The Full Brady Effect

December 26th, 2021


Anyone see Tom Brady squirm today without about two-thirds of his offensive production on the field?

Outside of the Bucs’ ugly first drive, Joe didn’t see a shred of panic or confusion. In fact, Brady did what was he was known for in New England: succeeding with limited talent.

How cool was it to see Brady’s red-zone chill on display when he stopped Tyler Johnson’s misguided motion and coached him up mid-play, and then proceeded to hand off to Ronald Jones for an untouched TD scamper.

Brady largely was on the money with furniture-hurling, bicycle-throwing receiver Antonio Brown, even though they hadn’t played together in 2 1/2 months.

The Panthers’ pass defense is very stout, but Brady didn’t press and did not cough up a turnover. His lone scramble was intelligent and a bit daring for an old man, but he got up smiling with an 11-yard gain and a first down.

Brady is the main reason the Bucs offense can/will overcome the injuries to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette. And Joe’s drooling at the thought of Brady having two more games to get the new-look Bucs offense in top form before, hopefully, Evans and Fournette return.

30 Responses to “The Full Brady Effect”

  1. Swampbuc Says:

    So glad he handed the ball off a lot and that the OL and RBs blocked and ran well to set up the big plays.

    Too bad that didn’t occur to Boron before the Saints game.

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I expected that Brady would have his team ready to play today. It was good he got to work with the 2nd teamers this past week. It really showed.

  3. ModHairKen Says:

    The Panthers are a terrible team. No QB. No threats at WR. No RB. Two above average CBs. Some decent DL.

    Tampa should have dominated and won. And did. It was a good day. Some younger players had valuable experience. Vaughn can run. He wants to catch. Whitehead had perhaps the best game of his career. Injured players rested.

    Now is the time to get focused and healthy. It’s now about Brady and Arians and Bowles getting this team ready for the playoffs.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Our next 2 games are easy, we will win out.
    As we all saw today, our offense works a lot better, when we run the ball.

  5. Chuckstutz Says:

    Our coaches know how to have second and third stringers ready and developed. Ready to go. Damn impressive.

  6. Coburn Says:

    Was just too bad they didn’t seem ready with backups last week in a pinch. Think riding the running game may have resulted in a W as opposed to the poor play we had. Nice to have a bounceback game

  7. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Work Cyrillic Grayson into the offense more so than T Johnson

  8. adam from ny Says:

    it’s like the team sort of has to reinvent themselves offensively to some extent, going down the home stretch here…

    and who better to do that than one thomas brady…


  9. allbuccedup Says:

    It was obvious Cam Newton is not the answer for Carolina and neither is Matt Ruhle. If can beat the team again and the Jets we could get the second seed. Cowboys and Rams have a couple of rough games ahead. The Packers won’t lose again until the playoffs.

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Swamparse, back up RB’s and backup WR’s, seriously??? 32 points on a top ranked defense. Their offense is horrible but their D is highly ranked, dip shat.

  11. Craig Says:

    Some great Cyril Grayson moments. Brady looked good most of the day, his run wasn’t a highlight, but it got the job done.

    I saw Brady get p.o.d at O.J. Howard and didn’t see him on the field again. It is okay if Howard doesn’t run his routes right, but running into the guy who was supposed to catch the ball was too much.

  12. Oneilbuc Says:

    Good win today everyone one played good today on both sides of the ball . Go bucs !!

  13. Wild Bill Says:

    I was very happy with this win butttt: it was the lowly Panthers. A team we should beat 10 out 10 times. Still it was fun to see a complete game on both offense and defense. But gone this year is the long bomb. And Gronk has had two bad pass catching games in a row now. Being honest, neither Brady or Gronk are having the games they had last year. Unless we go deep in the playoffs this might be it for both of them. They both have had amazing careers and are not the kind to keep playing if time is catching up with them. Even so they have both made huge upgrades for the Bucs and lifted the team to a new level. Sadly OJ Howard continues to disappoint. He looks like a thoroughbred but plays like a nag. Besides Howard, Tryon continues to not impress. Perhaps the Bucs should give him a shot at tight end. He has the size and quickness. Give him some workouts this summer and see if he has the hands. I just don’t see him physical enough at defensive lineman. He could be a big target and maybe replace Brate down the road.

  14. Bird Says:

    That was pretty cool how TV analysts broke that down and showed brady go up to him afterwards. Next time young fella and its yours

    Rojo trotted into endzone
    Leftwich was on today. Some cool play calling for sure. Love the end around fake to the other guy

    No doubt AB is a stud
    He has best hands on team Dude catches everything. Mike will be back next week too. I think he wanted to play but coaches said no
    He wants the 1000. And im sure he would love to get it in 16 games
    He is a humble guy and one of fav bucs but he wants it
    He wants HOF and that would help

  15. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oneilbucyall, even Brady? C’mon you can say it.

  16. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Wild Bill, who should Brady air it out to? Is Moss coming out of retirement? When Brady throws the long ball posters complain, when they don’t run enough they complain, when Brady doesn’t throw the long ball, complaints. 32 points on a very good D and the NFC South Championship. Talk about spoiled, the bar set pretty high I’d say. So if they don’t win the SB, Brady, Gronk, JPP possibly Suh I guess are.washed up bums.

  17. Oneilbuc Says:

    Listnfrmafar if say the team then that means Brady as well !! I will always look at the team and never put 1 player above the team !! Brady has been playing good most of this year. I’ve never expect any player to have a good game every game that just not realistic for no player regardless who the player is.

  18. Oneilbuc Says:

    Brady doesn’t have to throw it up the feild 30 times a game to me . I wish they would just let Brady run his offense from New England most of the time because that no risk it no biscuit is a disaster most of the time for any quarterback.

  19. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Give it a rest. Same shat different day.

  20. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Spot on, Roy T! It is also nice to see that BA and staff are so willing to lend TB a hand in the game prep and game management.

    Go Bucs!

  21. Miller5252 Says:

    It’s really too bad we’re not going to see our top 3 receivers healthy on the field this year. Add Gronk and Lenny and this offense would’ve walked over a lot of teams. They’d been better then the greatest show on turf

  22. Dan Williamson Says:

    They ran the damn ball. Period end. The difference between last week and this.

  23. bucschamp Says:

    what did Brady say to Grayson? or was that a play to confuse the Panthers?

    kudos to OJ for the bowling job lol

  24. bucschamp Says:

    also dear Tom, stop rushing you fool, we don’t want you to get hurt! Our SB is on the line!

  25. Charles Sinacole Says:

    Did you ever have a moment of worry today ? The “Brady Effect” as you call it, was just Brady being Brady. The man’s head is as good as his reputation. He’s the smartest QB to ever play that position. The Bucs are to happy to have him .

  26. Boston Tommy Says:

    This whole thread is schizophrenic!!!

  27. Annapope1 Says:

    What has happened to Gronk? And why is nobody else asking that question? He has dropped alot of passes and has not made any touchdowns in the last 3 games.

  28. David Hopkins Says:

    I was particularly delighted to see Antonio Brown return to the field and perform exceptionally well in the Buc’s win. Naturally, though, in the post-game press conference we had ESPN’s Diana Russini grilling Brown on his off field issues rather than the game, and Antonio called her on it. Russini, in my opinion, was rude and disrespectful in her general approach to Brown, making several references to his “screw ups”. Brown didn’t want to hear that nonsense and neither did I. Neither did most sports fans. I don’t even think the studio hosts at NBC’s game last night were amused by her antics. ” Next question”, he gushed with some asperity, and I’m glad he did. But, Russini kept on with her blathering narrative until Brown took another question. I mention this because it is just a continuing example of the shoddy arrogant journalism that goes on at ESPN. Its reporters are more interested in creating salacious stories and painting specific athletes in an unflattering light than reporting the games. All Russini had in mind was taking character digs at Brown with her references to “screw ups”. But that’s how ESPN rolls.

  29. Bobby M. Says:

    Solid win considering all things. Panthers are bad and we should blow teams like them out. I think there was still some missed opportunities which is a positive considering we had so many new combinations of personnel on offense. I anticipate Brady will continue to push this group and bury the Jets next week.

  30. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bobby they have a good D, the Bill’s struggled with them last week.