Todd Bowles Calls Tom Brady A Young Man Who Can Play More Years

January 11th, 2023

“We’ll run that next year when Gronk is back.”

Behind the curtain at One Buc Palace, it seems Tom Brady looks like a long-term investment at quarterback.

Consider how The Goat was described by head coach Todd Bowles yesterday. Brady was painted as unique among NFL veteran players — and not because he was born in 1977.

“He’s still young man,” Bowles said. “He’s still a young man. He can play as long as he likes right now because he’s prepares so well. He does everything the right way. And he loves to play the game. You rarely find somebody — I’m not going to say, ‘that age’ — but the older players that love to practice and love to play. He still loves both.”

The quotes come from the Buccaneers Radio Network. Bowles was asked to comment on Brady breaking the NFL single-season pass attempts record and not being a 45-year-old quarterback that hands off.

For the second consecutive January, Brady’s next move is the ultimate question for Bucs fans.

The only encouraging news on that front to date is that it’s obvious Brady can still perform and his day-to-day passion doesn’t appear to have waned.

61 Responses to “Todd Bowles Calls Tom Brady A Young Man Who Can Play More Years”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Toad — do the right thing. Tell him you’ve been wrong all year, that you’d love to have him back and that whatever he wants the team to do, you’ll not only support, you’ll actively make happen.

    In an alternate universe, maybe.

  2. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    I think when the end comes it will be sudden and obvious, even to the JW bitter enders. Hopefully several years away.

  3. NEfan Says:

    Tell him Bill O’Brien is coming to rescue the O. What still no interviews for BL? That’s a surprise

  4. SB~LV Says:

    lol… Watch the other athletic QB’s playing in the Playoffs going forward, Tom has his brain and that’s the ONLY plus in his column!
    His arm is weak and erratic .
    Todd is blowing smoke!

  5. D-Rok Says:

    I’ll give Bowles this credit this year: In his public comments, he’s either genuinely impressed by Brady, or very careful not to throw him under the bus. It’s smart, and I think Bowles actually looks up to Brady.

  6. John Sinclear Says:

    I don’t think they can interview Leftwich until after the season is over. (Which may be next Tuesday!)

  7. Larry Says:

    Tom brady at his worst is till better than 80% of the QB’s in the NFL In today’s NFL his mobility is more of a drawback than his age. He is a coach on and off the field and a great role model for the rest of the team. Let him play as long as he wants to. Who could the Bucs get to possibly replace him right now???

  8. Dooley Says:


    You know you’re in the minority with that comment, because none of the cultist here at JBF can cope with that proven reality or the fact their idol is on zee decline. There are only a few things in life that get better with time like lasagna, wine, and paychecks to name a few.

  9. SB~LV Says:

    Brady has ZERO respect for TB and BL as football coaches, he respects their authority and positions but PUKES at their abilities.

  10. Infomeplease Says:

    I don’t see TB12 coming back here unless the team can make it back to the SB and Gronk gets resigned. TB12 does know the offense here that’s a plus. It took him most of the first year here to learn it. Having to learn a new offense could keep him here. Along with Vegas, he may be interested in Miami who have a damaged qb, a strong young team, and his family. IMO.

  11. SB~LV Says:

    Dooley Brady’s arm is a noodle when compared to every opponent’s QB arm strength!
    I call it as I see it!
    His arm strength is below average and that limits his execution and the ability to throw to certain receivers on any given play.

  12. Buc4evr Says:

    I think Brady’s arm is fine, it is his lack of mobility and inability to extend plays with this pathetic OLine that limits him. He needs a team with a good OLine and a devastating running game to be successful. Unfortunately that is not the Bucs. Our coaches are also pathetic. He is gone after the last game.

  13. Manny Says:

    Trust me his arm is fine. He can still throw the ball 60 yards easy. He just had injuries this year. Enough with the noodle arm BS. Dude threw a 55 yarder to evans in the air. Manning and brees could t do that in the end. Bradys arm is stronger now then when he was 35

  14. SB~LV Says:

    Fine is what I used to tell my parents what my report card would be.
    Watch next weekend all the QB’s arm strength and tell me Bradys arm is equal. He used to have a very strong arm to go along with his noggin

  15. SB~LV Says:

    Arm strength is not distance alone it is the ZIP

  16. #8's Ghost Says:

    Dooley said lasagna gets better with time.
    Lasagna’s primary ingredient is noodles.
    Noodles get better over time.
    TB12’s arm is a noodle per SBLV.
    Thus, TB12 does indeed get better over time.
    Deep thoughts.

  17. Jack Clark Says:

    If we want Tom Brady back we’re gonna have to win the Super Bowl

  18. Cobraboy Says:

    Why on earth would Brady want to play for and end his career with these incompetent coaches?

    I appreciate the three years the GOAT gave us. I will never forget and be eternally grateful for his excellent QB play.

    But I agree with SB~LV: Brady prolly wants outta here just as fast as he can.

  19. Rayjay1122 Says:

    TB12 speaking to the BUCS staff saying that he gave up a wedding ring for a Super bowl ring. Therefore, move B**ch get out the way, get out the way b**ch get out the way…

  20. Buc4evr Says:

    I wish Bowles would just shut up and coach. Because of all his screw ups this year, next season he will get to Coach Trask to a 2-15 season.

  21. Beej Says:

    Against carolina, Brady stood on his 30 yard line and dropped the ball on to Evans on the opponent 15. That fits no definition of a noodle arm

  22. SB~LV Says:

    Brady’s wedding ring, me thinks it’s better than 50/50 bet his divorce has everything to do with assets protection and his FTX exposure and possible legal liability

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Cobraboy…where did SB-LV say that?

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh and Manny’s right.

  25. Reality check Says:

    SBLV is at least consistent. Every day I shake my head at their comments. QBs can run, jump, dart, have the strongest arm in history. If they don’t win in the playoffs what does it matter. Look at the NFC playoffs

    Hurts 0-1 (lost to Brady)
    Dak 1-3
    Cousins 1-3
    Gino smith 0-0 never started a playoff game
    Purdy 0-0 rookie making first playoff start
    Jones 0-0 never played in a playoff game

    Brady 35-12.

    The NFC is a JOKE. Bucs will surprise some people, but not me. This team is Super Bowl bound, everyone else will choke.

    Then the same posters that have stated “noodle arm” etc will suddenly be silenced.

    You stated you pay attention with your eyes. I suppose your eyes have been glued to Dak and cousins 2 total wins. Cause that is what I see. A field of qbs you collectively have NEVER done squat in the post season….except for ummmmm Brady.

  26. Reality check Says:

    Does anyone actually trust ANY of the other 6 NFC QBs in the playoffs? Name one. Name any.

  27. Dooley Says:

    @Reality Check

    You realize there are 42 other starters outside of the QB position that’ll have some type of impact on the outcome of the game. This isn’t baseball, there’s no equivalent to a perfect game or no hitter in Football, and that’s where the QB driven narrative which is basically the bullpen narrative baseball writers have been pushing for generations, fizzles out.

  28. Reality check Says:


    Agreed, yes football is a team game. But no single position has a bigger impact than QB. It’s why records are kept on QB wins and not long snapper, tight end and nose tackle.

  29. SB~LV Says:

    Brady is the Goat !
    He is also declining before our eyes! He is a shell of his former self

  30. Can’t wate to Suc Says:

    Bagle Mayflip is betta dan Bwady. Wets get him. Get wid of Bwady. Let’s suc agin.

  31. NEfan Says:

    SB~LV, dude do you know anything? He throws bullets a well as any QB in the playoffs except Allen. He may not be able to throw as far as some, that’s been his entire career but c’mon, your not the leader in tight window throws if there’s no juice on the ball. How about the one against Seattle when he knocked Miller off his feet?
    SB, have you ever had to catch a legit pass from a NFL QB? Brady would throw it right through you.

  32. Buc1987 Says:

    I know one thing the day Brady leaves this team that’s when they go back to sucking again.

    That I’ll be proven right.

  33. Reality check Says:

    He is declining. But still better than any other Qb in the NFC playoffs. In a one for one trade (knowing that Hurts is still playing with a bad shoulder…although Brady may be playing through a bad one as well) who would you take over him this season, this playoffs (NFC only as the AFC has at least 4 Inwoukd take over him).

    I think MOST of the decline we saw this year stems from needing to release the ball quickly to offset lack of time in pocket given by OLine. No they have not given up sacks but it’s been more due to time of release. Getting rid of ball quickly has led to receivers not having time to separate in their routes. Lack of run blocking has led to not rushing threat. This has led to less play action. I think the line has gotten better through the year and if Jensen in healthy, you will see a better Bucs offense in the playoffs. I also think at 45, knowing his line wasn’t a strong suit Brady opted to get rid of the ball even quicker to avoid hits. In the playoffs he will hold the ball a little longer, take the punishment to get wide outs more into their routes. If you were to chose when to take a hit or not, wouldn’t the smarter plan to do it in the playoffs?

  34. Goatfarmer Says:


    Make him the offer, he cannot refuse. At least let him know it’s coming. He is wanted, needed and loved by the organization and should define what the Bucs are. This season obviously wasn’t it, lots of turbulence ahead of training camp got everything off to a chaotic start which only got worse. The Geezahag was a major contributor to all that mess. Good riddance to her.

    Start anew in ‘23. With the Bucs.

  35. SB~LV Says:

    RC ^^^ agreed

  36. Redeemer Says:

    All this jazz about the demise of the pocket passer has to stop. Go look at the last 15 superbowl winning QBs. You can run around all you like, but successful QBs must be able win from the pocket. If you give Brady a top 10 line, some weapons and a decent run game, he’s still a top 5. No, he isn’t capable of carrying a team anymore and hasn’t been for some time. He’s still more than good enough. I think he could legit play another 2-3 years, in the right situation.

  37. Manny Says:

    Just last year he had his best season since 2007 and theres no way he dropped off so terribly that quick. Nfl
    Network ranked him the best player in the league coming into this year. Tom is still just as good. There are so many factors to this years decline

    -awful coaching and playcalls
    – life changes such as divorce/deresson lead to less eating and weight loss, and taking 11 days off training camp.
    A few injuries to his arm and hand i believe.
    – no gronk or ab
    – most players in todays game arent motivated unless in a contract year, or when they do not have a SB, so when they fi ally get one, they lose motivation
    – tom is motivated every year, every game even if he were to go 16-0 he would find a way to be upset that the wins werent more complete games.
    – the loss of marpet and jensen were huuuuuuugeeeee! Godecke was terrible in the games he started but the oline has come into its own recently until hainsey was hurt.
    Time heals wounds and i believe the real brady is def starting to come back. He has played better lately and gained his weight back.

  38. tampabayallday Says:

    He needs to stay Tampa’s QB for the next 5 years

  39. SB~LV Says:

    It’s not about “pocket passer”
    It’s about a stiff legged 45 year old QB with diminished skills.
    Athletic QB does not mean Michael Vick it means qiuck twitch ability to move if needed or scramble for a 1st down if needed.
    Brady retired
    Brady unretired
    Brady sat out 11 days of TC
    Brady got divorced
    Brady took a massive financial loss in FTX
    Brady is not coming back to Tampa next year
    Brady is passionless
    Brady is a shell of his former self
    Brady is the GOAT living on his legacy
    Brady has many still buying into the dream
    Calling it like it is!
    There ain’t no hope in football
    There are much better teams than the 2022 Bucs

  40. Buc1987 Says:

    tampabayallday….I think you’re right.

  41. Can’t wate to Suc Says:

    Yea SB wets git on wif da suckage. We tan pwobabwe suc fur 2 decades dis time.

  42. NEfan Says:

    SB~LV theory is just that a theory, Brady’s completion rate is as good as many in the playoffs, Geno leads in that category. If he is so bad why is that? Don’t forget he’s thrown more. Oh screens behind the line that go for a loss is a loss of passing yards.

  43. Dooley Says:


    The right situation would be a contactless 7 on 7 passing league. There’s something to be said about a QBs ability to extend a play with his legs, sliding in the pocket with his legs, extending drives with his league, exploiting coverage breakdowns with his leagues. It’s a young mans’ sport, Brady has never been exceptionally mobile and Tom Coughlins’ Giants on two seperate occasions over a decade ago kind of put the blueprint out on how to minimize Bradys’ effectivity from the pocket. It’s just easier to replicate all these years later because, it’s all these years later and Brady is still active. Reality is eluding the lot of you and nobody can definitively say bringing a 46 yr old QB back in 2023 is the “best” scenario for this Bucs franchise. Like Rex Ryan has been basically saying all season, we’ve looked old and slow all year.

  44. Redeemer Says:

    SB, I take exception with a few of your bullet points. Shell of his former self is quite strong. Do you really think he dropped off that much in less than a calendar year? Imo, it’s a function of what’s around him and maybe a nagging injury. The passion is still there. That’s what his divorce was all about. Now that he’s free to do what he wants, I think you’ll see a reinvigorated Brady next year. His financial losses are irrelevant, since he has 300 something million waiting for him at Fox. I will agree that the acrimony in his marriage caused him to be distracted at times this season. Brady’s career YPC is 1.7 yards. If you take away QB sneaks,
    never ran for a bunch of key first downs in his career.

  45. NEfan Says:

    Dooley, Belichick said the same thing about bringing back a 43 yr old QB. How did that work out.

  46. Cobraboy Says:

    Buc1987 Says:

    Cobraboy…where did SB-LV say that?

    Pay attention.

    Pretty much whenever discussing Brady.

  47. Redeemer Says:

    Dooley, for one of those Giants Superbowl loses,. Brady was playing on a bad high ankle sprain. The other, he dragged the Patriots to. For Christ sakes, Edelman was playing nickel corner. The key to disrupting every pocket QB is with pressure up the middle. It’s easier said than done, especially if you have a good line. Yes, there is something to be said for extending plays, but it’s not imperative to winning.

  48. NEfan Says:

    Redeemer, you’re wasting your time, some of these Bucs fans are used to losing they just don’t know how to deal with elite players that win so they find any fault they can to prepare their inner selves for the potential let down. Don’t blame them, that’s all they know. Now that I thinks about it Bowles is the prefect coach for the Bucs moving forward.

  49. Buc4evr Says:

    Even if Brady is on the decline he is still better than all but about 3 or 4 QBs in the league. The big issue is the O line, poor TEs, and a coaching staff that is totally out to lunch. Hard to overcome the play calling stupidity every Sunday.

  50. NEfan Says:

    I would take only one QB over Brady in the postseason. Mahomes, the others haven’t proven squat.

  51. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Make all things equal , coaching, talent etc and Brady beats any QB out there including Mahomes.

  52. Redeemer Says:

    NE, maybe you’re right. I think Brady has performed admirably this season, all things considered. A line that ranks near the bottom in both pass and run block win rate. A bad coaching staff and no TE. No QB has thrown into 7+ defenders more than Brady this season. With defenses playing strictly coverage and an inability to stretch the middle, you just can’t lay the blame at Brady’s feet. I respect most opinions here and have conceded Brady isn’t what he once was. That’s different than trying to say he’s washed.

  53. Crickett Baker Says:

    Some of you really honk me off. Who would have EVER thought people on here would be screaming to get rid of Tom Brady as our QB? I mean, it’s just plain unreal.

  54. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I’m still leaning toward retirement with Brady. Ira laid it out perfectly on the podcast. The amount of teams with mutual interest isn’t high. Folks, no matter what these “insiders” say, Brady is not playing for LV. It’s tabloid fodder. Most of these insiders throw stuff at the wall and sees what sticks. Remember when one famous insider said that Brady would play for the 49ers this season? Brady’s media circle is small and I believe it’s now even smaller after the retirement fiasco last year. His personal circle was always small and its probably even smaller.

    Jeff Darlington who’s been in the know in Brady’s camp has always said Brady wants to stay on the east coast with his kids. It’s one of the reasons he chose Tampa. Albert Breer hasn’t been in the know with Brady for years. Breer thinks Brady is going to LV. His word means nothing. West coast teams are out of the question. What’s left? Indy? No way? Miami? I don’t see it with the whole tampering issue and young coach. It’s really Tampa or retire. Tampa has given him everything he’s wanted, and Brady acknowledged it some on his podcast. He has his own health facility on the premises. He was allowed some very personal time. They’ve signed some skill players he wanted. He won’t get any of that with a new team. My odds are still on him retiring.

  55. NEfan Says:



    All need to upgrade.

  56. Goatfarmer Says:

    NEfan –

    As a Buc fan since 1976, sad to say, yes – we are stricken with the losing. PTSD meets Pavlov’s dog. You can smell it from around the corner. It’s a bad odor. And I can smell it getting stronger. Either Licht and the Glazers give Tom what he needs and wants to stay including changes to the coaching staff, or another decade of 4-win seasons is upon us.

    Many of us recognize that Brady was the big difference maker. Essentially the same roster with JaMiss was loserville thanks to 30 picks and multiple lost fumbles. The others are like Forrest Gump. Stupid is as stupid does.

  57. LastDance Says:

    NE Redeemer… and all others with common sense and a brain that functions correctly. Please lets all stop responding to SB~LV and Dooley and the gang (of buffoons). The really have little to offer besides high blood pressure.

    That said… Redeemer. Those who pay attention understand things like interior line pressure inhibiting stepping into a throw and correct follow through, lack of a running game, facing the most coverage, 2nd most drops, sh!tty vanilla play calling, guys quitting on routes or not reading the defense like Brady and being in the wrong place…. etc etc. Also a busted up finger and likely shoulder injury. Ive had rotator cuff issues and they DO NOT get better by continuing to do the same thing over and over. But assuming he had no injuries this year, recognizing that there were some passes he missed that you would expect him to hit (66.8% is one of his highest completion percentages ever and is only about 1/2 of a % point lower than Mahomes), HE HAS carried this team. The coaches have been no shows all year and I mean the most dysfunction Ive ever seen on a Super Bowl capable team. The other players have not played hard… and if someone doesn’t know what I mean go watch the Lions play the Packers game last Sunday when they had nothing to play for but their coach and pride. I again put that on the coaches not being able to coach them up properly and not having the players’ respect. I have only hope for the playoffs. I mean… feckin’ A, it could be The Last Dance. Those of us who understand may as well enjoy it together.

  58. LastDance Says:

    Clarification: when I say the players haven’t played hard I dont literally mean everyone. I think there are players that have played hard. But I think no one is playing hard for the coaches so they are out of sync and look soft.

  59. NEfan Says:

    Last Dance, I can assure you if the Lions made the playoffs Dan Campbell would have been drenched in Gatorade. Was Bowles? And Bucs won the division.

  60. Brandon Says:

    you guys arguing over Brady are missing the point. Athletically, Brady is not quite what he once was, maybe his arm isn’t quite as good, but it is good enough, his mobility is probably worse, but what has plagued Brady this season was his desire and willingness to constantly throw passes less than FIVE yards down the field. Our opponents are waiting for it and sitting on it. They play two deep safeties over top, because our running game is trash, and they crowd our receivers at the line and play aggressively with no fear of being beaten because of our tendencies to go short all the time. This is what’s handicapping our offense, not the line, not the play design, but the plays being called and their execution.

    That being said, the last game and a half with the starting offense has shown signs of rediscovering our No Risk It, No Biscuit roots. If we are to do anything in the playoffs, we have to threaten defenses deep… even if we are unsuccessful, we have to make them scared to get beat. It will open up the short and intermediate passing game. It will help the running game. We have the players to make it happen, we just have to try.

  61. LastDance Says:

    NE – of course they didn’t gatorade Bowles. They were afraid he would still be standing there staring into space like a dead fish. He does not inspire men. Nor does Lefty. The players got to the playoffs DESPITE them. I was a Lions fan forever before I decided I wanted to see what winning was like and decided to watch Brady instead after 2001. I wish Campbell had coached them back in the 90’s. They would have won a few playoff games and made some noise. Arians was kinda like that… someone players would play hard for no matter what. Bowles is a coach that seems to get the least from his team. I guess that’s a skill, though not one you should be paid millions of dollars for.

    Brandon — Or just use the no huddle strategically and not wait until we are down by 17 in the 3rd quarter.
    You are not wrong about the way defenses play us, but I dont agree with you about Brady “wanting” to throw short. The interior line was pushed into his lap all season… meaning while they didn’t give up a lot of sacks, he could not step into throws. Brady is a master of form. When he cannot step into throws and follow through properly you get inaccurate throws. Anyone saying his arm is a noodle is a dumba@$ and I refuse to listen to anything they say because they are not observant of logical. This line blew up his form so he got antsy and felt he HAD to throw short to not get hit and/or risk interceptions. But again, the gameplanning, the block schemes (does Byron know his guys can run NFL level schemes so he doesn’t need to run high school blocking schemes?) and play calling have hamstrung the whole offense. I give Brady a B+ for the year. All the emotional and personal and injury stuff combined with the worst coaching he has ever had at the college or professional level and he still dragged them to miraculous comebacks when he put them on his back.