When Tampa Bay’s 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams ended Monday night, Rams quarterback Jared Goff was looking for Tom Brady like his receivers trying to find his passes.
Brady again skipped the ceremonial postgame meeting between opposing quarterbacks after taking a loss in a game when Rams safety Jordan Fuller looked like Brady’s top target for his first two career interceptions.
The future Hall of Famer soft-tossed two aerials to Fuller without a receiver in the area. He is undoubtedly past his prime at age 43, when he can’t perform as well as Taysom Hill, but Buccaneers fans were hoping he could still throw past the first-down marker. On throws of 15 yards or more, Brady completed one of nine attempts for 15 yards. He is 0 for 19 on passes of 20 yards or more in the past four games.
Despite it all, Brady still had a chance to move Tampa Bay to 8-3 when the Buccaneers, trailing by 3, had the ball at their 38-yard line with 1:57 remaining. Brady floated his second interception 5 yards past his receiver.
“Just a bad read, a bad throw, decision, everything,” Brady said after the game. “Can’t happen.”
At least he seemed to know what down it was this time.
“We have Tom calling a lot of his own (plays), or picking his own on the sidelines from the game plan,” Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not lack of trust. It’s lack of continuity within the offense, of the whole picture.”
If it makes Brady feel any better, New England is 4-6.