Your Least-Sacked NFL Starting Quarterback

November 16th, 2021

No NFL quarterback this season gets sacked less often than Tom Brady.

He’s been dropped just 12 games in nine games, and doesn’t get hit often, either. It’s all damn impressive considering no QB attempts more throws per game than Brady.

So it surprised Joe a little to hear Bucco Bruce Arians speak multiple times yesterday about the Bucs needing to do a better job protecting Brady early in the game. The implication from Arians was that Brady would have taken more deep shots in the loss at Washington if pass protection was better in the first quarter.

So does that mean the hit in the JoeBucsFan photo above got in Brady’s head?

On the first series, Washington defensive tackle beat Ali Marpet cleanly and delivered the crushing blow seen above. Officially, it was on the only hit on Brady all day. He was not sacked. But Marpet did allow a rusher a clean path later in the game that Joe believes should have been counted as a hit.

Regardless, it’s hard to believe Brady was rattled early behind the NFL’s best pass blocking offensive line and a pass rush missing its two best edge rushers nearly the entire game, Montez Sweat and Chase Young.

Given the Arians comments and the hesitation to throw deep on the field against a bad Washington secondary, Joe can’t help but wonder if Brady was injured slightly on the play shown above.

23 Responses to “Your Least-Sacked NFL Starting Quarterback”

  1. geno711 Says:

    Donnie Smith to the pro bowl.
    He just man handled Chase Young again.

  2. FrankPillow Says:

    That hit changed the game. 12 started feeling pressure that wasn’t there…ghosts.

  3. unbelievable Says:

    What does it matter when your quarterback is too scared to throw more than 6 yards down field against the worst secondary in the league?

    (Yes, I know there was 1 long completion to Evans on that TD. One isn’t enough. The offense looked pathetic against a bottom feeder. After looking pathetic the week before)

  4. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Nightmare picture of Marpet in chase and every other Buc fan.

  5. PSL Bob Says:

    BA is just making excuses for Brady. TB is a great QB. The GOAT. But, he had a bad day. He was playing scared, missing his targets, and for God’s sake, you can take the heat off some of your throws. You don’t need to launch a hypersonic missile on every throw. It’s really amazing his receivers don’t drop more passes.

  6. Chuckstutz Says:

    Agree totally. He was shaken/injured on that play and it effected his remaining play. He really got smashed on that play.

  7. Goldenbuc Says:

    At least we all knew where it started.

  8. JGhotier Says:

    As eager as he was getting the ball out of his hands and checking down almost immediately vs Washington, the WFT wasn’t gonna have much of an opportunity to get a sack on him. The O-Line has done a pretty good job all year (albeit not as well vs WFT) and that sure helps, but it’s also due to Brady getting the ball out so quick on so many plays (almost too quick sometimes and especially this past game).

    When watching the Manning Brothers on MNF last night they showed a stat that was kind of alarming. They pictured a “Poor Throw Chart” and where Brady sat on that list was kinda shocking tbh. He ranked 30th in the League for worst throw percentage, if I remember correctly….which is not good for League comparison. It was shocking to me because I did not expect to see his name so far down on that list.

  9. geno711 Says:

    Brady has always been high on the worse throw category. He throws balls into the ground or out of bounce on purpose when he does not see a play.

    The more critical statistic is the possible interception throws.

    If you are completing 68 to 70 percent of your passes and you are more a downfield thrower than most and your interception rate is good then check, check, check you are very good.

    That is the Brady we have had in our season and 1/2.

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Hmmm, Brady after 22 years is seeing ghost, he throws too hard that’s why his receivers drop balls. To all the ignorant Bucs fans that have only watched this guy play last season, he’s been blown up by some of the best defenders of their time when slapping a QB’s helmet or pulling him down by his jersey weren’t penalties. Ray Lewis, Suggs, Harrison, Bennett, the entire Denver & Seattle & Baltimore & Pittsburg defenses. Throughout his phenomenal history he’s had quick slot guys that know how to get open, Edleman, Amendola, Welker, Verden, Faulk, Woodhead, White. Brady threw to a spot and they were there. The Bucs do not.have this guy, these passes open up the long ball. We will all find out later he was hurt, you could see it in his face during the interview.

  11. JGhotier Says:


    Most definitely! I just still expected him to be more middle of the pack, but everything you said makes sense and I agree with.

    When I went back and looked at the chart, Aaron Rodgers (actually lower on the list) and Mahomes are right there w/ him in the rankings. Sandwiched in between Trevor Lawrence and Baker Mayfield too.

    And I’m really not even sure how they classify that Poor Throw Chart anyways. Those kinds of things are so subjective and judged differently by people.

  12. geno711 Says:

    @JGhotier Says:
    November 16th, 2021 at 10:10 am


  13. Craig Says:

    Hope Brady finds whatever he lost from the last game. I know he had a bad day, but why, what can make it better?

  14. Bucsflag123 Says:

    @listnfrmafar – yes we get it he has been around a long time. But when his 44 year old bones get crushed like that for the first time in about 2 years. He was rattled. To deny Brady was off is just wrong, he was checking down before Lenny even turned around. A couple more games like that and this is Brady’s last year

  15. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    After watching San Fran dismantle the Rams with running and short passing, it shouldn’t have mattered. We had a poor game plan that was poorly executed by the offense.

  16. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bucflag, Brady played with a bad knee in 2019& 2020, you really believe he wasn’t hit when he was 42 & 43. Did you see his piss ass oline and receivers his last year in NE? Oh he still went 12-4.

  17. alton d green Says:

    come on Joe. a lot of the credit for the low number sacks goes to Brady himself. as soon as Tom can read their numbers, he grounds the ball. That may account for the few downfield passes. Tom has to wait for the receiver to GET DOWNFIELD. there was several times that Hindy could have knitted a sweater before he had to move. and when he did move, he burned us for 10-30 yards running. This is what i think of the last 2 games; “on to Cincinnati” haha

  18. Beeej Says:

    It makes the most sense that Brady was hurt on that play, hindering his ability to heave it down field

  19. Pete I Says:

    Great but when you throw it away on 3rd down it might as well be a sack.

    Brady got hit early and went into a shell.

    The defense isn’t good enough to carry this team.

    Seems like we must score in the 30’s to win.

  20. Bucsflag123 Says:

    Listenfromafar your comparison to his patriots days just shows you should go back to listening from a far. 2019 was one of his worst stat years of his career. O line has been keeping him upright, not saying he can’t play through pain but he saw ghosts and wanted nothing to do with taking another hit.

  21. PassingThru Says:

    I watched every Patriots game in 2019. I don’t know what you watched in 2019 Bucsflag, but the New England O Line was uncharacteristically poor that season. They lost their starting Center before the season started, and they lost their starting LT for a long stretch, and their RG was poor as he was forced to play through injury.

    Brady also had the worst collection of receivers in football as their first round WR pick was (and still is) a colossal bust, Gronk had retired, Edelman was showing signs of age and wear. The rest of the WRs were pretty much practice squad grade.

    Did Brady see ghosts? No, not even close. But he was very visibly frustrated with the receivers, which was very unBrady-like.

  22. Iamabuc Says:

    Everyone seems to overlook the poor play by the O-line in the WTF game. That’s why we lost that game. Imho.

  23. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Passingthru you are correct except you failed to mention Ben Watson the TE had a.bad ankle and Edleman knee which forced him to eventually retire. Bucflag is 2019 that long ago? If he got hurt I will concede he was cautious because he has never been one to take himself out of a game.