Chris Godwin: Tom Brady ‘turning the page’ on Week 1 loss to Saints
In what hardly should come as a surprise, Chris Godwin relayed Tuesday that Tom Brady is not pushing the panic button over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ deflating Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Brady’s first season with the Bucs obviously got off to an inauspicious start with Sunday’s 34-23 setback to the division-rival Saints.
However, Godwin indicated Brady is attempting to keep everyone centered and focused on tightening things up on offense ahead of a Week 2 showdown with the Carolina Panthers.
“It’s turning the page,” Godwin said Tuesday, via a team-provided transcript. “He’s obviously been through a ton of football, so he recognizes that it’s just one week. Like I said, the more we work together, the better we’ll be. We’re going to fix these little things – we’re going to be good.”
Brady struggled in his Bucs’ debut, going 22-of-36 for 239 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, one which resulted in a pick-six.
Despite the disappointing loss, there are no shortage of reasons why Brady failed to rise to expectations. For one thing, an altered offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic — not to mention the lack of preseason games for the same reason — prevented Brady from getting completely acclimated to both a new system and new group of teammates.
Brady did manage to sneak in a few unauthorized workouts ahead of training camp, though, much to the NFL’s chagrin.
Second, it merits noting that Brady was facing a talented Saints defense, one that was eager to assert themselves against a quarterback whose arrival in Tampa has led to the Bucs being anointed Super Bowl contenders.
Brady taking a one-game-at-a-time approach is of course standard operating procedure for the veteran quarterback due to his two decades under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. In fact, it’s possible Brady just may pass along an “On to Carolina” message to teammates this week in a riff on Belichick’s infamous mantra.