Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady wasn't bothered by the criticism he received from coach Bruce Arians following a 34-23 Week 1 loss against the New Orleans Saints. In his Buccaneers debut, Brady threw two interceptions, and coach Arians publicly called out the six-time Super Bowl quarterback after the game.
"He's the coach. I'm a player. Just trying to win a game," Brady said when asked about Arians' criticism, per ESPN. Brady has great offensive weapons on the team but they are still developing a chemistry on the field.
One of two of Brady's interceptions came after a miscommunication with wide receiver Mike Evans. "I think that's part of just working on things and being on the field at the same time and communicating though 'em, so it's like anything -- the longer you're together, the less you'll have to say certain things because you'll already have experienced them, you'll have talked about them, you'll have worked through 'em," Brady said.
"There's a lot of black and white in football and there's a lot of gray. The problem is, when there's too much gray -- I thought one thing, you thought another -- whoever's right and wrong, it doesn't matter."
Brady says they have got to eliminate bad plays
Brady, considered as one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game, is well aware that bad plays can do so much damage on the field. "The reality is, bad plays happen.
And when bad plays happen, you put yourself in a nonadvantageous position," Brady said. "We've gotta eliminate as much as we can, 'Oh I thought this, you thought that, oh you thought this, I thought that' and one time you're right, one time you're wrong.
The reality is, the other team can't come away with the ball. That's gonna keep us from scoring points, it's gonna keep us from winning games." Brady will be determined to lead the Buccaneers to their first win of the season when they meet the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.
"The whole issue is we're here to win games. That's why we're playing football, so we've gotta put ourselves in a good position on every play to figure out exactly where we're gonna be so that we can play with confidence and anticipation.
You can practice them, and I think that leads to great execution, you have confidence in one another. Once you have confidence in one another, you can really anticipate and make good plays," Brady added.