Monday was the opening of padded practice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady as the Bucs starter is becoming more of a reality. In a short period of time, his leadership has resonated with his new teammates. He seems energized compared to his final couple of seasons in New England where his input in the offense was minimal and he was surrounded by a subpar supporting cast. He needed a change.
And now that he is in Tampa, it seems like Brady isn’t just playing quarterback he’s also coaching too.
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Brady Brings Winning Mentality To Tampa
When Brady speaks people listen. That hasn’t changed despite being the “new guy” in the locker room. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, already great receivers, have taken to the “living legend” in the room. For Brady, it’s good for him to have a pair of receivers he can trust to be where they are supposed to be. Throw in Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate and you have an offense that could rival the 2007 Patriots.
2007 was a long time ago. Brady has put together a first-ballot Hall of Fame career since that point, however, in 2020, he seems more invested then he has been in a long time. He’s willing to learn and grasp what the coaches tell him. He’s also more patient with the players around him as they have a long way to build the chemistry he has had with other receivers in his 20 years.
O.J. Howard spoke to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times after Monday’s practice about Brady’s leadership saying. “When he speaks, everyone listens. He does a lot of coaching. He coaches everyone at the same time. It’s just a different type of leadership I see in Tom.”
When Brady first signed with the Bucs, it brought the franchise instant credibility and national recognition. Essentially, the opposite of what Tampa had been/had since winning Super Bowl 37. Being a six-time Super Bowl Champion has that effect. Brady knows what works and what doesn’t and how to win the big games. At 43, he will likely have a bit more input in the offense under Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich. Not that he didn’t have say in New England but the decision making always was on Bill Belichick.
It will be a learning experience for both Brady and Arians as they try to develop a complementary relationship. It won’t happen overnight but it should be fun to watch.