“They Don’t Even Touch Him”

October 8th, 2021

Bullish on Tom Brady.

It sure seems like Joe Montana is a big fan of the Bucs’ offensive line.

In a video interview with USA Today, Montana, who was the NFL’s farm animal of quarterbacks until a guy named Tommy came along, was asked about Bucs quarterback Tom Brady playing until he is 50.

Montana is of the mind Brady could. And while he didn’t say so directly, you can tell Montana thinks Brady can pull this off because he is protected so well.

“They don’t even touch him,” Montana said of defenders. “He’s hardly ever getting hit. So he could play to, maybe, 60, I don’t know?”

Montana (4-0 in Super Bowls without an interception) knows all about the physical toll quarterbacks take, especially back in his day. His body got beat to a pulp to the point he couldn’t stay on the field, even though he still had magic in that right wing of his.

“It’s is always the physical part,” Montana added of playing as long as Brady has. “How long can you handle that part of it? The way it is with the rules today, he just doesn’t take those big hits anymore.

“Yeah, you see it on occasion. But it’s not one of those big 300-pound [linemen] compressing you into the ground. They stopped that from behind legal.”

Montana doesn’t believe Brady will continue to play just to collect a check if his right arm goes south.

“As long as he physically can throw the football — he’s not a runner, he’s going to stand in the pocket — as long as you can protect him he’s going to stay in there and they are not going to hit him,” Montana said.

“He’s got a great team around him too. That doesn’t hurt either.”

Again, the Bucs’ offensive line was never mentioned, but Montana kept saying how he is protected and is surrounded by talent.

Sure seems to Joe that Montana is giving the Bucs’ front line his seal of approval.

28 Responses to ““They Don’t Even Touch Him””

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Another two year deal is on the way!!

  2. adam from ny Says:

    that’s correct mr. montana…

    you don’t lay a finger on the goat…

    the goat is untouchable

  3. adam from ny Says:

    what if tom grows a beard like a billygoat ?

    that’s okay too…

    of course giselle will have final say on that one

  4. PassingThru Says:

    Joe Cool must have been referring to that late run last season.

  5. Wild Bill Says:

    Hmmm I think the Patriots did some touching. Brady had to run more than any recent game I remember.

  6. JGhotier Says:

    Montana must’ve taken a bunch of hits if he’s QUOTED as saying “from ‘behind’ legal”

    Maybe he meant “from being legal” 🤷‍♂️

  7. Hodad Says:

    I remember one lick Harry Carson put on Montana during a playoff game. Talk about playing football is like being in a car wreck. That day Montana was a VW beetle being hit by a mack truck at 100 mile per hour.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Of course he was complimenting our Oline……and it’s worthy of complements. Sure, occasionally it bends……but I haven’t seen a game where it breaks.

  9. Listnfrmafar Says:

    TB12 has been doing this for 22 years the new rules are only of late. I remember in his earlier years when he got hit the words rag doll came to mind. He’s still here.

  10. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Jim Burt knocked Montana out of the 1986 playoff game against the Giants. It was a devasting hit by Burt. Montana just crumpled when he got blasted and ragdolled by Burt. Montana finally got up after a while and was wobbly as he was being helped back to the lockeroom, and not seen on a field until the next season. I was rooting for the 9ers that day. It was over from then on.
    If that happened to Brady his run would be over in Tampa Bay.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Sad to see Joe Montana is suffering from mental decline.

  12. Medicated Pete Says:

    Montana is a low key hater. You can tell

  13. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Anybody else here old enough to remember when the “goat” was a player who caused a team to lose a game?

  14. Since76 Says:

    Montana was awesome. Not the goat now. But I lived watching him play.

  15. Beeej Says:

    Brady sees those scenarios about to happen and “crumples like a wet blanket”. It ensures a 6-7 yard loss, but Brady is in there the next play

  16. Beeej Says:

    I remember Carson dislocating my hero’s, Billy Kilmer, shoulder toward the end of his career

  17. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    @JGhotier, you reminded me of a similar quote by Lawrence Taylor,
    “…she said she was legal…” 🤣

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    Got me grinding my teeth. I pay attention to the games and sacks because I know how good this oline is. If there is a sack or penalty, Donnie somewhere close.

  19. Hodad Says:

    Thanks for the correction Buc 76, Burt was one bad dude also. The Giants had a bad arse defense back in those days.

  20. DoooshLaRue Says:



  21. Steve Gaudreau Says:

    I think ANY qb would be great if they were never touched, had plenty of time to make great decisions and find the open man. This is why Tom is so great. Always had a great OLINE.

  22. Buczilla Says:

    Montana is right about Brady and can you imagine if he had played with the sissy a$$ rules that we have now? He might have 15 superbowl rings. 😋

  23. SlyPirate Says:

    It depends on who the Bucs can resign. Jensen, Cappa, AB, Godwin, 4Net are FAs. TB12 stays as long as he has a top tier crew.

  24. Delson Says:

    This article is solely in response to everyone hating on donovan smith..

  25. Mr. B Says:

    It wasn’t Burt or Carson who knocked Montana out of that game. It was Geatge Martin

  26. italnsd Says:

    @ Buczilla “the sissy a$$ rules that we have now”. Indeed, it’s just been a continuous downhill slope. From the elimination of swords and tridents, which made the Roman games way more thrilling, to those damn rules that deprive us of the pleasure of seeing QBs crippled on a weekly basis.

  27. Oneilbuc Says:

    The reason why Montana said that is because the NFL is a soft league now . It’s more players getting hurt without being hit now days than getting hit by someone . It’s more none contact injuries than any thing now. Then not to mention it’s more fantasy football people than football fans now days. And now the game is really for the fantasy football fans than real football fans. Fantasy football is destroying the NFL right now that’s why I’m becoming more of a fan of college than NFL slowly .

  28. Ed Says:

    Well, it looks like Joe Montana’s one for exaggeration: all those games over twenty years for the Patriots where Tom Brady got creamed every other play and still won.

    But then, maybe by coincidence, all those games were off-market for for Joe…