Bruce Arians: Tom Brady Is “Begging For That RPO Stuff”

November 25th, 2021

Bruce Arians’ comments last night are extra interesting when you combine them with what Brady shared while “Mic’d Up” during the Bucs’ Monday crushing of the New York Giants.

Against the Giants (screenshot above), Brady handed off to Ronald Jones running in front of him and to the right, as the Bucs set up for a run in that direction. The microphone in his uniform picked up Brady happily telling Chris Godwin and Mike Evans after that play. “I almost kept that. I almost kept that,” Brady said, referring to him keeping the ball and running.

Yes, Brady wants to expand his repertoire.

Bucco Bruce Arians admitted it last night on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“He’s been begging for that RPO stuff and the zone read,” Arians said of Brady. “I said, ‘Maybe from the 2 yard line where you don’t have to go very far.'”

So was the handoff to RoJo a run-pass option play? Maybe. Brady’s been known to get what he wants.

Leave it to Brady to figure out how to add running to his game safely. Yeah, yeah, Tom, 11 yards. We got it.

31 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Tom Brady Is “Begging For That RPO Stuff””

  1. PSL Bob Says:

    Best way to get him hurt, let him run the ball. I’d love to see it, but his brittle old bones won’t take many hits.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    No, no, no RPO…….we need Brady in the pocket completing passes to……Lenny, Rojo, Gio, Keyshawn, Scotty, AB, Mike, Chris, Tyler, Jaylon, Breshad, Cam, OJ, Gronk and Vita Vea (please)…..

  3. Bird Says:

    Agree. No RPO. Sorry brady 😂

    Maybe if we can make it to superbowl and we are up 20

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    He was so proud of himself, when he picked up 11 yards on that Run. But his teammates said they hold their breath, every time he runs.
    We can not afford to lose Tom, and if we do, say goodbye to the playoffs.

  5. David Says:

    Breaking Brady out on a bootleg might be a good thing in the playoffs. No one would expect it. Design it right and he can get 15

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    The best part of TB12’s 11-yard-scramble was the slide at the end that resulted in no injuries.

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    Better hope Brady stays erect. Id he goes down, God help us.

  8. RickL Says:


    With Giselle – him staying erect won’t be a problem.

  9. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    We laugh at the thought of Brady and a designed run, but I could totally see that catching a defense way off guard in a crucial moment for some crucial yards or a TD. Would be awesome! Happy Thanksgiving JBFers and Go Bucs!

  10. Youngbucs Says:

    But the 🤡s here said Brady calling the shots why he gotta ask for certain plays? Why he begging to do something? Bunch of losers why does it matter y’all need something to cling to.After you were made to look like fools when we won a super bowl.

  11. Leighroy Says:

    Run-pass option, yes! Makes sense with our weapons, doesn’t require the qb to run themselves.

    Read-option run, emphatic no sir. That’s the one where either the rb takes the handoff or the qb takes off. Tommy ain’t doing that.

    Very important distinctions between the two, often confused for one another.

  12. gp Says:

    Yet another wrinkle to keep opposing defenses out of rhythm?

    Keep it extremely rare if you do and if it ain’t gonna work, take a slide for the loss!

  13. Kentucky Buc Says:

    @LeighRoy You are 100% correct. They have run a few RPOs here and there going back to last season. Doesn’t mean Brady has to run but I could see that crazy azz old man taking off with one.

  14. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I got one word for you Tommy Boy, NO!!! Can you say Jamais?

  15. Oneilbuc Says:

    No let Brady run his offense that he knows best . All they have to do is run the ball more that’s it run the ball and we can easily beat any win . Running game matters!!

  16. VSyl Says:

    I’m sure they are saying this just to try to keep the defense guessing it may be a option. But I doubt they would run this in normal circumstances. Just trying to get an edge. Remember, 90% of what they say is not true.

  17. firethecannons Says:

    I would prefer we stick to what is working, no need for Brady to get blown up on an RPO

  18. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Please no rpo I’d cry if he ran and tore an acl or snapped his ankle

  19. EA Says:

    I can see it running it on first and goal at the 2 once, no more though, stop this madness

  20. Buczilla Says:

    That’s what Jameis said before the horse collar.

  21. Robstradamus Says:

    DavidL lol yes they would never expect it. He literally looks like he’s running in slow motion. He’s the man no doubt, just wasn’t gifted with running quickness.

  22. Beeej Says:

    Watched fat, aging Sonny Jurgenson do a naked bootleg for a TD once, was hilarious

  23. alton d green Says:

    come on fellas!!!! An RPO with Brady? WHY?????? I don’t always agree with Bruce the juice but even he wouldn’t do that. He didn’t win 7 SBs by running the ball

  24. Man Child Says:

    BA gaming fools with this Belicheck level troll job.

  25. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Sheesh. RPO doesn’t mean he’s going to run. RPO by definition means the QB can hand the ball to a running back or pass to a receiver. The line blocks as if it’s a running play.

  26. Buczilla Says:

    Brady’s good man and speaking for myself, old dudes take pride in doing things that they have no business doing. I’m not much older than Brady and I can still run faster than my teenagers, but it’s getting damn close. 😛

  27. Richard Walker Says:

    Brady is not a rookie…he knows offense….Let him go….

  28. tampabayallday Says:

    No Sh*t

  29. LakelandSteve Says:

    I can see them pulling out an RPO in the 4’th quarter of the Super Bowl but not before that please. Tom, you are 44 and there is no way you can take the pounding that a 24 year old Tom Brady could have. Be smart, know your limitations and just be the General out there making our offense go.

  30. Erik Says:

    People think Brady’s bones are like twigs and will snap on any hard hit. That man is in better shape than some of the younger guys. He sees all these other quarterbacks running balls to gain important yards and he is feeling rather sprite and wants to win at almost any cost. He is a true warrior but doing an rpo when absolutely necessary wouldn’t hurt and Brady is aware of everyone on the field, it’s not often they catch him by surprise. Try not to run that often slow poke.

  31. Steven L. Benner Says:

    What is going on with Antonio Brown? We need him in this next game!!! He is the one we need to do the running & catching. It’s really cool to see Tom run-l Love it!!! But only when the opportunity arises! I agree with Coach Arians the 2 yard line would be perfect! NO ONE EXPECTS TOM BRADY TO RUN- Sneaking in one good one every once in a while will throw the other teams off! Lets go Bucs!!!! 😉👍 🏈🏆#8