Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
But after 20 seasons playing for the same coach and owner in New England, everything is new for Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. New teammates (aside from Rob Gronkowski), new coach, new offensive system... and new technology.
For the first time in his career, the 43-year-old future Hall of Famer is turning to virtual reality to help get extra reps as he attempts to get up to speed with Bruce Arians' offense before the Buccaneers open their 2020 campaign.
Arians has used STRIVR Virtual Reality Training since he coached the Arizona Cardinals, and for a quarterback like Brady who looks for any advantage he can get, it's no wonder he is diving head-first into a new training method.
“All our backup quarterbacks get really live reps — it’s our actual practice that goes on, on the tape," Arians said. "Tom [Brady] has embraced it. We were already scheduled to use it and would have used it anyway because Blaine [Gabbert] and [Ryan Griffin] liked it from last year. It’s good reps for them, but Tom is falling in love with it, too.”
Arians explained that the Bucs film every snap in practice, allowing Brady to review entire practices either on tape or through virtual reality.
“He’d never had it," Arians told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. "He was like, ‘Wow, this is really cool.’ You turn around and see the running back, you look out, you see the coach. It’s crazy how good it is.”
Crazy how good it is? That same sentiment has been applied to Brady over his legendary career, and if he's able to glean even more advantages through the virtual reality technology, he could continue to excel as he begins his third decade in the NFL.