It has been several weeks since star quarterback Tom Brady decided to leave the New England Patriots and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. Brady‘s arrival has quickly had a significant impact on the franchise, with much optimism around the team’s immediate future. That has pushed forward dialogue around how he will adjust to his new surroundings, while there hasn’t been much attention about how his new teammates will adapt to him. With that in mind, one of Brady’s former teammates has some keywords of advice for the Buccaneers before the 2020 season.
Tom Brady’s new challenge in Tampa Bay
The writing was on the wall for quite some time that Brady would legitimately entertain his options in free agency.
That led to the quick landslide of events in early March with the 42-year-old announcing his departure from New England after two decades. That was shortly followed by Brady deciding to sign with the Buccaneers for the next chapter of his career.
It’s an entirely new set of challenges for the star quarterback that will see him venture into a fresh situation in Tampa Bay. That will need him to get acclimated to his new teammates, along with learning a new playbook that will have some similarities to what he ran with the Patriots.
Brady appears more than ready for the new obstacles, which will also see much of that coming from his new teammates and coaches.
Teddy Bruschi’s stern advice for the Buccaneers concerning Tom Brady
Although the move took many by surprise, including several of his former teammates that didn’t believe Brady would ever play for another NFL team.
Among those was former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi, who firmly held that he thought the six-time Super Bowl champion would remain with the franchise. With that in mind, Bruschi has a strong warning for Brady’s new teammates on the defensive side of the ball, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.
“They need to get over Brady-watching. Because they get to the sideline and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘It’s OK, Tom will bail us out.’ That’s what I call Brady-watching,” Bruschi said.
Brady has built a legendary career off his ability to come up huge in crucial moments late in games. The star quarterback has 45 game-winning drives to his name, which are the most since he entered the league in 2000. That alone should leave some of Brady’s younger teammates in awe as he has a strong reputation around the league and garnered a tremendous level of respect in that regard.
The Buccaneers will have to battle through that mindset early on, but it’s something that will be critical to them finding balance on both sides of the ball. That isn’t to say Brady can’t step in and provide those kinds of moments at this stage of his career, but it could be part of what gets them in trouble.
Buccaneers’ outlook for 2020 season
Brady’s arrival to the Buccaneers has put the franchise firmly on the map as a team to watch in the 2020 season.
There is a tremendous level of expectations laid in front of them that comes with the territory of playing with four-time Super Bowl MVP. The early hype could be much warranted as the Buccaneers have assembled a strong group of talent around him offensively.
The team has two Pro Bowl wideouts in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with adding his longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski to the mix in an already deep tight end group that includes Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. There will be plenty of challenges ahead that come first with playing in a tough NFC South that features formidable division opponents.
Nonetheless, it brings a massive level of excitement about could lie ahead of the Buccaneers in 2020 and possibly beyond with Tom Brady at the helm.