Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady may not have gotten the start he wanted in the first week of NFL activity, but he has already turned the page.
If they do not want to finish the second week with a 0-2 record, the Florida team will have to count on a more sustained effort from several of its players than in the 34-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints. And it starts with Brady.
The 43-year-old completed 23 of his 36 attempted passes for overhead gains of 239 yards. He also threw the ball twice for a major, but he also suffered two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
“Winning a game is the result of doing a lot of things the right way,” Brady said on a video conference with the media on Friday. It all starts with practice, our preparation, our attitude, our teamwork, our commitment, our discipline, our determination and our physical and mental strength. Are we consistently playing the right games? We need to improve all of these aspects. We can see that it is not perfect, so we will improve. ”
The “Bucs” can however hope for a victory against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, since Brady has never started a season with two consecutive losses in his career.
A matter of habit
With the exception of Rob Gronkowski, with whom he shared the field for many seasons while playing for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has to contend with an entirely new group of receivers. Even if the latter are more talented than those whom Brady rubbed shoulders with in Massachusetts in recent years, the new pivot of the Buccaneers must establish a chemistry with his group.
“It's part of working on some aspect of our game and being on the pitch at the same time and communicating,” added Brady. Like anything in life, the more time we spend together, the less we will need to say certain things, because we will already have lived it and we will already have talked about it. ”
Moreover, Brady will have to do without the services of receiver Chris Godwin. The Florida team have indicated they will miss Sunday's game, as they are still following concussion protocol.