The New Orleans Saints battered Brady and the Bucs in Week 9 of the NFL season, posting a 38-3 triumph on Nov. 8 to take over the lead in the NFC South. Once Drew Brees and the Saints were done inflicting the worst loss that Brady has experienced as a pro, Mother Nature got in a few licks, too.
The attention on Tom Brady has been constant
It’s not as though the 2019 New England Patriots were a colossal failure, but the Tom Brady era did end with a bit of a thud as coach Bill Belichick’s team lost in the playoffs to the Tennessee Titans and fell short of a ninth consecutive trip to the AFC championship game.
Following much speculation about his future, Brady ended the suspense in mid-March by revealing that his 20th season with the Patriots was also his last. Within a matter of days, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers swooped in and signed Brady to a two-year contract. Bucs fans understandably believed swapping Brady in for Jameis Winston could be the final piece of the puzzle and return the team to the Super Bowl for the first time since the conclusion of the 2002 season.
Brady instantly became the town’s No. 1 celebrity over the summer, even as the Tampa Bay Lightning were working their way toward a Stanley Cup championship and the Tampa Bay Rays were rolling toward an appearance in the World Series. Every aspect of his life, including renting Derek Jeter’s mansion and later moving into another waterfront property, has generated news.
There have been some bumps in the road
More than anything, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted Tom Brady to bring consistency to the quarterback position. Jameis Winston provided some bright spots in his five seasons at the helm of the offense, including a league-best 5,109 passing yards in 2019. But Winston’s 33 touchdown passes last fall were more than offset by 30 interceptions.
In fact, Winston’s final season began with a pair of interceptions that the San Francisco 49ers returned for interceptions and his last throw of the year was an NFL-record seventh pick-six of the year. That was more than new coach Bruce Arians could handle, and Winston was allowed to leave for free agency.
Sure enough, Brady made a rookie mistake in his Tampa Bay debut. Opening against the Saints in New Orleans, Brady threw a pick-six of his own to open the second half. Janoris Jenkins returned the ball 36 yards for a TD and a 24-7 lead, and the Saints went on to a 34-23 win.
Brady bounced back to throw 18 touchdown passes with just two interceptions over the next seven games. However, he threw three interceptions in the Week 9 rematch with the Saints, contributing to the first time in Brady’s career that he had been swept by a divisional opponent.
Tom Brady made another rookie mistake in Tampa Bay
Aside from the three interceptions, Tom Brady found himself sacked three times by the New Orleans Saints. That wasn’t the only beating the Brady family would take this week. Brady told reporters that Tropical Storm Eta did a number on his new property across Old Tampa Bay in Clearwater.
The Brady’s had only recently purchased the $7.5 million home, which had undergone major renovations in recent years that included upgrades to withstand a category 4 hurricane.
While the home went unscathed, the tropical storm did do a number on the rest of the property as it whipped through central Florida with 50 mph winds and several inches of rain.
“That was a trip last night for me,” Brady said Thursday, according to Boston.com. “I had a dock and it broke, floated away. I had these jet skis on, I saw those things sitting in the middle of the bay and I was going, ‘Wow, that’s pretty surreal.’”
He said the dock and jet skis were located about 300 yards away.
Having grown up in California, attended college in Michigan, and played 20 years in New England, Brady apparently was caught off guard by the potential of the winds and rain to create havoc even if it didn’t qualify as a hurricane-force storm.
Chalk it up as a rookie mistake.
“It happened pretty quick, I thought you had time to prepare for these things but apparently you don’t,” Brady said.