“Absolutely Tom Brady Gets A Pass”

September 26th, 2022

A Hall of Fame receiver made a loud point today and one that will keep Joe awake again tonight — two sleepless nights in a row.

Michael Irvin was ranting on ESPN TV today about how “absolutely Tom Brady gets a pass” for the Bucs offense’s struggles in their home opener.

Irvin bellowed that Brady “lifted up” Russell Gage with 13 targets, tying his career high while doing the best he could with true backup receivers.

“Give Brady any one of those guys,” Irvin said referring to Julio Jones, Mike Evans or Chris Godwin, “and he wins this football game.”

Joe agrees with Irvin but what will keep Joe up is that last sentence. Todd Bowles himself said Julio was ready to play but the Bucs opted to rest him for the long haul as his knee further heals. Joe gets a big-picture approach, but dammit, owning the tiebreaker on the Packers is big-picture-worthy, too. Wouldn’t it have made just a little more sense to go all-in with Julio yesterday and sit him against the Chiefs, a non-conference opponent?

Oh, well. Monday morning quarterbacking is alive and well.

Retired QB Dan Orlovsky was alongside Irvin barking about how the Brady-Bucs offense is in trouble and not since 2003 has a Brady team gone three consecutive games with 20 points or less. He also noted the Bucs’ 36 drives and just 3 touchdowns this season.

Joe will be concerned if the Bucs’ struggles continue when Donovan Smith and Evans return to the lineup. For now, Joe is rolling with Irvin.

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24 Responses to ““Absolutely Tom Brady Gets A Pass””

  1. Redeemer Says:

    Marathon not a sprint Joe. Let’s say Jones played, but then further injured his knee. The decision to play Godwin week one, was a horrendous mistake. Maybe Bowles has learned his lesson.

  2. MadMax Says:

    So is this Kenney Golladay rumor serious? I just saw a story on it. I know we need help at WR but thats gonna cost unless the giants eat most of it.

  3. Zwak Says:

    Joe’s walking a fine line with this one…

  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Time to embrace the gloom & doom stuff…fire up the players…Brady especially. Green Bay will have trouble vs Minnesota (twice)…and it’s early. Not having BA hurts right now…make no mistake ( Que ListenFromMomsCar declaring “watch the video” and “he’s senile”…don’t buy into his drivel and/or his multi level marketing message ). Frustrating losses like this can be a catalyst ( Bears loss in 2020 comes to mind ). Brady looks fine mechanically…he has a Brazilian jujitsu artist trying to choke him out on the home front. He’ll keep fighting.

  5. ModHairKen Says:

    The sky is falling. The sky is falling. They are 2-1. With a makeshift O Line and backup WRs who sucked. Perriman was awful. Gage’s YAC was about minus 5. Brate ain’t even a poor man’s Gronk. And the play calling was lousy.

    And yet they almost won.

    Fournette ran hard. He is a man. Brady will return to form. This was always going to be the toughest stretch.

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Golloday sucks. Washed. No more retreads. Let’s not overcrowd the room. Besides, OBJ is still unsigned and if we’re forced to go mercenary because of future WR injuries, he’s the guy. No capital required.

  7. George Says:

    Brady played as well as he could with the 2nd and 3rd stringers and a weak o line

    Licht failed the Team and Brady by not signing a couple of experience offensive lineman when he had the chance

    If Brady had more time he could have done much better with the scrubs in the receiving core

  8. LakelandSteve Says:

    Brady and the Bucs offense will figure this out. Things won’t be like last year but they won’t need to be if the defense keeps playing well. Get Evans and Godwin back healthy and we will start to score more, especially in the red zone. If we want to get the offense really cranking somehow get Gronk back. I think he makes a return before we go to Germany. Mark it down!

  9. Goatfarmer Says:

    Apparently, our WR has never been as deep as we thought. Time for Geiger and Thompkins to have a chance.

    Adios DardOn and Scotty.

  10. DrunkinYbor Says:

    This team will be one of the best of all time. I see a mature extremely talented defense that can single handily win games. Our young core is not even in there prime..close but not yet. I guarantee this will be one of ghe best Bucs teams we have ever seen. Chiefs game I see IT as close but a win. After that this volcano of success will erupt. We will DOMINATE watch and see

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    I’d love to be drunk in Ybor too!

  12. BUCkleup Says:

    Let’s just put together a few solid scoring drives. Oh, and maybe a TD in the first half. Optimistic once we get healthy. Just need to actually show it.

  13. firethecannons Says:

    no reason julio could not of gone in for aa limited amount of snaps stupid leftwich is way overconfident he is not capable of adjustments–he will never be a head coach thinking the Jags are happy with the way it all turned out

  14. Bucschamp Says:

    At this point I’d like Smith and Mike back at least. That 3Rd string left tackle isn’t gonna cut it

  15. lambchop Says:

    Todd Bowles doesn’t see the Packers being in the hunt for the #1 NFC spot. That’s the level of confidence we have to have once our guys are healthy. If our offense can be this decimated and we’re still 2-1, then that tells you how stout our defense has been. We just have to be healthy and ready and this team will have a better season than 2020.

  16. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Bucschamp Says:
    September 26th, 2022 at 9:41 pm
    At this point I’d like Smith and Mike back at least. That 3Rd string left tackle isn’t gonna cut it


    Due to my dyslexia and 3rd grade reading comprehension…I thought you said you wanted Mike Smith back. 🙂

  17. lambchop Says:

    We just about wrapped up week 3 and people out here in all out panic mode. We’ll be fine. We are not playing for the Super Bowl in September.

    Keeping Julio out was the right move. We didn’t sign him to play 4 games.

  18. Kody Says:

    Three main reasons we lost:

    1) Evans suspension

    2) Perriman fumble

    3) Gage fumble

    Gotta scream, then let it go. And then just focus on beating the dreaded Chiefs.

  19. Oneilbuc Says:

    I’m going to remember everything yall saying about Brady to night. I just hope y’all start giving the other players credit when we win and Brady throws 4 touchdowns . Y’all give him a pass when we lose but give him all the credit when we win. That’s not truth that’s what you call a native !!

  20. Old School Bucs Says:

    This isnt the first time a Brady Offense has started slow. Yet by mid season he always finds a way to get it humming. In this case it is injuries. Once we get healthy the NFL better be on notice! Because Geeze the Bucs will be ferocious!

  21. Winny Testaverde Says:


    Scored a 1 on the Wonderlic test

    Roots for only one QB: Famous Jamies

    Drinks one 40oz bottle of hooch before every post


  22. Al Says:

    An episode of Ira’s just before the season started made reference to a huge splash deal that we should be ready for and gave the impression there was some player we were looking to acquire in a trade? What happened here?

  23. Coburn Says:

    Yeah I thought Brady actually played decent. Just needed someone other than Gage to step up (and that’s tempered him fumbling as well)

  24. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oneilsucyall speaks negatively again about the Bucs QB as his hero Jamais once again leads the league in interceptions. His excuse, everyone is allowed a bad game as long as your not TB12 the Great White QB.