Several days have passed since the announcement that Tom Brady would be quarterbacking the Buccaneers in 2020. And, given the current situation around the globe, a traditional press conference in front of the camera was replaced with an introductory conference call with the media on Tuesday.
Participating in the conference call were general manager Jason Licht, head coach Bruce Arians, and, of course, Brady himself. Licht and Brady go back to 2000 when Licht was part of the Patriots organization the year Brady was drafted 199th overall. So, he knows a thing or two about what he can bring to the Bucs organization.
“Tom is going to have a transformative effect on our locker room,” said Licht “And today we begin a new era for the Buccaneers, one that will define us for many years to come.”
Coach Arians also touched on a part that may have come as a surprise but this move is as much about the future as it is the present. Bringing on a guy like Brady has ripple effects throughout the organization that could last years.
“I am extremely excited… I wish we could start practice tomorrow,” said coach Arians. “To have Tom lead our football team into the future… I have been blessed as a coach to have been around some of the great ones and now I have the greatest one of all time.”
Arians added “It’s not about just what he does on the field, it’s about what he does for his teammates. He makes everyone better.”
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Brady was then asked by Greg Auman of The Athletic about what he can do to help change the fortunes of a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007.
“No one cares about what you have done in the past,” answered Brady. “They don’t care what you did last year…five years ago…10 years ago. Hopefully, my knowledge and experience playing quarterback will allow me to transition quickly.”
“There’s a lot of things I have to get up to speed on,” Brady continued. “Learning different terminology, you know, that’s a unique challenge I haven’t faced but it’s one that I am looking forward to…I am looking forward to the opportunity to go in and learn from the new coaches and new the players I am going to be playing with and I am going to give it everything I got.”
‘Everything he’s got’ should excite Bucs fans as generally, that leads to a win in the very last game of the NFL season.