“The Pursuit Of Perfection Is Kind Of The Sickness”

October 25th, 2021

Sick quarterback

Tom Brady shared his thoughts driving home from The Licht House yesterday following the Bucs’ throttling of the Bears 38-3.

Despite playing catch with his daughter in the locker room with the 600th-touchdown ball, Brady was not of a peaceful mind, he explained tonight on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“I think the pursuit of perfection is kind of the sickness,” Brady said. “Like yesterday’s game, good example. I know it was kind of I would say a little bit of a boring game. We won 38-3. We should have had 50 points. So In my mind, I’m driving home thinking, ‘How did we not score 50 yesterday? I mean 50 f’n points was right there to have and we didn’t score 50. What’s the problem?”

“You know, there’s not the joy of the moment because as I’ve got older I want it to be perfect, even though it’s a very imperfect sports. So it’s a little maddening. And I think at the same time that’s kind of what keeps us going, you know, because you try to be perfect in a very imperfect sport.”

Yes, Brady is unhappy about the Bucs’ work in the red zone in the second half. It was sloppy and weak, enough to irk The Goat despite a 35-point victory.

Joe wonders how Brady shares his “sickness” with teammates after a huge win. Bucs players got today off and don’t return to One Buc Palace until early Wednesday morning. (Joe’s not counting the mandatory Monday COVID test.)

Does Brady start texting guys Sunday night? Joe has a vision of Alex Cappa and Ryan Jensen drinking cold ones when they get a group text from Brady about goal-line blocking.

40 Responses to ““The Pursuit Of Perfection Is Kind Of The Sickness””

  1. Going for ✌️In a row Says:

    The hunger never stops until you eat = 7 rings

    We are going for ✌️ in a row.

  2. Dew Says:

    Exactly. That’s how you win Super Bowls. Never satisfied. Work work work. Bucs fans are blessed. Glad I lived long enough to see it.

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    The Bucs were just a small handful of plays away from being the most one-sided game I have ever seen, score aside.

    A few more completions at critical points, a few more D stops in the running game at points, a made FG, and that may have been the most “perfect” game a team could play.

  4. August 1976 Buc Says:

    “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” Vince Lombardi

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    One more comment: this was the first time I saw some serious fire from the defense in quite a while. Before they were animatrons, going through the motions at less than full speed. Sunday they were flying around, having a blast.

    I look forward to the return of the Walking Wounded after the bye.

  6. alton d green Says:

    Lombardi also said “winning is not the most important thing, it’s the ONLY thing”

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Sure he’s going going to have a few bad passes, the over throw to Brate and Howard. Same applies he cannot control the one that hit Brate between the numbers and Lenny or Rojo not pounding the rock over the goaline so yes some his fault and some not, that’s the.game. I also think Godwin got in, BA didn’t challenge because by then the game was over. They scored 38 points on a very good D and one of the sack leaders never got a finger on him. Like last year this team is starting to gel in spite of the injuries on both sides. Mickens, see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.

  8. cmurda Says:

    Tom Brady’s sickness is a healthy drive for perfection while the COVID sickness plagues the country or is it a vaccine sickness? Nevermind. Go Bucs!

  9. Medicated Pete Says:

    TB12 drinks the water from the hidden lake below Antarctica that’s 25 million years old

  10. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    .so he is driving home, most likely in his car are more then one kid, at least, maybe a family member… who knows, and what he is thinking:
    “… How did we not score 50 yesterday? I mean 50 f’n points was right there to have and we didn’t score 50. What’s the problem?…”
    well.. IN TB12 WE TRUST…
    this guy, this superman, is playing for us. How we become so lucky???
    Tompa Bay loves you TB12.

  11. StAugBuc Says:

    Everyone who has followed this team 30 years or longer (43 for me) deserves every moment of this time. It’s going to be over before we know it.

  12. Jameis-got-hosed Says:

    Some terrible balls yesterday. I mean let’s be honest, he’s on a stacked superteam. And yet he was missing balls left and right, yikes.

    It’s clear that the talent of the team is elevating his play. Good god he wasn’t good yesterday.

  13. Wild Bill Says:

    @StAug. I remember that first season. Told my next door neighbor he was crazy to buy season tickets. Creamsicle uniforms and melted dreams, haha.

  14. WillieG Says:

    I predicted the Bucs would win 49-3. If they would’ve scored TDs on those two drives, I would have been right on the money.

  15. StAugBuc Says:

    I was young and in Philly so Buc fever didn’t hit me till 1978

  16. StAugBuc Says:

    I’m a firm believer that if Bucs run it back this year Brady comes back to try to be the first to 3 peat. After that this fun is over.

  17. Buc4evr Says:

    To be honest , I’m unhappy that we couldn’t get it done a yard or less from the goal line. This could kill us against better teams like the Saints, Titans or Buffalo. Hopefully BL will come up with better plays in this situation or at least allow Vea to carry the ball. RoJo on the 1 yard line isn’t the answer.

  18. Buc4evr Says:

    As a Bucs fan from the beginning, I absolutely hate the Bears from our time in the NFC Central. We took a lot of s**t from Da Bears fans, so I love it when they lose, especially to the Bucs. Just wish we hung 60 on them… lol.

  19. BucfaninMi Says:

    You said st.Aug! A looong time coming! I’m enjoying every second.🤘🏼🤘🏼

  20. Jmarkbuc Says:

    The Bucs countered with a package that will pay off a bit longer. Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the team is giving Kennedy two signed jerseys and a helmet from Brady, a signed Evans jersey and his game cleats, $1,000 credit at the team store, and two season passes for the remainder of this season and 2022.

    Pretty fair deal to rightfully return a piece of history…

  21. EA Says:

    Not sure Brady meant what he said here, bucs didn’t want to run up the score, they played conservative ball in the third and pulled Brady and a few starters in the 4th. Im ok with that decision, game was over at half time, would have been a belicheat move to run up the score.

  22. David Says:

    That drive for perfection and to win… MJ, Kobe, Tiger. The greats in every sport have it much more than others.

    It is why so many professional athletes go towards golf. It’s mentally challenging. It doesn’t matter what you shoot, you could have done better.

    Annika Sörenstam famous quote-
    She was asked how did she shoot a 59, her response
    “I Lipped out the putt on 18 to shoot 58”

    That never ending competitive drive to perfection that can never be obtained.
    It creates greatness but it can also be such a burden, like with MJ

  23. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Pretty sure Durable Donnie didn’t get a wink of sleep last night because he was tossing and turning and thinking about how he can improve.

  24. David Says:


    They had first and goal inside the five twice and failed on a fourth down and made one field goal. That’s mostly what he’s talking about.

    As for “running up the score”
    I don’t believe there’s such a thing. You play Whatever and however you want. If the other team can not stop you, oh well, that’s their problem

  25. Jerry Says:

    Brady has pretty much already said he’s going to be here at least next year. He’s showing no signs of slowing down yet.

    But no matter what we are going to have to start some transitioning next season. We may have some changes in the coaching staff. Arians may retire, and I imagine he would if the Bucs repeat. Also, Todd Bowles won’t be here next year if we don’t promote him. There are quite a number of coaches right now around the league on the hot seat already. And someone is going give him an opportunity, especially if the Bucs dive deep into the post-season. He’ll get interviews, guaranteed.

    The roster is aging. And it’s likely we are going to see some retirements next year. We will have to start transitioning to some of the young guys and injecting some more youth. That’s why the Bucs are very hesitant to make any trades with draft picks before the deadline. We are going to need those picks.

    That’s the way it is in football. Very rarely do you keep the same team one year to the next. There are always changes. What the Bucs did this year keeping all the starters and coaching staff together has only been done once before by the 1979 Steelers…..who did go on and repeat, by the way.

  26. cmurda Says:

    @Jmark. Wow, thats an amazing deal considering this guy was lucky enough for Mike to toss him the ball.

  27. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    With all the stupid monikers….ie waffle grilling……perfectionist should be one of them.

  28. David Says:

    Brady on with Manning commenting on Monday night football was fantastic

  29. David Says:


    They have been addressing the aging roster. The DBs and running backs and O line are all pretty young. They just grabbed another edge rusher.
    They need to get another linebacker and DT & sign Godwin.

    Arians made it sound like he is staying longer but I have a feeling Bowles is going to be promoted when he leaves and BL will stick around as OC.
    That would be ideal to me anyway

  30. David Says:


    I saw that was the package he got for the ball. That’s good and fair.

  31. Terry Says:

    Joe, you mentioned at 1 time that Aarians had thought about using Vea when they got down to within a yard or 2 from the end zone why don’t they give it a chance to see if it would work.

  32. David Says:

    I hope the buccaneer defense is paying attention to this game. It seems real simple, have someone key on Alvin and cover everything 12 yards and in while getting pressure.
    If Jamies has to hold it for even a half a second longer he panics and he makes mistakes.

  33. Bucsfan81 Says:

    Yea if this how the saints play Sunday we will destroy them. They basically have 1 weapon in Kamara that’s it. They can’t even score 14 points on one of the worst defenses in the league.

  34. LVMYBUCS Says:

    This MNF is horrible, both teams are making some dumb mistakes

  35. Jerry Strickland Says:

    Although Tom was trying to take the blame for not putting 50 points on the score board I appreciate the perfection that has brought to the Buccaneers. He has help bring this team to where all the players are playing with a lot of perfection week in and week out. They you TomBrady for the perfection you have brought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!!! GOOOO Bucs!!!!

  36. Rod Munch Says:

    Speaking of the sickness, the Bears coach tested positive for it on Monday, after shaking Arians hands on Sunday.

  37. bucschamps Says:

    tom and the mannings is gold

  38. Joe in Michigan Says:

    DoooshLaRue Says:
    October 25th, 2021 at 8:55 pm
    Pretty sure Durable Donnie didn’t get a wink of sleep last night because he was tossing and turning and thinking about how he can improve.
    He HAS improved, you imbecile.

  39. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Jamais-got-hosed, seriously he played horrible? He got them 38 points against a great defense. He missed two obvious bug plays but how about the passes he made to Gidwin, including the back shoulder TD and the other back shoulder TD to Evan’s and Evan’s hadn’t even turned around and the ball was there. This must be Oneilbucyall in disguised, the Brady hater.

  40. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh good.
    The predictable response I expected.