Back in December, Tom Brady Sr. said it was hard to see his son playing elsewhere, but that if it came to pass, he believed he would go to a new team to continue his career.
Last week, that officially came to pass. Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, officially ending a 20-year stint with the New England Patriots, the team that drafted him back in 2000. He isn’t the first all-time great quarterback to leave their franchise like this—Joe Montana and Brett Favre come to mind—but it is still pretty surreal. Brady Sr. thinks the opportunity is a fun one for the family, which has only known Patriots football for two decades. He appeared on a new episode of Dell and Sonya Curry’s—the parents of NBA star Steph Curry—podcast “Raising Fame.”
“Now that he’s moved on, it’s kind of fun. We get to see some different sides of the world,” Tom Brady Sr. said. “We don’t get down to Florida very often, so it’s pretty cool.”
He also thinks that the change could have a positive effect on his son’s play. “I think he’s going to be a little bit reinvigorated. After 20 years, things can get a touch more boring.” Brady had something of a down year by his standards in 2019, but if he even returns to 2018 form, the Buccaneers could be a very impressive team.
What inspires an all-time great to change teams after 20 years and 6 Super Bowl victories? In the latest episode of #RaisingFame, @TomBrady’s parents take us back to before the 5am workouts, the clean diet, and the celebrity. pic.twitter.com/dHdPQjL72c
— Raising Fame with the Currys (@raising_fame) March 26, 2020
Tampa Bay probably has more offensive talent than New England at this point, which could help matters. Building an offense that utilizes Brady’s strengths, as New England has done consistently, is key.
ESPN‘s analyst Matt Bowen believes that 2019 breakout receiver Chris Godwin could slide into the Julian Edelman role as Brady’s most trusted outlet. The team also has Mike Evans, a bigger game-breaking downfield threat than Brady has had in a long time.
The move also sends Brady to the NFC, after a career in the AFC East. In division, he’ll face Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Matt Ryan twice each. Expect to see plenty of Bucs football in big spots this fall once things get going.