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Tom Brady details 'unique challenge' of learning Bucs offense amid coronavirus shutdown

Tom Brady details 'unique challenge' of learning Bucs offense amid coronavirus shutdown

Tom Brady is used to being the most knowledgeable and well-prepared guy in the room.

But he won't be the former as he gets started in Tampa Bay -- and might be a while before he's in the same room as his Buccaneers teammates.

In an introductory conference call Tuesday, Brady repeatedly stressed there will be a learning curve with head coach Bruce Arians' offense after he spent 20 years in the New England Patriots' system.

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"There's a lot of things I've got to get up to speed on," Brady said. "Obviously learning different terminology, that's a unique challenge that I haven't faced."

The other "unique challenge"? Brady still hasn't met any of his new Bucs teammates or coaches in person, as the spread of the novel coronavirus is restricting travel and face-to-face interaction for the undetermined future.

"There's a lot of things that go into it," Brady said. "The sooner we can get those things going, the greater it will be for everybody, but understanding the circumstances of what we're dealing with, we're in a little different approach, and we're going to have to adjust."

The 42-year-old quarterback indeed will have to put in extra work this offseason to get on the same page with his teammates. That means attending OTAs, which it sounds like Brady will do (whenever they happen) after skipping out on the spring sessions with New England in recent years.

"I don't know when our first OTA will be, but I'm sure there will be a lot of guys that I'm excited to meet," Brady said. "I'm going to try to get the best out of myself and try to get the best out of them."

In the meantime, Brady will be reaching out to his new offensive teammates via phone calls and FaceTimes while hunkering down with Tampa Bay's playbook as he attempts to lead the moribund Bucs to their first playof appearance since 2007.

"I've got to learn the players, I've got to learn the scheme," Brady said. "So, that's where all of my time and energy is going to be focused on. And also learning my teammates, learning guys like (wide receivers) Mike (Evans) and Chris (Godwin), (tight ends) O.J. (Howard) and Cam(eron Brate) and a lot of the skill players. (Running back) Ron Jones and obviously the offensive line, who's a very talented group.

"So, there's a lot of things to focus on."

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This 2016 Tom Brady interview is tough for Patriots fans to watch now

This 2016 Tom Brady interview is tough for Patriots fans to watch now

We all thought Tom Brady would be a New England Patriot for life, but now that he's a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, it's going to take some getting used to. 

Few could have predicted Brady's stunning falling out with Bill Belichick and the Patriots years ago and it seems especially weird - even poignant - after you watch this 2016 Brady interview with WCVB's Mike Lynch, unearthed by WEEI's Mark Dondero.

Lynch asks Brady a few questions and the replies are pretty shocking in light of what's happened. Asked if he could ever see himself in a uniform other than the Patriots, Brady answers, "I hope not... I never want to go anywhere else."

With Brady saying that four years ago, it shows just how much has happened in the past four years to bring the professional relationship among the quarterback, the coach and owner Robert Kraft to an end. 

"I hope they never want me to go anywhere else, either," Brady says, "but that's the business and I've got to keep doing my job and playing well and hopefully RKK [Kraft] and Bill will find a place for me." 

Mind-boggling. 

NFL Rumors: DE Derek Wolfe signs with Ravens after Patriots showed interest

NFL Rumors: DE Derek Wolfe signs with Ravens after Patriots showed interest

The Patriots reportedly pursued free-agent defensive end Derek Wolfe, but he won't be coming to New England.

Instead, the former Denver Bronco is headed to the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year, $6 million deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


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It was reported last week the Patriots had discussions with Wolfe, who tallied a career-high seven sacks with Denver in 2019. The 30-year-old was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has been a rock-solid contributor on their defensive line the past eight seasons.

New England could use a boost to its pass rush after losing several key defensive players to free agency. Notable departures include Kyle Van Noy (Miami Dolphins), Jamie Collins (Detroit Lions) and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (Lions).