In case you didn’t know: Tom Brady will be the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
The details of how it all went down are starting come out, and boy are they good. Mike Silver of the NFL Network recently released a thread on Twitter that helped navigate the situation.
THREAD: 1) I had a long talk with @Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians at the combine about the prospect of Tom Brady coming to Tampa Bay. One of my first questions: Would he have to learn your terminology, or would you adapt your offense to his? He gave an interesting answer...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 18, 2020
There’s so much to discuss in that thread, but what sticks out to me is the fact that Arians admitted that he’d be willing to adjust his offense for Brady. The fact that they are willing to meet “halfway” is the best idea for both sides. As Arians pointed out, it would be more of a challenge for 20+ guys to get on the same page as opposed to one.
And also remember: what’s in the playbook doesn’t matter as much as what’s called on the field. Arians’ admitted he’ll play to Brady’s strength’s, which is the best scenario that could possibly come out of this.
Plus, Brady will have the freedom to change plays on the field as he sees fit, so it’s kind of like he’ll have the last word, anyway.
Regardless, this is a positive development and should help ease the worries (a little bit, at least) of those who are wondering how Brady fits in this offense.