Irony And Reality In Tom Brady “Continuity” Talk

June 18th, 2022

Our beloved Buccaneers have been busy again producing Episode 5 of their Below The Surface video series.

It’s their Hard Knocks-style look at the offseason, this time with a focus around mandatory mincamp that concluded last week.

Tom Brady is reflecting as the episode opens during his drive to work from Davis Islands, and The Goat touches on why he believes greatness is there for the Bucs again this season.

“I think we’ve known each other better than we’ve ever known each other,” Brady said. “And I think that’s fun. I think the longer you’re together — I think continuity is the biggest key to success in the NFL and doing things the right way over a period of time. That gives you the best opportunity to succeed.”

That’s a somewhat ironic take considering the head coach and the architect of the Bucs offense, Bucco Bruce Arians, just retired, in addition to the Bucs winning the Super Bowl in Brady’s first Tampa Bay season.

New head coach Todd Bowles also is feeling the continuity, so he noted during the episode.

“Understanding what our schemes are whether Bruce [Arians] was here or whether I’m right here right now — you have to tweak them every year — but the closeness of us knowing most players and bringing in the type of players we want, the continuity part of it is great,” Bowles said.

Obviously, the Bucs are a veteran team in Year 3 of the Brady era with the same playcallers on the both sides of the ball, but there are a lot of new parts this season.

There will be at least three new starters on offense and two or more on defense. There were no new starters to open last season.

Bowles was seen during the episode talking to the team after what appeared to be the first of three minicamp practices. He let them know too many players were repeating mistakes made during earlier OTA sessions.

“The effort’s outstanding, but we’re more sloppy than good,” Bowles said.

15 Responses to “Irony And Reality In Tom Brady “Continuity” Talk”

  1. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    After watching that I guess there is zero risk of any Buc players losing $ to Dean on the golf course !!😂

  2. Todd Says:

    The only continuity I care about is Giselle saying, “Yes Tommy, you can play again this year!”

  3. adam from ny Says:

    hoping for continuity of the tommy and gronky show…

    2 dudes in chairs actin’ the foo

  4. Beeej Says:

    If Gronk signs AFTER training camp, he’ll be useless first few games of the season

  5. Listnfrmafar Says:

    How about the mistakes he keeps repeating. Is he going to fix them? Like every DC in the NFL knows not to blitz Stafford? And secondaries are actually important on 3rd downs?

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What was BA’s contribution to the Bucs? He didn’t take a single snap or kick.

    His greatest achievement IMHO was the overused “Culture change”. May be overused but in the case of the Bucs it was HUGE. Yes Brady contributed mightly to that change but Brady is back not BA.

    His second greatest achievement is the offense he brought..again with props to Brady…but again Brady is still here as is his OC Leftwich. CONTINUITY.

    Unlike many here I’m a huge admirer of BA not just as a football coach but as a truly CLASS human being. He is LOYAL..perhaps occasionally to a fault if loyalty can ever be a fault. He was organized…he ran a huge staff without a hiccup.
    He left the cupboard FULL!!! GM…lets face it..again I love Licht but it was BA who saved his bacon and gave him a chance to shine…

    Again IMHO the ONLY person/player/coach/fan who doesn’t OWE BA BIGTIME is Tom Brady. And even there we can’t be sure any other INDIVIDUAL would have set up Brady as well as BA.

    We SUCKED OUT LOUD. When did that start to change. Was it ownership change..NO…GM change NO…it was after the HC came in!!!!

    I AGREE with Brady…I question Joe slightly…It was BA who made this continuity possible…in BA I trust…he would not have retired if the team wasn’t in GREAT shape. BA trusts Bowles/Leftwich and therefore so do I.

  7. buctank Says:

    Here is the real Irony… All the talk of Miami Miami Miami that many believe that he wanted to play for the dolphins and here he is saying Continuity is the #1 thing you need to help them get there. so why would he have wanted to go to a new team

    This keeps getting pushed hard by florio and simms that guarentee that it was a done deal and that brady was going to play dolphins and shawn peyton was going to coach. so much so that they recently wrote another article asking the question why this isn’t a bigger story since they broke it (of course it may not be accurate regardless of their claims)

    but in the BIGGEST Irony and you really have to wonder if the Bucs did this on purpose (and if they did huge props to the media team).. right after brady is talking in the car and they show him on the practice field they are using a soundbite of who…. Mike florio – NICE DIG AT HIM BUCS!!!

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    On a different note, rumors circulating the NFL may suspend Watson for the season.

    What a mess he…and the Browns…are…

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    BA changed the OBP culture so much that even Brady wanted to be a part.

    That’s sayin’ something.

    Many can coach. Few can lead real change.

  10. GOB Says:

    Listnfrmafar, I sure hope so. Blitz rates have been coming down steadily for the past ten years. Yet, bowles continues to blitz at an alarming rate. The top QBs are simply too good. If the bucs blitz rate doesn’t come down, especially against top QBs, bad things will happen.

  11. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If Watson gets suspended, can you hear Mayfield, “How do you like me NOW???”

  12. GOB Says:

    Yes I can.

  13. Crickett Baker Says:

    StPete and Cobra, great posts. As to my thoughts on the Miami thing, I do not believe Tom was EVER looking to play for the Dolphins. I DO think he was checking out options and being part owner of that team was interesting to him. He mentioned he checked out a bunch of things before deciding to head for the booth–but these things were ALL based on his doing them when he retired. He chose the Bucs and probably never even considered playing for the fish.

  14. stpetebucsfan Says:


    A great observation…Brady is nothing if not thorough. Of course he could have been expected to check out all his options.

  15. Mark A Swygert Says:

    Of course you’re talking about work options and not romantic options, but as comedian and social commentator Bill Maher once said, “A man is only as loyal as his options”. It would be hard to find a man with more options than Tom Brady.