Tom Brady‘s first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers featured him earning his seventh Super Bowl victory. Brady proved to be the game-changing factor that the Buccaneers needed to raise the Vince Lombardi trophy. However, it was a season that the future Hall of Famer recently revealed he needed to overcome one surprising obstacle.
Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl
Brady‘s arrival to the Buccaneers immediately created lofty Super Bowl expectations.
The 2020 season began with some expected struggles, but the team’s performance improved as the campaign rolled along. Brady recorded an impressive year as he finished third with 4,633 yards and tied for second with 40 touchdown passes.
He joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw 40 or more touchdown passes in a single season with two franchises. Brady stepped it up in the playoffs, pushing Tampa Bay to three consecutive road wins to secure a Super Bowl 55 berth.
The 43-year-old recorded three touchdown passes, 201 passing yards, and a 125.8 passer rating that helped guide the Buccaneers to a championship.
In the months after the Super Bowl, Brady made another surprising comment about his first campaign in Tampa Bay.
Tom Brady reveals shocking truth concerning his first year with the Buccaneers
Brady’s first season in Tampa Bay ended with the desired outcome, but the journey featured many struggles.
One of the biggest hurdles the 43-year-old faced centered on learning an entirely new offense. During a recent interview on the “HODINKEE Radio” Podcast, he revealed that he still was learning the Buccaneers’ playbook halfway through the regular season.
“Midway through the year, I was still trying to figure out how to call the plays,” Brady said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “I just read [the plays] off my wristband and tried to visualize what was going to happen.
“It’s like learning a completely new language. You’ve spoken English for 20 years and someone goes, ‘Hey man, let’s speak some Spanish.’ And you are like, ‘Huh? That makes no sense to my brain.’”
Brady’s decision to join the Buccaneers forced him to learn a new playbook in his 21st season. The COVID-19 pandemic also created another obstacle as it restricted team offseason activity. The NFL also decided to cancel the preseason due to health concerns.
Brady essentially entered the 2020 season with minimal work with his new teammates, pushing him to use games to build chemistry and learn the playbook. Head coach Bruce Arians recently confirmed the star quarterback’s struggles, which he underlined the Week 12 matchup against the Chiefs, where things truly clicked.
Despite all that, Brady pushed through to guide the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win. The franchise is now in a position to vie for another championship in 2021.
Eyeing another Super Bowl push
After an incredible first season, Brady is in the prime position toward adding an eighth Super Bowl ring.
He will have the benefit of a year under his belt in Arians’ offense. However, Brady holds the challenge of working his way back from serious offseason knee surgery.
The Buccaneers expect the 43-year-old to participate in June’s mandatory minicamp. Earlier this week, Arians stated that Brady will begin throwing for the first time since his surgery.
However, Tampa Bay wants the future Hall of Famer to operate at his pace. Brady will need to play a critical part in the team’s push toward another Super Bowl bid.
The front office has kept that window open by retaining all their big-name players in free agency. Ultimately, Brady must be the linchpin to the entire effort.