Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was happy with the way his team performed against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 but underlined they are far from being where they want to be. Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion, threw two interceptions against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 as the Buccaneers lost 34-24.
But Brady showed up in Week 2, completing 23 of 35 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown to claim his first win as a member of the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers routed the Panthers 31-17 to improve to 1-1 in the NFC South division.
"Execution was a little bit better. I think we still are a long ways from where we need to be," Brady said, per ESPN. "I think we have the ability to make plays. I think consistency, dependability are gonna be things that we really need.
We've gotta get back to work. Clock's ticking on next week. We're gonna get focused on next week's game and try to be a lot better next week."
Coach Bruce Arians wasn't surprised by Brady's performance
After Brady threw two interceptions in Week 1, Buccaneers coach Arians publicly called out the six-time Super Bowl champion.
A week later, Brady performed much better and coaciv Arians wasn't surprised seeing the six-time Super Bowl champion having a big bounce back performance. "I think he has a pretty good history of that," Arians said of Brady's bounce-back performance.
"This game should never have got as close as it did. We let 'em back in. But I thought he played outstanding. His leadership on the sideline was great, and he put us in the right play [on] a number of different audibles.
He played really, really well." The Panthers didn't score a point in the first half and Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead said the team’s secondary is "young and hungry." "We knew we had to step up to the challenge this week because of what happened last week," Whitehead said.
"We had a couple of penalties last week, so we had to try to eliminate that today and make some plays on the ball." "We're young and hungry. We heard all of the noise last year, how the 'the secondary [this], the secondary that.'
Then Tom Brady is coming, 'The secondary is still not good.' We block out the noise, and we just play for each other. That's what we got. That's what we're gonna keep doing."