad case of tennis elbow in 2019. If you’ve ever had it you know what it does to throwing velocity.

  7. Beeej Says:

    Ryan also had a training/eating regimen not a lot unlike Brady’s

  8. Leighroy Says:

    All this from a guy who’s rookie year photo and combine workout would have NEVER led you to believe one day this would be the case. I’m ordering TB12 supplements right away!

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    Favre said he still has a gun. Just a broken body everywhere else.

  10. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Satchel Paige played in the major leagues until he was 46 and continued to play professional baseball until he was 59. Maybe we have many more years to enjoy Brady!… lol.

  11. Izod Says:

    I will admit gleefully I was wrong about Brady’s arm strength last year. From what it looked like to me as an armchair QB the great velocity he had early in his career was not there in the last couple years with the Pats… again, Brady did what Brady does which is prove people wrong. I’m not so much concerned with the arm any more as with the body–hoping he can give us at least 2 more years.

  12. Phil Says:

    Brady’s velocity and accuracy has remained consistent over the last few years. He only reduced his velocity in 2019, because his receivers kept dropping passes or tipped them to defenders.

  13. geno711 Says:

    Gordie Howe played 32 years of pro hockey.

  14. Drunkinybor Says:

    Chrissy Simms just ain’t my cup of tea. He just feels fake to me. A rich brat that’s a know it all. I’ll give to him though he played his heart and spleen out for a bit. But I just cannot see him as a authority to judge and other q.b. I also hate Florio so that contributes to it.

  15. Drunkinybor Says:

    Whoops my bad it’s Chrissy dad who said this. Yes I take his comments with respect as a highly qualified football scholar.

  16. IrishAF Says:

    As a fan of Brady from his Michigan days. I’m just super stoked he’s still got it and playing the way he is while also praying he doesn’t pull a Favre. The chance to sit and watch history happen every single week is a blessing and it’ll suck when he retires. It’s like the NBA post late 1980s-1990s. Jordan, Magic, Stockton, Malone. So many legendary players and so fun to watch. Watching the NBA just isn’t the same. Then we got Kobe at the end of Jordan, much like Mahomes with Brady. Fun. But not even in the same ball park the same game to watch.

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    Brady stopped doing those goal line sneaks as the year went along — for example in the SB where they got stuffed at the half-inch line. A more healthy Brady with a working knee might have just took that in himself. So there’s a chance to improve.