Todd Bowles Explains Why Tom Brady Is An Atypical “Superstar”

March 28th, 2021

“Jason, did you see this guy working with the practice squad? Unbelievable.”

After spending nearly all of the past 35 years playing and working in the NFL, Todd Bowles is not the easiest cat to impress. But Tom Brady won him over very quickly, Bowles explained in a way Joe hasn’t heard previously.

During a recent visit to Undefined with Josina Anderson, the Bucs’ defensive coordinator opened up on what strikes him most about Brady, who he portrayed as the opposite of many NFL greats.

“Whether you’re on the scout team or an All-Pro, he treats everyone the same, he builds them up, he gets’em going. He makes you want to be a better player. And that’s hard to do as a superstar,” Bowles said of Brady. “There’s a lot of superstars that just sign autographs and go off to themselves and do their own thing. Tom really helps you become a better player just by instilling confidence in you without you even knowing it. And, you know, that takes a special person to do that. And that’s what I learned about him when he came in here.”

Bowles went on to add that Brady’s baseball-pitcher-like throwing accuracy makes defensive backs be perfect in their technique to even have a chance of knocking one of his balls down — in practice or games. And that’s another layer to how Brady made the Bucs’ young secondary grow so quickly.

Joe loves all the behind-the-scenes looks at Brady, and this one was just a little different than Bowles’ last explanation of how Brady coached up his defensive backs.

17 Responses to “Todd Bowles Explains Why Tom Brady Is An Atypical “Superstar””

  1. PSL Bob Says:

    I wasn’t a big Brady fan prior to his arrival in Tampa, but the more I read about him, the more I like him.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    Brady has so many intangible (positive) effects on the team. Hard to measure but oh so real. What a leader. GOAT for sure.

  3. tickrdr Says:

    “Brady’s baseball-pitcher-like throwing accuracy”.

    That’s the total difference.
    Listen to Brady’s interview with Tony Romo before the Super Bowl, where he comments that a pass which looks perfectly thrown, was “off” by a few inches of being “perfectly thrown” in Tom’s eyes.
    What a competitor!


  4. SOEbuc Says:

    GOAT 🐐 Year two is gonna be no joke.

  5. Fred mcneil Says:

    Look, the guy is the greatest, but we are taking the butt kissing crap just a little too far.
    I think Tom agrees.

  6. lambeau Says:

    The flattery is either deserved or it’s not. Tom has always been known for taking practice extremely seriosly, and working hard to frustrate DB’s, which exasperates them and makes them better. AB is the same way, which I think explains their otherwise mysterious affinity. This is why I think AB’s return far outweighs the risks. It’s the ultimate level of competitiveness and perfectionism which this team can foster as a group approach.

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    Glazers need to keep him in the building when he is done playing

  8. J.Allen Lofton Says:

    Football is the ultimate team sport. To succeed everyone must execute at the highest level. TB got to be the GOAT by encouraging everyone to be their best. He leads by example which in turn brings out the best in his team. Buc fans witnessed that when Playoff Lenny played at another level during the Super Bowl game. Success comes with persistence and determination. The Bucs have the GOAT to show the way to the Super Bowl. GO BUCS!

  9. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    This man (TB12) is by definition a SERVANT LEADER. These types of leaders are truly unselfish and understand that the position of leader is NOT to build yourself up, but others. These leaders are rare and ALWAYS have a powerful effect on a team or organization.

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    Perimeter Blocker has it 100% spot-on.

    Lesser leaders despise that trait.

  11. crazybucs_CL Says:

    @Destinjohnny Says:
    “Glazers need to keep him in the building when he is done playing”
    Yes,Yes,Yes. I hope Glazers find the way how, an I hope TB12 is interesting too.
    That will be the ultimate long time recovery for the Bucs, and bucs’ fans.
    I really hope it gets materialize. TB12 in TB forever. 🤞

  12. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    How incredible is it that we have Tom Freaking Brady as our Quarterback. Did anyone see this coming 2 years ago? 18 months ago? Hell, 15 months ago?!

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Tom Brady took a mediocre team, with a losing attitude, to world Champions
    In one year.
    Its really awe inspiring.
    If Winston had stayed as QB, does anyone here think we would have made the playoffs?
    No chance. Another 7-9 year,
    Another offseason focused on the Draft.

    I think hes Super Human.
    You know, that if our O-line gives him time- we’ll be back in the SuperBowl.
    I dont think we can say enough about him!

  14. Beej Says:

    Cobraboy Says:
    March 28th, 2021 at 3:09 pm
    Perimeter Blocker has it 100% spot-on.

    Lesser leaders despise that trait.

    Yup, I believe he’d have been a great military commander

  15. TheShaz Says:

    Tom Brady was the GOAT before he came to Tampa. The come from behind win over the Falcons cemented that.

    That being said and I doubt I alone in thinking this…


    The more I learn about Brady on and off the field I get more impressed.

    The fact the he didn’t come to Tampa with the “I’m the GOAT”, and treat the players and staff like peons. The 1st he asked for was the phone contacts of not key players but all of them. Writing handwritten notes to players.

    Using the word “Leadership” has been abused. But Tom Brady has it coming out of his pores.

    We will only have one or two more seasons with this guy.

    Just enjoy the ride.

  16. David Says:

    I have no idea how anyone can say they weren’t a Brady fan after 19 years in New England accomplishing what he accomplished. If you are a football fan, there’s no way you could not objectively respect and be in awe of what he has accomplished.
    Now, with him in our hometown, we get way more access to see how he operates with the team and within the community and it’s unreal. I mean, does the guy ever do anything wrong?
    It’s unbelievable how genuine him and his wife are

  17. David Says:

    Watch the Super Bowl replay again on NFL network. Can’t get enough of it. Total domination. The more I watch them or a couple things stand out… The PI calls that KC has whined about were all called correctly except for the third down call on the right side lines to Evans.
    The two call before the half were absolutely called correctly.
    The other thing that stands out is Tampa might have had 3 to 4 more knock downs or sacks but KC got away with some serious holding.

    I know Mahomes is an elite talent but Tony Romo is ridiculous. The whole end of the game all he’s talking about is if Mahomes could ever catch Brady. The guy has won (ONE) Super Bowl… Let’s give it a rest until he hits about 4!
    They act like KC is going to be there year after year. Like Buffalo, the Ravens, and Cleveland don’t exist