Tom Brady admits he has to hit more deep balls

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has been struggling to connect with receivers deep downfield, and that has raised some questions about the 43-year-old’s arm. Brady admits he has to do better on deep throws.

After completing just one of his last 13 passes 20 yards downfield or longer, Brady acknowledged that improving there is a priority.

“It’s definitely something we’ve got to hit,” Brady said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Our guys are doing a great job getting down the field and it’s my job to find them and hit them. You know, if you don’t hit them, they’re just long foul balls and we had a few of those last game.”

Bradys’ completion rate of 66.0 percent is way up from last year’s 60.8 percent. But he’s averaging just 10.8 yards per completion, his lowest average since 2002. That’s because Brady is hitting lots of short passes, but not many long ones. If the Buccaneers are going to make the most of their talented receiving corps, Brady will need to hit more passes downfield.

30 responses to “Tom Brady admits he has to hit more deep balls

  1. Brady’s always been careful about the long ball. He always makes sure that he never underthrows deep throws for an interception and that leads to missing a few guys long. On the Patriots sometimes it felt like any long ball was guaranteed to just be an overthrow. But he’d rather play that kind of a conservative game where he may miss a couple more deep shots but he turns the ball over less. The more in sync he gets with his receivers the more he’ll be comfortable timing it up to drop it in the bucket. It’s not his arm, Brady would just rather miss for an incompletion and give his guy a chance to run under it than to float a pick.

  2. Its not his game never has been he likes quick strong route runners who win early in the route his game is timing routes and middle of the field stuff with some play action seam passes mixed in.

  3. His arm isn’t always great on that short ball these days either. Stats are just that….stats. Say nothing about scheme or the impact that other players have on others’ performance. I look at play – not stats (if stats *really* mattered Kirk Cousins would be a first ballot HoFer). Give the man credit for playing at 43 but he really isn’t very good at 43. His ego won’t let him hang it up and his fan club won’t admit that he should have.

  4. Nobody who has actually watched the Bucs games this season should have no questions about Brady’s arm. He can still sling it way downfield and has thrown some real dazzlers already. He just needs to retrain his conservative instincts and keep working to synchronize with his receivers.

  5. Brady always used the short passes like Ali used his jab. It keeps the defense on their toes, and you dictate the flow of the game. It’s a very high percentage throw, and it sets up everything else. Joe Gibbs used the same approach, and he was able to win 3 super bowls with three different QB’s, and none of his QB’s were HOFers. Tom’s a HOFer, so he was able to win six super bowls using that strategy. Tom does it with unprecedented accuracy, so like Ali, he became the GOAT. I can’t imagine Ali getting a new trainer, and that guy trying to change his game. Maybe the tail is wagging the dog a little too much in Tampa. But on the other hand, Ali probably would have adapted and kept winning, and Tom will too. The one big downside to the long throw is your QB takes a beating. That’s another reason Brady has been able to win all those super bowls. He keeps his jersey clean.

  6. He’s currently in the top 3 in completions 20 or more yards downfield.

    But it’s also overrated , last week he was 28-39 341 yards and 3 tds.
    I’m sure the Bucs would take that if it means a win rather than how many “long balls “ he hit on.

    GOAT

  7. Reason?

    Playaction. He isn’t getting to real playaction and without it, he’a not a good deep ball thrower.

    His coaches or Leftwich are too dumb to see it or they are afraid to tell him.

    BB walked for a reason.

  8. flash1224 says:
    November 21, 2020 at 8:07 am
    He’s currently in the top 3 in completions 20 or more yards downfield.

    But it’s also overrated , last week he was 28-39 341 yards and 3 tds.
    I’m sure the Bucs would take that if it means a win rather than how many “long balls “ he hit on.

    GOAT

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    The game is not all about stats you plug into your fantasy leagues or madden video games.

    This is what your generation doesn’t get. When he throws 2 ints vs the Rams, you won’t be in here talking about it.

  9. charliecharger says:
    November 21, 2020 at 7:47 am
    Brady always used the short passes like Ali used his jab. It keeps the defense on their toes, and you dictate the flow of the game. It’s a very high percentage throw, and it sets up everything else. Joe Gibbs used the same approach, and he was able to win 3 super bowls with three different QB’s, and none of his QB’s were HOFers. Tom’s a HOFer, so he was able to win six super bowls using that strategy. Tom does it with unprecedented accuracy, so like Ali, he became the GOAT. I can’t imagine Ali getting a new trainer, and that guy trying to change his game. Maybe the tail is wagging the dog a little too much in Tampa. But on the other hand, Ali probably would have adapted and kept winning, and Tom will too. The one big downside to the long throw is your QB takes a beating. That’s another reason Brady has been able to win all those super bowls. He keeps his jersey clean.

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    Except Arians’s system blows. It’s why Ben and Luck got hammered along with Carson Palmer.

    Do you people know anything? Brady wants to throw, thinks he is top great to need a run game, and is a poor deep ball thrower without playaction.

    Look at how quick and crisp someone like a Rodgers ior Wilson are with their deep balls.

    Brady is slow and long, almost hesitant, through his motion.

  10. Brady is streaky with deep passes either he will hit a bunch in a row or just not have a deep game. His strength is the intermediate passing game especially those play action passes outside the numbers set up by his short game. Tampa fans shouldn’t worry in fact Brady being conservative is why he is effective in the first place.

  11. touchback6 says:
    November 21, 2020 at 10:03 am
    flash1224 says:
    November 21, 2020 at 8:07 am
    He’s currently in the top 3 in completions 20 or more yards downfield.

    But it’s also overrated , last week he was 28-39 341 yards and 3 tds.
    I’m sure the Bucs would take that if it means a win rather than how many “long balls “ he hit on.

    GOAT

    21 7 Rate This

    —————11

    The game is not all about stats you plug into your fantasy leagues or madden video games.

    This is what your generation doesn’t get. When he throws 2 ints vs the Rams, you won’t be in here talking about it.

    You’re right what was I thinking, he had a horrible game. My bad (he says with heavy sarcasm) 28-39 341 yards 4 tds 3 pass 1 rushing Qbr 124 win 46-23

  12. Oh no! A conservative dink-and-dunker who’s exceptional against the blitz and in play-action passes and has won 6 Superbowls like this… isn’t dropping deep-ball dimes like he’s Russell Wilson? How ever will the Bucs win games now?

    Nothing to see here folks.

  13. 2 yard slant boy brady has no deep ball unless he steals the opponents signals , then he is brave enough to throw it past 2 yards. The biggest fraud cheater to ever live. Zero legitimate anything.

  14. Noodle arm. Has been for a while.

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    Which way is harder TO SCORE (NOT throw!!!), throwing to receivers in front of defenders, or throwing to receivers behind defenders?

    Other QB don’t have the skill set to score enough with “easy” throws.

  15. Run after the catch is Brady’s bread and butter. RAC is also a function of the QB’s ball location and Brady excels at that. Even if he has the arm strength to throw deep, which he has, he has to have trust in his receiver and that kind of trust takes time to develop and without preseason and being a first timer at a new team, he has to rely on his dink & dunk bread and butter. The problem is that he currently does not have a Welker or Edelman type of player to keep drives alive… yet. Maybe Scottie Miller? Time will tell.

  16. nytro says:
    November 21, 2020 at 1:14 pm
    We don’t call him two-yard Tommy for nothing.

    He’s been that way since his days in Michigan

    Well since he is currently ranked 3rd in the Keaton passes 20 or more yards downfield you would be wrong since his days at Michigan

  17. We don’t call him two-yard Tommy for nothing

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    Brady won 6 SB with dink n dunk, which also saved tons of money for Belichick to build defense

    Such easy plays, Peyton, Rodgers, Brees and Mahomes must be idiots.

  18. “Tom Brady admits he has to hit more deep balls”.

    This flies in the face of his longtime motto: “Admit nothing, even if the evidence is undeniable.”

  19. In judging Brady’s arm strength, use the eye test. Those of use who actually see the game, not the one all ready played out in the heads of the haters, you can see that on long passes, Brady’s arm is about average. Not the rocket launcher that Mahones or Justin Herbert has but neither do most of the starting QBs. Brees’s arm strength is is weaker than Brady’s and, like Brady, lives in that short to intermediate range but will throw long just to keep the D from crashing down on the shorter ones. The Bucs are still trying to find the balance between Brady’s controlled passing game and Arians gunslinger instincts. If Jamis Winston could keep the INTs down, he be would be still there.

  20. It will be a sad day when Brady limps off the field at age 50, a mere shell of his former GOAT self. Why? Because he is a stat padder, that’s why.

  21. charliecharger says:
    November 21, 2020 at 7:47 am
    …Joe Gibbs used the same approach, and he was able to win 3 super bowls with three different QB’s, and none of his QB’s were HOFers.

    Not to split hairs but Joe Theismann took the team to two straight Super Bowls (winning one and getting destroyed on my 13th birthday on the 2nd) and was league MVP. Only QB to do that and not be in the HOF..

  22. Had no one in Tampa seen him play before? I mean, I am an unabashed Brady homer, but he has NEVER been good at the deep ball.

  23. tb12bestqbevah says:
    “I am an unabashed Brady homer, but he has NEVER been good at the deep ball.”

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    What about the 2007 season with Randy Moss? There are footages on YouTube that shows he could launch a 70 yard bomb. Sure he’s no Brett Favre but he’s far from noodle arm.

  24. Hahahaha to the guy saying Brady is a stat padder. You realize he has never had a losing season. He has played in the Super Bowl half the years he has been the starting QB for the majority of his team’s games. He has won the Super Bowl a third of those years. He’s in the middle of turning around the franchise with the worst winning percentage in NFL history and leading them to their first playoff berth since 2010. And he’s putting up some solid stats at age 43 along the way.

    As Coach Herm Edwards said, “you play to win the game. Hello! You play to win the game.” Until Brady stops being a winning QB you can’t accuse him of being a stat padder.

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