The former New England Patriots linebacker told ESPN’s Jenna Laine in an interview he came up with the term “Brady-watching” to describe a team leaning too heavily on its quarterback to save them in tough situations.
“They need to get over Brady-watching. Because they get to the sideline and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘It’s OK, Tom will bail us out.’ That’s what I call Brady-watching,” Bruschi said.
He added: “I’ll be watching that early on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, if they’re Brady-watching or if they feel themselves as a team that everything is important, and not just when that guy right there is under center and everything is gonna magically happen.”
The 46-year-old, who spent nine seasons together in New England before the linebacker’s retirement in 2008, also advised Bucs players to not look at their new quarterback as the GOAT.
“I’ll say this right now, if those players see him as that four-letter word, they better get over it. The four-letter word is a word I will not use to describe him. It’s that farm animal, it starts with G. I don’t do that. Because that’s almost like putting him on a pedestal. It’s like, dude, you’re still the same guy I intercepted in practice and took 20 bucks from. Come on, now.”
“That’s my one advice to his teammates right now. He is on a level plane as you, because he’s gonna make mistakes, but he’s also gonna make you better. And it can’t be done without you. Don’t look to him to do it. Our teams never did.”
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