TAMPA, Fla. – Bucs 7-time Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady is not used to losing.
In fact, neither are most of his current teammates. The Bucs are two seasons removed from winning a Super Bowl and last season went to the playoffs before getting knocked out by the Los Angeles Rams.
Now the Bucs, at 5-6, are facing an important NFC South showdown with the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Brady says he’s getting through the losing with the help of some of his teammates and vice versa.
“That’s why you have teammates,” Brady said. So when you’re not feeling great, they make you feel better. You’ve got people that support you, and that’s why it takes everybody. We’re all out here working hard, do our best, and sometimes it doesn’t always go well.”
The Bucs are coming off a 23-17 loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns after having a bye week and a two-game winning streak. Bucs WR Mike Evans says the team’s attitude is still good, and now that they’re starting to get healthy, there is no doubt the Bucs will finish strong these last six regular season games.
“It’s good,” Evans said. When we’re healthy, we’re feeling good. We’re tough to stop. I think we’re all getting into form now, so these last six games, we can really put it on.”
Some have been critical of the Bucs coaching staff on clock management and play selection. Brady believes it’s easy to nitpick, especially after you’ve had time to reflect back on game decisions.
“Decisions are made in split seconds, ” Brady said. yeah, when you look back, yeah, there are things you wish you would have done different. I’m sure every competitor would want something different over the course of the long games. Very few games I’ve played in my career where I went wow, that was really great out there.”
The Bucs got an extra day of practice this week because they’re playing on Monday night. The Bucs are favored by 4 points and have failed to cover in 8 of their last night games. Kickoff Monday night in Tampa is at 8:15 pm.