“Brady Was Checked Out”

July 24th, 2023

The Bucs-Baker Mayfield bandwagon includes several national media types who feel good about the team being better than the 6 1/2 win total assigned to it by most sportsbooks.

Another one is former Bills personnel director Jim Monos, who also spent a combined 13 years as a scout with the Eagles and Saints.

He was talking Bucs on the Go Long podcast this month and was unafraid to say that Tom Brady too often looked like a washed out quarterback last season. Joe loves Brady, but only a weakened quarterback leads his team to an average of 18 points per game.

“You’re maxed out with Brady at that point,” Monos said of 2022 Brady. “He was an easy guy to prepare for — for defenses. He wasn’t going anywhere.

“I just think they’ll be able to do more with Mayfield because, to be honest, he’s just younger and tougher right now. Brady was good; Brady was checked out.”

When Monos said “good,” he was referring to Brady having a mindset of ‘I’m good.’ (If you don’t get it, then you’re too old.)

Joe loves the optimism. And yes, Joe would bet more than a few bucks that the Tampa Bay offense is more productive than it was last season.

35 Responses to ““Brady Was Checked Out””

  1. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Nine wins minimum, no matter who’s playing QB.

  2. DR. POPS Says:

    New year new offense And A whole lot of optimism Go buccaneers.

  3. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Brady probably did check out a bit…his then wife looking to get her feet in the air ( and wave them around like she just don’t care ) by a jujitsu instructor…his crypto empire imploding…and knowing he was stuck with the dual threat Byron & Bowels. Most if not all humans would check out after that.

  4. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Laughable that fans expected any different result with a washed QB, no Oline and 0 rushing threats.

  5. Salary Cap Hell Says:

    Jim Monos is a Wanker

  6. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    He said he wanted to play until he was 45 and he did that.

    When the hand writing was on the wall about this team I can totally see him not having the same energy, but the NFL is the NFL. There is no going through the motions. The adrenaline is flowing.

    The whole year in general – football or not – was tough to stomach. How can you not see it all as an omen? Time to step away.

    In two weeks we’ll have the tell. How will Tom Terrific handle not being in the field? Will he be at zen? Or will he feel like the fire still burns there?

  7. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I wish Brady wasn’t so media averse. He doesn’t believe in directing mental energy in the stuff that’s said about him. He’s all about zen. Accusing him of checking out is a very serious accusation. Brady has always prided himself on being all in and blocking out distractions. That was the “Patriot Way.” I don’t think he was checked out.

    If he were checked out, he wouldn’t have been pouting and seething at Bowles on the sideline for pulling him in the last game. He would’ve been indifferent to the move if he was so-called checked out. I do believe he was frustrated with the anemic offense. Every fan felt the same way. Also, he wouldn’t have led those 4th quarter comebacks last season. A checked out player would just shrug his shoulders and give up. He never gave up. There’s video of him roaming the sideline against 49ers trying to encourage the team with them being down 35-0. There’s been some slanderous stuff said about him. Sometimes I wish he was like Rodgers. Rodgers stop caring and just let the media have it. You will never get that from Buddhist Brady.

  8. garro Says:

    Ahh…The ever popular he was a statue we need the flavor of the month “mobile QB” Brady bashing again.

    I had almost forgotten about that one.


    Go Bucs!

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Joe would bet more than a few bucks that the Tampa Bay offense is more productive than it was last season.’

    Halleleujah! There’s hope after all Joe. Well, for at least one of you. Now could you unwrap that gut feeling a bit more? How MUCH more productive will this Bucs’ offense be in your estimation?

    Will it just squeak by with 314 points on the season (18.5 PPG) or can it get all the way up to say 21.5 PPG (365 points on the season) to get us into the Top-15 offensively using this ‘run more’ approach? (That’s 3 more PPG average and what Atlanta produced last year to end up at #15). IF our defense improves and gets back into the Top-10, that MIGHT be enough to end up with about a 10-7 record and hopefully win the NFC South.

  10. Beej Says:

    In ’21 Brady threw 43 td’s, 5300 yards, was a hair from MVP. In ’22 he was washed?

  11. Lt. Dan Says:

    Yea – I’ve been saying since Brady retired…”he seemed disinterested during the second half of the season”. Given what he was going through and the Bucs clearly on their way to being a one and done playoff team regardless of the opponent, who could blame him?

  12. Wild Bill Says:

    He played like he just wanted the season to be over and not to get injured. Can’t blame him given the disaster o line in front of him.

  13. HC Grover Says:

    Under please.

  14. DmanTX500 Says:

    I believe there is some return to this and yes, I do think having a more mobile qb will help the offense win at least 7 games.

  15. Brandon Says:

    People are so quick to make excuses for Brady but refuse to hold him accountable for his sucking last year. Nobody wants to admit that Brady played poorly mostly because Brady played poorly.

  16. westernbuc Says:

    Like I’ve been saying…

  17. First Name Greatest Says:

    I can blame him and can’t at the same time

    Your trusted Center goes down early in camp & in over their head coaches recognize too slowly they picked the wrong O line to start the season

    Gronk stays retired

    Leftwich’s security blanket is no longer on the golf cart putting red ink through awful plays

    Injuries and ineffective coaching killed the Bucs in 2022. Great players see the writing on the wall, they realize Bowles isn’t the right coach, that he shouldn’t be throwing 40-50 times a game to win against bad teams.

    But on the other hand I wish Brady stepped up and took more ownership in the offense and infused what he knew would work over what Byron was calling.

    Time to move on, thanks for the 3 years of being relevant now the clock starts ticking on when the next rebuild will happen…

  18. DBS Says:

    Brandon you are about as dumb as any can be. Just about everyone has said the entire team played poorly last year Including Brady. Every comment you make is directed toward only at Brady. I told you a long time ago. We go your message.He either refused to blow you a kiss or you lost money. Get over it. The season is over. A new one is about to start.

  19. Defy9Ordinary Says:

    Whomever Jim Monos is, he doesn’t know squat!! I guess he doesn’t realize Brady had a crap O-line last season, no TE to speak of, and his receiver room was hurt a good portion of the time. Btw, how the heck can the GOAT go from throwing the most yds. & tuddies the previous year to being washed? People need STOP saying ignorant stuff — if things improve at all, it’s cuz upgrades have been made around “Mister TV Commercial”, himself. #TB12GOAT #LFG

  20. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “In ’21 Brady threw 43 td’s, 5300 yards, was a hair from MVP. In ’22 he was washed?”

    Your point? In 2014 Peyton Manning threw for 39 TDs 15 INTs the following year he threw for 9 TDs 17 INTS. Drew Brees also experienced the “washed year”….just because Brady was great in 21 doesn’t mean he couldn’t suck in 22….aging QBs tend to fall off cliffs in the NFL….father time is undefeated even for Brady.

  21. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Who’s worst the Brady bois or gaytor bois

  22. BucRodgersBDBDBD Says:

    Who wasn’t check out last year is the real question. The second half of the season we were lost. Half our players weren’t playing hard or loafing. Including Brady getting rid of the ball that fast, he was scared. We don’t know what the hell we got this year. I ain’t holding my breath though, hopefully not back to the yucs. Go Bucs!

  23. SlyPirate Says:

    1. The offense will be better because of the new oline and OC
    2. The offense will not be better with Baker/Trask than with TB12

    The impact TB12’s mind has on the offense is greater than Baker’s legs.

  24. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Who wasn’t check out last year is the real question”

    Exactly, from Devin White to Leonard Fournette to disinterested vets like Julio Jones….it started from the way the team ran out of the tunnel, care free with 0 energy.

    I can’t blame them tho, a Todd Bowels pre game speech should be featured on the Calm app to help fix insomnia.

  25. Oneilbuc Says:

    Again if you guys are going to give Brady a pass for him choosing football over his family than Devin White should get a pass for losing his dad ! last year during the season!!

  26. Oneilbuc Says:

    Some of yall will never hold Brady accountable for nothing this really a lost conversation. If you bring up facts about Brady playing bad and how he acted towards the team it’s called hate. If you blame everyone else other than Brady than it’s call facts lol 🤣🤣!!

  27. Fred McNeil Says:

    Brady did give us a few come-from-behind victories last year. He was just done.

  28. adam from ny Says:

    ex wife worked women’s game and executed mental warfare on him all year…

    left him looking like a malnourished bag of bones…

    and he still did okay…

    but she did a job on him

  29. I might be crazy but Says:

    I put 5 on the Bucs winning more that 6.5 and another 5 at 5.5 that they would win the South. Wanted to par-la the bet but they wouldn’t accept it at the Borgata in Atl. City.

  30. Power Of Pewter Says:

    If the problem was Brady (who led 4 4th quarter comebacks) , then why did the Bucs do a major reshuffle of the OLine?

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    @PoP: I would not call it a shuffle on the OL. The Bucs were uniquely stable the last few seasons on the OL. It’s typical to bring in 1 or 2 new OL every season, either draft or FA.

    It had nothing to do with Brady.

    Besides, The Cap. Smith was busting it in play vs. production.

  32. Mike Johnson Says:

    Brady, Not the OC was the straight cause of the Bucs demise last ear. His play was the poorest of his career. Leftwich paid the price. Brady walked off into sunset unscathed. Almost like somebody getting away with a crime.

  33. stpetebucfan Says:

    WTF is the NEED here to blast Gisele. Seriously!!!

    First off nobody can call her a gold digger because she made MORE money than Brady ever did!!!

    Secondly nobody here knows what their “arrangement” was. He had promised to retire according to many reports. Is it so very evil for a woman who loves her man to not want to see him getting blasted by men 100lbs larger and two decades younger. She had common sense. He had athletic desire that kept him from making a good decision.

    Is Brady a man or a mouse? Can HE not be responsible for his play without blaming it on a woman or ANYBODY else for that matter.

    Stop with the excuses. Brady was an old man who could produce enough juice when he realized the Bucs might compete but not well enough to actually win another SB. A successful season was never what Brady wanted. It was ALWAYS SB or bust. That’s what made him great…but his strength was his weakness that final season. All or nothing is terrific when you have the youth and talent to pull it off.

    Gisele has NOTHING to do with Tom Brady growing past his “sell by” date.

  34. Orlando Kevin Says:

    IMO, there is a lot of questions on the offensive and defensive lines.

    Every position on the offensive line is a new player. Wirfs has to adjust to the move. Jensen coming back from a year long leg injury. Goedeke in his second year moving from guard to right tackle. And two new guards. That’s a lot. Thankfully Baker is mobile.

    The defensive line has multiple top picks under performing and Shaq still not healed from a serious injury.

    The lines will play a big part.

  35. Orlando Kevin Says:

    The only consistency at a high level on offense are our wide receivers. The offensive line has a lot of changes. The RB’s are trying to improve not by addition but subtraction. The tight ends may have promise but are young. Our QB may be playing at his last team with starting potential so on the hot seat. And we have a new coordinator calling plays.

    I’m hoping for the best but the above is a lot of change and may take some time to gel. Would anyone be surprised if it took some time for them to get going?