“The Intensity Switch”

May 24th, 2020

There are football-obsessed players and then there’s Tom Brady.

A Buccaneer who played for a crazy intense and successful former Coach of the Year and Super Bowl-winner not named Bill Belicheat already sees what happens he talks football with his new quarterback.

Bucs center Ryan Jensen spent five years playing in Baltimore for John Harbaugh, who is as jacked up as they come in the coaching ranks. Harbaugh’s teams actually go all out in preseason and maybe that’s part of the reason he has just one losing season among his 12 leading the Ravens. Harbaugh also has a stunning 10-7 career record in the playoffs.

Joe has chatted football with Harbaugh at the NFL Owners Meetings and you can see how something changes in him when the subject turns to on-field play.

Jensen explained to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated last week that he saw Brady change midstream during their first conversation.

“He flips a switch,” Jensen said after his first workout with Brady.

“Even just in talking, you talk about life, where he should live in Tampa, this is the first conversation we had and, then all of the sudden, when we start talking about ball a little bit, you feel the intensity switch. I think that’s something that you see, and you’ve seen obviously the last 20 years, he can flip that switch in intensity.”

It’s going to be fun to see what Brady’s impact on the Bucs really is. Tampa Bay legend Rondé Barber says what he witnessed practicing with Brady back in 2012 lets him know life will be very different at One Buc Palace.

But the clock is ticking and the team is not together. Joe can only imagine how intense Brady’s going to be at the first day of training camp knowing opening day is around the corner and there’s a hell of a lot do.

22 Responses to ““The Intensity Switch””

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    Any scuttlebutt Joe on when the teams can officially start practicing together at their own facilities? Seems silly that tattoo parlors are allowed to reopen but NFL teams aren’t allowed to get together. The answer is simple. The NFL has made it clear that, for now, no team will be able to do that until ALL teams are allowed to do that per local city/state rules in place. That said, Joe expects the NFL to change that all-or-nothing mindset when it comes to training camp. –Joe

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Defense Rules

    Hahaha. Pissed cus I wanted a new tattoo before and they might take a while to open back up. I’m still gonna wait a bit.

  3. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Brady can flip the “intensity” switch all he wants!!!!!!! But this florida!!!!!!! Does he know about the brown outside that breaks appliances and electronics??? Does this make ole stale biscuit the faulty fuse box???? Do the sheep know about all the old wiring that is the roster???? Does Tampabaybucfan “realize” that some of the wiring is not up to code!!!!!!!!!! There are so many problems when the unlicensed electrician licht did a patch job and band-aids that will ultimately fail!!!!!!!!! And then all the sheep will be in the “dark” wandering what happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the “no excuse” season of all “no excuse” seasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. El Buco Realisto Says:

    @Defense Rules

    It does not seem silly at all!!!!!!!! Do you also wonder why the military will send the “cannon fodder” up the hill first????????

    (Bugle plays)
    “SHEEP CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    This is the “no excuse” season of all “no excuse” seasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Buc believer Says:

    The “sickness” as Joe kindly puts it is horrible and I really feel for anyone who has lost a family member or a friend due to it. But we must remember something…… most people survive it. Yes one death is to many but people die from the regular flu as well. Do we shut down society so no one gets the flu? My goodness PLEASE in the name of everything good and right let them start practicing so we can play!

  6. Chris l Says:

    This will be good for this franchise either way. I still cant believe he is our quarterback.

  7. Imon Says:

    Holy nomenclature, Batman! It’s finally happened! Joe has dropped the snarky “park violating, home invading” BS. See, there is hope for you, Joe!

  8. gp Says:

    One person cannot do it all on his own.
    Lets hope that his intensity is contagious, infects the entire team, and lasts long after he is gone.
    The idea that losing is OK as long as you did your best is not an acceptable attitude and never actually produces “best efforts”.
    Until *team* attitude changes, don’t expect different results.
    Forever optimistic, frequently let down, but always hoping for that spark to ignite a flame.

  9. Bojim Says:

    Realist. I guess it’s your job to be jerk?

  10. JimBuc2. Says:

    Given that one team cannot open it’s facility until all teams can, one must ask where the most foot-dragging comes from. Michigan(looking at you govenor W), Pennsylvania(Wolfe), or perhaps Virginia(baby kiling, 2A hating detestable Northam)? Seems the Blue state crowd,(mis)led by uber-elitest Pelosi won’t rest until all self reliance has been eliminated and permanent nanny state dependence is the norm. Think about that when you cast your vote in November. Go Bucs!

  11. El Buco Realisto Says:


    It’s the truth, nothing more!!!!!!!!! Do you get mad at a themometer when it tells you it is hot!!!!!!!!!! Is it my “job” to tell the truth????? Maybe!!!!!!!!!!!
    But the “real” question is, are you just a “volunteer,” or a “volunTOLD”????????????

    This is the “no excuse” season of all “no excuse” seasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Feels the need to attack me even when I haven’t posted anything……that, my friends is an obsession based purely on jealousy.

    Your posts are tired old and redundant and totally negative in every way…..I can tell from reading all your detractors that I am in the vast majority…..you sir, have some real self-esteem problems at the very least.

  13. bucnut2 Says:

    Winton must have hired El Bucco as his agent.

  14. Craig Says:

    It will be so nice to have a QB who can walk up to the line and be in charge.

    A former Houston LB told me that Josh Freeman flinched when someone said BOO. Jameis’ deer in the headlights look was priceless, but it didn’t bode well for football.

    Brady will be great.

    The NFL has been trying to reach parity for several years, this might do it. No team ready when the season starts. A guy like Brady will be a huge advantage in this too.

  15. El Buco Realisto Says:


    That would be strange, since being one of the biggest jw3 “haters for years!!!!!!!!! Even lost my “The Buc Realist” name by telling the truth about jw3!!!!!!!!!!!!! So hiring me as his agent when I spouted out about settlements being a franchise record, would not make sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the “no excuse” season of all “no excuse” seasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Rayjay1122 Says:

    When I see La Realista posts, I skip and read intelligent posts. Nothing more than a 12 year old troll trying to get attention. Ignore her.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I understand and respect that they want to make things as even as possible and provide a level playing field.

    But ALL the locations may NEVER open simultaneously and I’ve already read where the NFL and UF have negotiated the use of Florida Field for any teams unable to host their games in their own stadia.

    Why not training camps…again a tribute to our historic days as Spring Training headquarters.

  18. Alaska Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Rayjay- I like to read his posts to document the steady mental decline. Pretty sad to be honest.

  19. Confused Buc Fan Says:

    I love the intensity of TB12, but like everyone who’s aware of the concept of time on the human body, I gotta wonder if that can be sustained in dog days of August training camp (assuming there is one … PLEASE let there be one!). I am hoping for the best based on his otherworldly defiance of time thus far!

  20. teacherman777 Says:

    Brady means “Spirited” in Irish. ( English was forced on Ireland)

    Pre-New-World immigration, the Irish were landless slaves for 4 centuries.

    The Irish were called “The Blacks of Europe.”

    Rememeber “No Irish Need Apply?”

    Dont forget your roots Irish-Gringos.

    If you are part Irish, and part racist, you are a shame to your ancestors.

    Go Bucs!

  21. El Buco Realisto Says:


    Let us hope, that they can sober up and read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the “no excuse” season of all “no excuse” seasons!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    El Buco Realisto Says:

    (Bugle plays)
    “SHEEP CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Happy Memorial Day, Realist. You freaking nut.