Tom Brady Still Makes All The Throws

November 18th, 2022

Still good.

Joe understands there has been chatter this week suggesting Tom Brady hasn’t been the same quarterback he has been in years past.

Hey, he’s 45. Who is better at 45?

But to Joe, that doesn’t mean Brady is a bad quarterback. Hardly!

Brady ranks second in the NFL in passing yards with 2,805, second only to Pat Mahomes with 2,963 yards passing. And last week Brady, as you can see in the NextGen Stats chart below, was connecting on passes all over the field.

Brady completed 22 of 29 passes. Pretty good for an old man.

So has Brady been struggling this year? Depends what you call “struggling.” Has he been the Brady of old? Of course not.

But damn right Brady is still a top quarterback.

31 Responses to “Tom Brady Still Makes All The Throws”

  1. D-Rome Says:

    That stat line above has basically been his career average.

  2. Caleb Says:

    Despite this they only threw the ball on first down with Brady 6 times despite averaging 13.5 yards a drop back. All the talk about the running game they averaged around 3.5 yards per play on first downs. Need a more balanced approach on first down.

  3. NEfan Says:

    According to BA, Brady is playing bad and BL is a gruru OC. Many of you watch other games, Mahomes and Allen scramble and hit the receiver is open space, very few if any QB’s in the league are throwing into 2’x2′ windows and completing them. Of course he has bad throws, they all do. Look at Mahomes, Roger’s, Allen, Cousins etc ints, no QB is perfect but he is clearly one of the elite.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    There have been a few drops of easy passes this year too. More than last year. Got to clean that up. Brady is fine.

  5. Craig Says:

    Just because he CAN make the throws doesn’t mean that he is Making the throws.

    After Dallas he began missing the placement of some throws and throwing some to the earthworms.

    It could have been frustration with the O-line, or getting his uniform dirty. That got better against Seattle, so maybe the O-line has turned a corner and hit the gel zone. Maybe a working run game has taken some of the pressure, or Brady woke up.

    I hope he can sustain it with the FTX lawsuit looming large over his wallet. He is 45 and should be past tantrums, because he is a spectacular 45 in so many ways.

  6. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Craig. The FTX lawsuit isn’t an issue. From the media coverage, you would think he’s the only one involved in the suit. I know some idiot fans will try to say his play might suffer because of the suit. His wallet will be fine. Steph Curry is also named in the suit, and he just scored 50 points. As far your evaluation of his play, he’s not been perfect for, but as Joe noted, he’s been good. Every QB misses throws and Brady is no different. At least he’s not throwing multiple picks in the red zone like Josh Allen. Also, it’s a problem if in order to Ron, Brady has to play damn near perfect.

    Aaron Rodgers played like crap last night. He was missing critical throws. Will he receive the same criticism in the media like Brady? I doubt it. This just shows how great Brady has been. We expect a 45 year QB to perform at top level all the time. No one had that expectation from Blanda.

  7. geno711 Says:

    Thank God that BA got Brady here and has continued to work with him. What a combination!!

    Agree with Bucsfan13. Brady can make the throws and will make more than most over the rest of the games whether there is an FTX lawsuit or not.

    The FTX lawsuit is in its infancy. Meaning there will be nothing that Brady, Curry or anyone else will be involved in this year, or next spring. It will all be paper motions and discovery, the “play time” of lawyers’ part of the lawsuit.

    I remember every game Brady has played here. He throws balls into the ground more than any other Buc quarterback ever. Likely more than any other NFL quarterback ever. It is one of his skills on just avoiding bad plays. He does that and still typically has one of the highest completion rates year in and year out.

  8. Lamarcus Says:

    Making all the throws but Tds. 1.2 per game. That’s not his standard when he would be usually 24-30 tds and MVP chants right now. If Brady name was McCown… Nobody would say this

  9. NEfan Says:

    @craig, throwing low protects receivers, throwing in the dirt protects possession. Do NOT under estimate the importance of having a running game. Dallas ran well, Seattle, ran well. The others not so much and the Bucs were in every game to the end except KC. Take a look at the receivers, other than Evan’s who has been available? Not to mention the drops which go against Brady’s stats. If not for Brady I doubt Bucs have 3 wins.

  10. NEfan Says:

    Lamarcus is like oneilsuckyall and oralbuc, they are not worth addressing because they are Brady haters and have yet put up a QB that would be a better option. Ya know why? There aren’t any!!!

  11. SPARKY Says:

    Lamarcus, I can think off the top of my head 5 or 6 passes dropped in the end zone by our receivers. Not to mention Evans and Miller costing tds outside the end zone. Most of these ended up being field goals instead of tds. Julian Edelman said Brady hardly ever makes a throw were the ball doesn’t end up where he wanted it. He is throwing it either where he thought you would be,or throwing it where only the receivers is the only one who has a chance to catch it, hence the throw s low in the ground. How many catches did we see of Edelman catching the ball on the ground with a defensive back all over him.

  12. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Geno is always the voice of reason. When evaluating Brady, you have to look at a 23 year sample size. As Geno commented, Brady’s philosophy is to always play to live another day, so he will dirt the ball rather than take a sack or throw an ill advised pass. Brady will also throw the ball low in order to protect his receivers from a bad hit. It’s not Peyton Manning and his hospital balls. Lee made a similar observation on the podcast. Brady takes selective hits. He will hang in the pocket and take a big hit if it’s a play that we really need. The great throw to Evans on third down while a defender lunged at his knee is a perfect example. It should’ve been a penalty for a low hit.

    If you look at the state of the NFL with a macro view, offensive production is down big around the NFL. Defenses have made adjustments to the passing game. They’re playing more two high shells to take away the big plays. They’re playing lighter boxes daring teams to run the ball. They’re forcing teams to dink and down down the field, hoping offenses cannot sustain drives. It’s been evident around the league, and especially with this team. That’s why Godwin has been targeted more because he can work the underneath routes. You also see it with Julio.

  13. JD Says:

    I don’t understand how so many fans in Tampa don’t realize how elite this guy still is!

  14. JD Says:

    @geno711.. No, actually I think it’s the other way around. BA is the beneficiary of working with Brady and Brady was great way before BA came into the picture

  15. Lamarcus Says:

    NEfan …. You are part of Brady New England thing. Not a Buc fan. Speaking the obvious is not hating

  16. AB Says:

    these types of volume stats are meaningless.

    ok, 2nd in passing yds….he is 27th in yds/pass…he is throwing it way more than anyone else and way shorter than even an average qb in the league.

    i do agree he is still able to make all the throws (not as consistently as prior years), still has good velocity, and can make the clutch throws.

    but there has been noticeable decline compared to last year – the stats and the eye test bears that out.

    leave it to TB, though, that his ‘cliff’ is historically better than any other qb’s cliff….this is nowhere near Peyton or Drew level of decline.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    He’s had no running game thanks to a sieve at Left Guard, and a boob calling the plays. Now that he’s taken over how practice is run, maybe he just ignores Boron the Mudnificent and calls the whole game.

  18. Crickett Baker Says:

    From what I understand, Brady invested nothing in FTX. He was offered compensation for being in ads. Anyway, that suit seems to have no legs. Lots of companies go “belly up” in this economy.

  19. Joe Says:

    @craig, throwing low protects receivers, throwing in the dirt protects possession. Do NOT under estimate the importance of having a running game.


    We have a winner!

    Bill Parcells always preached to his quarterbacks to throw low. Why? Because high throws lead to tipped throws and/or picks.

    Who did Brady learn from? The guy who is Parcells’ No. 1 disciple, Bill Belicheat. This was drilled into Brady’s head since he was a rookie.

  20. NEfan Says:

    Ah Hum, I believe I posted that Joseph. Thanks anyway.

  21. Redeemer Says:

    Brady has the 6th lowest time to throw in the league. Aside from two games, the running game has been historically bad. His recievers are in the bottom third in separation, and have been banged up all year. BAs assertion that he’s played badly, just isn’t accurate, or fair.

  22. Joe Says:

    Brady has the 6th lowest time to throw in the league.

    If you are getting that from NextGen it is really a misleading stat (and Joe is a big fan of NextGen Stats). For example, look at the guys who have the most time to throw. They are runaround QBs because they buy time. That stat is from the snap of the ball to when the QB releases it. No context.

    Last time Joe checked that stat, trust Joe, you wouldn’t want any of the quarterbacks at the top of the list. Justin Fields (whose offensive line is truly horrendous), Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Mitch Trubisky, Lamar Jackson and Marcus Mariota were among the leaders in time to throw (last time Joe checked it, which has been a while). Jackson and maybe Murray are the only good quarterbacks on that list. Brady isn’t mobile, doesn’t run and quickly releases the ball, yet his stats throwing the ball are excellent.

    This is actually one of those rare times when “context” really matters.

  23. Dooley Says:


    Todd Bowles is also a branch off of Big Tunas’ coaching tree

  24. Magician Says:

    Brady has thrown for two interceptions all year… yet he has thrown for the second most yards in the league. Idk why folks need to pretend that is cause for alarm. BA is talking out his ass. His receivers seem to drop about two TD passes per game… his run support is non existent… his coaching staff seem disorganized at beat…

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Craig Says:
    November 18th, 2022 at 9:41 am
    Just because he CAN make the throws doesn’t mean that he is Making the throws.

    After Dallas he began missing the placement of some throws and throwing some to the earthworms.


    Regardless of his rep, Brady has always missed from throws, just like any other QB, ever. It started to be a real issue in the 2nd half of that Atlanta, after it certainly appeared that he hurt his thumb. In the first half of that game, he was awesome, then he got his hand smashed on a play, and for most of the rest of the game, the throws were like 50/50 if they’d be on target. That was the case for a few games, but it also seems like that is no longer an issue. Brady doesn’t ever talk about his injuries until after the season, so we won’t know how big of a deal that was until then.

    But this last game was probably his best of the year in terms of consistency and ball placement. Sure, he had the INT, but that was purely do to all the idiots in the comment section posting “ONLY 4 MORE PASSES UNTIL HE SETS THE INT RECORD” – they jinxed up, and even Tom Brady isn’t immune to the football gods and jinxes.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    Dooley Says:
    November 18th, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Todd Bowles is also a branch off of Big Tunas’ coaching tree


    Yeah, but who made Parcells a thing?

    Ray Perkins.

    “It was Perkins who, in one of his first moves (as Giants head coach), hired an obscure coach from the Air Force Academy to coach linebackers named Duane “Bill” Parcells”

    See, it all comes back to the Bucs.

  27. JimmyfromNY Says:

    Every quarterback in the league misses throws including Brady. He still makes tight window throws that maybe one or two other guys in the league make, he throws guys open, he isn’t like Allan / Mahomes who scramble around waiting for a guy to get open. He deciphers quickly and puts the ball where it supposed to be. He’s still the best of the best anyone betting against him in the playoffs is a complete moron or troll. And many of you disregard patriot fans who are Bucs fans now but you answer some of these trolls who hate Brady and the Bucs.

  28. Goatfarmer Says:

    Most every big tree I’ve seen has that one sickly looking branch where most of the leaves are dead by July, and it needs to be pruned by November.

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    Most every big tree I’ve seen has that one sickly looking branch where most of the leaves are dead by July, and it needs to be pruned by November. The

  30. sold Says:

    Disagree with the Rodgers POV and the throwing low POV. I think just the opposite on the low throws. If you go back and REALLY LOOK at the tape, Brady is throwing these passes so friggin low (specifically at Godwin most of the time for some reason) that i think he is going to get Godwin killed (literally) NOT PROTECT him. How in the heck you expect that man to catch a pass thrown so low that he has to darn near reach down into the dirt to catch these insanely difficult passes and then expect him to come back upright and brace for a possible WHACK of a tackle from defenders. As for Rodgers, yes he had a BAD game yesterday but their season being in the toilet is not HIS fault. His wideouts STINK! Plain and simple. Check the tape. He was right to call them out.

  31. garro Says:

    Joe Says:
    November 18th, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Brady has the 6th lowest time to throw in the league.

    Joe I don’t need or want “next gen stats”.

    My eyeballs tell me all I need to know about Brady’s time in the pocket. He has not been comfortable back there or had the time for many long throws to consistently come open. Piss poor pass pro from the left side and center (Hainsey’s gotten better) has been just one of the issues. The other has been injuries to his wide receivers for most of the year and drops. I’m not even gonna mention his wingnut OC.

    For those of you questioning his decision making or accuracy, I see no decline. See Jaymiss for comparison. And the throws in the dirt crowd need to learn QB 101. If its not there don’t take a sack …Throw it away, or where only you’re guy has a chance. Those throws are not… I repeat are NOT mistakes! Again see Jaymiss and INTs.