Tom Brady struggled to learn the Bucs’ playbook last season

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After 20 years with the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady had a significant adjustment to make in Tampa Bay. Via JoeBucsFan.com, Brady explained the difficulty of the transition in his recent appearance with Hoodinkie Radio.

“Midway through the year, I was still trying to figure out how to call the plays,” Brady said regarding the Buccaneers’ playbook. “I just read [the plays] off my wristband and tried to visualize what was going to happen.”

After so much time in one system, it was a crash course for Brady to learn a new attack.

“It’s like learning a completely new language,” Brady said. “You’ve spoken English for 20 years and someone goes, ‘Hey man, let’s speak some Spanish.’ And you are like, ‘Huh? That makes no sense to my brain.’”

The pandemic complicated the effort for all the new teammates to get on the same page.

“[I]t took a long time for people to get to know one another,” Brady said. “Much longer than normal. The last six weeks of the year, wow, we really started hitting our stride. We gained a lot of confidence in one another. It was a really unique experience, one that I hope I never, ever have to go through again, but I think we made the best of it.”

The Bucs finished the year by winning eight games in a row, and they’ll be expected to pick up where they left off, especially with all 22 starters back in 2021. And with Brady more than a year into his effort to learn the new language.

19 responses to “Tom Brady struggled to learn the Bucs’ playbook last season

  1. I think the biggest problem that Tom Brady had was teaching the players and the coach how to win. I remeber that game when the players. were acting like fools, stupid penalties, the center head butting an opponent, receivers giving up on their routes and loser attitudes.

  2. I think this just shows how difficult a job it is for young QBs to bounce around teams and OCs. Makes you wonder how many “bust” qbs really were a product of playing in the NFL on hard mode. In the end, all you can control is your own play, so you can’t make excuses (Brady did go on to be part of a SB win so….)

  3. I remember people slamming Cam Newton for having trouble getting the Patriots’ playbook down. Looks like it’s not just him.

  4. Two words – Stay healthy. The rest will fall into place. #sevenrings #timeforeight #tenoneday

  5. Along with all of the injuries to the wide receivers, that was one of the reasons early in the year why people were obviously overreacting to some tepid offensive performances (by Brady’s standards anyway).

    If Brady can keep going for another year at his baseline level physically and the rest of the offense stays healthy, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bucs break a lot of single-season offensive records this season by week 16, considering he threw 40 TD passes under the circumstances he played in last year.

  6. It’s ok, the referees stepped in and helped out to start the SuperBowl

  7. Arians runs a variation of Coryell, so I would have thought it would be easier. I know that it supposedly is for receivers since they just have to figure out the numbers. This was probably just more getting on the same page. The Erhardt-Perkins system that they run in New England is definitely more complex for a QB and receiver to get on the same page in.

  8. remizak says:
    May 14, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I remember people slamming Cam Newton for having trouble getting the Patriots’ playbook down. Looks like it’s not just him.

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    And Donovan McNabb in Washington before that.

  9. kcisyourdaddy says:
    May 14, 2021 at 9:08 am

    It’s ok, the referees stepped in and helped out to start the SuperBowl
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    It was a complete and utter blowout and this guy thinks it was the refs.

  10. I’ve heard he is the best?

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    Peyton Manning, Gary Kubiak struggling to agree on offensive approach, per report

    “Another evaluator who has watched Denver’s film from the first two weeks said, *It’s obvious he (Manning) is not really comfortable unless he’s doing his thing in the shotgun.* Kubiak is going to have to meet him in the middle more there. Can they protect him and can they run the football? If they can’t, it’s a lot to expect of him to carry the team for 16 games at this stage of his career.”

  11. Good thing the defense carried the offense during the playoffs.

  12. Good thing the defense carried the offense during the playoffs.

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    You can pray Pats offense to score 24+ in back to back playoff games if Pats were in playoff, (something even Rodgers or Brees often failed to do) because Belichick defense had a habit of inconsistency.

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