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Leftwich: It’s great to have a guy like Brady

The Buccaneers OC has enjoyed working with the future Hall of Famer so far.

Wild Card Game: Jacksonville Jaguars v New England Patriots
Current Bucs offensive coordinator and former Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich shakes hands with former Patriots quarterback and now current Bucs quarterback Tom Brady following a Jacksonville loss in a Wild Card Playoff game on January 7, 2006.
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The Buccaneers coaches and players have been holding conference calls with the media and filling them in on how this very different offseason has gone for them, as well as how they have adapted.

Earlier this week, Buccaneers offensive coordinator met with media members and fielded questions on how it has been like to work with quarterback Tom Brady.

“He’s about excellence,” Leftwich said. “He’s trying to do everything possible to make sure we’re as successful as possible. We as coaches are doing that same thing. It’s great to have a guy like that to come in and lead the guys and get as much participation as he’s gotten from the guys. It’s just a sign of where we think our team’s at and the maturity of our team.”

Brady has already shown leadership and commitment in trying to learn Tampa Bay’s philosophy while also getting as many of his new teammates together as possible. It’s perhaps a collective effort that Leftwich acknowledges is just a matter of getting the system that is currently in place over to their new signal caller while leveraging his feedback.

“Every year you try to tweak things, try to make things look better. Just this offseason — two years in a row, really — everybody knows the system. Now it’s just getting everything to Tom. And that’s just part of it, it’s just what we do each year at this time. But we’ll use a lot of his input.”

When the Buccaneers, and the rest of the NFL for that matter, will be able to get all the players and staff together for some organized practices remains to be seen. But for now it is good that players and coaches are making the best out of the current situation everyone is in.