When Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (6-2) arrive in the nation’s capital to face the Washington Football Team (2-6) on Sunday, nobody on Tampa Bay’s side is going to be overlooking Chase Young.
The Buccaneers know him well, having faced Washington in the NFC Wild Card round last season after a camera caught Young yelling, “I want Tom, I want Tom,” as he ran off the field the week prior. Young was held without a sack in the 31-23 playoff loss, but Washington’s defensive front managed to pressure Brady enough to rack up three sacks and seven quarterback hits.
Speaking on his podcast “Let’s Go!” with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray in an episode published Tuesday, Brady talked about why he sent Young a signed jersey last winter and what Tampa Bay is doing to prepare for him and the rest of Washington’s defense ahead of their matchup.
“Have you ever seen Chase Young out on the field?” Brady asked. “He is a young stud and he’s been a great player for a year and a half now. So hopefully he’s not in the backfield too much. My big boys up front are pretty prepared and we got a big challenge.
“We’re coming off a loss, we had to sit with that for the last eight days. We got a big week of prep. We gotta get back on the winning page and part of winning this game is gonna be handling Chase and that defensive front of the Washington Football Team. So we’ll have our hands full, that’s for sure.”
Young is off to a slow start to this season, recording just 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hits and three tackles for a loss over his first eight games. For comparison, he won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 behind seven and a half sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss in 15 games. Yet Washington’s defense as a whole has struggled to live up to preseason expectations, entering Sunday’s game ranked 29th in both points allowed (28.4 PPG) and yards allowed (389.4 YPG).
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers sport the NFL’s highest-scoring offense (32.5 PPG) with the third-most yards (423.1 YPG) per game. Both teams are coming off their bye weeks, so they’ve each had plenty of time to prepare for each other. As much respect as Brady has for Young, he’s hoping not to see him very often come Sunday.