“It’s An Added Expectation Level You Haven’t Faced”

September 9th, 2020

“Warren, don’t you wish you had a quarterback like Tom Brady?”

A lot is made about six-time Super Bowl-winning, park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady’s age. And Joe believes it is a fair point.

There is a reason why 43-year old quarterbacks have a history of struggling. And it is rare that a guy plays in the NFL into his 40s, especially on a brand new team after two decades with the club that drafted him.

One guy who knows something about being an old fart and succeeding on a new team is Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. After the Packers turned down the Bucs and Chucky on a trade, the Packers flipped Favre to the Jets in 2008 at the age of 39.

A year later when he turned 40, he took the Vikings to overtime in the NFC title game before they lost to Drew Brees and the Saints who went on to win the Super Bowl.

The next year at age 41, Farve, who didn’t take care of himself like Brady has and took many more beatings than Brady, finally saw his body give out and he was done.

Now there have been reports from Boston that Brady turned into such a sourpuss and a grump that no one from New England shed a tear that he left. That’s hard to believe. The Belicheats won a Super Bowl during the 2018 season and made the playoffs his last year while winning 12 games.

Brady comes to Tampa and people who saw him in New England and here claimed he was a totally different person this summer. Instead of being a hardass, he was always barking support and offering tips and hugging receivers who made good catches.

Has Brady found the Fountain of Youth along the Hillsborough River? Well, Favre said he can relate.

“This newness — new environment, ‘Where am I going to live? What’s the new stadium going to be like?’ Everything is new to you. That kind of reinvigorates you,” Favre said on airwaves of SiriusXM NFL Radio during his weekly hour-long show. “You kind of get excited. You kind of get into a lull when you do the same thing every day, every day, every day like “Groundhog Day.” You get status quo. It gets stagnant. Boring. Now it is totally the opposite.

“The other thing that you feel, you know, you sense it is there and it is real, the expecation level you always had for yoruself — you expect a lot from yourself. Now [with a new team] more than ever, your expectation level is at an all-time high. Not only what you place upon yourself, but this new environment. ‘Oh, we’ve got Tom! We’re going to the Super Bowl!’ It’s an added expectation level you haven’t faced. Ever.”

It was interesting that Favre admitted going to a new team, no matter how loaded your resume is, means intense pressure for you to win. Now.

That is where the Bucs are, win-now mode. With the salary cap expected to be lower next year, much lower, this team will look much different in 2021.

A lot is expected of Brady this year. And a lot is expected from his teammates as well.

To hear the full excerpt of Favre talking Brady, click the link below. Audio courtesy of SiriusXM NFL Radio.

15 Responses to ““It’s An Added Expectation Level You Haven’t Faced””

  1. Clean House Says:

    This narrative that the pats did nothing in the way of receivers for him is false.
    They signed Antonio Brown who had a meltdown and off field stuff. They tried interesting things like Josh Gordon and Sanu.

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    No question Brady is in better shape; Favre was a rough-and-tumble guy off the field too.

    Tom Brady is a classic case of the old Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. Being a superstar, rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, perfecting his craft, being married to a super model, and being in great health still wasn’t enough. That is, certainly he’s blasted through his physiological, safety, social, love, and esteem needs. To meet his self-actualization/self-fulfilment needs, he still needed to climb higher, needing a big say in how things are done in the organization. Frankly, when people asked “Why would have want out of NE after 20 years?” that is what first came to mind (knowing Belichick and Kraft are both control freaks). And it’s playing out that way. Right now at least, he’s getting that self-fulfillment need met.

    But he may need “more” after football. Guys like this turn into great world leaders, philanthropists, go into politics, etc when everyone else says “Why doesn’t he just chill out?” He already owns and does so much outside of football. And so sadly, some can’t meet the needs anymore and go into a downward spiral because there is nothing else they can do to make them happy. Hopefully Brady stays going strong.

  3. ModHairKen Says:

    Who cares, Clean House? Brady was bored and taken for granted. Not anymore. Belichick gets way too much credit. Gruden dealt with ridiculously bad QBs. Griese. Garcia. Simms. Let’s see Belichick win with that. He doesn’t know how good he had it. Who was the grump?

  4. Doctor Stroud Says:

    “Farve”? “…park violating…Tom Brady”? As a long-time suffering Bucs fan, I have to confess that part of me loves the utter contempt and disrespect that Joe shows for these Hall of Fame QBs. They played on teams that we despise, they had good records against the Bucs (although I would love to read his/their thoughts on Peyton Manning of all people), and their fan bases polluted and often outnumbered our fans in our own beloved stadium. I hope that this 2020 experiment works out. Go Bucs!

  5. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Joe you need to lay off your satire when describing these better than anybody because they’re hall of fame qbs because you have so much contempt for them even though time and time again you show great respect for them. I don’t know why “men” get their drawers all in a bunch over this still. It’s not like these monikers you play around with didn’t happen! Brady did house invade, though accidently and did ignore the NFLPA AND ignored the ban at the public parks. I guess people don’t understand your humor.

  6. Steven007 Says:

    Roy, nice work. I wasn’t expecting to read about Abraham Maslow in the comment thread. My expectations are lower than that typically, haha. And good points by the way.

  7. Steven007 Says:

    Doctor and David, lately Joe has tacked on a more complimentary lead in to the other silly crap. So there’s that.

  8. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Steven, thanks. I’d forgotten his first name. Thanks for that !

  9. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Man…that whole Farve saga! I almost forgot (on purpose?) about that. I drove down from Richmond VA to watch a couple of training camp practices at Disney. When I got in range of some of the local radio stations the talk was “what will Farve do?”…ad nauseam! Thank goodness he chose the Jets!

  10. Ed Says:

    This team is full of egos. starting with the quarterback, and his buddy (I want the ball Ron.) Receivers that are use to being the number one focus will be reduced to slant passes. A room full of running backs that also want to carry the ball. when you look at the overall talent on this team and reminds me of a retirement home for old washed old offense player’s, that all want the football, to try and reconnect their youth. If the Buc’s start a rookie lineman, the first of many mistakes he make Brady, will be yelling at him, and by the fifth games the player’s will hate Brady. Ask the player’s in New England how they fill about Brady, and was glad he left. If he was not a problem why was he let go.

  11. Paul Says:

    I would call it progress. Why the switch on the Moniker of the GOAT?

    six-time Super Bowl-winning, park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady’s

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    ED you speak as if you just became a fan of this team a week ago because you are way off on that take. Are you forgetting who was our quarterback last year or did you even know who was on the roster. You wouldn’t hate a player for not tolerating failure and receivers reduced to slant passes. Dude seriously go to Buccaneers.com and educate yourself. Brady didn’t have some top 10 offensive line and rookies make mistakes but Dotson was horrible last year so the kid is an upgrade

  13. Billy_45 Says:

    @ ED

    Really man???
    This team is literally the definition of Selfless.
    Not a single EGO in the bunch!!

    Please educate yourself man, because you genuinely sound like a TROLL!!

    Try using Spell Check at least 🙁
    And who is Ron?

  14. Jersey buc Says:

    Dumb ass ED. He don’t watch this team it’s obvious. Retirement home roster who other than Brady and gronk are old on offense or even D for thst matter other than suh

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Ed…I don’t care if they like him, each and everyone of them. I want them to respect him, and believe he won’t torch games for them. And if they don’t play well, he will call them out to do their jobs. Frankly, I have no problems with that at all.

    Just in retrospection, who do you think the players liked better… Dungy or Gruden? But who pushed them, and had the formula, to lead them to winning a SB?