Tom Brady might have gotten the hero’s welcome to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from fans, but head coach Bruce Arians said the future Hall-of-Famer gets yelled at and “cussed out” when he makes a mistake just like every other member of the team. He made the comments according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, who wrote about Brady’s new home on Friday.
Williams pointed out Brady might be struggling because he wasn’t really able to work out with his new squad. However, he did manage to get some of his teammates together every so often in order to at least figure out some kind of rhythm.
Arians also told the media that, while the quarterback might not have a full grasp of the new offense just yet, he’s not all that worried.
“Yeah, he’s probably the least of my worries right now,” the coach said earlier this week, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN. “He’s where he needs to be. We need to get more live reps. Blocking, tackling. This game’s a blocking and tackling game. Fourteen days to block and tackle. Is that enough? And I hate tackling ourselves. We don’t want to road-block ourselves, but we’ve got to get ready to play a game. I think that’s the biggest disadvantage — not being in pads and not playing fast.”
The team finally put pads on Monday and has slowly but surely installed both the offensive and defensive game plans, according to the staff.
Arians said the biggest challenge facing Brady’s new team will be getting up to speed and “playing fast.” None of the coaches are said to have any concerns about the former New England Patriots star and they assume he is going to be ready to go when the regular season kicks off. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t made mistakes, nor that he won’t continue to do so as fall camp moves forward.
Arians said he hasn’t and doesn’t plan to treat Brady differently than he would any other member of the roster. If the signal-caller makes a mistake that he deserves to get “cussed out” for, he will get cussed out, the coach continued.
There was reportedly even an incident where the QB drew the ire of his coaches while the Bucs were doing a walkthrough. It was said that Brady likes to throw the ball during a walkthrough, but the Buccanneers offense doesn’t allow for that. When the quarterback threw the ball anyway, he got a talking to.