Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is the GOAT in more ways than one. He’s definitely among the best of all time when it comes to finding ways to stick a giant chip on his shoulder.
In the debut episode from the second season of his Let’s Go podcast with Jim Gray on SiriusXM, Brady explained that, instead of telling his ragged 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 suck, and they can’t do anything, I tried to point it out to them and say, ‘This is what they all say about you. What do you think? What are you going to do about it? And make sure they know what everyone is saying. I think that is important. You know, I think I’ve always used little different sorrows as motivation for me. And I am [a] a really 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 say, ‘You know what? thank you You know, thank you very much. Let me go ahead and prove them wrong.”
Are people really saying his offensive linemen suck? It is fair to point out that center –Ryan Jensen is out indefinitely and watch out Aaron Stinnie was lost for the year. It’s fair to note that Brady has shown a vulnerability in the past to pressure the middle. It’s fair to ask if the backup players who were backups for a reason are willing to be non-backups when it comes to keeping Brady from dealing with pressure up the middle. No one is saying those players cheat. It is fair to ask if they are prepared to show that they do not.
But that apparently didn’t stop Brady from twisting any potential criticism into diss. He’s done it before. For example, after a 2018 division win over the Chargers during his final Super Bowl run with the Patriots, Brady played the card alluded to above when he tells the world that nobody believes in us. The truth was that almost everyone believed in them. But that doesn’t provide much motivation for Brady, or anyone.
In addition, Brady acknowledged that the situation with the offensive line “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, which I love him to death. I played with him for a long time. I know what he is about. Robert Hainsey of Notre Dame earned the respect of his teammates with his work ethic and him showing up every day last year even though he didn’t play, to be ready. He’s going to step in and try to do a great job. And we got a left guard who fights every day. Luke [Goedeke] did a great job for us in training camp. We drafted him to come in here and play, and we’ll see if he can get in there and be ready to go do a great job.”
That’s all anyone says. Brady, however, knows he needs something more to nurture the young players.
“I hope they take it to heart, all the things that people have said about them, which are, you know, not always the most flattering things,” Brady insisted. “But they have to go there and again, like all of us, we have to go there and win it and prove people right or prove them 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 great 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.