It was a strange scene down in Tampa on Sunday. No fans were allowed at Raymond James Stadium to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers in their home opener. At one point, however, television cameras showed former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre walking in the stands wearing a shirt that had Tom Brady’s face inside the Bucs’ old-school logo. Favre’s appearance didn’t sit well with one Tampa Bay player.
Brett Favre recently stuck up for Tom Brady
In his first game playing quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady was far from sharp. Playing on the road, Brady threw a pair of interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, as the Buccaneers fell to the New Orleans Saints. He knew he didn’t play well and his head coach Bruce Arians also let him and everyone else know.
When asked about the interceptions, Arians told it like it is by saying, “one was a miscommunication between (Brady) and Mike (Evans). He thought Mike was going down the middle – it was a different coverage – Mike read it right. He should have been across his face, but Tom overthrew it. The other one was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the outlet and it was a pick-six. Bad decision.”
During his Sirius XM radio show that week, Brett Favre said Arians calling out Brady wasn’t a good idea. “I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre said. “Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we’re going to treat you the same even though technically I’m not, so are you OK with it?’ If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree.”
It’s not the first time Favre has come to Brady’s aid
During Tom Brady’s final season with the New England Patriots, the offense just wasn’t clicking. Brady didn’t have a whole lot of weapons to throw to and the defense was carrying the team. Many believed age had caught up with the six-time Super Bowl champion. Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre didn’t think that was the case.
“As long as they protect him, there’s no reason why he can’t play as long as he wants,” Favre said on his weekly radio show in 2019, according to NBC Sports. “I don’t think that this has anything to do with age at all. You know, we talked about a slump earlier with Phillip Rivers and you really could say that slump is offensively as a whole. For whatever reason the Patriots, they’re not clicking on offense, and it’s not a result of Tom being in his 40s.
“It’s timing, maybe the offensive line they’ve had a few changes there and he’s feeling a little bit of pressure from one side versus the other, and it’s just not right right now. But I think it is way too soon to write them off and I think it is absurd to mention age right now as a factor in why they’re struggling.”
Favre’s appearance in Tampa Sunday angered one player
During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game Sunday, video showed former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the game. He was walking in the stands wearing a shirt that had Tom Brady’s face inside the old-school Buccaneers logo. Favre was seen without a mask.
Favre’s appearance at the game appeared to anger Tampa Bay center Ryan Jensen. After the game, Jensen wrote on Twitter, “So he can go to the game but my family can’t? Interesting.”
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Favre was there for a reason. He wasn’t just cheering on Brady and the Bucs. Favre was in town doing some work for NFL Films. He was working on a story one Bucs’ linebacker Devin White to be aired on “NFL: The Grind.”