Tom Brady facing challenges and learning with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady has faced his fair share of challenges since moving down south and preparing to play the 2020 season.
Brady, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in the spring, met with reporters via Zoom Thursday to talk about the upcoming season and what has been going on since he first reported for Training Camp a week ago.
Though Tom Brady is confident that the team will be able to play at a high level this year, he was not shy about the challenges he has faced this offseason.
"“Obviously, for me changing teams after a long period of time has given me an opportunity to look at myself and what I want to continue to achieve in my career and what I can bring to a team, Brady said via WEEI Sports Radio Network. “It’s been different having the opportunity with this time to move and for example study my playbook. I mean, I really haven’t had to do that in 19 years. You forget, ‘Man, that is really tough.’ Like all the different terminologies and you’re going back a very long time in my career to really put the mental energy in like I did.”"
In addition to the mental and physical hurdles that come with joining a new team at the age of 43, Tom Brady said the pandemic also served as a major hurdle to him.
"“I have to work at it pretty hard physically still and I put a lot of time and energy making sure I am feeling good in order to perform at my best. But, mentally that has been the thing that obviously has its challenges and I think you couple that with the coronavirus situation it became even more difficult. I think conversations we probably would have had in April we are having now. I think that part is a bit challenging too.”"
Tom Brady is being honest and that bodes well for the Buccaneers
Brady said he was glad the team has time to prepare and believes it will take the entire unit working together to make sure they’re prepared for the upcoming season.
"“I am glad we’re not playing a game this Sunday. I am glad that we have time to prepare. It’s been a good week or so being in here and I think every day I am trying to take advantage of the opportunity to improve myself that I can be the best quarterback for this team that this team really deserves. These guys are working really hard and I want to come in here and do a great job for them.”"
Overall, the words of Tom Brady can be broken down relatively simply: He knows there’s a lot of work to do, but there’s also a quiet confidence in Tampa Bay being able to get the job done.
Brady is saying and doing all the right things to show that he is putting the team first. He’s not trying to build up his personal brand or shy away from competition. Instead, he’s ready to go to work and is showing that leadership both on and off the field.
The Buccaneers may have some work to do and Brady may be glad they don’t have to play this Sunday, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be ready to play when it comes time later in September.