Tom Brady shares challenges of starting over with new team


Joining a new team comes with its challenges, even for Tom Brady.

Speaking to reporters via Zoom Thursday, Brady explained the challenges of joining the Buccaneers after spending 20 years in New England and also amid the coronavirus.

“I think every football season is a big challenge in one way or another," he said. "Obviously, for me changing teams after a long period of time has given me an opportunity to look at myself and what I want to continue to achieve in my career and what I can bring to a team. It’s been different having the opportunity with this time to move and for example study my playbook. I mean, I really haven’t had to do that in 19 years. You forget, ‘Man, that is really tough.’ Like all the different terminologies and you’re going back a very long time in my career to really put the mental energy in like I did.

"I have to work at it pretty hard physically still and I put a lot of time and energy making sure I am feeling good in order to perform at my best. But, mentally that has been the thing that obviously has its challenges and I think you couple that with the coronavirus situation it became even more difficult. I think conversations we probably would have had in April we are having now. I think that part is a bit challenging too.

"The only thing you can do is adjust to the situation the best way you can, put as much time and energy in now as we can into it and I think the reality is the clock is ticking on everybody. We’re going to have to work as hard as we can and not waste any minutes of any day trying to get used to one another, embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to see what we can become.”

As for when he will officially feel like a member of the Buccaneers, Brady knows he still has a ways to go.

“That’s a good question. Again, like I said earlier, you’re trying to learn a bunch of different things and you’re trying to not only learn an offense, but learn your way to work or learn guys names," he said. "I didn’t even know where the quarterback room was or the full-team meeting room was so you get in here and your brain is trying to figure out a lot of different things. Every day that goes by that is getting a little bit better.

Tom Brady via Zoom

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"I am glad we’re not playing a game this Sunday. I am glad that we have time to prepare. It’s been a good week or so being in here and I think every day I am trying to take advantage of the opportunity to improve myself that I can be the best quarterback for this team that this team really deserves. These guys are working really hard and I want to come in here and do a great job for them.”

Brady and the Buccaneers won't get on the field until they take on the Falcons Sept. 13.