Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is happy with the way Tom Brady's preparation for the new season has been going so far as he claims the quarterback is "ahead of the curve." Brady, 42, spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before he decided to join the Buccaneers this offseason.
Learning a different playbook is never an easy thing but Arians says the six-time Super Bowl champion is a "bright guy." "He’s way ahead of the curve,” Arians said of Brady, as quoted on Pro Football Talk.
“He’s a very bright guy — the terminology was the big thing. As we now get together starting tomorrow, we’ll start to collaborate a little bit more. So yeah, I think he’s in a great spot right now as far as that goes”.
Buccaneers have one of the most offensively gifted teams in the NFL and Arians is optimistic he can fit in Brady well so the team contends for the Super Bowl. "I]t’s a dual thing,” Arians said, “him learning what we do, me learning what he likes, meeting in the middle and doing a lot of different things.
I’m not going to ask the other 21 guys to learn something new when they’ve already had a good year and good experiences in the offense. I would’ve liked to have had a couple of preseason games, but it didn’t work out that way”.
Arians expects his team to work extremely hard when the training camp kicks off Brady hasn't had a formal practice with his new teammates but he has had plenty of informal practices. After the Buccaneers traded for Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski decided to came out of retirement and he forced the Patriots into trading him to the Buccaneers so he joins the six-time Super Bowl quarterback.
"All of the guys that have been working out with him see his intensity level at even those type of workouts and they only know they’re going to intensify when we get out there for real,” Arians said. “It’s been great.
You would’ve hoped we would’ve had spring practice so all of them could get over the awe — especially the young players — with Tom Brady walking into the locker room, and [Rob Gronkowski]. We’ll get through that I think in maybe a week — each guy will have enough [confidence] to go talk to him."