Todd Bowles Explains Tom Brady’s Effect On The Bucs Defense

February 1st, 2021

Last week, Bucco Bruce Arians opened Joe’s eyes when he made a bold statement about Tom Brady’s effect on the Tampa Bay defense.

Joe asked defensive coordinator Todd Bowles about that today.

Here’s the verbatim exchange: Coach, just last week Bruce Arians said that Tom Brady has had as much of an effect on the defense as he’s had on the offense. Can you give some insight into what Coach Arians might be looking at there or what you’ve experienced from Tom Brady’s effect on your defense?

Todd Bowles: Just talking to the guys coming out to practice and after practice, just monitoring how they mentally feel after plays and how they look after plays and just talking football. And just really from a performance standpoint, when they see how hard he works and everything he does, and as diligent as he does it, nobody wants to let anybody down. So those guys work harder from that standpoint. You don’t want to get embarrassed at practice having Brady pick on you every day. So you better pick your game up. I think a lot of that part has carried over to the defense and made them more accountable.

Very cool. Interesting how Bowles said Brady monitors the mentality of the defensive backs and their body language.

Impressive stuff. And what a bonus it is that Brady has no plans to retire and can continue grooming the young secondary and Devin White.

21 Responses to “Todd Bowles Explains Tom Brady’s Effect On The Bucs Defense”

  1. buc15 Says:

    The Brady effect. NDOG????? You still with us?

  2. ATLBucsFan Says:

    Love this input from Bowles. Another year will just add to the quality of play from our young defenders. Go Bucs!

  3. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Maybe that’s why last year BA said the secondary was”fixed”…. it just looked fixed against America’s interception machine.

  4. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I compare it to how Phil Mickelson approaches his golf game. Knows length, direction, moisture level of grass which dictates what shot he plays. Both take a statisticians approach to the game.

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    Hope Brady can stay with the team after his playing days – in some capacity.

  6. lambeau Says:

    Imagine the benefit of TB12 picking on your weakness in practice every day. Not
    only the DB’s–it reminds me of the LB who said that IN A GAME Philip Rivers pointed at him and told he was lined up wrong for the blitz they were planning.

  7. David Says:

    Awesome! I do remember hearing about that. I also remember Ray Lewis barking back at Peyton Manning all the time.
    One time in an interview he said sometimes he just starts yelling nonsense to his defense because he’s pissed that Peyton just told him what his defense was doing.

    For decades it still amazes me how all the “draft experts” don’t have the mental aspect, football IQ, as the number one attribute for a quarterback.
    I’ll take that with accuracy over a strong arm any day

  8. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Leave Ndog alone. I’m sure he’s on the phone calling 31 different NFL teams begging someone to sign Mr Pick-6 to a starters contract so he can come back here and say, “I told you so! You guys know nothing about football. Listen and learn”! It must really suck to love a player so much you can’t root for the team you called “your team” because they rejected the turnover machine. I bet he was screaming for New Orleans to replace Brees with Mr Pick-6 in the second half. So sad.

  9. John Says:

    I’ll say it again! Someone needs to teach the defense how to tackle down low. Also how to cover relievers. Brady has the offense clicking. We need to stop our opponents!

  10. Mike C Says:

    John, did you watch the second half of the green bay game? 3 turnovers by our offense, the defense bailed us out.

  11. CalBucsFan Says:

    Gotta wonder if TB would consider coaching after he retires in 3-4 years. But I will hold off on that for now and focus on Super Bowl Sunday, just 6 more days!

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  12. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Why would Brady ever want to coach? For o e potentially ruin his legacy and two he could of retired 15 years ago, his wife makes double if not more than he does. Bill Belichick’s boat is named 6 rings, how cool would it be if Brady was able to name his 7 rings or 1 more Bill?

  13. alton green Says:

    besides the defense continuing to play good, there’s another thing that will help tremendously. Stop dropping the ball. I would say that Brady would have had 350-400 yds easily. Now win the Superbowl

  14. Timothy Nicholson Says:

    Tom Brady understand the jobs of all DB so why not push them to there limits !!
    To see all is to known all that what make a better player with a better defence the offence will be on the field more than the other team !!
    Do your job!! @nd the Thorpy is yours

  15. Eric Brierton Says:

    Yes the drops have to stopp..also our defense keep playing with that i tensity and knock thier heads off!!! Hit them hard LFGO

  16. Marty Says:

    John do you even watch the Bucs? Our defense is why we haven’t lost in December and January. Tom Brady needs to play better. And our receivers need to stop dropping open passes, and we need to run the ball more.

  17. Robert M Says:

    Marty , ” Brady needs to play better ” ? Tom would probably be the first to say that however I’m curious . What would you have him do better ? He’s the best decision maker and leader to ever play the game. Two of the most important aspects of a QB’s game. The mental side of the game.

  18. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Lol,that was a good one,, listen from afar, like the one more bill and before I get comments on my stupidity why is it every time that I type the first letter of a comment the submit comments disappear

  19. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    honestly don’t even know how I sent this the submit comment disappears

  20. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Never mind go Bucs!!!!

  21. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    but listen from afar his boat is named Seven Rings just saying