Tom Brady will be working on his speed this offseason

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At the age of 43, and heading to his 10th Super Bowl, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is neither contemplating retirement nor resting on his laurels.

Instead, Brady is planning how he’s going to train this offseason to come back better at age 44. And he says he might just be a little faster when we see him in the fall, noting that NFL quarterbacks are increasingly making plays with their legs.

“I’m going to work on my speed,” Brady said. “I see those guys running around. I’ve got to make a few of those plays.”

Brady has never been much of a runner, but he finished the 2020 regular season with just six rushing yards. It’s safe to say he’ll never be Lamar Jackson, but perhaps next year he can get his rushing yardage into the double digits.

51 responses to “Tom Brady will be working on his speed this offseason

  1. This guy should be quarterbacking the Vikings. The luckiest player should be matched with the luckiest team…..and I like Brady!

  2. OK, this is starting to get really crazy and more than just a little obsessive.
    It’s one thing to maintain a level of athletic consistency at a late age. It’s quite another to think one is going to get increased athletic ability as one gets older. Name any Runner or swimmer who got faster as they got into their early 40’s. it doesn’t happen.
    Tom has never been known for his running and now he’s saying that he’s going to get faster? He’s really starting to believe that he somehow is going to beat father time.

  3. The confidence that comes with the knowledge that you and you alone were singularly responsible for every ounce of success in New England

  4. I’d be willing to bet he’s faster now than he was during that awful combine showing all those years ago. That said, at this point, just keep the pocket elusiveness and he’ll be fine. Those young guys are much more likely to withstand a linebacker coming for them at full speed than Brady is.

  5. He will be faster than his old self… easy peasy. The benchmark is low. But look… I never thought he could learn to throw deep balls either. But there he is. Brady works on improving his game, that’s why he remains young and still competes with the young. When you become ripe, you rot. He still looks and plays like a spring chicken. Brady is the oldest active player in the NFL and he’s in the SB. Let that sink in.

  6. Now that he’s accomplished his 1,000-yard rushing level, I guess this is the next logical step. Actually, I imagine this comment was probably in about the same vein as when he said his mom thinks he’s the fastest guy on the field.

  7. mackcarrington says:
    February 4, 2021 at 2:14 pm
    OK, this is starting to get really crazy and more than just a little obsessive.
    It’s one thing to maintain a level of athletic consistency at a late age. It’s quite another to think one is going to get increased athletic ability as one gets older. Name any Runner or swimmer who got faster as they got into their early 40’s. it doesn’t happen.
    Tom has never been known for his running and now he’s saying that he’s going to get faster? He’s really starting to believe that he somehow is going to beat father time.

    ————-

    If you are terribly bad at something when you are young, you can better at it with work even when you are older. He already proved he can run at least as fast now as he did at the combine. That wasn’t exactly a lofty target.

  8. Perspective people, he isn’t saying he is trying to be Lamar Jackson here just that he wants to work on his speed to make more plays with his legs next year. As others have stated, he’s terribly slow now, so improvement likely can/will be minimal which is still an improvement. He ain’t running for many first downs and likely won’t a lot next year, but strive for a couple more, nothings wrong with that.

  9. Next he’ll say he’ll learn how to block like Gronk. It’s hilarious to watch the videos of Brady trying to block. He’s such a goofball. Or he might also try to learn being a receiver on trick plays. Brady just love football. Enjoy him now. There’ll be nobody like him for a long while once he retires.

  10. mackcarrington says:
    February 4, 2021 at 2:14 pm
    OK, this is starting to get really crazy and more than just a little obsessive.
    It’s one thing to maintain a level of athletic consistency at a late age. It’s quite another to think one is going to get increased athletic ability as one gets older. Name any Runner or swimmer who got faster as they got into their early 40’s. it doesn’t happen.
    Tom has never been known for his running and now he’s saying that he’s going to get faster? He’s really starting to believe that he somehow is going to beat father time.

    Woosh

  11. Probably he is aiming to convert a few 3rd and short with his legs next season. There are opportunities when teams drop 7-8 in coverage. The Bucs certainly struggled on 3rd downs, they don’t have someone in Kevin Faulk, James White mould.

  12. jtgush says:
    February 4, 2021 at 2:45 pm
    Brady needs to be knocked out. retire already…

    —–

    Even if that did happen, your team would still stink

  13. That is his weakness in all their losses, just get near him in the pocket and he goes down almost on his own free will, and this season instead of being hit he’s just throwing the ball up for grabs in a lot of those situations.

  14. He has all the QB records, he might as well go after all the RB records now.

    In ten years he can switch to DE and pursue sack records.

  15. What comments are sillier? The ones thinking that Tom really believes he’s gonna be a speed demon or the people telling him shut up while it’s the week of the Super Bowl that he’s playing in?

  16. It wouldn’t hurt to at least get the 1st downs with his legs that he’s capable of getting. Improving just a little would get him there. He’s already the best ever at the QB sneak, and supposedly he moves like a turtle. He just knows how to do these things.

  17. All kidding aside, while I don’t doubt that he could be faster than he is, at his age there is going to be a hard limit to how much he can improve his speed.

  18. QBs that run don’t last long unless they are very fast like Jackson or Murray or big like Newton. But the great Tom Brady is always trying to improve. His fundamentals and mechanics are perfect. That’s one reason he’s the best. Please don’t run Tom, stay in the pocket, that’s why you’ve lasted so long

  19. I don’t know how much he can do to improve his non-ability to scramble for first downs, but if he is able to work on his legs enough to improve his shiftiness and escapabilty in the pocket, that would be a major benefit to him and his team.

  20. He needs to win Sunday or he will have the same achievements as Jimmy G outside the Patriots, get to the SB and lose to the Chiefs.

  21. For years now when he runs he looks like he’s running with cinder blocks attached to his feet. I doubt he changes much, but good luck. I think that’s where he really shows his age, and eventually father time will take the arm too. Father time is the GOAT, undefeated.

  22. I think everyone is looking at his comment incorrectly. He can see speed with his teammates , but in my opinion it means that he will be working on being faster with shoulder/hip/leg/ movements so he can deliver passes. Whatever it is you have to give the guy credit for what he has done with a new team , no off-season, covid crap, and at the show again.

  23. I think the fact is that training to run was never a part of Brady’s focus.
    Seeing how important it has become–where a broken play can yield 2, 3, 4 yards…enough to keep moving the chains. It also keeps the defense honest; if they have to factor in that the QB may run…that may open up a little space for receivers.

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