Tom Brady officially is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, and his new coach Bruce Arians probably is thrilled with the addition of the six-time Super Bowl champion.
With Brady coming up on his age-43 season, Bill Belichick and the Patriots seemingly had a desire to move on and roll with a younger quarterback in second-year signal-caller Jarrett Stidham.
Will the Buccaneers be proven right in adding Brady, who couldn't help a depleted Patriots team get past the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs?
On this week's episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran was joined by Phil Perry to discuss whether Arians is right to believe Brady still can play at a high level. Curran, who advocated for Brady, believes the Bucs coach made a smart decision because 2019 was a result of New England not getting Brady the help he needed.
I don't see a dip in velocity. I don't see a dip in arm strength. I don't see a dip in pocket movement. What I saw in 2019 was a guy who was a bit shell-shocked. He didn't know where guys were going to be coming from. They could be coming from his left, could be coming from his right. He knew he had one guy to throw to in (Julian) Edelman and he was getting triple-teamed. He didn't know what was going to happen on the outside and that's what led to accuracy issues. That's what led to unsettledness. That's what led him whipping it into the cheerleaders.
It had nothing to do with his birth date, and that to me is why I wanted to ask Arians, 'What are you seeing? Are you seeing a guy who's got the velocity?' Because you watch that Tennessee Titans game, Phil, and you're watching that game and they're getting their asses kicked but the throws that he made, some of them, even the ones that were dropped, were boom -- right there.
Curran then mentioned the drops by receivers in that AFC Wild Card Round matchup and said the Bucs' faith in the 43-year-old future Hall of Famer will be rewarded as they've surrounded him with a much better offense in Tampa Bay.
To hear more from Curran and Perry about Brady's fit in Tampa Bay, if Brady took the high road when addressing his departure from the Patriots, why the Pats now are rebuilding and what the Brian Hoyer signing means for Stidham, check out this week's episode Patriots Talk Podcast.