Former Bucs Teammate Talks Shower Coaching Tom Brady

June 23rd, 2022

It seems the legend of Tom Brady grows every time a former teammate really opens up about playing with The Goat.

Enter 2020 Bucs veteran backup center A.Q. Shipley, who retired and became a Bucs assistant coach for the 2021 season.

In addition to Brady, Shipley has been on the practice field with a lot of special quarterbacks, including Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Michael Vick and Joe Flacco. So he’s certainly an authority on quarterback preparaton and leadership.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, Shipley was asked by co-host and Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian to explain how Brady stands out among the stars Shipley has played with.

Yes, Shipley put Brady a hearty cut above the rest.

“I mean I played with a lot of talented quarterbacks. [They] all brought their own thing to the table, right? And what that thing is it’s always hard to explain, but it made each of them who they are,” Shipley begain. “The one thing that [Brady] had more than everybody is just his relentless ability to prepare. I say time and time again you watch guys prepare during the week and, you know, you hear so many guys once Friday’s done, it’s like, ‘Alright, the hay’s in the barn. Now it’s time to go play.’ And I felt like Friday with him was when he was just getting started.

“It was all day Friday, all morning Saturday, meeting with guys Sunday mornings before the game, all the skill guys. Making sure they’re looking over stuff in the locker room before the game. Might even make a change in the locker room. Grab the skill guys; they’d go hop in the back area with the shower, ‘Hey, let’s change this,’ or whatever it may be. It was unbelieveable just to watch him. And I always felt like with his ability to prepare that come gametime it was almost like he had the answers to the test. All he had to do was go execute. He had all the answers. It just came down to him executing at that point.”

What a teammate Brady is!

Joe got a good visual there of Brady lining up a bunch of uniformed teammates in a group shower at 3:15 p.m. before a 4 o’clock kickoff and explaining a nuance he saw on film just a few hours earlier.

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22 Responses to “Former Bucs Teammate Talks Shower Coaching Tom Brady”

  1. geno711 Says:

    It seems so evident that Tom Brady is doing that during the game. Others go to sit and relax on the sideline after a series. Even quarterbacks for other teams do that most of the game. There may be a series here and there they go back and look at some film with the OC or QB coach.

    But Brady after every series until near the end of the game, goes back and is looking at some film during the game. I’ve seen him get up more than once in NE or here in Tampa then to one of his receivers and tell them a little nugget of something that he saw on film that he could exploit.

    He might be getting beat 28-3 but he knows he may be able to figure something out to win 34-28 in the end. Unbelievable.

  2. Crickett Baker Says:

    I’m so glad we got him. We probably would not get to know all these tiny tidbits about him if not. 😀

  3. PassingThru Says:

    Enjoy him while it lasts; I think this is his final year.

    We’re not going to see another QB like Tommy Boy.

  4. Biff Barker Says:

    Part of Brady’s pcyh ops is knowing he can out prepare you. Details an opponent never see. Stories all say much the same- he’ll work harder to prepare than you will and then beat you.

    He’s done it forever. One of a kind.

  5. D-Rok Says:

    Brady – a Unicorn and the GOAT all in one. Glad we have him!

    GO BUCS!!!

  6. Mikejp Says:

    He is somehow addicted to the game that is why he cannot retire when he is still playing well.

  7. GOB Says:

    Biff is correct. You’re not going to out prep, or outwork Brady during the week. He knows he’s not the most talented, and needs to gain an edge in other areas. He got so good at it, that Belichick trusted him implicitly. I think he also has something akin to a photographic memory when it comes to coverage, and how to defeat it. That only comes through outworking everyone else. It’s almost like playing Chess against artificial intelligence. He knows what you’ll do, based on the look, and make the correct decision nearly every time.

    I’m reminded of the Atlanta Superbowl comeback. Even when things break down around him, he still has the wherewithal to maintain his composure, and trust his process. We’ll never see another like him.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    TB is the height of the pursuit of Excellence

  9. BillyBucco Says:

    Adam Schein put out an article on NFL and said he is taking the slimy Saints to win the division.
    It’s in his piece about ranking Division QBs and he has the NFC South in 7th.

    What is it with this guy and Brady/Tampa?
    Is there ANYBODY else picking the Saints?

    I think when the Bucs win the Division, the fan base should send this clown an Elephant Gift.
    Maybe a blowup Brady doll.

  10. sasquatch Says:

    shower coaching sounds a little gaie

  11. SB Says:

    @BuccoBilly……….Maybe Damien Woody.

  12. Jeff Says:

    Lathering up in the shower! It was supposed to be a dry run!

  13. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I listened to the last podcast with Bowles. It was a great interview. What stood out to me was that he mentioned making Tom’s job easier with everybody doing their job. I love this by Bowles. Brady shouldn’t be throwing the ball 50x a game. Also, I hope this is the end of the 3rd and 1 deep shot when we just need to move the chains. Bowles said he and Tom see the game the same way. That means making adjustments and if we have to dink and dunk our way downfield because team’s take away the deep shot, so be it.

    I know some don’t want Bowles tinkering with the offense, but as a pretty good defensive mind, he could provide invaluable advice about the holes in our offense. I know Brady is a maniacal in his self scouting, and Bowles could be helpful in that aspect.

    He’s also probably already started his video research on Otton and the rest bog the offensive rookies. When Darden met Brady his rookie year, Brady mentioned how he watched his college film and pointed out specific plays. Nothing gets past Tommy boy.

  14. David Says:

    Hate to even bring him up but I saw this flash across Instagram…..

    “Antonio Brown has agreed to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, unfortunately they did not agree to sign him”

    😂 😂 😂 😂

  15. Dooley Says:

    Sounds like Peyton Manning

  16. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    That’s why is he the GOAT and it’s not easy to be a GOAT. Requires hard work, dedication, commitment, sacrifice and a working brain cells. I just hope the coaches matches Brady’s intensity and not focus on getting interviews in the middle of the playoffs.

  17. bucschamps Says:

    Peyton and the bugged NE locker room vibes

  18. Destinjohnny Says:

    All the greats have the same thing.
    Mj, Magic, Larry, Bill Russell, Saban
    They are all a little off.

  19. Onetrickpony Says:

    Brady would make a hell of a coach

  20. Darin Says:

    I’m guessing 315 is too late considering they’ll need to be on the field warming up.

  21. Mike C Says:

    Thanks Darin, you saved us all.

  22. Joe from Boston Says:

    Here in Boston we miss Tom. We all know Belichek screwed with him and the team because of his self righteous attitude. He had a unpredictable formula based on putting upside value receivers on the field. The last few years here in Boston injuries and bad draft picks along with receivers who couldn’t get the job done hurt Tom and the team. They were bringing in underproductive guys who couldn’t match up and play at a higher level.
    Tom is the GOAT because he brings a high level of energy to continously refine his craft and to connect with those who can raise their game and win. A great example is Gronk. Gronk excelled around Tom early on and raised his game to the highest level.