“Still Explosive”

May 26th, 2022

A guy Bucs fans know well is paid handsomely to watch every quarterback every week and break down his performance.

That guy is former Tampa Bay quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. For three or four years Gradkowski has been collecting a check from the PFF Tribe, aka ProFootballFocus.com, to evaluate QB film so tribesman can sell his work.

Gradkowski also co-hosts on SiriusXM NFL Radio. And while Joe finds him a little boring and annoying, Joe always pays close attention when Gradkowski is talking quarterbacks … because he knows what the heck he’s talking about.

On his radio gig this week, Gradkowski was ranking QBs and breaking them down. And the fun thing is that Gradkowski says there’s literally nothing to nitpick on Brady’s 2021 game. Sure, Brady makes mistakes, but Gradkowski talked about how uncanny it is how quickly Brady will adjust successfully.

More interesting to Joe, however, was Gradkowski diving into how Brady is “still explosive” dropping back to pass from under center. No loss of athleticism in his legs and posture, per Gradkowski, and Brady’s pocket movement is still elite.

There are plenty of Brady doubters every year since he turned 37, and Joe gets the skepticism, especially now at age 45. But if you really break down Brady, he’s not showing age.

As former Bucs head coach and Falcons playcaller Dirk Koetter explained last year, the eye test on Brady reveals a quarterback getting stronger with more zip on his fastball.

16 Responses to ““Still Explosive””

  1. SB Says:

    Kind of like a fine Wine.
    Although I prefer Bourbon.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I would have thought a Montana Craft Malt…..but Bourbon works….

    Single Malt Scotch for me and a nice cigar.

    None of that for Brady unless its at the victory boat parade…..I’d love to see another one of those.

  3. GOB Says:

    The great Steve Young once said, “Once you have all the answers to the test, and you still have the physical ability, only then can you find out how good you are.” If that doesn’t encapsulate Brady, I don’t know what does. Brady is not competing against others, but himself. The opponent is almost ancillary at this point.

  4. SB Says:

    @TBBF………Nah. Although my neighbor makes craft beer and I have been guilty of pounding a few back, I am definitely more of a good bourbon lover. There are several local distilleries here!

  5. Bojim Says:

    Brady will be fine. I’m not worried. Even at guard.

  6. August 1976 Buc Says:

    If they keep Brady upright, and run the ball better, they will be in the NFC Title game at least, and maybe, they will hoist Lombardi #3

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Buczilla Says:

    We are so lucky to have this dude.

  8. BillyBucco Says:

    Lombardi #3 is crazy if you think about it for a young team.
    There are teams out there 100 years old it seems that haven’t won one.

    If Tampa gets to 3 they will join Denver, Washington and Oakland.
    Only the Ravens have been to 2 and won 2.

  9. Buccos Says:

    I’m not worried about the QB position. Brady is due for another Lombardi trophy

  10. Mikejp Says:

    Joe, do you any database of QB’ s throw velocity?

  11. David Says:

    I fully expect a MINIMUM of 4500+ yards and 40+ TDs which, at 45, is ridiculous to think.

  12. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    “They” still won’t give him the MVP.

  13. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    I can’t believe “they” gave it to Kaaron last year!!!

  14. SlyPirate Says:


    Same people said TB12 had noticeably lost mobility and velocity during his last year with the Pats. Now, three years later he’s not lost a thing.

  15. Hodad Says:

    Who am I to argue with Dirk Koetter?

  16. D-Rok Says:

    Yep, he still has swivel in them hips to rotate and zip that ball with velocity. Now we know why he’s still with a supermodel. 🙂