Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Frank Schwab discuss the bizarre week 2 game between the Buccaneers and Saints in New Orleans. The GOAT struggled to produce on the field for a second straight week, and then excited a brawl that cost him his favorite target for the 4th quarter as well as next week’s game. Can Brady and the Bucs find some rhythm? Is there a call being made to Gronk? What was Bruce Arians doing get involved in the 4th quarter fight? Are all the rumblings true about Brady’s marriage being on the outs impacting his play? And Jameis Winston was the Jameis we’ve always known him to be in the NFL. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHARLES ROBINSON: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers-- hey, look, Tom Brady ain't got a great record against the Saints. Like, he's had some struggles against the Saints, so not the best game in the world, but they beat the Saints 20-10. Not the best game in the world for Tom Brady. It wasn't a great game for him both from an optics standpoint because it gives the crowd who loves to just crap on him-- he's yelling and, oh, we're going to play what if somebody else not named Tom Brady did this, how would we treat them? Yada, yada, yada.
We're going to play that game over and over again. For everybody listening to the podcast who didn't watch the game, basically what happened was Tom started jaw jacking with some members of the defense. He was pissed off about-- I think he felt like there was pass interference. Whatever. Tom's upset, he starts jaw jacking with some guys, and he called Lattimore [BLEEP]. And so--
FRANK SCHWAB: You just like saying that. You just like to reset that.
CHARLES ROBINSON: I mean, because it was like-- I was like, what do you doing? Like, you're going to get your clock cleaned, OK?
FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah.
CHARLES ROBINSON: You are a 45-year-old man, OK?
FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah, he's a 45-year-old man.
CHARLES ROBINSON: I don't know the TB12 method there's something taking a fist to the face. That probably changes the dynamic of your plan. But anyway, so in the midst of Tom going back and forth with him, Mike Evans came out of nowhere and just smacked the hell out of Marshon Lattimore. Put him on the ground, started a big fight, triggered a big fight. I'll ride with Mike Evans, man, because like when they showed that clip later where he was talking to the refs and he said, it's Tom Brady. What was I going to do? I'm like, yup. Mm-hmm. That's my guy. Like straight up, you're on my squad. Like, that's who I want.
FRANK SCHWAB: I agree. Yeah.
CHARLES ROBINSON: But I'm looking forward to the rematch because this--
FRANK SCHWAB: Hoo. Him and Lattimore, man. Evans and Lattimore is like--
CHARLES ROBINSON: Good Lord.
FRANK SCHWAB: That is the, like, one-on-one rivalry. What was Bruce Arians doing on the sideline getting involved with that? Like that was like the weirdest cameo in that brawl. It was like--
CHARLES ROBINSON: I mean--
FRANK SCHWAB: Bruce is talking trash to Marshon Lattimore also? Like what? What's going on here?
CHARLES ROBINSON: I mean, especially not being the head coach and just being in this weird ambiguous-- weird ambiguous position now, Bruce, can say--
FRANK SCHWAB: That's Bruce Arians.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah. Oh, he can say whatever he wants now. He can be involved in whatever--
FRANK SCHWAB: It'd never fly, man.
CHARLES ROBINSON: But, anyway, look. I thought it was a poor game for Tom. I think the Buccaneers, clearly they need Godwin on the field.
FRANK SCHWAB: And Donovan Smith and Julio Jones and-- And my goodness they're thin.
CHARLES ROBINSON: A lot of guys out.
FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah. Yeah.
CHARLES ROBINSON: I would-- if I was him, look, I keep thinking like, if there's any shot Gronk's coming back, he better start making that call right now. Like, he better-- I mean, because they need whoever they can get back on the squad. And I'm sorry, I refuse to believe-- now we're starting to hear about Tom has dedicated himself to taking a personal day, every single week. The reporting about his marriage is going full force now. Everybody's on it. Page 6 is on it, People's on it, every tabloid's on it, the British tabloids I've seen stuff writing on it.
I mean, like, everybody's on this now. He is a international story with whether or not he and Gisele are going to remain married, whether they're living together, all these different things. That's going to weigh on him. I'm curious to see how that plays out. But I will say this real quick about the Saints. Jameis is Jameis. I mean, like it's--
FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Like, this is it, right? Like this is-- OK, we know enough. Jameis, they're going to play it out the string with him. I know it's early in the season, but he's doing the same things he's done every single year where he's gotten a chance to open it up. It's the same guy over and over. It's not a small sample size here. They tried to address it this offseason by going after Deshaun Watson. Fully expect they're going to throw everything at getting a different quarterback in there for 2023.