It’s expected that the Bucs will have strong representation in the 2021 Pro Bowl this season, but only two members of the team managed to land on Pro Football Focus’ NFC roster for the event. Quarterback Tom Brady and left guard Ali Marpet, the Bucs best two players this season, were both selected to PFF’s Pro Bowl team.

Brady has thrown for 3,496 yards and 30 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions in his first season in Bruce Arians’ offense, while completing almost 65 percent of his passes and taking just 16 sacks with three games remaining on the schedule. Marpet missed three games due to a concussion, but has allowed zero sacks and just ten pressures in ten games this year.

“Snubbed” from Pro Football Focus’ list were several Bucs, the most notable and deserving of which was OT Tristan Wirfs and LB Lavonte David.

David is PFF’s 4th-ranked linebacker in the NFL, but the three linebackers ahead of him are all in the NFC – Fred Warner, Eric Kendricks and Bobby Wagner. David has definitely been better than Wagner this year in my opinion, and is 100 percent deserving of the Pro Bowl, but the AFC/NFC format could keep him out, simply because the NFC is so superior at linebacker. In the AFC, David would be a lock as the best linebacker in the conference.

As for Wirfs, he grades out quite high for PFF, just not quite high enough to surpass David Bakhtiari, Trent Williams and Duane Brown, which is a fair assessment in my opinion. It’s been an unbelievable year for offensive tackle play, and Wirfs could miss out on his first Pro Bowl simply because of that.

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bucballer
7 months ago

Congrats to Brady and Marpet! I thought Wirfs would make it as well, but competition is tough at his position. Now maybe the Brady haters will relax a bit. Despite the system, according to us fans, he has, in the eyes of the ones that determine the vote, made the PFF list. That’s a good start. If the Bucs can finish strong and win out, then I’m sure, perhaps, others will follow in national recognition. Go Bucs!

toucan
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

Wirfs has been very good for an O line rookie. Even Beckles is impressed.

BigSombrero
7 months ago

PFF is on that Brady tip. Always will be. Most of their other player rankings flip flop week to week.

chefboho
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Yeah, because there’s been SOOOOOO many 43 year old qb’s in the history of the league who have done what Brady is doing this year with zero off season and preseason with a completely new scheme and terminology. Yup, your right, he doesn’t deserve it

drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
7 months ago

Well said.

BigSombrero
Reply to  chefboho
7 months ago

Are you saying he made it because of his age? Are you saying other teams had an offseason and preseason? Are you saying his 20 years of experience didn’t matter because it was a totally new system and terminology? Look. His numbers are ok. They aren’t great, unless you compare him to other 43 year old QB’s who didn’t have a preseason and are in a new system. For my money, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Drew Brees, and Jared Goff have been better when playing against good teams. In the AFC, I would put a long list of… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by BigSombrero
chefboho
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

This is about the pro bowl. Geoff hasn’t been better, Murray has been adequate at best as a passer, brees isn’t even playing. The only two QB’s playing better in the NFC is Rodgers and Wilson, but even Wilson had struggled lately.

BigSombrero
Reply to  chefboho
7 months ago

Goff beat Brady, heads up, prime time.

chefboho
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

That has nothing to do with being in the pro bowl dude. That’s a comment so laughable i almost didn’t respond. You don’t get in based off head to head match ups, but nice try

Last edited 7 months ago by chefboho
BigSombrero
Reply to  chefboho
7 months ago

BTW…compare Phil Rivers to Brady. Rivers leads in Yards, competion percentage, winning pecentage, Rating, less interceptions. and less sacks. Colts strength of schedule is exactly the same coming into the year also, but graded harder based on w/l of opponents at this point.
New team, new system, new city, no preseason, and he’s OLD. Where’s the PFF LOVE????????
https://www.espn.com/nfl/stats/player/_/table/passing/sort/passingYards/dir/desc

Last edited 7 months ago by BigSombrero
eaustinyoung
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Colts have a better offensive line and defense than the Bucs.

RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Colts have a top 3 offensive line in the NFL . The Bucs are not in the top 10. . Rivers stats for yardage, ints, are marginally better than Brady. Brady has 10 more TD passes.
Rivers has played creampuff teams like the Jets, the Lions, the Jags( loss w/ 2 picks from Rivers!) Texans and Bengals.

PFF has QB power ranking( based on stats not bias) Brady is 7th and Rivers is 11th.
Bottom line is that Rivers has been good; just not as good as Brady.

Last edited 7 months ago by RW
Dave
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Don’t even waste your time. The dude is a moron. He’s clearly biased. Has been since day 1. Dude says Brady has been good not great. No, 4400 yds 40 total TD’s vs 14 total TO’s, and 20 sacks is GREAT. By every metric humanly possible, that is GREAT And saying Rivers has been better is laughable. Yeah all the stats are the same except Brady has 13 more TD’s lol. THIRTEEN! Jesus you are a clown. Brady has full control of the offense. Rivers job, is to let his defense be great, and not lose the game for them.… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave
geno711
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Got to be honest, I have not watched Colts. Don’t hate Rivers. Maybe he is having a better year than Brady. Just to be clear, last spring you were saying that Jameis Winston was good and both Rivers and Brady were bad and too old. It looks like that analysis is off. Both the old timers have been good for their new team. Thank goodness for us as Buc’s fans – correct? Also, I am not sure on the strength of schedule comment – Are you saying the Bucs have had a weak schedule so far because I did not… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  geno711
7 months ago

Both teams had a strength of schedule tied at 16th with opponents winning percentage .502
Rivers and Brady ARE OLD. I am in favor of neither! I am making the point that Brady gets the love because he’s Brady, not because he’s been a stellar QB.

RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Let’s compare schedules as of today:
Rivers -1 game against a top 5 team in the league and 3 games against the worst 3 teams
Brady – 4 games against top 5 teams and 0 games against the worst 3 teams.
Hmmmm who has had the harder schedule? Well the Bucs have had the 6th hardest schedule to date and the Colts the 31st.
Easier to put up stats against bad teams and harder to put up stats against good teams.

chefboho
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Careful RW, sombrero doesn’t understand number logic like that. He rates players based on how well he likes them or not.

toucan
Reply to  chefboho
7 months ago

Brady has been pretty amazing. So has RoJo in his improvement. But, when we see Mahomes throw a football, I am not sure we have seen anything like that before.

Last edited 7 months ago by toucan
RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

I guess a professional organization like PFF is wrong on Brady and your view is correct. Figures!

BigSombrero
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Professional organization? Comprised of who? Guys like Jon Ledyard? GTFOH!!
Nerd alert!! Those knuckleheads are wrong constantly. They’re like a crew of Skip Bayless clones, reciting made up statistics that totally miss game flow and context.
Who cares if the mightly Skip Bayless and his calculator warriors love to create statistics for Tom Brady like Adjusted Completion Percentage(or some such bullshit).
Here’s a statistic: 1-4 in prime time. Also, more turnovers than TDs in prime time.

Last edited 7 months ago by BigSombrero
RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Gosh you can be clueless at times. It’s a professional betting organization. You know guys that make their living predicting the outcome of football games and selling that knowledge to people who know very little about the game. Yes they sell their knowledge to people like you

BigSombrero
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Well bub, without the knowledge of PFF’s sage advice, I’ve correctly picked many Bucs games and am 11-2, including 9-4 against the spread. I post it every week on the predictions page.
So I guess they peddle their gibberish to people who can’t think for themselves like you.
All besides the point. Brady is not the best QB in the NFL. He’s not even top 6. He’s middle of the pack. Sorry. He just is. He leads a team that is 6th in their conference, which is on par with his performance.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

So tell me every QB that’s been better this season? Would LOVE to hear this

RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Brady is living in your head rent free! Fortunately for him it’s a space with not much in it.

drdneast
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

We all know the one person who isn’t.

ScottC543
7 months ago

Wirfs is on the short list of best OTs as a rookie. He’ll get better.

Last year’s draft OT lottery sure worked out well for the Bucs.

sunshineben
7 months ago

I guess I will have to buy a Brady jersey now… well deserved

RW
RW
7 months ago

2019 Winston
33 TDs 30 Ints 12 fumbles 5109 yds, 47 sacks, 60.7comp. % QBR 59.1
Brady 2020
13 games- 30 TDs 11 Ints , 4 fumbles, 3496 yds, 16 sacks, 64.8 comp. %, QBR 70.5
16 games -Prorated –
37 TDs, 14 Ints, 5 fumbles. 4300 yds, 20 sacks 64.8 comp% QBR 70.5

Brady misses some throws when he rushes them but because of that he avoids lots of fumbles and sacks.

Last edited 7 months ago by RW
BigSombrero
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Winston: ZERO playoff wins in year 1 of BA’s offense.
Brady??? To be determined.
Show me the money! I got my popcorn ready.

Last edited 7 months ago by BigSombrero
RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Winston Zero playoff appearances in his career
Brady has 30 wins in the playoffs, more than JW has in his career in the NFL

BigSombrero
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Sadly for Tom and his legion of followers, he doesn’t have Belichick to hold his hand and win it for him.
So far his “experience” has been an excuse…No offseason! New terminology! New system! New players! New locker room! His arm is TOO strong! The other guys are making the mistakes, not Tom! No defense! No coaching! Yada, yada.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Kind of like how Bill’s supreme coaching led the Pats to a win over the Eagles in the SB, by benching his best defensive player? Lol. How’d that work out for him? And yeah, Bill is doing a bang up job In NE. Since Brady was drafted, the only 2 seasons that Brady didn’t play for the Pats(08, 20), they missed the playoffs both seasons. Yet Brady is going to lead the miserable putrid Bucs(who haven’t made the playoffs in 12 years) to the playoffs, in his first season here. The same Pats team that’s 6-7, Brady had at 12-4… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave
PatrioticChief
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

*looks at history of Sombrero takes*
“Thank god we signed a real RB in Fournette, Ronald Jones doesn’t have it.”
“Tristan Wirfs is a G at best who will fail in the NFL.”
*chuckles quietly*

RW
RW
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

Big Hat don’t know squat!

geno711
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

I remember those. Thanks for sharing again!

BigSombrero
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

Funny. I haven’t read much from you after you said that Brady would beat the Saints, Rams, or Chiefs and lost pathetically.
Glad to see your depression lifted after the Vikings missed a hundred kicks to cement Brady’s greatness for you.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Yeah he lost pathetically. Chiefs….3 point loss. Rams…..3 point loss. If only Brady could play defense. Maybe we would have had a shot in those 2 games. Here’s a great stat for ya, by our HOF defense. In the second Saints game, Chiefs game, and Rams game. Brees, Goff, and Mahomes put up the following stats: 102-132(77% !!) 1060 yds 10 TD’s vs 2 INT’s, 8.2 YPA, and a 120 QB Rating. But sure, let’s be a known biased Brady hater and pretend like it wasn’t the defenses fault that we lost those games. More fun stats for ya, by… Read more »

PatrioticChief
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

And, per usual, no direct refutation to the criticism, just ignoring it entirely because you know you’re wrong. Let me show you how a proper refutation is done: I never predicted the Bucs would beat the Chiefs or Rams. You just made that up.

Last edited 7 months ago by PatrioticChief
Dave
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

Oh you didn’t know? BS knows everything. There’s many many more 1) Wirfs wouldn’t start week 1 2) Wirfs would end up as a backup to Haeg 3) Fournette would get 1500 total yds( my personal favorite lol. LF yards tracker….only 1060 yds short) 4) Brady would get sacked as much as Jameis 5) Brady would throw a minimum of 20 picks(another one of my favorites) And I’m sure there’s countless other ones I’m forgetting. His predictions are a joke. But we’re all supposed to take him seriously when he continuously tries to minimize what Brady has done this year,… Read more »

geno711
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

You have been a Pittsburgh fan. Are you calling Pittsburgh far in the playoffs?
Just want to see your superb analysis on this site.
Pittsburgh has a chance to make the playoffs most years as they have seen the light and want no part of Jameis Winston.

BigSombrero
Reply to  geno711
7 months ago

Lol. Ben has a bum elbow. Plus he’s getting old. He throws the most short passes of any QB in the NFL. He gets it out quickest of all QB’s. That’s out of necessity, not choice. If Ben goes down, they have some turkey named Mason Rudolph behind him. Without that defense creating sacks and turnovers, the Steelers offense has been exposed two weeks in a row.

scubog
7 months ago

You can sure see the agenda some folks have when they actually attempt to cite reasons for one of their supposedly favorite team’s players to be undeserving of All Pro recognition and then pimp another player on another team in the process. C’mon Sombrero, we know you’re a Colts fan, but what’s your point in coming on a Bucs fan site and continually spewing your disdain for Brady, making excuses for the Saint’s 3rd string QB and now singing the praises of Phillip Rivers? I thought you might downplay Rivers’ success since he no doubt benefits from your beloved Jonathan… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

Exactly. Most people here wish he would go root for another team. Bucs don’t want or need a fan like him. His constant Brady bashing and minimizing his stats is laughable. Anyone who looks at what Brady has done, and is on pace for(4300+ yds, 40 total TD’s vs 15 total TO’s, 65%, a 100 QB Rating, 20 sacks, and either 10 or 11 wins + a playoff berth) and calls it average, or tries to minimize it or explain it away as overrated…is an insanely biased Brady hater, that spends every single nfl season trying to convince everyone that… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave
Roladin
7 months ago

While I would love to see a lot of Buccaneers getting Pro Bowl honors, they have much more important things to play for. Or let me say it with the words of one of the greates Bucs ever:
“Pro Bowl my a… I’m going to San Diego!”

toucan
7 months ago

Does anyone else think that buffoon Dominique Foxworth should be fired immediately for his hateful comments about the Bills QB Allen? Since when in America can we tolerate a “never was” former footballer throwing hate at another athlete because, in this case, the QB Allen has friends with American flags and dogs in their profiles? Many of us have had enough of this kind of crap coming from black athletes who have an axe to grind about our country and white people in particular. That guy should be sent to China into a re-education camp so he can find out… Read more »

RW
RW
Reply to  toucan
7 months ago

Whoa nice rant! You obviously have some issues but this is not the place for it.