Tom Brady and the Buccaneers finally put themselves back into the win column after Sunday’s 16-13 comeback victory over the Rams. Despite the huge win, the quarterback is focused on his team’s “embarrassing” game-day habit.
During the latest installment of his “Let’s Go!” Sirius XM podcast, Brady said that “the most embarrassing part of our team is our effort level on game day,” and it’s something they “better fix” as Thanksgiving gets closer. Brady doesn’t seem too worried about the early season struggles and that’s because he believes that the NFL’s best teams don’t usually start playing their best football until late November.
“There’s only so deep of a hole that you can dig, and you know, if you dig yourself too deep of a hole then you got no shot coming out of it,” Brady stated when asked by co-host Jim Gray if Sunday’s victory over the Rams “saved” the Bucs’ season.
“The best teams start playing well around Thanksgiving. That’s because you basically figured out what you are and what you need to do, and there’s definitely some things we do well but there’s a lot of things we don’t do well.
Brady pointing to the team’s effort level on game day as something that’s embarrassing is something Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles definitely doesn’t agree with. Bowles said that team’s struggles had nothing to do with the lack of effort. Instead, the coach pointed to something else.
“It was huge [to beat the Rams] after losing three weeks in a row, you get very sour and you have a very sour taste in your mouth for a long time, not from lack of effort, but lack of execution, lack of doing things right,” Bowles said, via Joe Bucs Fan.
Brady and Bowles do not seem to be on the same page or they could simply be just describing the problem differently.
Despite their 4-5 record at the midpoint of the season, the Buccaneers are in first place in the NFC South.
Brady and the Buccaneers will be in Munich this week to face the Seahawks in what will be the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany.