The Tom Brady “No, No” Call

September 10th, 2021

The theatrical value of last night’s Bucs game kicked up a few notches with 24 seconds remaining.

Tom Brady put his foot down — hard.

It’s all in the must-watch Twitter video below.

Tom Brady is looking at his play card in the critical moment and he appears to get the playcall in his headset. Brady’s reaction is to turn ot the sideline and scream, “No!” twice and shake his head a few times.

It seems Brady took command, called his shot and threw the key strike to Chris Godwin that set up the game-winning field goal.

Of course, the TV broadcast made it look like offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich called the play. And likely he did, but Joe can’t say with certainty that it didn’t come from Bucco Bruce Arians.

Regardless, this is what QB legends do. It’s just rare to see it play out on camera.

73 Responses to “The Tom Brady “No, No” Call”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Good call Brady. No way you can put the game in BL hands. Just no way

  2. rogertampabay Says:

    he did it last year too joe, just not as loud, he looked at the sideline and shook his head and softly said no,no, then a couple seconds later shook his head yes, im assuming after BL called a play he liked better.

  3. Mike Says:

    Brady knows what he likes, and back shoulder fades on the left side are one of those things he really likes… 🙂

  4. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Yea I saw that last night its just a QB knowing and seeing more then a coach that is on the sideline IMO

  5. Bird Says:


    I know you already commented about going back and re-watching game
    He does that a few times

    Gotta love it
    Brady has been in every situation and seen it all

  6. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Lamarcus………. you’re finally starting to make sense.
    I hope it lasts!

  7. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    So clutch.

  8. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I wonder if Tom will head coach the Bucs after he retires at QB? AWWWWWWWWWWWW that would be nice to see.

  9. Lamarcus Says:


    I’m not here to make sense of nothing. It’s only football and WE are only fans. Only echos in the stands. If you really think fans football opinions matter then okay…What world do you live in?

  10. Robert Says:

    you can tell by BL’s face TB made the call.

    this is TB’s house. W/O him this offense is back to jameisville.

  11. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I saw this also and the camera showed BL on the sidelines in what looked like an agitated conversation with Brady.

  12. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Coaches have to shake off bad calls just as QBs and DBs have to move on immediately after their last bad play. All are just fallible human beings doing their best as professionals in their roles. The “team” means everyone involved in the game.

    I love watching them all. They are each in a spotlight or under a microscope as it were.

  13. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Didn’t look like Brady called his own play, just turned down the initial call. Seemed to like the second one and it worked. Nothing to see here.

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    Agreed. Thats what legends do. You dont bring in the 44 year old master just for arm talent. His football IQ is what seperates him.

  15. TheShaz Says:

    I hope people don’t take this out of context.

    Brady is a seasoned (OK, well seasoned 7 time SB Champ) QB

    I see no problem with him changing the play from what the OC or HC called in.

    I watched most of the TV talking heads this morning and they are keying mostly on if Godwin committed OPI, when I looked at the play it could have been OPI or PI to be honest. But none of the TV talking heads are talking about a rift between TB12 and BL/BA

    We were sloppy with the penalties, I think the way Dallas played surprised our guys. The defense got embarrassed and the team was carried on the shoulders of the GOAT and his buddies (GRONK & AB)

  16. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Absolutely Legendary

  17. lambchop Says:

    I was hoping someone asked Brady what was that play designed for that he didn’t like at that moment. I’m pretty sure it was BL who called it cuz after Brady got to the sideline, you could see him and BL talking it over. Brady knows what Brady likes, and he knows how to get chunks of yards to setup a kick, instead of going for a homerun.

  18. Richard Dickson Says:

    There was also a shot where you could see Arians yelling “Tom! TOM!” and Brady either didn’t hear him or ignored him.

  19. lambchop Says:

    I really don’t think “rift” or “agitated” are proper words to use here at all between Tom and Byron’s conversation. It’s a live game where any good coach and QB will be happy with the result rather than the credit. Excitement and animation to get the right play call in the right moment looks to be the case. They want to succeed, that’s all.

    You’ll notice that, when asked, Tom gave Gronk credit for ‘improvising’ on that block and release when the D blitzed. But, when the same question was asked to Gronk, he said he was initially a route runner, Tom checked him into blocking, and THEN checked him back into releasing when Tom recognized the blitz and that Lawrence was going to be covering Gronk. Brady is the smartest QB playing. Period. It used to be Peyton, but he retired.

    Brady is a real leader. He ain’t a ‘check yo sheets’ kinda guy.

  20. adam from ny Says:

    brady is certainly a qb who has “a feel for the game”…

    he’s basically mastered his position…

    so if he doesn’t like a play call at a key moment, or knows he can exploit a specific opponent at a certain time, you roll with it…

    let brady be brady….


  21. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Two years ago our qb would’ve said ” okay coach ” and then throw an interception in a clutch we need this moment, and this isn’t a complete dig at him. You can see by Brady still looking at his arm band doesn’t know the exact lettering of the plays buuut knows the concepts or outcome of those plays. He simply wanted a BETTER play called because you can see he agreed with the one that worked. So you BL haters or more likely doubters don’t start….. just yet.

  22. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Screw the OPI on Godwin…

    Somebody explain Deans 2 for1 30 yd penalty. Please.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Jmark…that was messed up.

  24. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Did you guys see the Matrix “dejavu ” moment last night??? The play to Godwin that allowed the Bucs to close out the NFC Championship game for a first down got that same result yesterday, a much needed 1st down. PRICELESS!!!

  25. firethecannons Says:

    Only TB12 knows what he can do, what his team can do and what their team can do, processing it all at once, had the MVP(aaron rogers) of the nfl done that in the NFC championship we would not of been the world champs.

  26. firethecannons Says:


    no doubt!
    Go Bucs!

  27. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Yeah Jmarkbuc I also thought teams were allowed to challenge PI calls, or is that just non calls? That ” double indemnity” call was crap because Dean barely touched him.

  28. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Brady should be calling all of the plays.

  29. Ben green Says:

    Ha hahahahahahaha, nothing like emasculating your coaching staff on national television. Everyone knows he runs the show. He did it more than once. Answer me one honest question, do you really think it matters who coaches this team? Arians and leftwit don’t know asses from elbows. They were out coached by Mike McCarthy. Whenever you turn the ball over like that, it’s a sign of an unprepared team.

  30. 123urout Says:

    That was what LEGENDS are made off. 🐐

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Brady Being Brady.

  32. TOM Says:

    Just like I’ve been saying all along TB has forgotten more about football than Lefty will ever know. Lefty no more than a BA puppet.

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I’ve never seen a 2 in 1 penalty. I have seen more than one penalty called on a play, but one gets accepted, the other declined.

    That and he barely touched his helmet.

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    Leftwich probably wanted to run a draw play.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    TOM – If Leftwich was an Arians puppet I’d be happy, but he’s not, he’s a Mike Shula clone who is being forced to open things up. If he had his way the team would run on 65% of plays, which is why he can’t wait until Trask gets in there and the QB isn’t overriding his terrible calls.

  36. geno711 Says:

    Beautiful by Brady. BBB!

  37. Jerry Says:

    He’s done it before, even in the Super Bowl.

  38. FrankPillow Says:

    We don’t come close to winning this game w/o the GOAT. His accuracy and ball-placement were both simply spectacular last night.

  39. 813bucboi Says:

    This is why Brady is here….

    Would he been able to do that in NE?…

    No problem with the GOAT telling anyone what play to run…

    BL called a great game last night…TOs and poor execution was the problem last night…


  40. Snook Says:

    Leftwich also sucks. Most overrated coach on Bucs.

  41. JimmyJack Says:

    813 yep, Byron was masterful last night. Recievers schemed wide open all night long. The only thing that slowed down Byron O was boneheaded mistakes. Otherwise it looks like we get 40.

    Nothing new really.

  42. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete - Founder of Says:

    Tom just showed the world the type of thing that Aaron Rodger’s needed to do last year in the title game, but didn’t have the cojones to do…

    Tom Brady is the Alpha male of the entire sports world (and now, thankfully, the Tampa Bay community), and Aaron is a Beta. Lol

    Tom is the Legend of All Legends. L.F.G.

  43. Duane Says:

    Best play of the night. We all know the guy that pulls the trigger makes the call. Backshoulder Brady is a thing, and it is a work of art to watch. Its a good window to throw into, but the timing is so crucial. Byron likely wanted something over the middle. Brady made a better adjustment and got the ball out to a receiver who was able to get to the sidelines. As a long time Bucs fan, I am shocked that I was so optimistic about a comeback with 1:24 left. Feeling spoiled. Good times.

  44. Rod Munch Says:

    The first play of the first 6 series of the game…

    1st series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    2nd series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    3rd series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    4th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    5th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    6th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE

    That worked out to 6 plays for 17 yards and a fumble.


    Give Leftwich a extension!

  45. Eddie Marz Says:

    Years ago quarterbacks made their own calls. Sometimes you have to let the guy playing, who has a feel for what the defense is doing, make the calls especially when time is running out.

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    BTW, 7th series…

    You pass with the design of the play to get the ball into the hands of…

    Not to Brown… Not Godwin… Not to Evans… Not to Gronk… Not to Miller… Not to Brate… Not to Gino… Not to TJ… Not to OJ… but no, to our 10th best receiver Fournette, who bounces the ball in the air for an INT.

    Again, brilliant playcalling!

    Actually, to be fair, if Fournette doesn’t do his best Rojo impression they get a nice 7 yard gain. But the point is, HE’S YOUR 10TH BEST OPTION!

  47. PassingThru Says:

    I have far more confidence in Tom Brady in making the playcalls than I have in either Leftwich or Arians. Very little escapes Brady’s attention, which is why he changes plays or calls the pass protection assignments during the audible.

    Last night Gronk was to run a route when the huddle broke. A LB lined up to either press or rush the passer. Tommy Boy saw it, and during the audible changed Gronk from running the route to pass blocking. Then another LB shifted over to line up obliquely to Gronk, creating more havoc for the blocking assignment. That’s when Brady changed the play again during the audible, knowing that Dallas was trading coverage for pressure. The new audible called for Gronk to chip block and run a short slant as Dallas was surrendering the middle of the field. Bigger picture it was cover zero. If you check the nfl site, you’ll see Gronk exchanging a quick look at Brady to let him know he got the message right before the snap. Brilliant call, Brady drew in the LBs and Gronk caught the quick strike for a touchdown.

  48. BucEmUp Says:

    This is why Jameis failed under leftwich…and will succeed in NO. Byron doesn’t know coverages and situational football.

    This is why Byron never will get a HC gig

  49. Cgmaster27 Says:

    @rod that screen to stone hands Fournette was the perfect play call. There qere three blockers and 1 dallas guy anywhere near him. You can give byron grief on some things, but saying that was a stupid playcall is ridiculously stupid in its own right.

  50. ClodHopper Says:

    The trick to him doing that is to not over do it. He doesn’t seem to to me. I cant imagine BL or AB being upset about it.

  51. crazybucs_CL Says:

    the win last night was: luck;TB12;luck; and TB12…..that’s it.

  52. JimmyJack Says:

    Rod Munch jeez man youre reaching a real specizl type of stupid complaining about playcalling when Byron was scheeming recievers wide ass open all night long. We put up 30 and if not for dumb mistakes we likely put up 40+.

    Obvisously your never going to stop complaining since you are finding a way to when the offense was pretty close to perfect last night from a playcall sense.

    And them six run plays your whining about Im pretty sure a good half of them was audibles……..Normally with bad posts like your I blame Madden but in your case its so bad Im pretty sure Tecmo Bowl is whats to blame.

  53. CJBuc Says:

    I love it when someone is being sarcastic by calling someone brilliant and doesnt know how to spell brilliant. Its quite brillant.

  54. Listnfrmafar Says:

    That was his 64th late game winning drive, I am pretty sure TB12 has a better idea than BL what plays he should run. Every once in a while Brady throws a straight arm at BL & BA.

  55. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – So you think Evans, Godwin, AB, Gronk – they need Leftwich to get them open? LOL!

  56. Rod Munch Says:

    Cgmaster27 – I did give credit, I said in fairness it was a good call. I know on TV they said it would have gotten big yards, but it didn’t look like it to me. However we’ll never know. But my issue was, with all the options this team has, you’re throwing to Fournette? He did this same thing in the SB and got bailed out because of the hold on Evans.

    I don’t have any issues with Fournette, but if you need a spark, he’s not where I’m looking.

    In any case I expect the offense to be a lot better now that they got some playing time. I’m not a big fan of not playing guys in the preseason, and I think we saw some of the results of that tonight. Things should improve, hopefully, including Leftwich.

  57. DoooshLaRue Says:

    BL is the Master Mind!

  58. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    One of the most important jobs TB12 does here is override Raheem’s second favorite QB.

  59. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    September 10th, 2021 at 2:03 pm
    The first play of the first 6 series of the game…

    1st series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    2nd series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    3rd series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    4th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    5th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    6th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE

    That worked out to 6 plays for 17 yards and a fumble.


    I know that Brady loves to set up play action, but come on.

    Maybe we could actually set up the run with the pass?
    Very fair point Rod, just plain common sense.

    What is the definition for insanity that many use, doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.

    It has been time to change the insane play calling sequences for quite a while now.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  60. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Just in case someone reads this wrong, I am referencing BL not Brady.

    GO BUCS!!

  61. Anonymous Says:

    Brady could coach the team and play the game n do it successfully given the chance!!

  62. David Says:

    They have put up 30 points or more in 9 straight games. It’s a collaboration between BL and TB and maybe some BA.
    Why everyone feels the need to bash BL and claim it’s all TB is beyond me. It clearly is not. Just because TB waved off one play on camera suddenly there are idiots on here claiming BL is worthless.
    The point is they are doing it together and after the iron out a few mistakes this offense is going to be scoring 34 or more easily

  63. Chuckufarley63 Says:

    As a lifelong Patriots and now Tampa Bay fan,
    That’s the ONE thing that never gets old !
    That being that with Brady at QB and enough time to make
    a half dozen plays to move down the field and Win
    the Game, odds are HE DOES.
    Brady = Clutch and Spoiled Fans !!!

  64. August 1976 Buc Says:

    This is not bashing, this just stating statistical facts.


    1st series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    2nd series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    3rd series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    4th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    5th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE
    6th series… RUN UP THE MIDDLE

    That worked out to 6 plays for 17 yards and a fumble.


    August 1976
    I know that Brady loves to set up play action, but come on BL.

    Maybe we could actually set up the run with the pass?
    Very fair point Rod, just plain common sense.

    What is the definition for insanity that many use, doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.

    It has been time to change the insane play calling sequences for quite a while now.

    This is not about bashing a person, it is about simply changing up the sequences

    So they should not try and be better, and just accept things as they are?

    No go for the jugular, why be predictable.

    It is about excellence, not just accepting things the way they are.

    Average is the enemy of excellence.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  65. Wild Bill Says:

    First possession of the first game of the season. The starters have only played in the first quarter of the last preseason game. So how better to get your blockers and backs take it to the D-line, test them out, get your own timing down etc. Running plays. Real contact against a tough opponent. Take it to them warm your linemen up. Open up the offense on the next series. Game plan? Just guessing but maybe.

  66. buckologist Says:

    When it comes to situations like this and you have a quarterback with over 20 years experience in the NFL you have a tendency to leave certain situations in his hands. BL trust TB to know what is best for him in situations like this he’s been there and done that before. This is the difference between a professional and a amateur.

  67. Max Says:

    Is this a bad thing. I’m pretty sure these things were discussed in the qb room. No issues in the qb room.

  68. Kev@Inverness Says:

    What a friggin’ joke. All these armchair QB’s that think they have more football smarts than BL. He definitely deserves more respect than he gets here. The man has played the QB position and now coaches it at the highest level. What credibility do you armchair QB’s have besides beating your little brother in a football video game??!!

  69. EXPATFAN Says:

    You witnessed what Brady’s been doing for years! Only it was more pronounced and the camera caught it. He routinely had it out with Josh McDaniels and Bill O’Brien. This normal stuff. Plus he’s calling multiple plays at the same time for different situations. The guy not on has a feel for the game like Idiot from NY said…He is the game! He’s the difference maker. He’s the edge you have over the other teams. He’s smarter than the coaches and of course he’s the GOAT.

  70. Gregory Duane Thomas Says:

    Truth. Be Told Offensive Coordinators are Well Paid Arm Chair Quaterbacks… Tom and others are out there with a “HANDS ON” FEEL FOR THE GAME” AND subsequently BETTER ABLE to call EFFECTIVE PLAYS

  71. Will Lawson Says:

    Well you guys were talking crap that ur Bootandears were going to blow the Cowboys out. LMFAO. They will meet again if ur team makes it. And if Tom Brady doesn’t get hurt. We can only wish lol. We will beat you guys like a red headed stepchild.

    But if it wasn’t for the push off the receiver did. Yeah another ref missed call. You guys would be kissing some Cowboy ass lol.

    But no worries, u will be soon

  72. TN Bucs Fan Says:

    You see a shot of them on the sidelines face to face and Byron’s expression didn’t look pleased to me. Rewatch it and you can be the judge

  73. E.V. Says:

    I think we get rid of B.L. save money and let Brady be O.C. and Q.B. I mean b.l. is ok I would say like 50 percent ok but we need a sean Payton or who is dallasO.C.? Just because one of Dallas top Offensive line man was out doesn’t mean his back up could be even better..