Back in March, Tom Brady shocked his fans when he left the New England Patriots and signed a two-year, $50 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, it appears that Brady has no regrets about making this move, as he told his throwing coach Tom House that he is having “fun again” with his new team.
The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback was reportedly overjoyed when his former tight end Rob Gronkowski was traded to his new team. “I think the most fun texts we’ve had is when Gronk signed,” House told GQ. “Tom texted me and said, ‘Football’s fun again.’”
Brady has been staying busy throughout the coronavirus pandemic, continuing to organize workouts despite the NFLPA advising against it. He has also been frequently communicating with House, sending him videos of his throwing sessions. “When he sends a video, I pretend like I’ve never seen him before,” House said. “He’ll either text me or leave me a voicemail and say, ‘Look, I just filmed about 20 throws. Have a look, give me a shout if you see anything or let’s talk this afternoon or tomorrow.’ And we’ll do it.”
House explained, “We’ll look at initially his timing and his kinetic sequencing, and then the throwing variables that most coaches would teach: balance and posture, stride and momentum, opposite and equal,” adding, “And then the throwing variables that are quantified and specific to him.”
“He’ll have his capture in front of him and I’ll say, ‘OK, on your third throw to the left, have a look at that, your front side flew open a bit,'” he continued. “That’ll just be my eyes talking, and I’ll give him some of the cues that we use in our vocabulary for his teach. It’s just like being there, except we’re both looking at video at the same time.”
This comes after Brady received backlash for the workouts he has kept holding despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “Those practices are not in the best interest of player safety,” NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith told USA Today in a blistering statement. “They’re not in the best interest of protecting our players heading into training camp. And I don’t think they are in the best interest of us getting through an entire season.”
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