Tom Brady turns 44 years old on Tuesday, but the three-time NFL MVP has proven time and time again over the last few years that he’s got plenty of fire left inside him, which is one of the reasons he’s now a seven-time Super Bowl champion. And a few of his own Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates apparently had some of that fire thrown their way over the weekend as Brady reportedly threw a bit of a temper tantrum during training camp.
Tom Brady reportedly cursed at teammates and slammed his helmet into the ground during 11-on-11 drills at Buccaneers training camp
Brady has looked fantastic at the start of training camp by all accounts, which certainly has to be good news for Buccaneers fans given the recent news about his knee injury being much worse than was reported last season. But Sunday was apparently not one of those days.
During a two-minute drill, Brady reportedly took a pair of sacks and then overthrew a receiver. He was apparently so upset that he slammed his helmet into the ground, picked up a football, and punted it to an adjacent field, a punt that was said to be pretty solid.
But his tirade didn’t end there as he reportedly tore into his teammates, saying, “Gotta make a (bleeping) play when you’re tired, fellas.”
Brady has been known to have a short temper and has certainly never had a problem showing his emotions on the field. As most of the greats do, he demands the best of his teammates and certainly lets them know when they’re not playing up to his standards. But Brady wasn’t the only one to notice things were a bit off on Sunday.
Bruce Arians said the Buccaneers made too many ‘mental errors’
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, who is now in his third season with the team, didn’t seem to have a problem with Brady’s actions on Sunday, as evidenced by his comments once practice was over (h/t New York Post).
“Guys have to make plays. You’re in a critical situation, you can’t fall down. (Brady) gives you a chance to win the game. You’ve got to go down and win the game. I don’t care how tired you are.”Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians
Arians went on to say that his Buccaneers need to be “smarter” and that his guys made “way too many mental errors” during Sunday’s practice. As for how he addressed the fatigue issue Brady was referencing during his outburst, Arians had this to say:
“Fatigue makes a coward out of you. We got a few of them and it’s whipping their a–.”Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians
Is it any mystery why Brady wanted to play for this man?
The Bucs have their first preseason game on August 14 and kick off the regular season on September 9
Buccaneers fans certainly have to be hoping Sunday was just an off day for the guys Brady was berating as the 2021 NFL season is obviously getting closer every day. The Bucs play their first preseason game on Saturday, August 14, against the Cincinnati Bengals and then have matchups with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans on the two Saturdays that follow.
Brady and the Bucs open the regular season on Thursday, September 9, with a high-profile matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.