Coach Bucs QB: Tom Brady wasn’t 100% in Super Bowl winning campaign
The NFL world had better watch out, because apparently Tom Brady was not very healthy last season.
According to his quarterback coach Clyde Christensen, the knee injury Brady had surgery on after the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win bothered him throughout the season.
“I don’t think he was 100% last year,” Christensen said, per Jenna Laine from ESPN. His quote, or close to a quote, was, ‘Hey, I’m going to get my knee fixed and I’m going to get better next year and you’re going to be excited about it. “
“In terms of performance, you want to feel good. I think that thing was a nagging nuisance for him, he had to record it every day, just make sure he took it off. he’s excited to feel good again. “
If Brady wasn’t healthy last year, it was hard to tell. He put in a strong performance, throwing for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions during the regular season. During the playoffs, he struggled a little harder to complete passes – he only completed 58.7% of his passes and threw three interceptions – so maybe that’s when things started to go wrong for his bumped knee.
Even still, his numbers and playoff performances were still respectable and obviously didn’t deter the Bucs from winning.
That said, it’s fun to imagine what the Tampa Bay ceiling could be like if Brady was, in fact, limited by his knee injury last year and could regain full health. The Bucs were already strong with Brady at less than 100% last year. And they will have unprecedented continuity within their starting XI.
That’s part of why coach Bruce Arians is taking his time with Brady as he looks to get back from surgery. They don’t want to rush him and jeopardize his chances of getting back to full health. This is why Brady may have a different role than usual at the mandatory minicamp this month.
“I don’t know how much I’m going to let him do… with guys chasing him,” Arians said. “We’ll see. We’ll see what the doctors say. He maybe does a lot of coaching.”