Tom Brady Discusses Justin Herbert, Chargers Off-Season Interest & Buccaneers Love
Being in a new climate with new coaches and a completely different roster (aside from un-retired tight end Rob Gronkowski) wasn’t something Tom Brady had very much interest in for nearly all of his 20 years in the NFL.
Playing home games in colder months with the potential for snow showers and below 30 degree temperatures is a much more brutal reality than that of the sunny southwest coast of the Sunshine State. With all that including an up-and-coming Buccaneers organization, we can all imagine that the 43 year old quarterback didn’t have too hard of a time deciding on Tampa Bay as his destination.
Brady sat down for a quick spell to answer some questions ranging from his memory of first entering into the NFL and how it felt as a quarterback transitioning from his college career to the lack of offseason focus and preparedness.
One of the first questions was in reference to his upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers and their rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. When asked about his some-time-ago memories of entering the league he talked a bit about how the professional aspect has adopted some of the college style of play.
“It feels like a continuation of college, I think, for a lot of younger players because they’re getting in the league and the game probably has morphed a little bit into what the college game kind of has been. So, some younger quarterbacks can play and kind of do some of the things that they did in college, which makes the transition a little bit easier. It’s a little different than when I started, although the school that I played it was probably more of a pro-style team. So, it was a little easier for me than it was for some others.”
The following question maintained focus on the Chargers organization’s off-season pursuit of Brady in order to replace long-time starter Philip Rivers (Rivers now plays in Indianapolis). When asked about the effort from Los Angeles and if he ever wonders “What if…?” about his decision, Tom responded:
“No, I love the fact where I chose to play, and I love playing with our coaches [and] playing with the players we have on this team. I made a great decision, and I love what we have going here. We got a lot of work we’re putting into it. We didn’t have the benefit of the off-season program, or training camp. We’re going to continue to be kind of a work in progress, and try to get better every week, every day – every meeting, every walk-through, every time we can talk about football, and figure out how to put all this pieces together which we’re working on a daily basis. This is a great organization, I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here. Other than losing a game against the Saints, we’ve had a lot of great days.”
Tune in to the video to hear more from Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers!