Tom Brady is still learning the role ahead of the Buccaneers’ season opener


TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady admitted on Thursday that he was still learning the nuances of Bruce Arion’s offense and his role in it. He is still learning a lot about his new teammates, even on the Bucs’ season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Brady has found that he has had to do a lot of thinking and that things may not be second-nature to him even after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Occasionally, he too has walked the line of scrimmage and has caught himself making checks with the action of the Patriots rather than the action of the bookis.

“I think there’s a way that naturally, your body does things a certain way, that’s done over a long period of time, without you having to think, and being a great athlete doesn’t think much. Has been, so that’s more than you’re thinking. It’s really slow if you were just reacting and anticipating, “Brady said. “So we are working through it. This is my first game, so this is my first chance to play. We will see where we are at. We have taken a big test and … there is no scope for mistake . Big challenge to start the year. “

Brady faced the Saints five times in his career and went 4–1, most recently in 2017 with a 36–20 win at the Superdome, where he threw for 447 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. But the Saints’ defense has improved since then and they had a strong hold on the NFC South, winning the division in the last three years.

“It’s a big challenge because when you play a great football team there is no error,” Brady said. “The saints have proved themselves for a long time. They [have] A very good offense, a great defense, they are very well prepared [and] They do not beat themselves up. ”

During the Bucs’ team, Brady was quick to call, but faced challenges with artificial crowd noise and could not read the coach’s lips due to face masks. He also did not have the advantage of precision games to rehearse some elements of situational football.

“The processes we do, first down, second down how to prepare, [and] In the third place, in the Red Zone, all the different situations that come up – we’re talking about them for the first time and it’s not a prescription game, “Brady said.” I think those things are important and they are important. Important part of the process, but we did not give them this year. ”

Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich called the offense a “blank canvas” they are still building. He has incorporated some concepts Brady has used successfully in New England – a renewed commitment to running the ball and mixed plenty of screens with deep shots from play-action. He has mixed him with crime in some of Brady’s “No Risk It, No Biscuits” with Bruce Arians, saying he feels comfortable.

“We’ll grow up as we go, but he’s a smart guy,” said Leitwich, who played quarterback in the NFL for 10 seasons. “We have enough time to add a lot to our game plan where he can consistently put us in the best position to make plays. We have enough time for that. Obviously, it will be better as the year goes on. , And I believe it is with every team. We are using the same time every team we are playing, we are all short on time. There will be some things in our offense where he has full control . Everything. He has a complete understanding of everything, so something will happen. [changes at the line of scrimmage], But it will get more detail as we get through the seasons.

He is still building trust and chemistry with 1,000 yards receiver Mike Evans – whose playing position is under threat due to a hamstring injury – and Chris Godwin, along with young players Scotty Miller and Justin Watson. It also stars OJ Howard and Cameron Brett and running backs Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy and newcomer Leonard Fournette.

He has the advantage of Rob Gronkowski, the 43-year-old passer in Brady’s 78 career touchdowns, the most for any goal in his career. But he also had to learn a new system.

“We’re going to learn a lot during the season,” Brady said. “The only thing you’ve got is to learn from today, and our practice today, what we did, what we didn’t do right, and then try to fix it for tomorrow, and then we’re gonna play a game Game. And we’re going to find out what we’re good at and what we’re not good at. I wish we knew those things right now, but I think the reality is, we don’t know what we’re doing well. Hai, we don’t know what we’re not doing well. But we’re going to try a few things and we’re gonna see what it looks like under real competition. ”

He said, “You don’t know it until you do it. Everyone can hypothesize and predict it and so forth, but we get a chance to go there and do something about it.”

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