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CHICAGO — Tom Brady positive isn’t in New England anymore.

The six-time Tremendous Bowl champion misplaced a recreation Thursday night time that he by no means would have if he have been nonetheless with the New England Patriots. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave up a whopping 109 yards in consequences, had only one landing to turn for 3 journeys to the crimson zone and have been so discombobulated on their ultimate force it regarded as though Brady didn’t know it used to be fourth down when he threw an incompletion.

“Yeah,” Brady stated when requested if he knew it used to be fourth down. “You’re up in opposition to the clock and also you’re up in opposition to – I knew we needed to acquire a bit, so I must had been considering extra first down than chew.”

OK, however you probably did cling up 4 hands later on with a glance of bewilderment for your face. Or possibly that used to be simply Brady’s means of telling Nick Foles what number of extra instances he’d have to overcome Brady simply to equivalent the GOAT’s collection of Tremendous Bowl rings.  

Sure, as though the 20-19 loss to the Bears wasn’t unhealthy sufficient, it got here in opposition to Foles, a uncommon quarterback with a profitable document in opposition to Brady. They’ve performed each and every different two times, with Foles profitable each video games – the primary being Tremendous Bowl LII, when Foles used to be with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had a protracted night time in Chicago on Thursday. (Picture: Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY Sports activities)

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The loss additionally used to be Brady’s first to the Bears in six video games.

“Consequences, they’re simply — they forestall drives,” Brady, obviously annoyed, stated after the sport. “We had such a lot of 3rd and longs, we simply may just by no means get into any rhythm in the second one part indisputably. Simply deficient execution.”

Welcome to lifestyles outdoor of Invoice Belichick’s international.

A lot is fabricated from Belichick’s … let’s be charitable and get in touch with it single-mindedness. He cares about profitable and now not a lot else. OK, possibly his canine.

However Brady used to be the advantage of the ones exacting requirements for 20 years. The Patriots aren’t sloppy. They don’t dedicate dumb consequences. Or many consequences in any respect. In truth, New England is the least-penalized group within the NFL thus far this season, in step with The Soccer Database, the 11 consequences they’ve had this season matching what the Buccaneers had simply in Thursday night time’s recreation.

It’s secure to mention Brady didn’t have again and again with the Patriots when he used to be subsidized up into second-and-34, because the Buccaneers have been at one level past due within the 3rd quarter. Tampa Bay misplaced 41 yards in consequences on that one force by myself.

No surprise Brady might be noticed screaming at considered one of his offensive linemen after the Buccaneers have been compelled to punt.

“He used to be simply telling the blokes to get up,” stated Ronald Jones II, considered one of Tampa Bay’s few vivid spots with 106 yards speeding. “Once more, we have been taking pictures ourselves within the foot. There’s no means we must have misplaced that recreation.

“While you take a look at it, it used to be unsightly. We beat ourselves.”

Brady has performed 5 video games with the Buccaneers, and whilst they’re Three-2, they’ve had greater than 100 yards in consequences in two of the ones video games. They’re the most-penalized group in all of the NFL. That simply didn’t occur in New England.

However that is what Brady signed up for when he left the Patriots cocoon within the low season.

It used to be at all times going to be a steep studying curve for the 43-year-old with a brand new trainer, a brand new gadget and a roster filled with new teammates. The COVID-19 pandemic made it exponentially tougher, with out a low season exercises and an abbreviated coaching camp.

Upload in Tampa Bay’s accidents – the Buccaneers have been with out receiver Chris Godwin and operating again LeSean McCoy in opposition to the Bears, and tight finish O.J. Howard is on IR with a ruptured Achilles – and naturally it’s going to be a scorching mess from time to time.

Each different quarterback has been via it, even though, ceaselessly a couple of instances. You assume Foles hasn’t? He’s pinballed across the NFL, even with a Tremendous Bowl name, and his transition to Chicago has been as rocky as they arrive. That is what the NFL is like outdoor of New England.

Brady simply by no means learned it.

“We’ve were given to get again to paintings and make some enhancements, and the one approach to do it’s to paintings demanding at it and feature an enormous dedication degree,” he stated. “That is what we’ve were given to do.”

And possibly recognize that, for as a lot of a keep an eye on freak as Belichick is, he is aware of what he’s doing. It wasn’t merely Brady’s transcendent ability and difficult paintings that were given him the ones Tremendous Bowl rings and MVP trophies.

If it used to be, he wouldn’t had been sitting there after the sport, stewing a few loss that shouldn’t had been whilst getting roasted on social media and TV for his counting “prowess.”

“It must take a seat with us. While you don’t play neatly, it’s going to sit down with you,” Brady stated. “Everyone knows we’re taking part in a tricky, hard-nosed group and so they weren’t going to present us the sport. We knew we have been going to need to play a excellent recreation, and we didn’t.”

Brady left Belichick and New England, the one trainer and group he’d ever performed for, as a result of he sought after to look what lifestyles used to be like in other places within the NFL. Neatly, now he is aware of.

Observe USA TODAY Sports activities columnist Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour.


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