Tom Brady: “Experience Doesn’t Matter”

January 29th, 2021

Is there a bigger expert on Super Bowl play than Tom Brady? Of course not.

And yesterday, Brady blew a few holes in traditional big-game clichés.

The man entering his 10th Super Bowl firmly stated that the Bucs’ lack of Super Bowl experience is meaningless.

Much like in the postseason, Joe will add.

“No. Experience doesn’t matter. Playing well matters,” said Brady, while answering a direct question. “The team that wins is not going to be the most experienced team, it’s going to be the team that plays the best. So we’ve got to prepare the best, we’ve got to execute the best, we gotta perform the best under pressure. And if we do that, we’ll be champions. And if we don’t, we won’t be.”

Hey, Brady would know. He’s lost three Super Bowls and thoroughly knows that experience in the big game is overvalued.

Did experience win the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl? Or was it a complete meltdown by an Atlanta team unprepared to close out the game?

On another front, Brady let a little air out of notion that he is a supreme leader of the entire Bucs roster.

Simply stated, restrictive COVID rules crushed any hope of Brady buddying up to every player over five-month preseason and in the regular season.

‘There’s a lot of people [on the Bucs] that I just have never really got a chance to get to know. Certain players on defense that I just don’t know very well,” Brady said yesterday. “We’re not able to be together in certain rooms, we’re not able to eat together, we’re not able to travel well [and] we don’t get the normal camaraderie that you have on a normal team. So under the circumstances, we’re all doing the best we can do and, you know, it’s been a tricky year in that sense.”

Yes, Joe believes experience and leadership matter, but they do get a little overblown. Regardless, they represent a reason that Joe is extra fired up for next season. Just imagine what Brady might be able to accomplish in a normal year, with a playoff-tested roster and more of his personal coaching.

20 Responses to “Tom Brady: “Experience Doesn’t Matter””

  1. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Will Vita get that TB12 Hug he wanted? we’ll see

  2. Gofortheface30 Says:

    It is overblown, completely. Things like weather and playoff experience is horse – 💩. They are things fans romanticize that amounts to nothing. Playing in cold weather drives me the most crazy. Tampa is exhibit A showing it meant diddly ass poo on Sunday, but I’m sure next yr millions of people will come up with the same tired, overused talking points about “derrrrr ohhh my gawd how will a warm weather team win in the snow?!” Like they just completely forgot all of the real life examples showing why it means nothings. Talent and preparation matters. That’s it. Tom Brady is right.

  3. Pan Handle Says:

    You talk out of both sides of your mouth Joe. I mean, regarding leadership. Is it important or not?

    And you continue to take your little passive-aggressive jabs at Brady and Belichick: “did experience win the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl? Or was it a complete meltdown by an Atlanta team unprepared to close out the game?”

    I’ve been saying it since I first started reading your blog. One of the two Joe’s doesn’t deserve Brady. It’s the author of this article. You’re so easy to spot LEE.

  4. Jerry Jones Says:

    Willie Gay Jr., Chiefs LB, is now out apparently.

  5. Liaastnfrmafar Says:

    This comes down to defense and right now both teams have confidence. I got to believe it’s a lot harder to stop a seasoned, past SB wi ner & potential MVP Roger’s in Lambeau versus a young Josh Allen (first AFC championship game)at home in Arrowhead. Contain Hill and pop Kelcie off the line and hit him hard when he slants and he will fold like a pop tent in a tornado. I saw if before when they lost to NE.

  6. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    This is a complete side story…I think the real
    Story that needs to be run on is HOW DO THE CHIEFS HOPE TO SLOW DOWN THE BUCS POTENT OFFENSE????

  7. LFGBucs Says:

    Naples, I totally agree. I’m so sick and tired this postseason of hearing “the saints offense is just too efficient” “Aaron rodgers is just unstoppable” “the chiefs offense is too much to handle”. Can someone please explain to me why no one is saying the same in reverse? The chiefs offense is good and all, don’t get me wrong. But if I were the chiefs defense I’d be terrified right now. They better hope that offense hangs 40 because there’s no reason in the world they stop ours. Just frustrating to hear week in and week out how we don’t have a chance because the offenses we’re playing are too good. News flash…our offense is pretty damn good too…

  8. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Next year will be epic for sure, fun to think about. But meanwhile back on the ranch, get er done boys. GO BUCS!!!!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So, I guess that blows Joe’s “He’s got a ring” fetish!!!

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    Gofortheface30 … “It is overblown, completely.” Respectfully disagree on that one. Tom Brady was answering that question from a TEAM perspective it appears (since he followed his “playing well matters” with “The TEAM that wins is not going to be the most experienced TEAM, it’s going to be the TEAM that plays the best.”

    I completely agree with your ‘bottom line’ Goforheface30 … “Talent and preparation matters” but I still believe that there’s more to it than that. Experience obviously matters in the individual players, and especially in our team leaders. Do you think that Brady as a rookie could’ve taken last year’s Bucs’ team to the Super Bowl? I don’t. Do you think that an All-Rookie team could ever play in the Super Bowl? Doubt it.

    Tom Brady has ‘honed his skills’ over 20 years of winning, and THAT experience is what we benefitted from this year. He’s well-grounded and works hard to stay humble, but the GOAT’s experience is what’s made him who he is, and we’re benefitting at this point in his career.

  11. Colonel Angus Says:

    Its Bradys experience and leadership that prompts him to say that experience doesn’t matter once the game is on. Its all about the preparation and mind set heading into the game. And knowing its a 4 quarter game, do not panic if the game isn’t going your way early, because Brady has experienced that situation before.

  12. Joe Says:

    Is it important or not?

    One Joe thinks it is a thing. The other Joe thinks (the word and how people get wet about it) is football mysticism — and a linebacker who has four rings and is in the Hall of Fame agrees with Joe about that).

  13. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Trying to think of a LB with 4 rings and is a HOF? Lambert? Ham? Haley has 5.

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    I’m typically not one to look beyond the next game, but can you imagine if the Bucs win the SB and Brady returns for a 2nd year. Now, he will have already cemented his title as GOAT. But, then he comes back with experienced players, an offseason to gel with the players, and leads the BUCS to a perfect season and a 2nd in a row SB. I can dream can’t I?

  15. Shecky Says:

    “Experience” doesn’t matter in a SB? Coming from Brady, I can believe that.
    But if Joe genuinely believes “leadership” also doesn’t matter I wholly disagree.

  16. ModHairKen Says:

    If the Bucs can average 3-5 yards a carry, the Chiefs cannot stop this Offense. That has been proven in 3 straight games.

  17. Liaastnfrmafar Says:

    Hate to say it because I’m a huge Brady fan but if Bucs could get Watson next year, I would sacrafice the 20+ years of experience.

  18. Miller5252 Says:

    I think experience matters in the Super Bowl when it comes to that day. When you’ve been there before you understand and can control how amped you are before the game and during that first quarter. You see too many time were guys are so jacked that they miss throws or catches miss tackles and drop balls. Experience allows you to treat it like another game and not blow your wad way too early.

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Brady is just being self deprecating, as usual. He’s not gonna come out and say “ I’ve got six rings , I got this “. Not good for his team, and bulletin board material for KC.

    Everybody knows experience is the best teacher. He’s not gonna say it… he’s gonna show it.

  20. BuccoDav Says:

    I don’t know about which Joe believes what… but I listen to the NFL channel of Sirius quite a bit. EVERY coach they have talks about the importance of leadership and how it can completely change a team. I’m inclined to believe them.