Calm Down About Tom Brady!

September 26th, 2022

You’ve heard it; Joe has heard it. Hell, you may know someone who is part of it.

The Bucs cannot convert third downs. They can’t score touchdowns. They huff and they puff and they can’t blow a defense’s door down like in recent years.

So Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is shot, right?


In short, Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports types that it is way over the top to suggest Brady is physically done and yesterday demonstrated he’s not shot.

Tom Brady is starting to look like an aging quarterback
Overreaction or reality:

Not ready to go down this rabbit hole yet, even if Brady has just three touchdown passes through three weeks and the Buccaneers have yet to score over 20 points in any of their three games played.

Brady was 31 of 42 for 271 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions … throwing to the likes of Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman, Jaelon Darden, and Cole Beasley — not exactly the receiving group he came out of retirement for.

Evans, Godwin and Jones have played 13 snaps together this season which is why Brady has his fewest pass touchdowns through three games and his lowest passer rating (89.2) since 2014. Let’s wait until Brady’s top playmakers return before we jump to the conclusion that the 45-year-old is finally showing his age.

Joe thinks Kerr is right. Throwing for 31-of-42 for 271 yards is not exactly Mike Glennon-like. If you didn’t know the guy’s name is “Brady,” you wouldn’t consider the Bucs quarterback had a bad day yesterday.

Yeah, let’s see what happens when he gets back his receivers. You know, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones… and Gronk? Donovan Smith should help, too.

60 Responses to “Calm Down About Tom Brady!”

  1. geno711 Says:

    I believe that it is more a Brian Leftwich issue than Tom Brady issue.

    It is fair to now say that Bruce Arians was a big part of making this Bucs offense special the last two years.

    It does not mean that Brian Leftwich was not the actual play caller the last two seasons.

    It really means to me that Arians was in Brian’s ear on certain plays.

    BA recognizes flaws in defenses that he knew how to exploit and Leftwich is just not there yet.

    It might be as simple as when to throw on 1st downs or when to run a 2-minute offense in the middle of the game.

  2. tampabuscsbro Says:

    I mean if it was the same play we got against the saints maybe.

    He played well the insurmountable drops, WR mistakes and inability to run the ball killed the offense. Not Tom Brady

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Spot on.

  4. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Continuing to doubt Brady. Silly people will not learn.

  5. A Says:

    Agree – we’ll be fine, but we need to start getting healthy!

    Go Bucs!

  6. SB~LV Says:

    Does yesterday mean Lambeau in January?

  7. Ufcguy32 Says:

    I’ll say this. Brady has accuracy problems. Look at the last throw for the td. Gage saved his ass. Guys falling down trying to reach and catch some of these balls. Look at godwin….how do you think he got hurt. He’s not the biggest problem but make no mistake he’s a problem right now. Byron is the biggest issue. This guy is not good. I think now we’re seeing what Arians value really was. I think he got these guys going on offense. We will see when Godwin and Evans are back. However, I still think gronk is probably the only thing that may save this season. Our offense just is not clicking

  8. ViSyl Says:

    BL may have some blame, but the receivers couldn’t catch a cold. Top three coming back, we will be good.

  9. Lamarcus Says:

    He will be okay but how’s he the number 1 player??

  10. Beeej Says:

    Brady is staying within what his people can do, just like his last year with the Patriots

  11. pewter941 Says:

    Time to get rid of Scotty

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    Would also be nice to have a legit #2 RB who could run explosively. Rachael White blows.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady is fine….the offense will get better from here……we played 3 good defenses…….
    At least in the loss yesterday no one came off the field injured……

    We should have at least Evans & Julio back Sunday…probably D. Smith…..and maybe, just maybe Chris Godwin.

  14. Pewter Power Says:

    I’m not saying Tom Brady isn’t all in but this year is different as he is either silently pissed on the sideline or taking his frustrations out on the equipment. The last two years he let his teammates have it for poor execution, not this year

  15. zzbuc Says:

    Todav Mike Florio spoke about TB 12 hair dye!!!

    Journalism is dying Joe, is more tabloid media and gossip and predictions and shouting whatever nonsense crosses their minds than informing…..

    And the problem is that people look to florio or Cowherd or all the talking heads at ESPN as celebrities or even role models!!!!

  16. AMI_Chris Says:

    Even with slappies playing receiver, it’s hard to believe you can’t scheme a guy open on a series. That 3-and-out from their own goal line was depressing. The only creativity I saw yesterday was that dreadful double reverse that lost 12 yards and killed a drive.

  17. Buccobill99 Says:

    Only game 3 once all weapons are healthy look out league

  18. Ed Says:

    Brady is fine but when your #3 WR is the only starter in the game and guys like Perriman and Miller cannot get open, yeah you are going to have problems.

    Leftwich is responsible for not adding in any wrinkles to the offense, especially changing up the running backs. No team in the NFL only uses one running back. It is certainly a receipt for burnout and injury. Lenny is a good back but the defenses know what to expect with Leftwich’s first down running plays.

    Vaughn needs to spell Lenny. Maybe he would be more effective if he had a chance to rest .

    Darden made a play yesterday. Miller made none and the one play Perriman made he fumbled immediately after the catch. Maybe its time to give Darden Miller’s routes.

    Evans helped them win vs the Saints but they lost yesterday because he wasn’t available. He needs to ball out next Sunday vs KC to win them another one.

  19. Colonel Angus Says:

    Maybe we need Arians red pen?

  20. BucsfanFred Says:

    The entire offence is pathetic

  21. Bucfan Says:

    BL needs to retire and BA should un-retire!

  22. Allen Lofton Says:

    Everybody is overreacting about the Bucs offense except Brady, players and coaches. The Media is more interested in their story – it’s playtime in December and January where the Bucs will shine.

  23. LVD rules Says:

    1) Scottie Miller can no longer have a career based on a catch 2 years ago. He is the fastest person on the team. From the 3rd deck, however, you can see he was lined up one and one with no safety near him. The Packers know he can’t catch, so his speed is irrelevant.

    2) Scottie Miller wouldn’t have even been on the field if it wasn’t for Mike Evans being unable to get Lattimore out of his head. It would be impossible to overstate my incredible opinion of M.E. , but does anyone believe we lose that game if Evans played. I hurts to say this because without Evans, Brady never even becomes a Buccaneer….but Mike’s stupidity last week was the difference between a loss or a win.

  24. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Brady has a lot going against him currently…depleted weapons, young, mediocre offensive line, league sentiment ( jealousy…including FanBoy Florio ) and a wife who’s “punishing” him for reneging on retirement. He’s pi$$ed off ( better than pi$$ed on as they say ) and will go down swinging. I don’t see a lot of drop off…just drops and fumbles by fringe players.

  25. D.B. Cooper Says:

    @Ufcguy32 – If you have a moment, watch the replay of the touchdown. If possible, watch it in slow motion.

    Absolutely amazing catch by Gage, no debate there.

    However, it appears that Brady can see that Gage has 2 steps on both Nixon (25) and Savage (26). It also appears that Brady sense that Douglas (29) will close the gap quickly.

    If Brady’s throw leads Gage, there is a chance for an interception (at worst), or a knock down (likely).

    Seeing Nixon & Douglas both 2 steps behind Gage, the higher percentage throw (less likely for a catch, but much less likely for a knock down or INT) is to throw it slightly behind Gage.

    Brady how done this too many times in his career for this to be an accident.

  26. #8 Says:

    Gdit i fuching loathe the db12’s. Still upset.
    Silver lining, we were playing with 1 hand behind our backs, D still stout, no massive injuries, and still only lost by 2 to a good NFC team.
    Shades of 2020…we’ll gel by the bye.

  27. Beeej Says:

    Don’t often see fumbles by multiple wide receivers in the same game

  28. Craig Says:

    Brady does not have an accuracy problem. He throws to the spot where the receiver is supposed to be, but he has not spent enough time with those receivers to know their reaction.

    Too many pieces are bent, not yet broken, to play in a sustained fashion. Little pieces keep breaking down that stall any momentum from building.

  29. Richard Dickson Says:

    Buffalo and KC fell to 2-1 and didn’t break 20 points and nobody is calling their seasons over. But nobody panics quite like Bucs fans.

  30. StickinUp4Centers Says:

    Not worried. I’m encouraged that the defense is only giving up two scores a game. The O will figure it out. It wasn’t exactly humming in the early part of the 2020 season either. Brady’s time is December/January.

  31. Bucschamp Says:

    Bucs need to execute faster. Oline cannot hold long enough for tom to survey the field. Scotty should be just a complimentary piece. He isn’t a Wr1 and he has no desire to be one. His best play vs GB might be just luck

  32. Wild Bill Says:

    No big deal. The game was about as close as it could possibly be between two top teams. Wish it had gone into overtime! Back up receivers are the main problem. The only receiver who played really well was an older guy who had only been on the team a few days and their aging TE. Darden actually caught a pass too! Not that it matters. He and Scotty are obvious mediocre at best. Brady might retire mid-season if his best receivers stay injured! The old GOAT made a nice run late in the game.

  33. Oxycondoms Says:

    Brady threw that td pass to the only place where it wouldve been a td. If he led gage it wouldve been picked off. 2 fumbles, a dumb reverse call. And the ultimate idiot move to burn a timeout with an up the middle run with fournette. The delay of game shouldve been a time out. Praise be to Brady

  34. bob Says:

    not worried…season is long…..just glad tb12 wears a brace… one got hurt
    soon the starters will be back including Jensen maybe even even Gronk

  35. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Come on ppl … This game turned out about exactly as we thought it would. As soon as Evans destroyed Lattimore we knew we’d be running practice squad WRs out there yesterday, with the exception of a dinged up Russell Gage.
    GB threw the bag at us early to get a lead and then they knew they just had to play defense. The offense will be ok in a few weeks.

    But this BUCS defense is naaaasty! I’m not sure what our time of possession numbers look like on offense but this D just keeps coming on the field on short notice and just keeps delivering. The secondary looks like they’re are completely in sync. LVD/White are absolutely killing it and the rotation on the Line has been extremely consistent.

    Yes, Brady has his hands full getting this offense rolling, but I have ZERO worries that this defense can keep us in every game. It’s week 3. We’re just fine.

  36. A Bucs Fan Says:

    The Bucs need to get healthy on offense and they will be fine.

    Also: Cut Jaelon Darden.

  37. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Maybe more disturbing than anything in the game was how many Bucs fans were selling their tickets to Packer fans. Well at least the Pro Bowl is history now , unless flag football counts?

  38. LeaveHimBe Says:

    Given how mediocre the OL is and how many times our backup receivers fumbled the ball away, I was actually impressed with Brady last game.

    He is showing signs of age, but I mean come on what difference does it really make when you are among the best in the league and finding the open guy and getting the ball to him? Maybe not as quickly with the same zip or accuracy, but still better than most QBs in the league which is mind boggling given his age

  39. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    “The sky is falling”

  40. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There is a reason why Brady is something like 69-0 Touchdowns to interceptions in the red zone……he throws balls away or throws balls only his receivers can catch…
    You’re gonna have some misses.

    Think of that….not even one tipped pass for an int in the red zone.

  41. rsjcheapseats Says:

    The numbers are a bit misleading.

    88 of the 271 came on the final drive. On the 3 possessions prior to the last possession, the Bucs punted 3 times and had 32 yards combined.

  42. Goatfarmer Says:

    Please sign Grayson back. He proved reliable and effective. Clutch receptions, speed, and a good blocker. Another head scratcher cut. Yeah I know no one else picked him up. We should put him on the Practice Squad at least.

    I’ve had enough of the DardOn, and Scotty, much as I hate to say it. Scotty made a nice grab on the sideline yesterday but is so small the DB just carried him and dropped him out of bounds for the incompletion.

  43. beano Says:

    There is no fountain of youth. Brady doesn’t look like the end-all-be-all this season.

  44. Robert A Webb Says:

    I’ve been a Tom Brady fan since Michigan and followed every game in New England watched it five or six times over at the end, no receivers last year Brady played. Brady would throw his helmet on the sideline and yell get, open get open, as we all know right now, same thing Patriots have no wide receivers. Well to all you Bucs fans, did we all just see perriman running the ball in a drive and he fumbled, what does that do to the morale of the offense I’ve team, okay next time Gage is running on a drive with the ball fumbles. Brady’s 85% of his passes to Scotty Miller in the last 3 weeks have been dropped I see drops everywhere when they’re in the bread baskets second the bucks have purchased glue factory players with big names in the past. nice people. injuries it ain’t Brady’s fault I get so upset you people, fans don’t appreciate what Brady did by renegotiating his contract to bring the band back it’s costing him a divorce it looks like and what do we get from the fans on Joe’s report, it’s Brady’s fault. No it’s really starts with the organization are they killing these guys in training camp how could Gage be busted up already what happened to Julio is Godwin done let’s just wait and see when the number one number two and the number three squads cup return, I think it’s terrific that they’re two in one I figured two and two to be truthful. Thanks for listening

  45. Onetrickpony Says:

    Brady dont physically look right. I noticed it in his face. Sort of like, I dont care about being here, but as long as I am I will try. Age caught up quick ?

  46. Says:

    The NFL is a rigged game. Basically pro wrestling at this point.

  47. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Thats crazy Brady is smart as hell and accurate they just hateing. Anything to stir the pot

  48. George Says:

    Brady had played as well as he can given what he is working with.

  49. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Did any of you hater morons see his finger? That has to hurt like hell. 73.8% of his passes, better than Roger’s.

  50. sasquatch Says:

    He looks the same physically. Still throws with velocity, no evidence of noodle arm. Manning was shot. He had problems getting the ball 20 yards downfield at the end. That’s not Brady. They have to get his receivers back… and then get back in rhythm.

    Compared to our starting lineup last year, they were playing with 8 out of 11 different starters on offense.

  51. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Too many people over reacting. Injured players will start to return this week. Evans will return. Donnie will return.

    I suspect Gronk will return to play this week. He was at the game last night. He won’t have liked seeing Tom going thru that.

    We got lucky not losing more than one game before now. This is when the turnaround begins.

  52. beano Says:

    Brady’s 2-point pass was wobbling like a wounded duck.

  53. captivajim Says:

    we did not loose the game because of Brady-fumbles and penalties played a role as did poor performances by Miller & others. coaching was terrible ,play calling just wrong…

    But , the delay of game was on Brady

  54. alton d green Says:

    gotta dis-agree my friends. I watched that play several times. seems the receivers and others couldn’t get in the right spots. As Pink Floyd said, “There’s no strength in numbers when the right one walks out of the door” I will say Tom was about 20% at fault. Ain’t it the coaches job along with the QB to make sure this &^$# doesn’t happen. It was like we had about 8 college players

  55. IrishTony Says:

    Todd Bowles isn’t as hands on with the offense as BA was and his statement about “using” the other RBs proves that. The play calling yesterday was mediocre at best and it’s partly why they lost that game. The stupid reverse flea flicker cost them 10 plus yards, running continuously on first down, lack of screen plays, could go on and on.

  56. Defense Rules Says:

    Looking at the game stats, drives summaries & play-by-play, it’s not all that hard to see why the Bucs lost.

    o Both teams had roughly the same number of plays: Packers 61; Bucs 59. Packers however held onto the ball for almost SIX minutes longer than we did (33:25 to 26:35), simply because they ran much more than we did: Packers 25 runs for 67 yds (41% run-pass) vs Bucs 14 runs for 34 yds (23.7% run-pass).

    o Both QBs were excellent in the passing game; Rodgers completed 27-of 35 (77.1%) for 255 yds while Brady completed 31-of-42 (73.8%) for 271 yds. In the process, Rodgers was sacked 1 time and took 6 QB hits, while Brady was sacked 3 time with 4 QB hits.

    o Both teams committed 2 turnovers, and all of them came at critical points in the game. Packers 1st fumble cost them 7 points (they were on the goal line & missed out on a TD). Their INT cost them 3 points (Bucs offense scored a FG off it). Both Bucs’ fumbles probably cost us at least 2 FGs (we were within Succop’s range), and possibly more than that.

    o Packers whooped us on 3rd/4th down conversions; they were 6-for-15 (40%) while we were 3-for-12 (25%).

    IOW, it looks to me like the game outcome was largely influenced by the 3rd/4th down conversion rates (favoring the Packers) and the TOP advantage (also favoring the Packers). What especially hurt on the former was that the Packers went 5-for-5 on 3rd down conversions to start the game (scoring their total of 14 points in the process on their first 2 drives) but then were only 1-for-10 for the rest of the game. Bucs 3rd/4th down conversion rate of 25% (3-for-12) was abysmal, but still not too far below our first 2 games when we were 10-for-32 … 31.3%)

  57. dls5492 Says:

    Is it too late to ask people not to overreact?

  58. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    D.B. Cooper Says:
    “… it appears that Brady can see that Gage has 2 steps on both Nixon (25) and Savage (26). It also appears that Brady sense that Douglas (29) will close the gap quickly.”

    Just like you said. It was a tremendous throw and catch. Brady had the option of waiting for Gage to clear past Douglas. The whole time left side of the end zone was open. But I understand his desire to be rid of the football in a timely manner.

  59. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    @Robert A Webb

    We are all just wannabes letting off steam. Don’t take it personal, Bob.

  60. Old School Bucs Says:

    The thing people need to understand is the national media and a lot of local media hate Brady. They say good things only when they have no choice, like after he wins his 7th super bowl. Or has the greatest come back in super bowl history. But they can’t wait to bad mouth him! Does it have to do with his friendship with Trump or because he played for Bellichek? Who knows for sure, but one thing I can guarantee, the Bucs and Brady will be in the playoffs and probably go to the super bowl again. If that happens Brady gets number 8!!!