“I Saw Six Times That Mike Evans Was Open”

November 15th, 2021

One film guru former Buccaneer got his calculator out after the Bucs’ debacle in Washington yesterday.

It is said that film don’t lie, and former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht is no liar, either.

Becht was confused why Tom Brady was checking down so often and went to the film to find answers. There, Becht said he found a quarterback lacking trust and having a bad day.

“I went back, and in real down-and-distance plays where they had opportunities and had time to make other completions when they did checkdowns, I saw six times that Mike Evans was open in one of those holes and seams or coming inside on the deep-ins,” Becht explained on WDAE radio.

“Just literally no one around [Evans].  You have to just say it was a bad game [by Brady]. Whether he was worried about some of that down pressure, those four down linemen that happened sporadically through the game, and he felt like he had to get the ball out of his hands. I just felt like if he trusted it more and kept his eyes in those holes. Even [Chris] Godwin late in the game had a nice sit-down route about 15 years in that mid-to-left-side zone where he could have stuck it right in there.”

Yes, Brady was quick to look short, despite Washington being down its two best edge rushers and lacking a superstar in their secondary. Joe saw one short throw in the red zone to Giovani Bernard while Mike Evans was wide open in the end zone.

Strange day for Brady. Joe doesn’t expect to see much more of that.

35 Responses to ““I Saw Six Times That Mike Evans Was Open””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    He doesn’t trust Mike Evans b/c Stone Cold says so

  2. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Honestly, It seems like he doesn’t trust most WR’s on this team.

    It’s 50/50 Brady’s fault for this happening and the WR’s for getting the dropsies so horrifically. Dardon OJ Howarding the football 10 feet into the air isn’t helping things.

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree, Brady had a bad day yesterday.
    He became a Checkdown Charlie, instead of the GOAT.

  4. Francisco Guzman Says:

    That’s very strange i am sorry to say. It’s rare to see brady have back to back crappy games but this defense didn’t give the offense any chances in the second half to get the lead. At 16-13 i thought the game would turn around but no. The defense gave up a td.

  5. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Thing is I think this team is more so Tom Brady dragging it to relevance then people would like to admit. When the offense struggles and Brady struggles the bumbling idiot of an OC we have can’t do much to help fix things.

  6. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    Brady was just so frustrated of his stupid teammates. Very first play, penalty right away. Then next offensive play, Darden could not secure the ball and INT. One person who gives his time, sweat and blood and sacrifices a lot to win a game while others acting stupid, gets into your nerves and its just frustrating.

  7. #8 Says:

    Brady got nervous after that initial massive hit.
    Team loss on many levels, which is the tough part. Tough to fix many things-

  8. webster Says:

    Tampabucspro you are idiot. Did you read the article? What is an OC to do 8f he draws up plays where players are open but the qb choose not to throw to the open guy? My god some of you are too dumb for words. Even Dave Moore said in the post game show yesterday he saw numerous times evans was wide open and brady checked it down for some strange reason. Thats not the OC fault.

  9. bucsfaninva Says:

    I was SHOCKED and annoyed with all of the checkdowns. This looked more like Brady’s last year in NE, when he didn’t have anyone that he trusted either. It was one of those games that I wished wasn’t televised (I live in northern VA…so yes, while I was happy initially, I was livid as the game went on.)…anyone who missed it, don’t bother to watch it unless you want to see what NOT to do. And one other note, just curious, why does Heinicke always look so pissed? I mean, even when he’s doing well, he looks angry. Shaking my head. But with Brady, he just seemed checked out, and was so hyper focused on the check down, or throwing to the sideline/triplets that I was going…WTH is going on with passing down the field? And it just screamed…trust. He’s lost it. And that’s a very very bad thing from Brady.

  10. Bird Says:


    Careful. Lilwebster will come at you every day and twice on sunday.
    He really is a tough guy behind his computer.

    Dont blame someone that looks like him
    Only W people like brady and arians
    You should know that by now.

    He only comes on here for that reason. Usually when bucs lose cause he is a loser. Messiah cult member that pretty much just race baits and shares his politics

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    Did anybody else notice Brady seemed to not be in the game yesterday? I mean, he looked detached. I did not see him talking to players edging them on or anything. He just sat there. Kinda unusual for him to exhort his warriors on. Something else might be going on here?

  12. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Yes you’re right Webster.

    Byron Leftwhich is a modern football genius whose ineffective offensive game plans don’t get this team into holes or tough spots.

    A true offensive genius I am just an idiot for not seeing it.

  13. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Oh thanks bird, I don’t keep track outside of the really infamous ones.

  14. View from 132 Says:

    He’s playing to throw to Gronk and AB. That’s what fun to him. That’s what he believes will win. Everyone else he’s just nice about, but Brady has clear favorites and neither can play.

  15. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    mike johnson agreed

  16. unbelievable Says:

    This is now 2 bad games for Brady in a row… against below average teams.

    Obviously that 1st INT wasn’t his fault.

    But he played incredibly poorly overall. As did the entire offense. And defense. And special teams.

    Hmmm, did we do anything well yesterday? Anything?

  17. PatsFan>>TB Says:

    Take it from someone who has watched Brady since he was drafted — he was hurt yesterday. There was one shot of him moving gingerly after the Allen it — looked like a ribcage issue, maybe a strain. He plays through everything, but it was definitely hurting him yesterday.

    Those checkdown throws are him taking what he felt he could deliver accurately and timely with a limitation. Notice in the press conference he wore a giant puffy winter coat? Yeah, old school TB move — guarantee his ribs were PACKED with bandages.

    He is a warrior. Trust that he feels more angry than you do.

  18. Aaron Says:

    Brady misses AB – AB wins his route early / quick. This allows Brady to get the ball out…Evans usually has to get open using his size..takes more time.

  19. Allbuccedup Says:

    Maybe hes just lost it? That happens sometimes.

  20. Upstate NY BUC Says:

    Agree Mike J, I was there. Brady was not into it. Warmups came out late, wasn’t patting anyone or pumping them up. Strange!

  21. SB~LV Says:

    Maybe its his thumb

  22. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Here’s an idea that first interception was supposed to go to Evan’s, maybe he ran the wrong route and Brady had enough or maybe Becht isn’t seeing what Brady saw, may of been playing of Evan’s waiting to jump the route like the int. I find it hard to believe if Evan’s, Brate & Godwin were so open he couldn’t get them the ball. Maybe it is all the stupid play calls or he is simply injured.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    Brady defientally had a bad day. Im not a big stat guy but i know you gotta stink pretty bad to have a 30 QBR, which is what he had at the half. We pertty much had 3 points at halftime.

    A bit of a head scratcher.

  24. Madrid 88 Says:

    Evans open six times???
    He ain’t in Brady’s eyes.
    He is mostly a rhythm driven QB.
    You can’t spot a play and say “oh look he was wide open” Question should be more like whether he is where he is supposed to be given the pre snap and post snap. Somehow Brady is not trusting after recent interceptions.
    Bucs receivers in deep routes against two high shells defense does not seem to be effective. Either receivers not responding well in such situations or Brady needs to communicate well with receivers on how to counter that.

  25. webster Says:

    Bird you are a d@mn liar. Im here win or lose. But i will not tolerate bs people like you spew.

  26. webster Says:

    Oh and bird i dont come here to bash any players or blame any one person for a lost period but i will bash your dumb @ss. And i have defended arians on this site from idiots like you. Too bad you think i only defend winston or BL because they are black. Thats your stupid belief. But i do see the underhanded racist remarks made by some and you better believe i will call your backwoods @ss out. Dont like it, tough

  27. Duane Says:

    He had a tough adjustment to cover two this week. Not enough threat or speed to take the top off, no seam routes. As a whole, the offense started off poorly, and its a good lesson to learn that you cannot expect to turn it on late and win all the time.

  28. BucsCoolade Says:

    When QB sux.. teams lose. Thing is brady was juiced for a comeback but the D didnt stop Washington enuf… IMO

  29. Eckwood Says:

    Brady has these tendencies and that’s why Arians said early last year , I need a tougher QB ………. Everyone whimpered and whined but it worked ……… NOW that being said I really think it was Tom pulling a Jameis and trying to run the clock and keep the red warriors offense off the field due to the D s inability to get off the field ………. Jameis tried to out big play and score everyone , Tom tried to slow drives down and rest the D

  30. LakelandSteve Says:

    I think Brady must have gotten hurt a little bit or something in the first quarter when Marpet let Payne get by him and crushed Brady as he threw. He fell right on top of Brady with Brady landing on his right shoulder. I think that and a couple other early plays where Washington got good pressure with their front four rattled Brady, thus all the check downs. I kept hoping that we would go hurry up and see if that would get the ball moving down the field. We usually try some form of hurry up in the first half of every game but not in this game. That has me baffled. I just think we saw a very human Brady and most of the rest thought they were going to win just by showing up. Besides it was very evident early on that Washington wanted to win more than our guys did.

  31. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Lakeland probably can’t do hurry up with inexperienced receivers. Maybe Becht should fill in for Brady next Monday night. How can he possibly know what Brady did or didn’t see? Evan’s is not a good route runner, a great receiver and Godwin hurt, what’s left, Brate & OJ? Please!

  32. alton d green Says:

    my friends this is why they created the term “monday morning QB” I’ve never read so many expert opinions haha. Do you have any idea how many times in the last 21 yrs i’ve thought that Tom was coming up on his exit just to see him .win a SB. But he has a different challenge last yr and this yr. It’s that wide load on the sidelines with the etch a sketch hanging around his neck. BA throws Brady under the bus faster than a liberal running from a job application. BTW i’ve been a Brady fan since his college days at Mi.

  33. Wild Bill Says:

    He did take a really big hit early on. And the constant check downs made no sense. He did make that one great deep throw to Evans later in the game but something was wrong from the 1st quarter on. His face looked grim the whole game. It was not his usual look of determination. Tom did not look like Tom!

  34. steele Says:

    I agree that Brady took a hit that compromised him physically. That would explain the checkdowns, as well as not being able to confidently deliver to Evans. Yes, he loves Gronk and AB, but I don’t think he mistrusts Evans.

  35. Oneilbuc Says:

    We are going to crush the Gaints!!! But one thing about these last 2 games . A lot of narratives has been destroyed !! All the talk about Brady taking the same team from 2019 to the superbowl was a false narrative just like I’ve been saying but yall agure me down. Brady played with the 2019 roster on offense and thank God he didn’t have Payton Babara in the back feild and Dotson playing right tackle but at the same time you got the same results. All the talk about was Belichick or Brady even though that’s dumbest I’ve ever heard but I told yall Billchick developed Brady yall said he didn’t well most of yall . Then yall said Brady was the reason why the Patriots won I asked the question how many bad defenses Brady played with and I never got a answer but yall said it was Brady I said it was the team and you can’t take nothing from Belichick. But yall said I was worng and yall call me all kinds of names . And yall said look at the Patriots last year . I told yall wait until next year and now look lol 😆. I said Belichick will develop Mac Jones just like he did Brady and earlier this year yall laugh at me . Now look at Mac Jones and the Patriots he looks just like Brady in 2001 lol 😆 😂. But yall told me I don’t know football lol lol 😂 but I go off what eyes tell me yall go off what the media say !!!