By Brian Willwerth
This will not go down as one of Tom Brady’s finest moments.
In his first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady started out like the Brady of old: marching his team down the field and scoring on a vintage quarterback sneak that he did so often in New England.
After that? It was pretty much a train wreck.
Brady threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. But it was much more than that. There seemed to be a lot of miscommunication with his receivers. A number of his passes were way off the mark, which could be attributed to learning a new playbook and a lack of reps with his new teammates due to the pandemic.
But you can’t blame it all on Brady, who concluded his team’s initial contest of the season completing 23 of 36 passes for 239 yards, while adding nine yards on three carries. It doesn’t help when your offensive line can’t protect you. It doesn’t help when you have no running game to support the aerial attack. Both of those components have plagued the Bucs for years – not weeks or months, but years.
Brady and head coach Bruce Arians still have time to figure this out. This was just one game, against a very good New Orleans Saints team. And I think the chemistry between Brady and his receivers will improve.
As any New England Patriots fan should know by now: don’t count him out just yet.