Tom’s Thumb

October 15th, 2021

No, the root cause of three bad passes in a row late in the first half doesn’t have to be the bad thumb of salad-bar-hating, park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, helmet-tossing, football-punting, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

Who said? Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians, that’s who said.

At halftime of the NFL Network broadcast last night, just after Brady’s string of pass attempts without a pick was snapped at 227, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer was asked about Brady’s right thumb.

“It’s just a ligament,” Glazer quickly said of the injury suffered Sunday against Miami.

Yeah, “just.”

So when Brady had those three bad passes in succession and the passing game seemed to erode in the second half, Joe put two-and-two together and thought perhaps Brady’s thumb was acting up and affecting his throws.

After the game, Arians said there was nothing wrong with Brady’s hand.

“No. Nothing whatsoever,” Arians said.

Notorious for not wanting to talk about injuries, and a man who has admitted 90 percent of what he says in press conferences is nonsense, Brady almost seemed to imply he had no injury.

“Great,” Brady said when asked how his thumb felt. “It felt great, awesome.”

To be fair, on Sunday, Brady copped to and never tried to hide his bad thumb as he threw for five touchdowns and 411 yards.

So unless he reinjured the thumb last night, how hurt can it be?

21 Responses to “Tom’s Thumb”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    “Tom’s thumb”! Clever!

    On the INT, I thought it looked more like a wrong route or miscommunication. That said, that thumb injury HAS to be bothering him. Props to him for playing through it though.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    He hit his throwing hand on Fletcher Cox in the second quarter on follow through on his pass. And his balls never looked good after that. Coincidence? Maybe. But he went from goat to vinny. And me13 is open more than the looks he is getting.

  3. Bee Says:

    Will we ever get to the point where we don’t have to skip entire paragraphs of nonsense before you mention two HOFs on this team. I guess it was funny or clever to someone the first time you did but it’s played out now. It’s lame, juvenile and something I bet you wouldn’t say to the players faces. Readers must skip a third of the article for this un-informative drivel. Please stop!

  4. Stat guy Says:

    They wouldn’t tell you if it was. I think it was obviously effecting him at that point of the game. Remember he played with a knee injury all year last year we didn’t know about till after the season

  5. Mark Bennett Says:

    Bee At least it is all in the first paragraph so you can skip over it.

  6. FrankPillow Says:

    Agree with the comment above that he was not the same after hitting Cox. The Eagles obviously adjusted upfront and in the secondary too b/c the GOAT looked disjointed (pun intended) for several drives in the 2nd half. But let’s be honest Byron’s play calling for much of the 2nd half was downright atrocious. It was like he had no feel for the game. The Eagles had no answer for 7 (who was outstanding), so we play RoJo for much of the 2nd half. I don’t know man, but there are times when if feel like we win in spite of coaching. This was one of those times.

  7. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Brady was 34 out of 42 for 80%. He did have a few off target throws but maybe he was just throwing the ball away. Brady doesn’t force throws as he knows the next play with our receivers somebody will be open. If his thumb was hurting him it didn’t show up in the stats.

  8. Ash Says:

    I guess he completed 80 percent of his passes I don’t think his thumb was an issue I think the play calling at times was just bad.

  9. Eddie Marz Says:

    Got the win and ten days to get better. Brink and Scotty coming back and maybe Bunting. The best is yet to come. GO BUCS!

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  11. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Well in the 2nd half the Offense was not the same, for whatever reason Checkdown Charlie was playing QB. So no matter what is said about the thumb, it was not a vintage 2 half by Brady.

    On the other hand the long time eraser drive to seal the win was a positive.
    Do not remember the Bucs having a drive like that, for that long and eating all the clock to end with kneel downs.

    Joe do you remember a drive that long to seal a win, where they just erased the clock like that? The drive started at 5:54 left on the clock.

    BTW the 8 game win streak last year was 8 straight kneel down wins. That’s pretty cool.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  12. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Moniker police are out again, lol lol

    Moniker Mania lol

    GO JBF GO BUCS!!!!

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If you ever jammed your thumb playing a sport, you know how much that hurts and he couldn’t knumb it because he would lose feeling. It bothered him all night you could see how he was favoring it and facial expressions. Hitting Cox didn’t help, could throw the long pass second half. He had to be in a shat load of pain all game. He is just glad he didn’t have to perform one of his game winning drives that may of been a challenge. As for the pick, AB got tied up with defender, he couldn’t release to get to it.

  14. Jmarkbuc Says:

    10 days to rest the thumb is great… just need to get up by 30 on Chicago, then let Trask mop up..😁

  15. Brian Kurtz Says:

    You guys realize Brady threw over 40 times and completed 81%. First time in his career he’s thrown at least 40 passes at over 80% completion. And y’all are talking about 3 passes? Lol

  16. LakelandSteve Says:

    Anonymous said Brady hit his thumb on Fletcher Cox’s helmet in the second period and his balls never looked good after that. We’re you in the locker room checking on his junk at halftime? As far as his throws, it definitely looked like he did not have as much control on the football after that hit. They may say it wasn’t a factor but the tape don’t lie. Hopefully the next 10 days it gets healed up and is a non factor the rest of the season

  17. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    THUMB GATE !!! 😂😂😂

  18. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    We won the game ! Brady threw for 300 yard’s , AGAIN .. Completed 80 percent of his passes .. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT ?? If you want to complain about something , start with the fact that we lost Richard Sherman now , and instead of doing what the Eagles did , DIRECTLY AFTER THE GAME when they traded for a good corner , we’re talking about THUMBS !! Bucs could have traded OJ and a 4th round pick and got the corner from the Card’s , instead the eagles beat us to it.. Don’t get me wrong , I thought the secondary played their best game of the year last night. But we still NEED HELP 🆘 AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT ON THE TRADE MARKET. DON’T FORGET, AFTER THIS 3GAME STRETCH OF TEAMS THAT CAN’T THROW THE BALL , WE PLAY A FEW MONSTERS WITH GOOD QBs and RECEIVERS

  19. Papa Chick says Says:

    Great observation on TB’s game last night. My concern is Gronk back and ready to go. It appear OJ may have slightly Re-injured himself. Praying for the teams healing, mind, body and soul.

  20. geno711 Says:


    I am not sure why you are so confident that:
    1. Arizona wanted OJ Howard.
    2. That Arizona would want to trade a corner to the Buc’s since they are competing against them for the NFC lead.
    3. That Jason Licht is not exploring possibilities whenever he can.

    But Mostly
    4. Why the heck do you think Tay Gowan can even play in this league or crack the team squad?

  21. Crickett Baker Says:

    I am happy for the horribly long, easily skippable, seemingly never ending and boring Brady descriptions. At least it tells me which Joe I am reading, and I like his comments the best, usually. I do not like, however, the “safe” way that the Bucs are playing when they have won the game. They’ve been throwing the ball away and kneeling with plenty of time left to make some exciting plays. I think Arians is too scared about more injuries but he seems to be “babying” the team.