I think we can improve - Tom Brady

It was a rather sour bye week for the Buccaneers, losing to the Saints 36-27. Tom Brady had three turnovers in the game, tossing a pick-six to P.J. Williams late in the 4th quarter that put the contest out of reach.

Tampa Bay is still one of the league’s top sides with a 6-2 record. The side is first in scoring and second when it comes to total yards, while also sporting one of the NFL’s top rushing defenses.

But considering the way and manner, he’s wired, it’s not a surprise that Brady said there’s no shortage of things the team can improve in the second half of their campaign.

Brady, who plays online casino games, said in his presser, "I don’t think there’s one area where I think that we can’t be better, everything, I think we can improve. A lot of it is just great communication, us being on the same page. You’ve just got to continue to talk through things. As much as we think we’ve been together, we really haven’t been together that long. I was with players for seven, eight years, 10 years, where nothing needs to be said. We’ve only been together a year-and-a-half. The meetings are important, the walk-throughs are important, practices are important — just being in constant communication with everything to try to improve everything that we’re doing."

Tampa Bay will face Capital City team Washington on Sunday, the last contest between the two sides being the Wild Card game that was Taylor Heinicke‘s coming out party with dropping the odds. While the Team’s defense led the side to the postseason the last term, the units struggled heavily in 2021, ranking 29th in points permitted and 30th in yards permitted.

Brady disclosed, "It was a tough game. They were down but never out, and they made a lot of really clutch plays, a lot of guys really played good football for them. It’s a really great defensive front. There are some young players, but it’s all like the fourth year, the fifth year, the sixth year. It’s a very young defense in that aspect, there are no 12-year guys and they’ve got some young guys that are really talented players.

"It’s going to be a great football environment. We’ve got to go on the road, the road’s going to be colder than we’re used to. We’ve got to go play great football and see if we can come off the bye and start playing better than the way we’ve played."

Meanwhile, the Bucs will be without Rob Gronkowski for a few more weeks. The tight end will likely miss Sunday’s matchup against the Washington Football Team and could be ruled out for "about two or three weeks," according to team head coach Bruce Arians.

"We think in about two or three weeks, he’ll be back to normal. Gronk is gonna get better, and [we’re] just gonna make sure he’s good when he comes back," Arians said. "We think that next week is a better time frame for him [coming back]. We kinda pushed it with the New Orleans thing. I want him ready to go the whole distance when we’re ready to go."

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