Troy Aikman thinks Tom Brady urged players to stay away from offseason workouts to get an edge

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When the union first started pushing players to skip voluntary offseason workouts and when Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady spoke out in favor of players staying away, Simms and I joked (sort of) on PFT Live that Brady simply wants players on other teams to not be practicing when he is.

To Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, it’s no joke.

“I was surprised to hear Tom Brady say ‘Yeah, the players need more time off,’” Aikman said on the Flying Coach podcast with Rams coach Sean McVay and Peter Schrager, via JoeBucsFan.com. “He was very vocal. It shocked me, because I know Tom well. . . . And then I realized, that’s the greatness of Tom Brady, because I can assure you, he’s not taking those days off and that team is not taking those days off, and so he views it as a total competitive advantage. If teams are practicing less and he’s practicing more, that’s going to give him a leg up on the competition, and I think that was really the whole motivation in his comments.”

Indeed, Brady gathered his then-new teammates last year for offseason workouts during the early months of the pandemic, defying the NFL Players Association’s recommendation that players not gather in groups before training camp. He even dusted off FDR’s “only thing we have to fear is fear itself” while getting together with other players for practice sessions at a time when most were staying home and/or taking significant precautions when leaving the home.

As we now know, we collectively had a highly-contagious respiratory virus to fear, only that has killed more than 600,000 Americans and millions more worldwide. We still do, especially those who haven’t been vaccinated. (Who wants to bet Brady hasn’t been?)

The logic of this year’s position on offseason workouts was simple. If Brady managed to minimize participation elsewhere, he’d gather his teammates (as he did last year) and get in work at a time when eventual competitors weren’t. Also, as Brady continued to recover from “pretty serious” knee surgery in April in May, getting other players on other teams to not show up for offseason workouts prevented Brady and his teammates from falling behind.

Ultimately, Brady and his teammates got plenty of work in. They’re ready to go for 2021. And to the extent that other teams aren’t as ready when training camp opens, advantage TB12.

With Brady now having Super Bowl win No. 7 under his belt, all that matters is No. 8. Everything he says and does between now and Super Bowl LVI is focused solely on that end.

31 responses to “Troy Aikman thinks Tom Brady urged players to stay away from offseason workouts to get an edge

  1. This is highly plausible. Last year, when Brady and the Bucs were fearing nothing but fear itself, it resulted in them marching toward a SB blowout without as much as a speed bump when it came to the virus. I’m sure he is frothing at the mouth at the idea of other teams living in fear and staying away from team activities.

  2. Tom Brady believes in doing anything to win, including illegally filming opponents and deflating footballs

  3. i had a friend growing up that used to roll up monopoly money and stick it in the bolt holes on the bottom side of their dining room table before suggesting we play the game.

    everyone wants a competitive edge.

  4. Tom Brady believes in doing anything to win, including illegally filming opponents and deflating footballs
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    Remember when the Giants HC was using walkers on the sideline? Makes me wonder if they cheated to win those 2 SBs against the Pats.

  5. Tom Brady believes in doing anything to win, including illegally filming opponents and deflating footballs
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    So do the Giants. They were caught illegally using walkie talkies on the sidelines in clear violation of the rules. Cheating is cheating wouldn’t you agree? Or that wasn’t as big of a deal because the Giants stunk that year? I have trouble keeping up with the hypocrisy.

  6. Brady probably watches politicians tell us some of the biggest lies, and then he sees how we are so gullible. Why not take advantage of the weak minded? Is that wrong? They always said, if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

  7. nygiantsownbrady says:
    July 2, 2021 at 7:09 am
    Tom Brady believes in doing anything to win, including illegally filming opponents and deflating footballs

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    One day, Tom Brady will release the grip he has on you. And then, hopefully, you shall be set free.

    Wishing you the best.

  8. Diabolical. I see a career in politics ahead if Brady so desires. President Tom Brady. Hmm…has a nice ring to it.

  9. nygiantsownbrady says:
    July 2, 2021 at 7:09 am
    Tom Brady believes in doing anything to win, including illegally filming opponents and deflating footballs

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    The weather got suddenly colder here in NE and my tire pressure is down 3psi. I guess Tom must have come by and removed air from my tires.

  10. Probably true since Brady was working out in the park when even the most hardcore of players were cooped up in their houses. His work ethic and ability to manipulate a situation to his advantage is second to none. Also find it funny that a team that was proven to have deflated footballs against the Steelers and used walkies on the sideline is complaining about the Patriots.

  11. timetolisten

    I see a career in politics ahead if Brady so desires.

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    Please. He’s as good as they come at cheating in sports, but he gets caught too much to succeed in politics. He’s good, he’s just not public office good. Best stay in his lane.

  12. Please. He’s as good as they come at cheating in sports, but he gets caught too much to succeed in politics. He’s good, he’s just not public office good. Best stay in his lane.
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    Name one time he got caught for cheating? This is Tom Brady we are talking about, not the Patriots organization. I mean, the NFL was so desperate they had to settle for “more probable than not, at least generally aware” of an event they could not even prove happened. In fact, the science indicates nothing happened. The NFL admitted in court they had no evidence of wrongdoing. I ask again, what exactly was Tom Brady caught doing?

  13. Brady is a pathological liar. It is all he knows how to do. Look at the fake fraud endorsing Subway when he stated he never entered a Subway in his life. He has no morals. A multiple time convicted cheater and you would be a fool to believe he ever stopped cheating.

  14. I think of if these players are their own men. Probably making their own decisions too.

  15. blessedunliketherest says:
    July 2, 2021 at 8:37 am
    Tom Brady believes in doing anything to win, including illegally filming opponents and deflating footballs
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    So do the Giants. They were caught illegally using walkie talkies on the sidelines in clear violation of the rules. Cheating is cheating wouldn’t you agree? Or that wasn’t as big of a deal because the Giants stunk that year? I have trouble keeping up with the hypocrisy.

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    He is a moron because he is one of many idiots that believes what Goodell says and he can’t detect a liar very well.

    And, NE has never cheated, as we know. The proverbial middle finger to the Jets sideline in retaliation for the Jets violation in January of ‘07, is not cheating. It may be a sideline coaching violation and fine, but nothing will top Tomlin’s actual cheating from the sideline.

  16. blessedunliketherest says:
    July 2, 2021 at 11:07 am
    Please. He’s as good as they come at cheating in sports, but he gets caught too much to succeed in politics. He’s good, he’s just not public office good. Best stay in his lane.
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    Name one time he got caught for cheating? This is Tom Brady we are talking about, not the Patriots organization. I mean, the NFL was so desperate they had to settle for “more probable than not, at least generally aware” of an event they could not even prove happened. In fact, the science indicates nothing happened. The NFL admitted in court they had no evidence of wrongdoing. I ask again, what exactly was Tom Brady caught doing?

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    What was BB “caught” doing in broad daylight a full season after the rule changed on 9.6.06?

    Nothing more than flipping off Manboobs.

    Our country is incredibly stupid.

  17. Newsflash to Brady: All 32 teams work and the NFL is a game of inches. The Bengals could be the best team in the AFC North this year because Burrows is that good. And this is coming from a Die Hard Browns fan. Maybe in Tom’s head it’s a competitive advantage but I know for a fact Browns players are meeting right now in Florida on their vacation time to get work in. 90% of NFL players could be professional trainers. They are the elite of the elite.

  18. So, Tom Brady is trying to find ways to get MORE practice time over competitors. He consistently renegotiated his contracts to help the team. Until he decided he deserved more. Went to the NFC and beat Aaron Rodgers. Who… is throwing a tantrum over money, and control of the team, and is not practicing at all. Weird.

  19. Aikman is one of my all time favorite players and I think he is one of the most knowledgeable football commentators. He knows what he is talking about and generally is not afraid to point bad play or stupid calls, which seems to be a problem with other TV people.
    Unfortunately, this is a terrible take by Troy. Of course Brady is training, working out, getting massages, eating his avocado tofu and all that other stuff. What Brady objects to are the really tough practices with pads where players bang on each other in the summer and just accelerate their expiration date. Yes, QBs are generally not exposed to that sort of damage in camp, but all the players around him, including linemen who are supposed to protect him are exposed.
    When he has skipped portions of camp with Patriots he always had other players around to practice with him. Ask Welker. Ask T.O.!
    So, no, I don’t think this is Brady backhanded trickery. I don’t think he would advocate any other player (particularly teammates) to just sit back in a couch and pop bon-bons until opening day.
    He simply saying “save the body wear and tear for when it counts”.

  20. People can speculate about Tom Brady’s motivation for supporting less offseason workouts, but when it comes from people who have a history of disliking Tom Brady and saying something negative about him at every turn, there’s not a whole lot of credibility there. Troy Aikman has always disliked Tom Brady. The same way that Chris Simms who just placed Brady at the #15 QB in his own list the other day. [g] And who is posting here? Quite a few people who want to go back to talking about how TB is a cheater. I think that just about sums it up.

  21. @nygiantsownbrady:

    So wait, Brady deflated the footballs himself, AND video taped the Jets sideline…Know wonder he’s the GOAT!

  22. Aikman and Sims definitely have a bias against against Brady. But, the main point is, this is all baloney. Brady has always been on the players side. He’s been a union rep. He had the guts to put his name on the NFLPA antitrust suit against the NFL 10 yrs ago. He consistantly took less money so the Pats could give it to other players. Please.

  23. Almost all teams were doing some type of work in their off time. This is no advantage. The BUCS weren’t the only team taking reps on their own.

  24. There’s a reason Tom Brady is the GOAT! Somewhere, Peyton Manning is saying to himself “Dang, why didn’t I think of that?”

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