“Long Way To Go”

November 23rd, 2021

Where do the Bucs stand?

Is Tom Brady a perfectionist or is he just fired up to work till he and his teammates drop?

After the game last night, Lisa Salters of ESPN asked Brady if the Bucs of this season have an identity to lean on as the postseason nears.

Brady said, in so many words, time is running out but there are encouraging signs.

“I think we have a long way to go,” Brady said. “We are just now starting to — seven games left so there is a lot of football left. Thanksgiving is coming up. There are bigger games because there are fewer of them.

“We’ve put ourselves in a decent position but we have to keep going.”

So what does Joe take out of that? It seems Brady is sending a message to his teammates through the four-letter: Nothing is won yet and the playoffs are not a lock until they are. So buckle up your chinstraps because we have seven more fights left.

Yes, the current NFC standings say the Bucs have their chances to win homefield advantage in the playoffs.

16 Responses to ““Long Way To Go””

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    The Evans bounce pick. The ridiculous return decisions on kickoffs. The numerous DB penalties and failing to cover WRs. Yes, a lot of work to do. Even with TB. If they celebrate this win longer than lunch today, they have no concept of how slightly above average they are. It ain’t enough to go more than one game in the playoffs. 2007 Bucs all over again.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:


  3. Crunchbuc Says:

    Medicated Pete is an idiot.
    Medicated Pete is an idiot
    Medicated Pete is an idiot
    Medicated Pete is an idiot

  4. geno711 Says:

    So there was chatter from Chris Godwin after the game that the pick off Evans was originally intended to go to Tyler Johnson. That is a play that Godwin runs instead of Johnson many times. Evans is the lead blocker.

    Godwin steps back from the line of scrimmage and Brady hits him.
    On the interception, Tyler Johnson leans forward and looks for the ball.
    Brady throws it. Tyler Johnson looks for the pass but it is well behind him (because he ran it different than Godwin or just Brady threw it badly).
    Evans is looking toward the play to time his block in a crouch position.

    When Evans sees the ball coming past Johnson, he puts up his hands and does a poor job trying to catch it knocking it into the air like so many Bucs these last few weeks.

    Looks like:
    50 percent Johnson’s error.
    20 percent Brady.
    30 percent Evans’s.

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Medicated Pete Says:
    November 23rd, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Crunchbuc Says:
    November 23rd, 2021 at 6:33 am
    Medicated Pete is an idiot.
    Medicated Pete is an idiot
    Medicated Pete is an idiot
    Medicated Pete is an idiot

    So Joe maybe this can be some kind of a Poll lololololol

    BTW Mike Evans is now the Gold Standard for TDs since he came in the League 2014.

    Does mike have dropped passes in almost every game he plays, Yes.

    BUT Mike is still one of the best receivers in the NFL in spite of the occasional hiccups.

    Very Glad Mike is on the Bucs

    Solid guy and Teammate.

    And Mike just might be wearing one of those Gold Jackets in Canton one day while giving his speech.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    Geno, if accurate, then that explains a lot. How long will it take these guys to master the plays? Brady also had to yell at Fournette to go in motion.

    For the amount of money these guys get compared to their other income opportunities, you’d think they’d know the plays.

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Geno, how is any part of that pick on Brady, it wasn’t a perfect spiral? Johnson not in position and Evan’s can’t catch or even knock down a ball that hits him between the 1&3? Brady balled out and BA and the rest of the team act like the won the SB again. Nice win and O and D played better but make no mistake Giants were 3-6. Make that same pick mistake in Indy there maybe no coming back from it. Brady sees flaws rewatch it and look at his facial expressions on the siding. He may of been pissed BA took him out with only a 20 pt lead. Something was up.

  8. Architek Says:

    JPP and the pre-snap penalties must stop!

    Miscommunication issues on offense MUST stop as well.

  9. LakelandSteve Says:

    I think everyone believes the Buc offense can be much better as well as the defense. Hopefully AB returns soon healthy, because like Gronk when AB is out there our offense is on another level. If we can get healthy look out NFL because the Bucs could be unbeatable. I don’t think any team wants to play us with Evans, Godwin, Antonio Brown, Gronk and Fornette on the field with Brady leading the band.

  10. BA4President Says:

    @August 1976 Buc I really hope the drops don’t screw up how far he eventually gets in the HOF nomination process. It would suck for him to make the top 15 HOF nominations every year, just to not get in.

  11. Merlin Says:

    That pass hit him on the shoulder on a play that he wasn’t supposed to be a receiver. Could have caught it, sure.
    If it bounces and hits the ground or if he doesn’t turn around and it goes out of bounds without even attempting to catch it nobody would be saying anything.

  12. SlyPirate Says:

    The lack of pressure on the QB is still a concern.

    I saw JTS, Nelson, and Gill getting in the backfield. They should rotate those guys in more.

  13. Chuckstutz Says:

    Anyone know why Tom Brady’s left forearm was wrapped up? I’ve never seen that before last night. Could that be from the Jonathan Allen hit he took on the first series in dc that caused an injury?

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nice victory. Now concentrate on them Colts. They are on a roll and playing well.
    Bucs must be ready. This will be a hard hitting game in the trenches.

  15. PassingThru Says:

    I hate those short sideline passes, while every team launches one on occasion, they were a mainstay on the New England offense.

    Why do I hate them? Did you see the rush job Brady had to make on that throw? While Evans has to catch that pass (duh, he’s a WR) it was hurried and had plenty of wobble. A QB has to hurry those throws, if you lob a sideline pass the CB can easily intercept it, and there’s no one between him and the goal line. Those sideline passes are a high-risk, low-reward play.

    Also there was a concept laid bare that I hope others on this site noticed. Did you see Gronk change his route once he ran towards a couple of DBs in the zone? That’s what Brady wants, targets who read the field the same way he does. I’d like to see more chemistry like that on this team, though of course it usually takes time to develop.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    The int was one stupid play. Get over it.