Report: Bucs Coaches Meeting Tom Brady’s Demand For “Better Midweek Preparations”

November 30th, 2020

This is a good one from a reputable reporter who always seems extremely closely connected to Tom Brady’s inner circle.

Former NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington, a proud Pinellas County product, works for ESPN and has been ahead of the curve on all things Brady since before he arrived in Tampa.

Prior to the Bucs-Chiefs game yesterday, Darlington spoke on television about his talks with the Brady inner circle and Bucs hierarchy.

Of course, in typical BSPN style, what Darlington learned doesn’t quite jibe with his recently hollering colleague, Rob Ninkovich, a former Brady teammate.

Darlington says “people close to Brady” say he’s super happy in Tampa and enjoys Bucco Bruce Arians’ straight-shooter ways. But Brady appears to want better coaching, per Darlington, and the Bucs responded.

“Brady wants to see better midweek preparations, better situational planning. So that at the end of games, like the one against the Rams, they’re in a better spot,” Darlington said. “Speaking with high-ranking Bucs sources, they say that they feel like they recognize that and they have worked [last week] to try to make some corrections in that area.”

Joe is intrigued by the timing of Darlington’s comments. Leading up the Rams game, Arians gave Bucs players an extra day off and went lighter on the practices and changed the team’s schedule. Per the Monday Night Football broadcast, Brady was no fan of the new night practices because they got in the way of his 9:15 p.m. bed time.

Also interesting to Joe is last week’s alleged better preparation leading to the Bucs soiling their pants in the first quarter yesterday.

42 Responses to “Report: Bucs Coaches Meeting Tom Brady’s Demand For “Better Midweek Preparations””

  1. Conte Piscateli Says:

    Wtf? How many coaches does it take to prepare a team and game plan? Apparently, more than we currently have.

  2. LVMYBUCS Says:

    This why i like that we have Brady, even if we dont win much he is showing us what needs to be fixed because our coaching staff has no clue

  3. Steven007 Says:

    Brady is used to the meticulous, relentless coaching approach that he had for the first 20 years of his career. I’m sure he knew this would be a challenge. Obviously it’s troubling that this far in there are now making these changes. Seems like Brady wants to be coached harder which goes against the grain of the current coaching staff. Will be interesting to see how this ends.

  4. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I rather have Brady as a coach then a QB

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    Ignorant embarrassing coaches. If Brady has to demand better coaching you should all be fired after your one and done season and let him pick a damn coach honestly. What are we wanting to be like the Saints winning regular seasons games just to waste a playoff spot by losing or we wanting to compete for a super bowl? It’s f-Ing week 12 and now they want to prepare better?

    Done with that fat bastard, tired of watching this old guy throw more than any quarterback in the nfl and doesn’t matter if the o line can’t protect him or not stand in the and take a hit at 43. Done with the 24th ranked pass defense it’s over and it’s not fixed. No matter who is on the roster this team his continued it’s tradition of being on the wrong end of history making nfl records you sir suck at coaching and Bowles is just as ignorant not to double the fastest man in football

  6. NVMatt Says:

    I think the “game plans” probably have something to do with their early struggles. I checked and they’ve been down in the 1st quarter in 9 or their 12 games. The coaches and players will blame execution I’m sure, but they really need to look into the mirror to consider if the game plans are really putting players into their best positions to succeed.

  7. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    For the love of God, give The GOAT more playcalling opportunities!!!!

  8. Beeej Says:

    I don’t think people are talking about Todd Bowls as a head coaching candidate anymore

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    come on guys what did you expect from yet another failed glazer pr stunt. it’s a bucs life. what you call negativity I call reality in bucland.

    this stunt never stood a chance from the minute desperate licht trying to save his arse talked BA into coming out of retirement so that he could retire on active duty in tampa like so many before have. and of course the padding of retirement accounts for every amateur coach he could hire ala lovie smith

  10. Yehaw Says:

    Some gameplanning would be a great addition and asset to this team. Especially if they want to win a Superbowl. This lazy “we are going to play our scheme” shtick doesn’t work against the best teams in the NFL.

  11. Aaron Says:

    I wonder what film Bowles saw where giving Hill a free release was smart.

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Amen brother. And where was the safety help over the top? We should have had a safety semi spying Hill.

    Oh no…let’s single cover him with a DB who is 4% slower than Hill.
    4% difference in the NFL is huge.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    We could go back to Greg Schiano.

    Would that make some of you happy?

  14. T REX Says:

    Todd Bowles is getting abused in the first half of every game.

    Abused. Badly. Staff is garbage.

  15. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Buc1987, exactly. Some of these characters would prefer 3-13 to 10-6. They thrive on their own negativity.

  16. BucEmUp Says:

    I think just about every Bucs fan would have told you before the game that at minimum tyreek hill needs to be double covered off the bat from the forst snap, and that Kelce falls into that category as well.

    Odly enough our coaches making millions of dollars waited until the team was down THREE FREAKING POSSESSIONS to make any type of adjustments on offense or defense.

    Bruce Arians has waaaaaay to much prode and trust in his staff. He will fail because of his pride and semi retired golf cart ways

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    UKBuccaneer and 1987

    no – some of us can’t accept mediocrity just because the alternative is crap….

    It is not too much ask for a consistent playoff contender that does not embarrass the city of tampa, the sport of football and men worldwide. instead we get a leadership void, pansy arse franchise that holds every single worst of nfl records….. i’ve been patient for a consistent contender since 1977…. this team has NEVER contended consistency…. one and done dungy the clown style is not consistency nor contending. it might have made you feel all warm and fuzzy but it was still Losing!

    Just trying to be better than Cleveland every year may work for you guys but I laugh at that mentality and usually end up hiring people to mow my lawn who follow that mentality.

  18. Oneilbuc Says:

    Yall are crazy this is real funny to me lol 😁😆😅😅 !!! Yall hate to blame Brady for anything !!! I was told that Jamies was the problem and Bruce Arians was a great coach . Now yall blaming Leftwich and Bruce Arians because Brady is on the team . Yall need to keep the same energy yall had for Jamies when we lost the pass 3 years . Brady throw picks it’s the coaches fault and not his !! Lol 😆🤣😂 no excuses superbowl or bust !!!

  19. Architek Says:

    Some people in here are so jaded and don’t want to see growth and improvement.

    I don’t like OC but I’m willing build if Brady feels this staff is worth building with! It won’t happen overnight but I want to see development!

  20. Infomeplease Says:

    I would have loved to see us win yesterday, that said, we lost to the defending super bowl champs by a field goal. A total team loss. No one in particular to blame. We settled for a field goal twice. The difference between a victory and a loss. Probably a one play difference. One better play called, one more properly executed play, one better blocked play, one better protected play, or one better thrown ball. One play. The defense got beat up in the first quarter then made adjustments and played well. One better play on that side of the ball could have secured a victory too. One play difference. Against the reigning supper bowl champs.
    The Bucs have the pieces in place to be a great team . A great QB, great players on both sides of the ball, great coaches, and great fans. They are moving in that direction. They will start making that one play and the victories that go with it. Go bucs.

  21. tmaxcon Says:


    you celebrate growth and improvement when you are talking about draft picks and a young roster not a team that made ALL-IN DESPERATE moves for a SB and are failing miserably….. facts suck i get it….

  22. Bucamania Says:

    We agree, Tom. We all want better coaching.

    This coaching staff pisses incompetence.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Tmax…you wanna go back to Schiano don’t you? They can go back to that and you can bitch about him too. Perhaps Glennon can be the starting QB throwing to Chris Owuso. Dude the team has a winning record and you still bitch and moan. Perhaps bitch and moan if they don’t make the playoffs? Oh that’s right your expectations are they have to win the SB every friggin year or your not happy. Again wanna go back to Schiano or maybe Lovie Smith?

    Oneil…..some of us don’t realistically….realistically think this team is going to the Super Bowl. Nor did we ever before the season started. So Super Bowl or bust doesn’t apply to many of us. Some of us after sucking for a decade or so are more than content with a 10-6 record and a wild card berth.

    Go Bucs!!!(Prolly not to the SB, but who cares? They don’t suck)

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Tmax…who says they went “all in” when Brady’s on a 2 yr deal?

    You? Certainly not me.

  25. Architek Says:

    TMax it’s not over and there is much more season left to improve! We loss by a total of -6 points combined to the last to teams in a Super Bowl.

    Is the coaching staff elite, no. Is it an upgrade from where we have been let’s say the last 15 years – dam right it is. Let’s just sit back and see if the coaches can evolve the offense and proper preparation that Brady is asking for.

    He knows what it takes and the level of details required. That alone gives us HOPE.

    Let’s not treat this like politics and the climate of this country socially.

    There is hope! There are weeks remaining.

    Romo (the all knowing announcer hahahaj) called it yesterday and said we will be fine and he saw more motion and evolution in the offense yesterday. So let’s see.

  26. Architek Says:

    You’re preaching brother! I totally agree. I think we inadvertently let the mass media influence our thinking and expectations.

    If we made the playoffs and get a wildcard and or get sent home, that’s a successful season. We can build on that and look at what we have to do to get better next year.

    The Saints are a annual choke in the playoffs but they’re a regular season machine because of their foundation and continuity along with excellence at coaching.

    People be patient – it’s good to vent but let’s keep some perspective.

  27. adam from ny Says:

    give tom gravy what he needs and wants so he/we can live another day…

    he just might know more than the staff on some things…

    personally i think gronk is getting more and more of a role on offense because toms is like:

    “fugg this i’m just gonna throw to gronk”

    these are all old patriots plays with gronk for sure…

    i think tom is growing more suspect of the BA offense and the leftwich calls, and just audibles out to his bread and butter stuff more and more…

    they’ve got him doing crazy ish…

    maybe that’s why he got AB in here…

    he might feel he needs some guys to run his offense and for stability…

    the rollercoaster has got to stop at some point before the playoffs

  28. Jersey buc Says:

    Funny all the crybabies are out of the caves.😂 few bad weeks they all come out like roachs. My man talking about jaymiss dude was more to half way to his 30 picks this time last year. They are in a spot to make the playoffs but nope the roaches are out. Yes it hasn’t been a good two weeks. But not like they getting smoked by 3 touchdowns. Roachs will be back in the caves soon schedule really lightens up

  29. Jersey buc Says:

    Does oneil know Winston can’t even start over a TE and that no other team wanted him? Making league minimum still acting like a child eating his fingers on a game where maybe he gave drew a Gatorade bottle.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    “a child eating his fingers on a game where maybe he gave drew a Gatorade bottle.”


  31. DrJAM Says:

    I believe Brady is trying to help this coaching staff understand not everything about his previous situation was bad. Preparation is coaching. Play calling is coaching. The attention to detail during the week is initiated by the coaches. All of that is relevant because the coaching staff prides itself on “putting players in position to do what they do well!”

    Brady can still throw deep. However, he is surgical in the short, intermediate passing game. BA needs to relinquish the need to run his offense and defer to what Brady is comfortable doing. Rojo is ready for 20+ carries a game, play action will make Mike, Chris, Gronk, AB and Brate even more dangerous. This is not that difficult.

  32. Mike Says:

    I thought Romo made some excellent points during the KC vs TB broadcast relating to putting players in motion to give the offense a chance to read coverage pre snap. Seems obvious.

  33. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    A guy who’s half-checked out and a guy inexperienced in gameplanning (BA and BL) wasn’t getting it done according to the best to ever do it? (TB and BB). Shocked.

  34. Oneilbuc Says:

    Jerseybuc This ain’t got nothing to with Jamies . He was just the last quarterback before Brady . Now answer my question when are you going to blame Brady like you did Jamies🤔 ?? I told yall that Brady have been bad against good teams . The past 2 years Brady has not been good . Again he will be back yall goat when we play these none playoff teams and yall will be back giving him all the credit on why we won . No excuses superbowl or bust !!!

  35. ClodHopper Says:

    “So that at the end of games, like the one against the Rams, they’re in a better spot”

    Maybe Brady would have better off with a former Bucs coach.

    From 11-12-2012:

    “Joe attends all training camp practices and many other practices, and the Schiano Bucs work on situational football details to the extreme. It’s a common sight to see Schiano with his bullhorn barking out scenarios, “Men, 26 seconds left, we got the ball at our 47 yard line with no timeouts and down by two points. Let’s go.” And needless to say everything ramps up to full speed immediately, much like Joe moves when the pizza delivery guy rings the doorbell.”

  36. ClodHopper Says:

    “So that at the end of games, like the one against the Rams, they’re in a better spot”

    Sounds like Brady could use the coaching a former Buc

    From 2012:

    “Joe attends all training camp practices and many other practices, and the Schiano Bucs work on situational football details to the extreme”

  37. tmaxcon Says:


    i’ll stop bitching when they quit losing and can when more than 6 playoff games in 40 plus years

  38. tmaxcon Says:

    win not when

  39. John Bush Says:

    So Eric b. Over in KC will be available to coach the bucs next year

  40. Sport Says:

    None of these negative Nancy’s have any solutions. Just cancel, cancel cancel. Fire this fire that.

    They believe you can fire your way to success.

    We are finally in playoff discussions and they move the goal posts, that only a superbowl win is acceptable.

    Each of you negative Nancy’s at a bag of dirt and find a new team to ruin your life.

    In BA I Trust!

  41. TOM Says:

    1987: I don’t think Schiano was given enough time, but Lovie was a complete disaster. I also would like to see TB have one game to call his own plays.

  42. Joe Says:

    I also would like to see TB have one game to call his own plays.

    Seems like he’s getting more than one game right now.