Father Time Isn’t Tapping Tom Brady On The Shoulder (Yet)

October 5th, 2022

Plays like he’s 30.

If you believe all the debris that surrounded Tom Brady’s hostile attempt to be part of the Dolphins’ roster and ownership group, then it seems Brady’s goal is to own a team someday.

In light of this week’s news, Brady’s best shot at that goal might now be to hook up with Gracie Hunt. Until such an opportunity arises, this Brady is still damn good at football.

Over at NFL.com, Anthony Holzman-Escareno decided to look at top five overreactions of the 2023 season. Those trying to shovel dirt on the career of Brady are way off base Holzman-Escareno types.

Brady threw as many passing scores in Week 4 (three) as he had in Weeks 1-3 combined. The Buccaneers scored a season-high 31 points to bring their season average up to 20.5, but that’s still the lowest per-game mark by any team with Brady as the starting quarterback. Brady’s sack percentage (4.3) is as high as it’s been since 2017 (5.7), and his touchdown percentage (3.9) matches his career low in a full season as a starter (matched in 2019). He’s also dealing with what NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported is a rotator cuff injury. Tampa Bay scrapped its way to 2-1 on the backs of a defense allowing 27 points through 3 games. Then Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs dropped 41 on them on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.

No, Brady is far from washed. Joe thought Sunday night Brady put to rest any such nonsense.

Even after injuring a rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, Brady was on the mark throwing to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin downfield.

If anything, given that Brady will have a lot more free time on his hands in the near future, and won’t be chained down with honey-do lists, is it a stretch to think Brady might improve as the season transpires?

21 Responses to “Father Time Isn’t Tapping Tom Brady On The Shoulder (Yet)”

  1. adam from ny Says:

    brady certainly ain’t washed up or washed out…

    but wifey has him on spin cycle right now

  2. Rob F Says:

    People need to settle down. It’s four games against four quality opponents and if Evans isn’t suspended the Bucs are probably 3-1.

  3. Duane Says:

    His stats will improve. We got Atl, Pit, and Car next, some of our receivers are back, and our linemen are getting more experience. All signs are trending upwards. 5-2 by the time we have to deal with Baltimore and the Lambs.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He might not be tapping Tom on his shoulder but he’s tugging on his rotator cuff.

  5. Bucs Win Says:

    The Bucs’ issue is clearly WR injuries/suspension. Brady is not the problem.

  6. Anon Says:

    Just as a heads up Ian Rapaport reported yesterday that potentially going forward Brady is going to take some Wednesdays off so if Brady is at practice but not practicing this is his vet day.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady seems to be getting most of the attention & I understand that……but Brady is not our problem……injuries, turnovers, penalties and poor tackling are our problems.

  8. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Anon. Ian reported that once before. Didn’t work out to well for him.

  9. Anon Says:

    You’re confusing Ian with Adam but okay…

  10. Ed Says:

    No tight ends, lousy defensive line play, poor play-calling offensively, mediocre run blocking, fumbling and the back up WRs unable to make catches or get open has been the failures of the Bucs.

    Certainly having Godwin back and if Gage can start playing like he did for Atlanta Bucs would be fine offensively. Brady still is a top 5 quarterback, he just needs better offensive playcalling.

    Tackling is the other issue, these running plays that start with contact in backfield or 2 yards downfield and end up being a 8 yard run because no one is tackling the back’s legs is unacceptable. Standing up the back without getting lower is causing backs to average over 5-6 yards per carry. Setting up short yardage situations.

  11. David Says:

    That was a wakeup call for the defense to stop reading the headlines.

    The offense is getting healthy and coming to terms (HOPEFULLY) that they are a pass first team, then run to set up play action.

    The only major concern I have is Brady getting divorced.
    That is a MASSIVE distraction

  12. Redeemer Says:

    If he wanted, I’m sure Brady could play another two -three years. Besides the ACL 14 years ago, he’s managed to avoid major injury. We really don’t know much, because the Patriots always fudged the injury report. QBs usually lose it because of lower body stuff. He’s as good maneuvering inside the pocket as ever.

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Now that Tom appears to be dumping the Geezahag, and before settling into the millions of potential new flames lining up to throw themselves at him, now is the time for Licht to get a long term contract done.

    Glazers – put a stake in the team as a sweetener in the contract. Do it.


  14. Redeemer Says:

    Goatfarmer, 150million, 2 years fully guaranteed.

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    I’m not a capologist, I just play one on TV. I’m sure there is a contract and a number both sides can live with especially with an ownership stake in the Bucs dangled out there, off the record of course. The NFL has rules against such offers in contracts methinks.

  16. Crickett Baker Says:

    Ed, you are RIGHT ON about the tackling!

  17. PassingThru Says:

    Let’s not jump to conclusions on Brady’s shoulder. I tore my rotator cuff playing baseball in college. I remember it feeling funny, like a “twang” if that makes sense and knew something happened. But I kept throwing, there wasn’t an apparent problem. Later on that night I hoisted beers and tried to pick up a girl while playing pool in a dive bar. Everything was fine.

    The next morning my shoulder felt like absolute hell. Even the pull of gravity on my shoulder made me wince, and throwing a ball was out of the question. Now I’m no Tom Brady, my point is that you really don’t know how much you damaged your shoulder with a rotator cuff injury until the next day… at least that is my experience.

  18. Wild Bill Says:

    Tom will be fine. Cutting the “biotch” loose will clear his mind. Now he can let his lawyer argue with his lawyer and he can focus on football. Having already ditched his first wife he knows how it goes. He might be sad for a time but I bet she was a pain for a long time. Now he can find a much younger sweet thang and coach her up right! You go Tom!!!

  19. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I think his shoulder is worse than what’s being reported. I noticed a difference in his throws after the injury. Tom always downplays injuries. This is the same guy who hid he was playing on a torn MCL in 2020. He changed his entire gun stance to compensate for the bad knee. He tried to pass it off as him wanting to be more athletic. I’m not buying anything he has to say about any injuries he may or may not have sustained. There’s something to that injury. That’s why Gabbert was warming up last week after he got injured. He threw the ball 52x last week, and I’m not surprised he sat Wednesday.

  20. HC Grover Says:

    This is worse than is being said.

  21. Oddball Says:

    Last paragraph answer: No.

    This is the whole season has had a weird vibe to it since Brady un-retired. It gets stranger every dang week.

    Jensen, hammys, Miami, 11 days, hammys, Julio, hammys, divorce, Beasley +\-…

    It was more normal when AB was here.