The NFL world higher look out, as a result of apparently, Tom Brady wasn’t absolutely wholesome final season.
Based on his quarterback coach Clyde Christensen, the knee harm that Brady had surgical procedure on following the Buccaneers’ Tremendous Bowl win was one thing that bothered him all through the season.
“I do not assume he was 100% final 12 months,” Christensen mentioned, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “His quote, or near a quote was, ‘Hey, I am gonna get my knee fastened up and I am gonna be higher subsequent 12 months and also you’re gonna be enthusiastic about that.’
“Efficiency-wise, you wanna really feel good. I feel that factor was a nagging nuisance to him, having to tape it each day, simply be sure that he had that factor unfastened. So I feel he is enthusiastic about simply feeling good once more.”
If Brady wasn’t wholesome final 12 months, it was arduous to inform. He put forth a powerful efficiency, throwing for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the course of the common season. Through the postseason, he had a bit extra bother finishing passes — he accomplished simply 58.7 p.c of his passes and threw three interceptions — so possibly that is when issues began to go awry a bit for his banged-up knee.
Even nonetheless, his postseason numbers and performances had been nonetheless respectable and clearly did not deter the Bucs from profitable.
That mentioned, it is enjoyable to think about what Tampa Bay’s ceiling could possibly be if Brady was, actually, restricted by his knee harm final 12 months and may get again to full well being. The Bucs had been already robust with Brady at lower than 100% final 12 months. And they’ll have unprecedented continuity inside their beginning lineup.
That is a part of why coach Bruce Arians is taking it sluggish with Brady as he seems to return again from surgical procedure. They do not need to rush him again and jeopardize his probabilities of returning absolutely wholesome. That is why Brady could have a special position than traditional at necessary minicamp this month.
“I do not know the way a lot I will let him do … with guys chasing him round,” Arians mentioned. “We’ll see. We’ll see what the docs say. He could also be doing plenty of teaching.”