Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is the GOAT in more ways than one. He’s definitely one of the all-time greats at finding ways to put a giant chip on his shoulder.
In the debut episode of its second season Let’s go podcast with Jim Gray on SiriusXM, Brady explained that instead of telling his offensive line to ignore the noise, he’s telling them to embrace it.
“I showed it to them and used it as motivation,” Brady said. “Every time someone says they’re crap and can’t do anything, I’ve tried to point it out to them and say, ‘That’s what everyone says about you. What do you guys think? What are you going to do about it?’ And make sure they know what everyone is saying. I think this is important. You know, I think I’ve always used little different stems as motivation for me. And I am [a] truly motivated person. But it always helps when someone says something that isn’t flattering. Or someone who still doesn’t believe in you after all these years, you try to prove them wrong. And they still don’t. So you go, “You know what?” Thanks. You know, thank you very much. Let me go ahead and prove them wrong.”
Are people really saying their forwards are crap? It’s fair to point out that center Ryan Jensen is out indefinitely and guard Aaron Stinnie is out for the year. It’s fair to note that Brady has shown vulnerability in the past to pressure up the middle. It’s fair to ask if players who have been backups for some reason are ready to not be backups when it comes to preventing Brady from dealing with pressure up the middle. No one is saying these players are crap. It is fair to ask if they are prepared to show that they do not.
But that apparently didn’t stop Brady from turning any potential criticism into a diss. He’s done it again. For example, after a 2018 divisional round win over the Chargers during his last Super Bowl game against the Patriots, Brady played the card mentioned above when he tells the world that nobody believes in us. The truth was that pretty much everyone believed in them. But that doesn’t provide much motivation for Brady, or anyone.
Additionally, Brady acknowledged that the offensive line situation will be a “challenge.”
“We lost Alex Cappa to the Bengals,” Brady said. “We lost Ali Marpet, who is a great player, to retirement. And then Ryan got hurt in training camp. So we got Shaq Mason, who I love to death. I have played with him for a long time. I know what this is about. Notre Dame’s Robert Hainsey earned the respect of his teammates with his work ethic and showed up every day last year, despite not playing, to be prepared. He will step in and try to do a great job. And we have a left guard who battles every day. Luke [Goedeke] he did a great job for us in training camp. We drafted him to come here and play and we’ll see if he can get in there and be ready to go and do a great job.”
That’s all anyone says. Brady, however, knows he needs more to fuel the young players.
“I hope they take it to heart, all the things people have said about them, which, you know, aren’t always the most flattering things,” Brady insisted. “But they had to go out there and they have to, again, like all of us, go out there and win it and prove people right or wrong.”
Prove them wrong. Even if they’re not really wrong because they’re not saying what they’re supposed to be saying. It’s a neat trick if you can pull it off. We’ll see if it works if/when the new-look offensive line holds its own against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
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