Tom Brady’s first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could not have ended any higher — the quarterback gained one other Tremendous Bowl lower than a 12 months after placing on a brand new uniform for the primary time in his two-decade profession. Brady had a historic season with Tampa Bay, however the 12 months additionally included some struggles for the Corridor of Fame quarterback.
For the primary half of the season, Brady was making an attempt to know the advanced idea of head coach Bruce Arians’ offense. Even the best quarterback ever had his struggles studying the intricacies of Arians’ scheme.
“Halfway by means of the 12 months, I used to be nonetheless making an attempt to determine the right way to name the performs,” Brady mentioned relating to Arians’ playbook on the Hodinkee Radio podcast, by way of JoeBucsFan.com. “I simply learn [the plays] off my wristband and tried to visualise what was going to occur.
“It is like studying a totally new language. You have spoken English for 20 years and somebody goes, ‘Hey man, let’s converse some Spanish.’ And you’re like, ‘Huh? That is not sensible to my mind.'”
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Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen admitted the offense wasn’t in overdrive heading into the Tremendous Bowl, explaining they have been a month away from hitting their peak. Judging from Brady’s first season in Tampa Bay, it is scary to assume he might be even higher. Brady accomplished 65.2% of his passes for two,444 yards with 20 touchdowns to eight interceptions (101.2 ranking) within the second half of the season.
However his first half numbers have been truly higher. Brady accomplished 66.2% of his passes for two,189 yards with 20 touchdowns to 4 interceptions (103.1 ranking). If Brady was struggling to be taught the playbook, the stats definitely did not present that was the case.
Tampa Bay hit its stride on the finish of the 12 months, not dropping a single recreation after their bye (Week 13). Brady noticed his group creating the chemistry he needed to type in minicamp — in a standard offseason.
“We type of got here collectively. Naturally, we could not come collectively in the identical method,” Brady mentioned. “You could not begin that method in coaching camp as a result of we have been all socially distanced. We could not meet collectively. We needed to all sit outdoors. You could not have mates over. You could not do something after the sport.
“So it took a very long time for folks to get to know each other. For much longer than regular. The final six weeks of the 12 months, wow, we actually began hitting our stride. We gained lots of confidence in each other. It was a extremely distinctive expertise, one which I hope I by no means, ever should undergo once more, however I feel we made one of the best of it.”