“Most Important Of All, Tom Has To Learn The DBs In That Division”

August 2nd, 2020

There’s lots of talk out there about Tom Brady needing to build chemistry with his receivers, but there’s little chatter about Brady’s other big learning curve.

Leave it to a Hall of Famer to dive into the latter.

Retired legendary general manager Bill Polian was doing just that on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week, explaining that Brady “most important of all, has to learn the DBs in that division.”

“When a DB is pressing up on top of the receiver at the line of scrimmage, most DBs will lead with one hand or the other depending on what leverage they’re going to play. And the receiver has to know which hand he’s going to lead with and the quarterback has to know which hand he’s going to lead with because the hand with which he leads, if you get step on him, that hand is late; that’s where you throw the ball,” Polian said “That’s why [quarterbacks] study all that film. That’s why they stay up nights late studying film, trying to get a tip on how a guy’s going to play.

“[Brady’s] got to learn an entirely new conference. … I guarantee you he’s done quite a bit of film work already, and will throughout camp. But nothing beats being out there on the field …”

Polian wove that chatter into how Brady will need to blend that defensive backs knowledge into learning the nuanced strengths of his pass catchers. And the last piece of the puzzle, Polian explained, is the “body cues” — non-verbal/instinctive communication between Brady and his receivers that sometimes will change weekly. He’ll have that with Rob Gronkowski, but it will take time to develop that trust and elsewhere.

Yes, Brady has to pull of a Superman-like job to be firing on all cylinders against the Saints in 42 days.

19 Responses to ““Most Important Of All, Tom Has To Learn The DBs In That Division””

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Our former QB had issues throwing to DBs

    …and LBs
    …and DLs

    I think TB 12 will be fine.

  2. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I guess it’s a good thing for us all then that our new QB is a 20 year vet and 6 time world champion who knows these concerns and probably was studying all things NFC South along with Gronk for a while prior to signing with the Bucs. Polian is not a smarter QB than Brady. I am not concerned at all.. We won the SB with Brad Johnson and Braday is far > Johnson.

    In fact. I see possibly better talent at numerous positions than the 2002 team had.

  3. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Yes I know Polian is not a QB, so that was sarcasm.

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    In fact Polian never played offense. He was a safety for the NYU Violets but he is correct in his statement about Brady. I am just not concerned because Brady has a proven history. I feel like Joe Burrow is a very solid rookie QB but I am very thankful our QB is Tom Brady and not a rookie.

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I leave it to his experience and him watching tape. The last guy here in Tampa responsible for slinging the ball around was familiar with NFC South DBs, but his lack of discipline, lack of experience, and carelessness did us in. Brady will be fine. Not worried.

  6. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Doosh, I was about to say well this year, things change…he will be throwing to Bucs jerseys…but no so…he is second in line behind Hill to hold the clipboard.

  7. Youngbucs Says:

    I honestly don’t think this is an issue he’s overblown. Do your job it doesn’t matter what someone else is doing.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    Polian went on to say exactly what I was thinking at the beginning of his discussion. You don’t think Brady has been studying tape like a mad man? He probably already knows more about DB tendencies than Jameis ever did. Plus he’s so accurate. How many of Godwin’s and Evans’ catches were acrobatic? Brady will put it where it needs to be, where the receivers don’t have to break stride. I would venture to guess that YAC stats are going to be way up this year. As far as receiver tendencies, he will master that during training camp.

  9. Iamabuc Says:

    Playing for 20 years, I’m pretty sure he has played teams in our division before and there aren’t much DBs Brady doesn’t know of. No worries.

  10. james west Says:

    brady has beaten breese their last two meetings, and beaten matty ice the last four, i think i see a trend

  11. Ndog Says:

    DoooshLaRue Says:
    August 2nd, 2020 at 9:09 am
    Our former QB had issues throwing to DBs

    …and LBs
    …and DLs

    I tell ya ⬆️ every article!

  12. Youngbucs Says:

    Ndog don’t get mad did he lie????

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Wow ndog, I was referring to Parnell Dickinson.

    You’re very defensive when it comes to your love aren’t you?

    Geaux be a Saints fan already.

  14. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    All the DBs in our division are so sad because it won’t be Christmas this year with TB like it was for 5 years with Jay Miss.

  15. Ndog Says:

    Alvin Scissors Harper Says:
    August 2nd, 2020 at 6:14 pm
    All the DBs in our division are so sad because it won’t be Christmas this year with TB like it was for 5 years with Jay Miss.

    ⬆️ Every post!

  16. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Someone has a new favorite emoji …..

  17. Sport Says:

    If a comment about JW is posted on JBF and Ndog doesn’t read it, did it actually happen?


    In BA I Trust!

  18. BringBucsBack Says:

    Of all of the quarterbacks that have changed divisions throughout the history of the NFL, how often was this angle questioned or even mentioned? It’s getting ridiculous; all of the doubts that outsiders are manufacturing against the greatest quarterback ever?!

    Why stop at the hand positioning of opponents’ DBs?!?! Really?

    Maybe he’ll struggle playing on the artificial turf in New Orleans and Atlanta because it is sooo different from all of the other artificial turfs he’s played on?! Maybe he won’t like the grass in Carolina because it’s, grass!? Maybe the new cleats the Bucs provide won’t be able to his grab the turf like it did in N.E.! Maybe his new suntanned check-bones will reflect light into his eyes (Or his recievers’) at a greater rate than being an ultra-white guy!? Goodness freaking gracious!

    TB won’t be perfect but, holy deflated footballs; who is more prepared, better equipped or more experienced at his craft than Tom freaking Brady?

    I can’t wait to kick tail; pandemic-permitting!

  19. Rob Tanner Says:

    I can’t believe no one won this thread yet, I guess I will. Can’t he just google it? Thank you folks, I’ll be here all week. Make sure to tip your Joe’s.