It didn’t take long for Tom Brady’s honeymoon in Tampa Bay to come to an end. The NFL Hall of Famer and New England All-Timer was brought to Tampa Bay to give the Bucs a legitimate shot in the arm and a chance to chase true postseason success. Understanding that Brady is past his prime was obvious from the get-go, but the Buccaneers probably expected more than what they received in Week 1’s drubbing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Apparently, these concerns made their way to the ears of Tom Brady himself, as one report made clear.
In the hours following Tampa Bay’s loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL Season, all eyes were on Tom Brady. Tom ‘Terrific’ had been introduced to life as a Buccaneer by throwing for just 239 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Brady also took three sacks in a contest that saw the Bucs look completely outmatched from the get-go. Brady’s costly mistakes put Tampa Bay in a terrible position on defense, often leading to points for the New Orleans Saints. With that being said, Brady did have moments of success including a touchdown plunge and a nice scoring throw to underwhelming tight end, O.J. Howard.
Coach Bruce Arians was one of the first upper-level voices to break their silence on Tom Brady’s play, criticizing Brady for his costly decision making. Brady was asked about Arians’ criticism during a press conference and his response made it clear that he was not satisfied with the comments. After a terse moment, Brady would reply that Araisn is “the coach” and that Brady is “just trying to win a game.” The root of Arians’ criticisms were largely focused on blown reads by Brady, including a route run by Mike Evans that could have led to a scoring play. Arians also pointed to a costly pick-six thrown by Tom Brady, noting that the Hall of Fame quarterback had made a mistake by throwing to the wrong outlet.
Bruce Arians wasn’t the only figure to come out of the woodwork to throw criticism at Brady, though he was among the most surprising names. NFL Analyst Bucky Brooks went so far as to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might potentially have ‘a little buyers remorse’ for the contract that they gave Brady. Brady had signed a two-year deal worth more than $50 million and at the age of 43 that was an entirely risky decision, the kind that could put a young and growing franchise back for a season or more.
No matter what happens with Tom Brady during the rest of the season, the Buccaneers have no choice but to go where he leads them. Brady is still the defining figure in the quarterback room with perennial backups like Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin watching gamely on. If Brady wants to show that room what it takes to win a championship, things will have to change going forward but is Tom Terrific ready to change at this stage of his career?