Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, 43, admits learning a new playbook isn't an easy thing and he still has to work physically hard in order to be able to perform at a high level. Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion, made the headlines this offseason after he decided to leave the New England Patriots after 20 seasons and sign with the Buccaneers.
"It's been different having the opportunity over this time to move and to, for example, study my playbook -- I mean I really haven't had to do that in 19 years, so you forget, 'Man, that's really tough,' like all of the different terminologies," Brady said, as quoted on ESPN.
"You're going back a very long time in my career to really have to put the mental energy in like I did. I have to work at it pretty hard physically, still. I put a lot of time and energy into making sure I'm feeling good in order to perform at my best, but mentally I think that's been the thing that's obviously had its challenges."
With NFL season program being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, getting to know new teammates was made harder for Brady. But Brady organized several workouts with his receivers to try to get them know better and develop a good chemistry.
"I think conversations we probably would've had in April, we're having now," Brady said. "I think that part has been challenging too, but the only thing you can do is adjust to the situation, adapt the best way you can [and] put as much time and energy now as we can into it.
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. [We need to] embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to see what we can become."
Brady admits there is a lot to learn
"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," Brady said.
"I didn't even know where the quarterbacks' room was or [where] the full-team meeting room was. You get in here and your brain is trying to figure out a lot of different things. Every day that goes by it's getting a little bit better.
I'm glad we're not playing a game this Sunday -- I'm glad we have time to prepare. It's been a good week or so being in here and I think I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity to improve myself so 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."