Buccaneers GM sees no decline in ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady's arm talent

Buccaneers GM sees no decline in ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady's arm talent

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has dealt with critics his entire career despite the unprecedented success he's enjoyed, and those voices were quite loud during the 2019 season.

The Patriots finished the regular season with a 4-4 record over their last eight games, including an embarrassing Week 17 loss at home to the Miami Dolphins that prevented New England from earning a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. Brady and the Pats ultimately lost to the Tennessee Titans at home in the AFC Wild Card Round.

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It was a disappointing season for the Patriots, and Brady's less-than-stellar play resulted in lots of criticism over his allegedly declining skills. Brady stunned many people throughout out New England by deciding to leave the Patriots and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The Buccaneers don't see Brady's arm declining at all, and they aren't concerned about his mobility, either.

“Well, the tape to us showed that (Brady) had plenty of arm,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Monday on ESPN's "Get Up!" morning show.

“In fact, we thought that he had the ideal arm for Bruce and his system. He can still throw it deep. We felt like the mobility was still the same as he’s always had, which he’s never been able to out-run anybody, but he’s certainly good in the pocket in terms of eluding pressure with his poise and his instincts. We did not see a decline in his arm talent whatsoever, and in fact, we feel like he could still play for over two years for us. Hopefully, that’s the case.”

Brady still tallied very respectable stats (4,057 yards, 24 TD, eight INT) in 2019 despite his age, and there's little evidence to suggest he won't be an effective quarterback over the duration of his two-year contract with the Bucs

Even if Brady is no longer a top-five quarterback, he'll no doubt be an upgrade -- and likely a substantial one -- over Tampa Bay's previous QB, Jameis Winston.

Winston led the league in passing yards and ranked second in passing touchdowns last season, but he also led in interceptions by a wide margin. Thirteen of his 30 interceptions came in the fourth quarter or overtime, and this was a huge factor in the Buccaneers losing six games by a one-score margin. Brady has thrown 29 interceptions over the last four years combined, and his impressive decision-making with the football should be a tremendous boost for the Bucs' offense.

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Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.

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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.