It’s a day that ends in ‘y’ so Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is in discussion once again. This time, the discussion dropped on Thursday afternoon, and it was about the thirteen NFL players who had the most to do before setting sail on the 2020 NFL Season.
According to NFL.com Around The NFL Editor Gregg Rosenthal,
“Brady’s comments about learning a new playbook being “really tough” were blown out of proportion, but they still speak to the 43-year-old’s anxiety on time missed this offseason. ‘I think conversations we probably would’ve had in April, we’re having now,’ Brady told reporters. Brady is playing catchup in the most crucial offseason since his ACL-tear recovery in 2009. No quarterback relies more on knowledge before the snap to win. When Brady hesitates, he struggles. In a season where teams won’t have as much time to install an offense, the edge could go to quarterbacks with superior continuity or athleticism. That’s not Brady. Inevitably, Brady just won’t be able to grasp certain things about his new offense — and new teammates — until the regular season starts, but the future Hall of Famer has thrived for longer than any quarterback ever because he has all the answers to the test before it starts. The next month will be an incredible cram session.”
Judging by head coach Bruce Arians’ comments on the same day to media via Zoom, whatever work Brady has left to do before camp, isn’t concerning all that much.
Asked by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times about how the coaching staff feels about having a shortened preseason preparation period this year on top of having the new quarterback under center, coach Arians said, “Yeah, he’s (Brady) probably the least of my worries right now. He’s where he needs to be.”
Rosenthal might have some concerns about whether or not Brady will be mentally sharp enough in this new Buccaneer system and playbook when Week 1 arrives in September. Coach Arians is not.
Good news is, months and months of speculation are quickly closing in on a finale, in which the season gets started and we find out once and for all what a Tom Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, looks like.