Is It Fair To Blame Lost Practice Time?

September 25th, 2022

So the Bucs offense through three games is struggling in areas requiring precision that comes with repetition: botched snap in New Orleans, miscommunication on a 2-point conversion, and red zone play overall.

Is it fair to say Tom Brady’s lost practice time in training camp (and a little time off during the regular season) is to blame?

Joe doesn’t have an answer. But it sure feels like a fair question.

Brady himself for years has celebrated his love of practice and the need to maximize every minute of practice. It’s a big reason why so many teammates love him and fans appreciate him. But this year he’s been practicing less by choice, despite having a several new offensive teammates.

This isn’t an entire Super Bowl offense returning. Brady opened the season with multiple new targets and blockers.

Of course, Tom Brady not practicing in mid-August because he’s on the beach has nothing to do with Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman fumbling today, or the Bucs’ struggles in the running game. But maybe, just maybe, it’s impact is being felt.

Joe sort of hopes some of the offense’s woes are tied to Brady needing more time on the field to get the offense humming. That would be an easy fix as the season marches on.

44 Responses to “Is It Fair To Blame Lost Practice Time?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Brady put up big numbers with a bunch of backups against a very good defense. When smith, Evans, Godwin, etc come back we will open it up

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    Makes Winston putting up big numbers with Perriman and J. Watson as his starting WRs pretty impressive. Better offensive line. –Joe

  3. Zzbuc Says:

    It is one of several reasons….
    But Joe ,let me ask you, one month ago would you have signed 2/1 on the first three games.
    I know I would!! Of course. –Joe

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    But no, the issue is lack of talent and playing a bunch of good defenses. The Bills and Chiefs both lost today – the Bucs weren’t going 17-0. Calm down people. About halfway through next week, we should see Brady get into a grove, then he’s going to put up huge numbers after that as guys get healthy and the schedule gets dramatically easier.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Its fair to blame anyone and anything. Nobody is playing well and nothing is working.

  6. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Missing our top two receivers, starting Lt, starting center. Those were the reasons. That’s where it begins; That’s where it ends.

  7. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Don’t worry, they will fix it on Wednesday.

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    Geezie. Return to São Paulo and leave your boy alone.

    Tom – dump the dud.

  9. Zzbuc Says:

    You nailed it Munch!!!,
    Agree 100%

  10. steele Says:

    For those of you fretting about next game, the great Chiefs got beat by…Colts. You just never know, and this season is as screwy as any. Rodgers was supposed to wilt in the heat and get destroyed,too.

  11. TiredBucsFan Says:

    Release Perriman and Miller. Please! Get guys off practice squad if you have to.

  12. Redeemer Says:

    Fair question Joe. I don’t think it’s practice though. My opinion is it’s what’s going on in his personal life. Maybe some sleepless nights, not quite as sharp. Also he’s 45 freaking years old. They’ll be ok. Brady will have the ball in his hands, tied or ahead, with a chance for an NFC title game.

  13. TiredBucsFan Says:

    Sign a left tackle

  14. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Yes, Brady missed precious practice time with Geiger, Thompkins, and JJ Howland. To blame miss practice time is so predictable. Gage, Evans, Jones, and Godwin weren’t available during his LOA. You’re acting like he had no practice time. The OL also wasn’t set when he was gone. You had people fighting for that LG position.

  15. PassingThru Says:

    Uh sure… what lost practice time? Even the presumptive starting unit rarely played more than a few snaps in preseason games.

    Crap offense is a universal this season. Thank the owners for the 17 game season.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think this could be Myron Lewis’ fault……Joe mentioned him in an Ira podcast…….just the mention of Myron could bring a loss.

  17. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I’ll keep pointing this out. Brady completed over 70% of his passes with this crop of receivers. He had a bad finger by the way. He and Gage were on the same page all game. Perriman and Gage fumbled. Maybe Brady should’ve been at practice to prevent the receivers from fumbling. While we are throwing stuff at the wall, let’s blame Gisele

  18. steele Says:

    It’s fair to blame the entire approach taken by the Bucs, who have not treated this season as all-in.

    Weird, inconsistent decisions with the roster, not replacing key veterans with equal or better talent, not drafting for instant impact, and not having all of it in place early in preseason, and getting it all going early. An older, diminished Brady should be given the luxury of managing a team already great. Top that off with questionable coaching, and this game is what you get.

  19. Hodad Says:

    Yes it matters. Brady no longer has the eye of the tiger. He looks line a 45 year old QB who’s half retired.

  20. donuts Says:

    Practice? No that’s not it. Evans being selfish and out of control is a reason for todays loss. Licht putting too much faith into old WR (Jones) and unproven players (OL) is a reason. Brate is not a #1TE and the rookies are not ready yet. The game plan was awful today and unimaginative. Our OL injuries and retirement have finally caught up with the team. At 2-1, we are still in good position in a bad NFC South. This team will make the playoffs but will not win any rings. The final Brady chapter will end with a whimper.

  21. adam from ny Says:

    tommy b is on target for about 17 tds and 2,500 yards this year if things remain status quo

  22. SidBucs Says:

    Sounds like everyone expected this team to go 17-0.

    Look it was a tough lost but seeing how the defense played and knowing we will be getting back Evans, Jones, and possibly Smith is a good sign. I’m not stressing even if we go 2-2 next week we will get to the playoffs given that we’re in the NFC South. Now come week 15-17 if the offense struggle like this then we can get worried.

  23. adam from ny Says:


    yes brady looks like his core is being slowly eaten away…

    at the podium sometimes he looks, sad, depressed, gaunt, old and bewildered…

    these are the signs of marital troubles…

    a woman can destroy a man from the inside out…

    and it’s starting to show…


  24. adam from ny Says:

    we’ve gotta find a way to get a win vs the chiefs next week…

    3-1 in the first 4 is all you can ask for…

    then go to town on the falcons and breathe easy at 4-1


  25. Goatfarmer Says:

    Dump the dud

  26. Oneilbuc Says:

    Brady had a ok game today to me I just wish they would have ran White more.

  27. lambeau Says:

    Yes, I thought Hainsey was slow on the 2-point conversion snap.

  28. Bucca-near-Ring Three Says:

    A very large percentage of additional practice time would have been with Offensive lineman that didn’t play today and, with the top 3 Bucs recievers that did not play today and, with a tight end that did not play today and with running backs that did not carry the ball today. Half of this offense would have played with Gabbert and Trask. I dont see how that would have helped with what became our number one offense for this important early game. I agree with Adam, Brady’s wife has decided to try to extinguish and remove his love for and ability to play the game he loves so much. I feel that has affected the heart and soul of this team to some extent.

  29. Tvan101 Says:

    It’s fair to blame a Bruce Arians less Byron Leftwhich.

  30. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Arm chair psychologists evaluating Brady’s behavior. He played an entire season and won a SB when his mom was going through cancer. No one knew. I’d like to think alleged marital issues pale in comparison to his mother’s cancer. You people are projecting. Brady has always hated press conferences his entire career. It’s like pulling teeth. I’ve seen no proof that he isn’t committed as usual. A person who doesn’t care wouldn’t break two tablets in a game. They would be apathetic. He is not.

  31. Bucsfan13 Says:

    If Oneil is defending Brady, you know he wasn’t the issue. He completed 70% of his passes with an injured finger. It’s Gisele’s fault. He should’ve been perfect. If Gisele was at the game, the receivers wouldn’t have fumbled.

  32. EEK Says:

    Hard to say when top 3 receivers aren’t playing

  33. ModHairKen Says:

    Ya know, for everyone who is panicking, they almost won the game today. A bad first quarter. Some mistakes. Injuries. No Evans. Easy fixes.

  34. T REX Says:

    Yes. ABsolutely.

    The “vacation” was/is unprecedented in NFL history.

  35. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    The Bucs offense looks much different, missing Donovan Smith, Marpet, Jenson, and Cappa. Collectively, they were the best o-line in football, imo. They were a tight group.

    Those are big shoes to fill, expect a drop-off. We’re seeing the drop off. Some banged up WR’s returning, won’t change all that.

  36. Ron Potter Says:

    I think injuries have more to do with offensive woes. No need to over-analyze the offense’s struggles. If anything, Byron could do a little better with the game plan and play-calling. Seemed GB knew exactly what we were doing on every run play.

  37. Old School Bucs Says:

    So the list practice time with 3 rd string lineman and practice squad receivers is where we are going now???? Geeze these arm chair experts just drive me nuts!!!

  38. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Been saying it since he took 11 days off … It affects the whole offense! They look up to him and when he slacks they will slack!! … They also should have never let B.A. take to the booth!! He overrides bad plays when he coaches and you wouldn’t have seen that horrible, what? Triple hand off flea flicker?! … And in THAT situation!! What a stupid stupid stupid call!!

  39. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t believe it has anything to do with it. Injuries are the issue. The fact that Tom won games with this current offensive unit is a miracle…and he nearly got us tied up tonight for overtime in a game where we were outplayed a lot.

    These backups are horrible. Just horrible. Thankfully, I think we get a bunch of guys back this week…but…we better get someone in a RB because Lenny is all we have worth playing, and he’s taking a beating out there.

  40. Sparky Says:

    Tom Brady has been the best part of this offense for three games so far. He’s not the problem.

  41. Capt.Tim Says:

    Inexperienced O line is the problem
    Not playing together.
    Brady is fine. Hes just under pressure every play

  42. Red86 Says:

    I blame the lack of 2 a days and being too protective of players. The quality of play league wise is not the same as years past for the first month of the season. Practicing timidly and relaxed leads to mistakes. Practice like you want to play in games.

    I’m still scratching my head on the flea flicker call. What made BL think we had time in the pocket to do that? Our patchwork o line did ok, but not 5 seconds or more protection good. Our 4th and shorts needs to be done in shotgun set if we are going to run. It’s spread the defense out and have less people in the box.

    Penalties. Penalties. Penalties. It’s ok to look at the football to see if it’s snapped. These false starts are unacceptable and drives killer. Holding just going to happen. But false start, it’s preventable.

    The effort is there. The execution needs to be consistent. Not the time to panic. Go Bucs!

  43. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Joe, you’re reaching. Did you forget the few bad snaps Jensen had and the one that went over Brady’s head in the SB? Was that due to lack of practice? That game should of been over mid 3rd qtr if not for fumbles, the way the D stepped up and the way the Bucs O was going up and down the field. The holding call on the Brady run and the double reverse pass call while driving down the field were game changing plays. How does BL call that play with backup players across the board. Plus to sit Jones, that’s inexcusable. In the world of business, that’s BAD management!!!

  44. Allen Lofton Says:

    4 missed practices does not affect TB’s effectiveness When you are playing with 2nd and 3rd string lineman that effects our productivity