TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was asked on Thursday if he was surprised coach Bruce Arians pointed out his mistakes following Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, a move that has drawn criticism this week and was considered no no during Brady’s time in New England.
Brady did not let go of how he felt, but he said: “He’s a coach. I’m a player. I’m just trying to win a game.”
Offensive coordinator Bryon Leftwich has been at the receiving end of Arian’s criticism in the past and was even pissed off about something Ben Roethlisberger did when he was his backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arians was offensive coordinator.
What Brady sounded like on Thursday is his growing impatience. Winning is his single focus right now; everything else is just in the way.
“I think it’s just his competitive fire. It really comes out when we lose, when things don’t go well in training. It comes out because that’s not what he wants to be and that’s not what he wants us to be like. a team, “said wide receiver Scotty Miller. “We want to be fantastic, we want to win football matches.”
The Bucs did not do that Sunday. And losses overall have not happened much in Brady’s career – he’s 219-65 all the time, with a higher winning percentage (.771) than any other quarterback in NFL history. But when they do, Brady has historically recovered.
Since 2001, Brady has gone 48-13 (.787) after a regular season loss, second only to Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. That’s why Arians said, “I expect him to show a little more gravel and determination this week.”
Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule ran over Brady’s 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons, a game he saw as a fan.
“We know we will have our hands full,” said Rhule, whose Panthers travel to Tampa, Florida, on Sunday. “No one is better at bouncing back from a loss than Tom Brady.”
The first activity has been to improve communication. Throughout Sunday’s match, the crime looked out of sync. Brady’s first of two interceptions was the result of him and Mike Evans not seeing the same coverage on an alternate route, with the receiver bending his route instead of going downhill thinking he saw Cover-2, while Brady, as Arians said, saw the correct coverage. , saw quartz coverage.
“I think it’s part of just working on things and being in the field at the same time and communicating through them, so it’s like anything – the longer you’re together, the less you have to say certain things because you” I have already experienced them, you have talked about them, you have worked through them, “said Brady.” There is a lot of black and white in football and there is a lot of gray. The problem is that when it’s too gray – I thought one thing, you thought another – anyone who’s right and wrong does not matter. “
In Evans’ case, part of the miscommunication was due to the fact that he missed three days of training last week due to a hoarding injury. Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin is in the concussion record this week, which could create further challenges, as he led the Bucs with 79 receiving yards on Sunday.
Like Brady, Evans also has an ability to come back. In matches after finishing with a catch or less, Evans has averaged six catches and 85 receiving laps, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
“The reality is that bad games happen. And when bad games happen, you put yourself in an unfavorable position,” Brady said. “We have to eliminate as much as we can,” Oh, I believed it, you believed it, oh, you believed it, I believed it “and once you are right, once you are wrong. The reality is, the other team can do not get away with the ball.It will prevent us from getting points, it will prevent us from winning matches.
“The whole question is that we are here to win matches. That’s why we play football, so we have to put ourselves in a good position in every game to find out exactly where we should be so that we can play with confidence and “You can train them, and I think that leads to great execution, you have confidence in each other. Once you have confidence in each other, you can really anticipate and make good games.”
And some of these plays happened.
Evans was suspended for most of the game, but he and Brady managed to connect on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left in the game. There was also the 9-yard touchdown pass to OJ Howard that Brady threw right after he was sex-sexed by Janoris Jenkins. And QB sneaks into Buc’s opening unit.
“He’s the best for a reason,” Leftwich said of Brady. “The way his mind works, how he sees the game – he’s a special guy, he’s a unique guy, for how he sees football. I expect nothing different from him. I expect him – he’s going to come in. , do what we can, bring energy, give excitement to the game, to the team and do all sorts of things for us to perform at a high level. “