“I Wouldn’t Make That Throw”

December 14th, 2021

It’s not often that big-ego quarterbacks drool over the play of other QBs. But that’s what happened yesterday.

Four-time Pro Bowler Rich Gannon, the 2002 MVP, was gushing over Tom Brady’s second-quarter touchdown throw to Mike Evans against the Bills.

“Most quarterbacks wouldn’t dare, wouldn’t dare make that throw in that part of the field. I know I wouldn’t, you know, and I was the league MVP,” Gannon barked on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“I wouldn’t make that throw. It’s insane. He throws it about the only place you could to a 6-5 receiver that’s got great leaping ability. I watched it, and I don’t say this very often. You know, you watch a throw you go, ‘Oh, my. My gosh was that a good throw.’ You know I don’t say that a lot. “

Gannon went on to say the coverage was flawless on the play and it was a true “Oh wow” moment Gannon usually reserves for Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. But Sunday it was Brady — at 44.

Joe has raved mostly about the catch, but there is no denying Brady threw a 30-yard laser with a guy in his face to a receiver that wasn’t really open.

Enjoy another look below.

35 Responses to ““I Wouldn’t Make That Throw””

  1. Cannon Says:

    It was absolute precision. Any higher, it would have tipped off of Evan’s fingers. Any lower, and its either batted away or intercepted.

  2. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Notwithstanding the game winning catch and run, that was my favorite play of the game.

  3. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Love that pass only thing bad about it is that it reminds me that we could have been better years ago if we just had a good QB. lol lol

  4. Bird Says:

    Saw it …right in front… that corner end zone

    Thing of beauty

  5. DBS Says:

    Yes but remember “Tom Brady does not trust Mike Evans”. LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  6. Bird Says:

    Lets be honest

    Brady and evans may not be the best. In red zone brady knows who is a big boy

    That was a dart. Literally

  7. #8 Says:

    I also wouldn’t make that throw.

  8. adam from ny Says:

    been saying it all season…

    it’s time to putting the ball up there for mike to go get…

    he did it sunday and it was fuggin’ perfect…

    let’s not forget by the goal posts either tommy…mike is lethal high up by the posts…

    that throw was a rocket on sunday in the corner there…heck of a throw and heck of a catch….

    even on replay it’s hard to see because it happened so dam fast – you literally need slow mo to view it in all it’s beauty…

    tom showed off the cannon, and mike the softest of hands

  9. zzbuc Says:


    Spot on Sir!!!

    Some fans are really something……Questioning TB 12 and ME13 lack of trust is one of the most funny comments in Bucs History….

    Why can´t some people watch, enjoy without making any judgment a sensational play…..

    The throw was terrific, but the catch was from another planet…..

  10. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw that play as well. That was just amazing. Throw and Catch 101.

  11. Will Says:

    That was a beautiful throw and catch I was watching the game with my son who isn’t a Bucs fan he even jumped up off the couch and screamed WHAT A CATCH! LOL
    The trust is definitely there heck even the pass on the blitz where Brady just rocketed the ball up and it fell in Mike’s arms before he went out of bounds you don’t do that without trusting your WR.

  12. Bird Says:

    # 8 wouldn’t make that throw

    But he would take that in his bum. Dart

  13. Boo Radley Says:

    First, that pass and catch were truly remarkable. Especially as Evans was only able to snatch the last third of the ball it was THAT fast. Brady and Evans look like the best alley-oop duo ever. Gronk and Brady with the corner fade but that dart with Evans climbing the ladder will become iconic if it isn’t already.

    As for trust, don’t mix apples and oranges here. It’s a fact that Evans has failed on a number of plays to ‘run thru the ball’ at speed AT a defending safety and position himself for a contested catch when Brady has expected him to do exactly that. Instead, Evans, seeing the safety out front will almost subconsciously slow down as he looks up and watches the ball sail into the surprised safety’s arms. Brady is NOT THAT inaccurate a passer. This is where they aren’t on the same page. Mike Evans is a fast and big man. Any safety seeing him jetting towards him at full speed is going to backpedal furiously, if not turn his hips. The point is that the safety will be pushed off his spot allowing Mike to go up for a contested or a back shoulder catch. Clearly Brady expects Mike to run thru the ball when he doesn’t. Frankly, I surprised that they haven’t work it out yet. Maybe they have. So the ‘trust’ being talked about is limited to those plays especially when they end up being picked. Don’t conflate the issue and make more of it than it is. Brady always tries to position his receivers so only THEY can make a play on the ball. That’s what he tries to on those go routes which ALSO count on the receiver getting himself between the ball and the safety.

  14. BucfanBF Says:

    BUT, BUT, BUT Mike Evans is overrated and Tom Brady has a noodle arm…………….
    You know who you are!!

  15. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    That would be a throw and catch for the ages had it occurred at the end of the games. The way things are it will only be remembered by some Buc’s fans over the years.

  16. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Brady can now trust Evans not only in the end zone but to consistently get critical first downs on third down plays. This is similar to the trust Brady and Gronk had built over a number of years together. Wow!

    Go Bucs!

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Boo you hit the nail on the head. It’s not that Mike is not a elite WR, it’s that heaves the wrong cut sometimes and goes opposite of where Brady expects him to be. Not sure if he is instructed not to risk injury but it sure does look like sometimes he hear footsteps and goes into alligator arm mode. I will say he balled last Sunday, if they lost it wouldn’t of been on him.

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    Winston would make that throw…..falling backwards with a defender hanging off of him, but he would give it a shot.

  19. Steven007 Says:

    Bird, me too. Section 150.

  20. Oneilbuc Says:

    Listnfrmafar. Lol how many times are you going to give Brady passes for when he does throw bad passes?? To you ain’t no interception is his fault you are a Patriot/ Brady fan you are not a real bucs fan !!!

  21. Oneilbuc Says:

    When people compare 40 year old quarterbacks to Brady is just stupid. Brady is the first 43 year old quarterback to be surrounded with this much talent or hall of famers on a team. But yall seem to ignore that part . We saw Brady with the 2019 players and you got the same results. Brady is a hall of famer all day long in my book but you can’t forget about the players around him.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Come on you guys, Robert and Pete keep telling me Evans is trash and we should trade him for a warm beer and that Brady doesn’t trust him.

  23. firethecannons Says:

    the words floated out of my mouth at that time, “that was an incredible throw” “OMG Incredible!” history in the making for all of us!!!!!!!!!

  24. Mikejp Says:

    adam from ny,
    It was a high risk throw anyway. There are better choices than taking a high risk. You cannot expect an inch accuracy every time.

  25. LakelandSteve Says:

    That’s why he is the GOAT! He makes throws and plays that others either wouldn’t or couldn’t try. That was a frozen rope that was so hard it still almost went through Evans hands. Just an amazing play.

  26. Crickett Baker Says:

    Imo, if Mike doesn’t make the catch he USUALLY gets PI called on whoever is defending. He is a great player and my absolute favorite Bucs teammate.

  27. BucsFanStoppingBy Says:

    Wow OneIBuc.. I mean James.. you still show up here hating On Brady?

    Give it a break bro. That same team with so much talent wasn’t in the playoffs since 2008 and haven’t won division since 2007. You take Brady and change him with James they go 7-10 or 8-9.

  28. Mr Bean Says:

    @Mikejp. Not a high risk grow at all. Ball was very fast and high. Evans was barely able to catch it. If the CB got to it or if it were a little lower no way it is intercepted. Maybe batted down.

  29. Oneilbuc Says:

    Stopby. What are talking about lol 😆 😂 ain’t no quarterback that played at 40 was surrounded with this many weapons that’s a fact !! You want to give Brady all the credit and try to ignore the rest of the team is just stupid !!

  30. SlyPirate Says:

    I’d make that throw.

  31. buc15 Says:

    M V P

  32. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    I liked the one he lobbed up to the sideline to Mike while getting hit just as much!! I thought for sure that ball was going nowhere and sure enough bam, right on the money!!

  33. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Oneilbuc – just keep rehabbing Jameis …. If you go back and look out of the picks Brady has this year you can only say maybe 3 are his fault… The rest are the “Hall of famers” having passes bounce off their hands or not being in the right spot! … Brady does need the praise cuz without him this team isn’t this good!! Now go assault another young Uber driver and go on!! Lol

  34. Oneilbuc Says:

    SorryJack . You can keep bringing up Jamies all you want to me lol 😆 but the truth of the matter is Jamies looked like a different quarterback with the Saints that had no weapons but Kamara with 15 touchdowns with 3 picks. And no I rather assult you fake bucs fan that’s really Patriots fans lol 😆 😂 !!!

  35. Oneilbuc Says:

    SorryJack . To you and a lot of people on here any pick Brady throws is not his fault . But with the last quarterback every pick was his fault according to most people on here. I’ve never blame Brady or any other quarterback for every pick they throw that’s just stupid. I don’t go off false narrative that the media makes up about any player. For every quarterback in the NFL it all comes down to what team you go to and who the coaches are and Belichick is proving that to everyone who said it was all Brady and not Belichick wich is plane stupid any way to say . Even the idiots on here that was trying to down play Belichick developing Brady lol 😆 😂 look what he’s doing with Mac Jones who people on here who said he wasn’t going to develop . I told yall Belichick will develop Mac Jones but yall laughed at me remember ?? I told yall without Belichick their is no Brady !!! Facts !!!