Let Tom Brady Wing It

October 11th, 2022

Throw it, Tom!

From time to time, Joe hears NFL analysts say something along the lines of, “You can’t have Tom Brady throw 50 times a game.”

Joe’s answer is always, “Why wouldn’t you want him to throw 50 times a game?”

Joe is a huge believer in putting the ball into the hands of your best player. Who on the Bucs is better than Brady? And if you want to make a reach and say Mike Evans or Chris Godwin, OK. How do you get them the ball? Brady throws it to them.

Long-time NFL writer, columnist and Hall of Fame voter Clark Judge had an item about Brady and throwing 50 times a game this week, dug up by NFL Research.

Another from NFL Research: Tom Brady has 23 victories in games (including the playoffs) with 50 or more pass attempts. No other quarterback has more than five.

Last year Brady didn’t average 50 throws a game, but close. He led the league in pass attempts (719) and averaged 42 throws a game.

How’d that work out? He only led the league in passing and touchdowns and should have been MVP.

You want a guy who should have been MVP last year to have the ball less? That just doesn’t make sense to Joe in any way, shape or form. That is, unless you’re trying to throw games.

35 Responses to “Let Tom Brady Wing It”

  1. David Says:

    Let the GOAT call the plays If he wants to throw 50 times a game, get onboard and GO BUCS

  2. Bob in valrico Says:

    50 passes for Brady is a bit different than some QB’s because he mixes in a lot of short passes. He probably threw 15 last week. That said we need to have a balanced attack that eats up time on the clock. The defense was gassed in the fourth quarter last week.

  3. Buc king Says:

    It’s painfully obvious the run game is broken..
    We don’t get big runs enough and stuffed on way to many plays.
    It could be the running backs but I honestly think this team just isn’t any good at run blocking at this point.
    Which sucks cause I like play action in Brady hands..

    I also like bubble screens with tightends n wide outs….
    I feel like the bucs haven’t open the playbook..
    I also feel like Mike doesn’t get enough targets a game.
    Brady would be better off forcing it to Mike sometimes then chucking n praying with Scotty Miller

  4. Buc king Says:

    The offense misses gronk…
    Defense misses suh..

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Buc king … I like your ‘What’s behind Door #2: Bucs’ run-blocking just isn’t very good’. More importantly though, our play-calling sucks just as bad. If fans can figure out what’s coming, I suspect that opposing defenses can too.

    Don’t know if you watched the Chiefs-Raiders game last night, but there was some really nice play-calling in there & some very good rushing too (Josh Jacobs had a beastly game with 21 runs for 154 yds … 7.3 YPC against the same Chiefs who shut down our running attack). Seems like I’m seeing a lot more running this year from a lot more teams (more ‘balanced attacks’).

  6. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Difficulty with being so pass heavy is two fold

    1. It creates more chances of Brady being hit ergo creating more chances of Brady being injured. We can all agree that if Brady suffers serious injury-Season Over.
    2. Bucs are most effective at or near a 50-50 Run Pass ratio as witnessed by the Playoff Run during the Super Bowl year-Bucs were almost 50-50.

    Of course we also all can agree that the reason Bucs are so pass heavy is the simple fact that their Oline sucks at run blocking , hopefully Bucs do not pay the ultimate price in losing Brady to injury.

  7. Oneilbuc Says:

    Why not let him throw 50 times because you can’t hit the quarterback anymore and I saw it again last night. The NFL has sold y’all the quarterback position and have endocrinated y’all to believe what they say about the quarterback position. That’s why I’ve never believed that the quarterback win loss record I new what they were doing from the jump when they started saying this quarterback vs that quarterback narrative. I knew it was a narrative and most of yall bought into it.

  8. Jeff Says:

    If the O line was decent I’d say chuck the ball. The line is bad and Brady’s risk of severe injury would be off the charts with 50 passes per game.

  9. Oneilbuc Says:

    Jeff did you see the game last night quarterbacks don’t get hit anymore bro!!

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Couldn’t agree more with Joe’s assessment. Let the man throw the ball. It will open up holes in the run game, which at present is sorely lacking.

  11. Buccobill99 Says:

    Oh jeff you were wrong again about falcons game you should stop stealing ypur moms phone little wrong boy

  12. geno711 Says:

    I think Byron Leftwich is a factor (not in a good way). Whether he was officially calling plays last year, he misses Bruce Arians in his ear on certain plays that would work.

    I would love for Bruce to be more involved. We have such a unique staff maybe that can happen again.

    If it is just BL< Then let Brady pass more, run the two-minute offense more, check from BL's play calling more. Run blocking just is not as good. Pass blocking is ok. Brady release time and decision making while passing is ridiculously elite. It is a passing league over a running league.

    Sitting on my couch this seems really easy.

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Proof is in the pudding. Last two games with Brady throwing more we moved the ball. The refs screwed us on two spots and idiot Leftwich can’t devise a play to convert 3rd or 4th and a yard.

    This OL pass blocks better than it run blocks, and realizing that Goedeke sucks, bringing Ko or a TE into the backfield to help with whoever is going to blow through Goedeke aids the pass pro, while Lenny obviously is great out of the backfield. Rashaad shows pretty well that way, too.

    Throw it Tom.

  14. geno711 Says:

    I remember the Errict Rhett years.
    He was always lined up in the I formation. When he was running the ball, he always took a step and 1/2 back. When he was blocking or receiving, he never moved back.

    What a tell he had that the coaching staff never corrected.

    Glad overall that we have this coaching staff. Just becoming less and less a BL fan.

  15. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Brady about to have 400+ yards and a few TDs against the Steelers

  16. CrackWise Says:

    I am not a huge fan of Byron, but I am not going to blame him for the Offense not executing.

    Brady has missed on a LOT of throws and has gotten rid of the ball way to quickly so far this season.

    I think the O Line is at the heart of our slow start offensively this year. It was always going to be about them.

    You can’t afford to have so many 3 and outs and lose the TOP battle every game. The KC and ATL game were a perfect example. You have to run the ball effectively, SIMPLE AS THAT.

    That said, the play calling could help the overall production BUT it is not the overall problem.

    GIVE THIS TEAM TIME. We are winning UGLY, but we are winning and should/will continue to win ugly UNTIL they start to iron out the execution.

    Also NOTE: only 1 out of 5 games has our D given up more than 20 points and that 1 game was aided by a devastating Hurricane.

    YALL need to CHILL OUT. I can think of worse circumstances for a new coach.

  17. Hodad Says:

    The game plan was to throw more to the backs. Between the throws to the backs, some short shots to Otton, 20 of those throws could be considered more part of the running game. It’s not like Brady’s throwing 25 deep outs, and 25 deep posts. I’m OK with Lenny, and White catching 5 yard passes, instead 1 yard up the middle.

  18. Pewter Power Says:

    The game is harder than it has to be if you can’t run the ball effectively. That has to be fixed.

  19. Goatfarmer Says:

    What Sunday proved is how important Godwin is to the offense. When they “rested” him in the 4th quarter was when the three 3 and outs happened. Which means the idiot Leftwich doesn’t modify his play calls as a function of who is in the game. Which is stubborn, arrogant, and dumb.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady’s use of the RBs & TEs was very effective…. 23 of his 50 throws went to them.
    This is more like the Brady of NE……
    Lenny & White are very solid in the passing game as is Otton.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Throughout many of Brady’s Patriots years, He would use short pass plays in the absense of a running game because o-line couldn’t open up any holes and he was very good at it. We only have two guys on this team that know how to run routes to get open. You cant count Julio bc he’s never on the field.

    This new Tight End looks very promising but I don’t know if He can block. To me, I know our offense is going to get better over the season but our defense can’t consistently stiop the run.

  22. Jack Says:

    Throughout many of Brady’s Patriots years, He would use short pass plays in the absense of a running game because o-line couldn’t open up any holes and he was very good at it. We only have two guys on this team that know how to run routes to get open. You cant count Julio bc he’s never on the field.

    This new Tight End looks very promising but I don’t know if He can block. To me, I know our offense is going to get better over the season but our defense can’t consistently stiop the run.

  23. Whoolio? Says:

    Bucs play calling is painfully obvious. I have on multiple occasions been able to call out an entire series of plays +- a play and I’m noTony Romo. Something needs to change, or the bucs will continue to struggle on offense. Only plays that were tough to call were 4th quarter on Sunday when 11 of 16 plays were passes and 8 of those were incomplete as we were attempting to run out the clock. Hard to predict stupid. Also gotta love running hurry up in that situation too! Can Joe ask Byron about that? Would be the first hard hitting question he’s had to answer about his horrible play calling all season.

  24. A Says:

    we are a passing team – let the pass set-up your run game…long season – hopefully by seasons end we’ll be able to run it more. I think we are hurting for a 3rd receiver – crossing fingers he get’s it together as the season moves along.

    So far this year feels like 2020 – not playing well hovering around 500 – hopefully we can get better as the season progresses and go on a run.

    Go Bucs!

  25. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    That also opens the door for more quick 3 and outs in the 4th quarter when you have a 21 point lead … Also opens the door to being one dimensional and getting Brady hammered all year!! He’s already got a messed up hand and shoulder, won’t risk a QB sneak and we’re only 5 games in!! There’s still 12 to go!! Then “hopefully” count at least 3 or possibly 4 more to that!! … Every team needs balance! And if you’re not handing it off early in the season this team will not be ready to run the ball come playoffs! They need to learn how to gel in the run game … It’s important to control clock and run the ball in the playoffs!! They have to learn to run block and Brady can’t take 50 chances a game of getting hurt behind a line that is good enough but not great!!

  26. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Brady’s shoulder and finger aren’t right. He’s more injured than he’s letting on. He had some horrible passes on Sunday. It looked liked he couldn’t grip the ball correctly. Would love for some reporters to ask him about it. I’ll say it again: I think we need to rest him for two games at a minimum. Five would be optimal.

  27. TheShaz Says:

    Let the old man fling the ball. What are we doing? Saving his arm for a long career?

  28. SlyPirate Says:

    This offense needs to wake up. They need to do something different.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucsfan13 – I don’t know if he needs rest or not, but he absolutely did not look right in the 2nd half on Sunday. It’s a credit to him that on that last drive he came alive and was able to throw the ball – because before that drive, everything was super quick, often ugly ducks being thrown well short of their target. You’d think the media watching the game would be smart enough to pick up on that, but so far, I haven’t heard anyone ask him about that or ask the team about it.

  30. Redeemer Says:

    Agreed, let Brady run the show. Gun, 5 wide hurry up. If teams play soft, Brady can simply motion Lenny into the backfield, and hand off. The play calling is abysmal. Make no mistake, this isn’t Brady’s offense from NE. It’s a discombobulated mess. When Manning came to Denver, his offense came with him. Yes, they had tremendous success last year, with a loaded roster. But this is not the same team. No Gronk, recovering Godwin and no AB. Add on an injured line.

  31. Hondo Says:

    I like me the idea of Brady throwing more BUT our receivers are fragile. They wouldn’t last.

  32. unbelievable Says:

    We also gotta watch the hits that Brady is taking.

    In 2020 and 2021, Bucs were 2nd and 3rd best in terms of least QB hits.

    This year we’ve already dropped to 8th… which is still good, but Tom is old.

  33. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Rod. The problem is that the media doesn’t ask specific questions. They just ask how does his shoulder feel. They need to point out that there were some bad misses on some of his throws, and ask if his finger or shoulder are affecting him and should it be a concern going forward.

  34. steele Says:

    Bottom line, the coaching is predictable and lacking. Brady is best when collaborating with genius coaching and complete balanced teams on both offense and defense. When he has a huge arsenal of options and weapons, to the point that he does NOT have to be be a hero.

  35. LakelandSteve Says:

    This 50 passes a game being too much for old man Brady is rubbish. I am sure he throws twice that many every day in practice. He has a day off every week when he wants to take it so I am not worried about his arm falling off. The only worry is teams totally playing the pass because they don’t respect the run, however as long as they mix the run in every now and then saying about 15 or so runs a game then defense can’t totally discard the run.