Gauging The Pressure

July 16th, 2020

Tom Brady dealt with all kinds of pressure during his years as a Patriots legend, but very different types of pressure may come his way when he finally puts on a Buccaneers uniform.

Joe has zero doubts that Brady can handle it, but he’s still human and it’s impossible to know how a man will react in a new situation.

The Stay In Bed show, aka “Get Up” on ESPN, talked about new forms of pressure on Brady this morning.

Retired NFL backup QB Tim Hasselbeck chatted about a “massive amount of pressure” on Brady to produce with the Bucs and much of it is “probably self-induced.” Hasselbeck brought up how Brady might feel internal and external heat if Cam Newton is winning early in New England and the talking heads start wondering how valuable Brady really was.

Former Pro Bowl safety Ryan Clark essentially thought Hasselbeck was off the mark.

He said anything Brady does is a gravy at this point and if he fails in Tampa, Clark will help lead the charge telling people that Brady had nothing to prove and was 43 years old and remains The Goat.

Clark said Brady knows he will be less than his best with the Bucs and is telling himself, “I can use these weapons to build me up to where I’m no longer as strong as I used to be.”

Brady would have dealt with a ton of pressure if he moved to the Bucs at 33 years old, Clark maintained, but certainly not at 43.

Joe believes Brady is the ultimate competitor and will feel intense and unfamiliar pressure if the Bucs aren’t cruising out of the gate. Losing is so foreign to Brady.

Let’s hope Brady never has to answer the question he posed on national television back in 2014, “How do they deal with that?”

10 Responses to “Gauging The Pressure”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Just the thought of having a 43 year old Qb starter scares me. Idc if he thr goat. 43 playing in a NFL is too old

  2. Bucsfan Says:

    I hope everyone is seeing a pattern in the media. Everyone wants Brady to fail which he wont. Brady knows how fortunate he is to be playing with these weapons and nothing will stop him from putting up mvp numbers. Brady hates Belichick and wants nothing more than to stick it to him

  3. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Agreed Bucsfan…Brady will be fine. He and the team will probably have a few hiccups after this “Twigh Light Zone” off season but so will most teams.

  4. TSmitty3000 Says:

    The issue with Brady is people automatically expecting a NFC title game berth. Anything short of that is failure n many fans and pundits eyes. Personally, I’ll be cool with getting a playoff berth and seeing what happens one they get in. Keep in mind, Brady never made a super bowl in seasons he didn’t have a 1st round bye.

    I believe Brady is washed, but I’m hoping I’m wrong and he has one last great season in him.

    There is one silver lining with Bray signing here. I can finally watch Bucs games on the big TV at the bar here in Phoenix. No more old TV in the corner hahaha.

    Should be a fun season.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well, here’s a downer: During the season, any player to test positive goes on Injured Reserve for 3 weeks.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    TSmitty3000, Brady isn’t washed. His ‘down’ year was still a very good season.

    And he’s had down years before, then won a superbowl the following year.

    However, to win, he has to be on the field. I suspect, given the history of the Bucs in regard to injuries, we will more than likely get hit by COVID-19, and players won’t be given the choice to play. Instant 3 weeks IR.

    Why means we need a better backup!

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Pressure? Pressure? That is one of the major reasons TB12 is here. It’s not just an attempt to add to his GOAT status.

    Brady is an adrenaline junkie…he NEEDS that pressure. He is literally addicted to pressure. It’s what makes him tick, it’s who he is.

    Imagine you went to Bern’s steakhouse for dinner every night for twenty years and had a delicious fllet. Would you ever grow bored or tired with the best filet in town? Of course you would. How about some salmon one night.

    New England and the Pats had become Brady’s filet….great but he simply grew bored with it. The Bucs are his taste of seafood.

  8. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    From everything I’ve heard or read about Brady I doubt seriously that he would have taken the job in Tampa if he didn’t believe he could succeed. I hope that Brady takes the names of his negative pundits because they will all suck up to him when he is winning in Tampa.

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:


    “we will more than likely get hit by COVID-19, and players won’t be given the choice to play. Instant 3 weeks IR.”

    This is why I fear this season will forever be marked with an *

    Luck is always a big part of it and I guess it’s no different than a guy pulling a hammy and missing three weeks.

    Imagine the implications of this on the players and coaches if we think this through. Yeah it will have the effect of a “normal” injury but it’s far more preventable than some other “normal” injuries”. So if teams reach the playoffs….if they make the SB..will they grow more and more cautious and begin their own form of “self quarantining” to mitigate the risk?

  10. SOEbuc Says:


    “Just the thought of having a 43 year old Qb starter scares me. Idc if he thr goat. 43 playing in a NFL is too old.”

    Super Bowl win 2018.

    Brady eats pressure for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This very good offensive coaching staff are letting him run sh!t when we’re down in the fourth.