Brady brushes off losing debut after throwing two interceptions for Bucs

Ross Houston
September 16, 2020

Brady's transition was far from seamless in that respect on Sunday night as he threw two interceptions in a 34-23 defeat to the New Orleans Saints on his debut for the team.

"One was a miscommunication between he and Mike", Arians told reporters.

"There's no excuses - we're the only ones that can do something about it", Brady said.

"We had some success [and] we had some good drives and we had some really poor drives". We didn't run the ball as well as I thought we would on the edges. It was a learning experience that way. "Then, we don't get any more chunk plays other than pass interference penalties", the coach added. And I think we're all disappointed it didn't go our way. "It's just Round 1 of a 16-round fight, and we'll learn from it".

Arians conceded Monday that he was surprised that Brady struggled after beginning the game with an 85-yard touchdown drive.

Early in the second half, Brady's pass intended for receiver Justin Watson along the right sideline was undercut by cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who met no resistance as he sprinted 36 yards for a touchdown.

Drew Brees and Tom Brady, the two leading passers in National Football League history, couldn't muster vintage performances in the first National Football League game featuring two starting quarterbacks in their 40s.

"No doubt", he said.

"He thought Mike was going down the middle".

Tampa Bay's opening drive was promising for Brady, who the Bucs hope can lead them to their first playoff appearance since the 2007 season.

"It doesn't matter how much talent you have if you throw interceptions returned for touchdowns, so I've got to correct that", he said.

WHAT NEEDS HELP - The running game didn't do a lot to help Brady, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry on 26 attempts, although Arians felt Ronald Jones and newly signed, two-time 1,000-yard rusher Leonard Fournette ran hard. As ESPN's Mina Kimes saw it, Brady's performance was in line with the previous season, when the consensus was that he had regressed slightly, but was still capable of leading a team into the postseason.

"It speaks for itself. If you're throwing an out route and you throw it low and inside - that hasn't been the case up until that one", Arians said.

Few witnessed this latest bit of history in person, with government leaders and the Saints having agreed that no fans should attend the opener amid the coronavirus pandemic. "And probably a better decision to go somewhere else with the ball".

"He knows how to bounce back", Arians said. "He knew he didn't play very well and it's not what he expects from himself, nor what we expect".

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