TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Coach Bruce Arians and QB Tom Brady agreed that today was not the team’s best day of practice. It was a warm and sunny 84 degrees this morning on day 5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp practice at the AdventHealth Training Center. Fans were vocal with their chants and cheers throughout, supportive of the players’ on-field efforts. But in the post-practice media conference, both Coach Arians and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady were not pleased with today’s workout.
No NFL team has repeated as Super Bowl champs since 2005, when the New England Patriots did it. Of course, their quarterback was Tom Brady. The Bucs’ players and coaches have made it clear that they intend to repeat, this season. But they also recognize the challenges they face. At age 43, Brady is the oldest player in the NFL. At today’s media conference, he stressed how the players are working to forget last year, and look at this season as a new experience. “We’ve gotta be able to create our own future. It’s really about attitude, effort, preparation. It’s an entirely new challenge.” Brady has told the media that “My favorite ring is the next one.”
Brady quoted Arians when he told the media, “Coach said a good thing today. He said, ‘You know, soccer practice is over after today,’ which means we really haven’t played any football. There’s no pads, no tackling, no run force, no run fits, no breaking tackles, no play-action response. Things will change quite a bit tomorrow.” Saturday’s practice will be the first time the team puts on pads. As Arians told the media after slamming the players’ sluggish play today, “Hopefully, we’ll get better in pads tomorrow.”
You can find the Bucs’ training camp schedule here: https://www.buccaneers.com/trainingcamp, in case you’d like to see Tampa Bay prepare for the first preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, 8/14 at 7:30 p.m. The reigning Super Bowl champs kick off their regular season at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, 9/9 against the Dallas Cowboys at 8:20 p.m. Training camp attendance remains limited to season ticket holders and stadium club members.
Michael Brodsky is a sports reporter for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org