The Tampa Bay Buccaneers swept the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, which hadn’t happened since 2007.

Yep. 15 long years of either getting swept or splitting the applicable season series with the Saints were finally closed off on Monday night. A big reason why the Buccaneers were able to come back was Tom Brady and the offense. They put together a very solid final 5-1/2 minutes of play that ended up being the difference in the game.

All three of the Buccaneers’ scoring drives went for at least 10 plays, which is pretty wild when you think about it. The quick, short passing attack has become a big part of the offense for a lot of reasons in 2022 and a lot of people have noticed.

Especially the Saints’ star defensive end, Cameron Jordan, who took a subtle shot at Brady after the game.

“I mean Tom Brady was Tom Brady. He was meticulous and stayed to the plan of his
dink-and-dunk mentality,” Jordan told reporters when asked about what happened to the Saints defense on the Buccaneers’ two touchdown drives at the end of the game. “… I
think those guys had a plan of attack and I think Tom just stuck to it. Again, he just got the
ball out as fast as he could because it wasn’t like we weren’t getting there. The last two
games we were getting there and the ball was out.”

The two drives in question is the Buccaneers’ penultimate 10-play, 91-yard touchdown drive and the final 11-play, 63-yard touchdown drive.

Brady certainly took what the defense gave him on those drives, but Jordan’s “dink-and-dunk mentality” shot is way off when it comes to Brady’s overall career with the Buccaneers.

All one has to do is go to Pro Football Focus and see that Brady led the NFL in deep pass attempts in both 2020 (91) and 2021 (94). And, he has the fifth-most attempts (54) in 2022 despite all the offensive issues. A deep pass attempt is an attempt of 20+ air yards. If a receiver catches a pass for 10-yards and then gains 10 more yards after the catch, that is not considered a deep pass attempt.

In other words: Brady has taken -and is taking- a lot of shots with the Buccaneers.

Jordan is way off on this one. Brady obviously doesn’t have a dink-and-dunk mentality. That’s impossible in this offense, even with all the current dysfunction.

And Jordan should know that. Especially considering the fact he’s played against this offensive system twice a year since 2019.

It’s kind of sad to see Jordan fail like this after getting swept. He’ll certainly get a shot to talk trash and beat the Buccaneers again, but unfortunately for him, it won’t be until fall 2023.

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