Old Tom Brady = Better Tom Brady

July 12th, 2022


You likely have heard someone remark that Tom Brady found the Fountain of Youth in Florida.

Brady may have, and that fountain is named “Bruce Arians.”

Since Brady came to Tampa, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Arians revived fortysomething Brady and made him a super-elite quarterback again. Brady’s improvement at his age had never been done in the century-old NFL.

Old Brady is the best Brady believes Adam Rank of NFL.com.

… Brady has more passing yards and passing touchdowns in his 40s than he did in his 20s. And I’m sure you’ve all seen the memes where Brady, who is turning 45 in August, somehow looks younger now than he did in his 20s. Hell, if he throws 39 touchdown passes this season, he’ll be the Bucs’ all-time leader in passing TDs, despite only joining them two seasons ago. It’s absolutely wild that he’s still this good at this stage of his career. He’s unbelievable. No wonder he decided against retiring.

This is why Joe keeps advising readers and Bucs fans alike to cherish and savor Brady. Don’t expect to see anything like him again.

And Joe will take that a step further: It’s unlikely we’ll ever see a better Bucs quarterback.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

15 Responses to “Old Tom Brady = Better Tom Brady”

  1. teacherman777 Says:

    The Greatest American of all time!

  2. Buczilla Says:

    With our mostly sorry qb history, I’m enjoying eveey second.

  3. Bucs Win Says:

    With the 4th place Heisman Trophy winning Kyle Trask on deck the Bucs QB position will see unlimited new heights.
    Jk, we’re effed when Brady hangs it up.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Considering all the quantifiable and non-quantifiable contributions Brady makes to the entire team, he may well be the best athlete in history. At least for a team sport.

  5. SteveK Says:

    This is the cold hard truth, thankful for the last three Brady years, and hopeful we can do EVERYTHING possible to send him out in his third campaign with an “all-in” roster/approach. If that means we fire up Gronk in November, sign a vet here, etc.

    Whatever it takes, make this era of Bucs football, definitively, the “all-in” era.

  6. PassingThru Says:

    Bruce Arians had more to do with making Jameis Winston the QB he is than developing Tom Brady into an elite QB (again).

  7. AbucAway Says:

    I’m of the mindset that this is Tom’s last year. I find myself often daydreaming at work of Tom Brady having the perfect season send-off as a Buccaneer. Written in sweat and glory. Hey, a fan can dream. Besides, work sucks. Hehe

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    There will never be a better Bucs quarterback, heck there may never be a better QB in the whole NFL.

    And since there has never been a Buccaneers QB drafted that made it to his second contract, forget about ever “grooming” one. Unless by some miracle, Trashk escapes his Gator jinx (Gator QBs suck in the NFL) and proves he can play, Licht needs to be thinking about the next QB veteran who will be a free agent after the 2023 season. Yes I think Tom will stick around one more year.

  9. Mikebuc40 Says:

    Still can’t believe he’s the Bucs QB. Enjoying every moment.

  10. Craig Says:

    He seems to have developed some kind of insight into how plays work. When he looks over a defense, he sees how the play will run and plays according to that.

    It is an awesome thing to watch and I am very glad he is doing it here.

  11. SPARKY Says:

    You have to wonder what kind of numbers Brady would of put up with BA as his coach his entire career. Belichek was more worried about his defense than the offense. Bill definitely held Brady back,whether it was conservative play or average receivers. Tom would take less money to keep his receivers, think Weller, and Bill would spend it on his defense. Bill tried to get rid of Gronk, let Branch go, etc. And before you tell me Brady wouldn’t be where he is without Bill, you can’t tell me that Tom’s work ethic, drive to win, and leadership wasn’t all Tom. Bill was a defensive coach. Brady’s work during the off season to improve his accuracy, arm strength, foot work, and quick release was all Tom and specialty coachs. Would he have all the rings without Bill? We’ll never know. Bill was holding him back.

  12. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Are you really giving BA and BL credit for Brady’s so-called revival? BA’s offense is a volume based offense. QBs will put up big numbers in thismoffense. Look at Winston. In 2020, Brady made adjustments to the offense and it became more efficient. Brady was on course for 20 picks if he continued in BA’s offense. Do you think BA made Winston a better QB? Even Peyton Manning scoffed at BA being called a QB whisperer.

    Brady was the first unanimous league MVP in 2017. In 2018 he threw for over 4000 yards. In 2019 his so-called down year, he threw for over 4,000 yards. He did all of this with far inferior talent on the offensive side. Let’s not act like Brady was some bum that BA “revived.” If Aaron Rodgers played in this offense, he would have also threw out parts of BA’s offense. Aaron would have big numbers, but in no way would he would continue with the no risk, no biscuit. Analysts said Aaron had down years in 2018 and 2019. Should Matt LaFluer get credit for his back to back MVPs? By your logic, LaFluer revived Rodgers.

    I like BA, but let’s not have your personal narrative get in the way of facts. Having Evans, Godwin, AB had a bigger impact on Brady than BA. Once again, Brady threw for 4,000 yards with Jakobi Meyers, N’Keal Harry, and Julian Edelman as his main targets. Gronk was also was a shell of himself when the Pats beat the Rams in the SB.

  13. Steve Gaudreau Says:

    Everyone forget the offensive explosion the 2007 Patriots had? Brady is the best because he has no favorite wide receiver or tight end. His favorite target is and always will be the open one. Check the stats on how many different wide receivers have caught td balls from Brady. Given the fact that the Patriots had a carousel of WRs for a while, he makes average receivers look good.

  14. PassingThru Says:

    Yeah, just a bunch of losers at WR, like Randy Moss and Wes Welker.

  15. Mikejp Says:

    I disagree, his better stats are due to better weapons he get in the Bucs. When he had Randy Moss, he had better stats. Thus, BA is not an associated factor with his stats.