Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady becomes first to surpass 100,000 passing yards

Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to rack up 100,000 career passing yards across the regular season and playoffs Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback entered Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams standing at 99,836 total yards. He surpassed 100,000 on a fourth-quarter pass to running back Leonard Fournette, who went 15 yards on a third-down play.

“I think for me it’s a credit to all the guys that I’ve played with, and who have blocked for me, who have caught passes,” Brady said after the game. “I think I can’t do (expletive) in this league without guys doing what they are amazing at, too.”

Brady made sure the milestone happened in a winning effort. He engineered a 60-yard drive in 35 seconds with no timeouts and connected with rookie tight end Cade Otton on 1-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to lift Tampa Bay over the Rams, 16-13. That play gave Brady 280 passing yards for the game and 100,116 for his career.

It marked another NFL record — Brady’s 55th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning.

Brady already owns the career regular-season passing yards record, which he took from Drew Brees last season. Brees is a distant second on the list for regular-season plus postseason yardage, at 85,724.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady leads Buccaneers over Rams in final seconds

Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 100,000 yards — counting playoff games — and led a last-minute drive Sunday to pace the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 16-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Brady drove Tampa Bay (4-5) 60 yards in 35 seconds with no timeouts, finding rookie tight end Cade Otton for a 1-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining. Otton’s 28-yard catch over the middle on the drive’s first play pushed the Bucs into Los Angeles territory and a pass interference call in the end zone set up a first-and-goal.

Brady completed 36 of 58 passes for 280 yards as the Buccaneers won for just the second time in seven games and moved into a tie with Atlanta for first place in the NFC South.

Matthew Stafford connected on just 13 of 27 attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (3-5), who now trail Seattle by 2 1/2 games in the NFC West. Los Angeles has been outscored 71-10 in the fourth quarter this year.

Ryan Succop kicked three field goals for Tampa Bay, its only points until Brady assured his record-setting effort would come as part of a much-needed win.

In a rematch of January’s NFC Divisional Round classic — won by Los Angeles on a last-play field goal by Matt Gay — the teams spent the first half demonstrating why neither is anywhere near that level in 2022.

Tampa Bay initiated scoring on its first possession, controlling the ball for more than 6 1/2 minutes before settling for Succop’s 20-yard field goal at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter.

The Rams didn’t run a single play from the Buccaneers’ half of the field in the first half of play, but still made one big play to take a lead into halftime. That was Stafford’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp just over two minutes into the second quarter. Kupp broke open down the numbers on the right side and Stafford hit him in stride for his sixth score in eight games.

Gay made a 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the third quarter to give the Rams a 13-6 lead before Tampa Bay’s comeback.

–Field Level Media

Marcus Brady was hired as offensive coordinator in 2021. (File Photo Indianapolis Colts Rookie Minicamp On Friday May 11 2018

Colts fire offensive coordinator Marcus Brady

Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady was fired by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday in the aftermath of a quarterback change and second consecutive loss.

Brady, in his fifth season as an assistant with the Colts, was named offensive coordinator in 2021.

Indianapolis has 26 total points the past two games, resulting in losses to the Tennessee Titans (19-10) and Washington Commanders (17-16).

“This was an incredibly hard decision, but one I felt needed to be made in the best interest of the team,” head coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “I appreciate Marcus’s commitment to the organization, and he made a significant contribution to our offensive success over the last five seasons. I wish him the best moving forward.”

The Colts (3-4-1) are on the road the next two games — at New England and Las Vegas — before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (7-0), but there could be much to address for Reich.

Colts owner Jim Irsay met with Reich and general manager Chris Ballard after the team flight home from Nashville two weeks ago looking for stability in the offense.

But the one constant for the Colts in recent seasons has been change at quarterback.

The revolving door shuffled Matt Ryan to the bench the day after Reich’s meeting with Irsay. Ryan, acquired via trade from the Atlanta Falcons, replaced Carson Wentz (dealt to Washington), who was a one-year stopgap upon the retirement of Philip Rivers. Rivers lasted one season (2020) and pushed 2019 starter Jacoby Brissett to the bench.

Andrew Luck had 39 touchdowns and 10 wins in 2018 before his unexpected retirement the following summer.

With Ryan benched, Indianapolis turned to Sam Ehlinger at quarterback in Week 8. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards but the Colts dropped to 30th in the NFL in points (16.1 per game) and lost more ground in the AFC South division to the Titans (5-2).

A running game expected to be one of the NFL’s best spun its tires and now rates 29th in the NFL at 87.8 yards per game and 3.71 yards per carry. Touted MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor has fumbled twice and scored only one rushing touchdown, which came in the regular-season opener at Houston, in six games.

Brady, 43, had been a part of the QB churn since was hired by the Colts in 2018 as assistant quarterbacks coach. He was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2019-20 before being promoted to offensive coordinator.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) is tackled by Carolina Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu (49) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers retirement odds continue to shorten

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers each have 10 games remaining to help turn their teams’ seasons around, but one or both future Hall of Famers could decide to hang it up at the end of the year.

SportsBetting.ag set odds last week for each player to retire — Brady at -300 and Rodgers at -200. However, those odds shortened to -500 and -300, respectively, after both quarterbacks struggled mightily in ugly losses Sunday.

Brady is still in a familiar spot atop his division, but that’s highly deceiving in the woeful NFC South. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-4 after an embarrassing 21-3 loss to Carolina and third-string quarterback P.J. Walker on Sunday.

Brady, 45, briefly retired over the offseason and then missed significant time during training camp for personal reasons. Amid rumors of a potential split from wife Gisele Bundchen, Brady steered the Bucs to a 2-1 start but Tampa Bay has since lost four of its past five games.

His offense is scuffling in large part due to an injury-riddled offensive line. Minus a strong ground game, Brady rarely threatened Carolina’s end zone on Sunday. The Bucs were 2-of-12 on third down against Carolina despite Brady passing for 290 yards.

“We’re plenty capable of making plays,” said Brady, who has a losing record through seven games of a season for the first time since 2002. “We’re just not consistently making them enough to score points.”

Green Bay is also 3-4 after Rodgers and company dropped their third straight game — a 23-21 setback to Washington and second-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke. The Packers are now 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the NFC North.

However, Green Bay also remains in the thick of the playoff race with only five teams in the NFC currently sporting a winning record.

Rodgers, 38, said there is time for the Packers to turn their season around, but players must be accountable for improving their performance — especially on the mental side.

“We’re just having way too many detailed mistakes,” he said Sunday. “It’s just not winning football. It could be the total wrong route. It could be the wrong stem, it could be the release.

“We’re just not good enough to overcome some of those things right now. We have talent on our team for sure, but it has to consistently show up.”

The Packers need it to show up sooner than later with games against Buffalo and Dallas book-ending a trip to Detroit.

The sportsbook has dropped Green Bay’s odds of winning the NFC North to +500 and of reaching the playoffs at all to +160. The Packers are now +3300 to win the Super Bowl, their highest mark since the 2018 season, according to SportsBetting.ag.

The Bucs are currently +1800, the highest their Super Bowl odds have been since Brady arrived in 2020. Tampa Bay is still -230 to reach the postseason, but only because of the division they play in.

“Make a big play. Make a bad play. Make a big play. Make a bad play,” Brady said. “In football, it’s just not good enough. You can’t play like that. You’ve got to string enough good plays together to get the ball into the red area and score points.

“Just haven’t done that.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) discusses a call with side judge Jonah Monroe (120) during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs QB Tom Brady passes on ‘roughing’ talk

Tom Brady is taking a hard pass on the simmering roughing the passer penalty discussion.

The Buccaneers’ 45-year-old quarterback benefited from a questionable flag in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, when defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was penalized for what appeared to be a clean takedown for a sack in the fourth quarter.

Referee Jerome Boger called Jarrett for “unnecessarily” tossing Brady to the turf on the third-down play with 3:03 remaining. No flag would’ve almost assuredly forced a punt to the Falcons in a one-score game.

The Buccaneers won 21-15.

“What I had was the defender grabbed the quarterback while he was still in the pocket, and unnecessarily throwing him to the ground,” Boger said postgame to the assigned pool reporter. “That is what I was making my decision based upon.”

Brady said Monday night in his regular “Monday Night Football” interview that he doesn’t worry about penalties.

“It was a long hug, a long unwelcome hug from Grady,” Brady said on the Sirius/XM Podcast Let’s Go! “And he was in the backfield all day. So as I said after the games, I don’t throw flags. What I do throw is tablets, and I didn’t have one accessible at that time. He had a hell of a game. I’ll leave it at that.”

Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said “a lot of people would’ve gotten that call,” in reference to Brady not receiving preferential treatment from officials.

ESPN reported Tuesday that, after the season, the NFL’s competition committee plans to review roughing the passer penalties.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) and safety Marcus Maye (6) get into a penalty with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and they are ejected after the play during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL levies fines for Saints-Buccaneers skirmish

The NFL fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore $13,367 each for their part in a skirmish between the teams last Sunday, NFL Network reported.

Bucs wideout Mike Evans was suspended Monday by the league for his involvement. He will serve the suspension on Sunday when the Bucs (2-0) host the Green Bay Packers (1-1).

The incident came with 12:49 left in the Buccaneers’ 20-10 victory.

After Lattimore began jawing at Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, Fournette pushed Lattimore away and Lattimore pushed back. Evans joined the fray — shoving and leveling Lattimore — and engaged with other Saints before the dust settled.

Evans and Lattimore were ejected.

Brady was not fined, NFL Network reported Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to running back Leonard Fournette (7) against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs QB Tom Brady ‘full-practice’ amid reports of finger injury

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have quarterback Tom Brady under center against the visiting Green Bay Packers, but the availability of two other important offensive players might not be known until Sunday.

Brady, 45, is expected to regularly take Wednesdays off from practice. However, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Brady was “repeatedly shaking the ring finger of his right hand” during Thursday’s practice. Brady said on his “Let’s Go” podcast released on Monday that he did hurt the finger during last week’s win over New Orleans.

Brady was not listed on the injury report and coach Todd Bowles said on Friday that his quarterback is “ready to go, he’s full-practice. He took every throw.”

Bowles said wide receiver Julio Jones and tackle Donovan Smith could be game-time decisions.

Jones has been dealing with a knee injury while Smith hyperextended his right elbow in the season opener.

Bowles said Smith “tried to practice some” on Thursday and was rested on Friday to see how he feels come game day.

The Bucs definitely will be without wide receiver Mike Evans, who was suspended by the NFL for one game following his altercation against New Orleans last week. Chris Godwin also has not practiced this week due to a hamstring injury.

The team signed veteran Cole Beasley to add depth to the banged-up receiving corps.

“I don’t think it gets impacted too much,” Bowles said when asked how the injuries impact the game plan. “We’ve got guys that have played in this system. Obviously, there are different skill sets for each guy, but the system is the system and we’re going to run it how we run it.”

Bowles did said that running back Leonard Fournette, who has been playing through a minor hamstring injury, has “been fine.”

Fournette has logged 45 of the 53 carries for Bucs running backs through two weeks, with third-round rookie Rachaad White getting the other eight. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who led the team with 109 yards on 29 carries in the preseason, has yet to get a touch on offense during the regular season.

“He got better in every aspect of his ball game and it will be exciting when he gets his chance to play,” Bowles said of Vaughn. “Depending on the game plan and what we do depends on whether he plays more or less that week, but in the meantime he’ll work on special teams and when he gets his shot to go in there I expect to see the same Ke’Shawn I saw in the preseason.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Brady breaks: Bucs QB reportedly to rest every Wednesday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will take Wednesdays off throughout the season, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The oldest starting quarterback in NFL history at 45, Brady did not practice last Wednesday as the Buccaneers (1-0) prepared for Sunday’s game in New Orleans. It was listed as a rest day for the veteran.

That will be the standard procedure going forward during Brady’s 23rd NFL season, according to the report.

Brady and the Bucs opened the season with a 19-3 win at Dallas last Sunday night. The seven-time Super Bowl champion completed 18 of 27 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

He needs 268 yards against the Saints to become the first NFL player to reach 85,000 career passing yards.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Coach: Tom Brady to return this week; Aaron Stinnie out for season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said Sunday that quarterback Tom Brady will be returning to the team this week.

Bowles did not disclose a specific return day for Brady, who left the Buccaneers on Aug. 11 due to personal reasons. Bowles said he wasn’t sure if Brady would play in Tampa Bay’s preseason finale against the host Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Once he returns, Brady will find himself behind an offensive line that absorbed another significant hit on Saturday.

Guard Aaron Stinnie will miss the 2022 season after he sustained a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, Bowles said Sunday.

Stinnie was injured after being rolled up on by Tennessee safety Adrian Colbert in the second half of Tampa Bay’s 13-3 preseason loss to the Titans. Stinnie was carted off the field.

“We can’t afford to get any more hurt there,” Bowles said of an offensive line that already has lost Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen to a knee injury. Jensen is out indefinitely, while tackle Tristan Wirfs is considered day-to-day with an oblique strain.

Stinnie, 28, was a candidate for the starting left guard position after Ali Marpet abruptly retired in the offseason.

Second-round draft pick Luke Goedeke is among the contenders for the starting role.

Stinnie appeared in six games (one start) last season. He started three postseason games for the Bucs in 2020, including Super Bowl LV.

–Field Level Media

Feb 11, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Rob Gronkowski during the NFL Alumni Legends Party at Avalon Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m done with football’

Retired Rob Gronkowski reiterated Tuesday that he plans to stay retired.

Even if the “greatest quarterback of all time” Tom Brady calls the four-time All-Pro tight end to ask for one more season in Tampa Bay.

“I’m done with football,” Gronkowski said during a family business junket with his brother Chris in Boston.

“Love the game. Definitely blessed with all the opportunities the game of football has given me, and relationships — obviously here in New England Patriots for nine seasons and down in Tampa for two. But done with football and stepping my feet into the business world, business ventures, and just seeing what’s out there and where I can find my place.”

Gronkowski, 33, announced last month on social media that he was “going back to my retirement home” with his “head held high.”

However, his agent Drew Rosenhaus threw water on it, saying he wouldn’t be surprised if Gronkowski came back a third time if Brady called.

Gronkowski said he would take Brady’s call, but that his answer would be the same.

“I would answer, obviously, the greatest quarterback of all time. Ask him how he’s doing. Tell him I’m doing good,” Gronkowski said. “But I wouldn’t go back to football — no.”

At age 29, Gronkowski retired after nine seasons and three Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots. He was lured back into the game by the appeal of playing again with Brady when the legendary Patriots quarterback joined the Buccaneers before the 2020 season.

The two won a fourth Super Bowl together after the 2020 season but fell short of the goal in 2021, losing to the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Gronkowski caught 55 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns in 2021 despite missing five games to injury. In two seasons at Tampa, he caught 100 passes for 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns in 28 games.

In 143 career games, Gronkowski has 621 receptions for 9,286 yards with 92 touchdowns. He has been selected as a first-team All-Pro four times and ranks third all-time in TDs among tight ends.

–Field Level Media