Tom Brady uses negative reviews of new offensive line to motivate them

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is the GOAT in more ways than one. He’s definitely among the best of all time when it comes to finding ways to affix a gigantic chip to his shoulder.

In the first episode of the second season of his let’s go podcast with Jim Gray on SiriusXM, Brady explained that instead of telling his patchwork offensive line to ignore the noise, he tells them to embrace it.

“I showed them and used that as motivation,” Brady said. “Every time someone says they suck and can’t do anything, I’ve tried to show it to them and say, ‘That’s what they all say about you. “Do you think about it? What are you going to do about it?” And make sure they know what everybody’s saying. I think that’s important. You know, I think I’ve always used different little grudges as motivation for me. And I’m [a] really motivated person. But it always helps when someone says something that isn’t flattering. Or someone who still doesn’t believe in you after all these years, you try to prove them wrong. And they still don’t. So you go, ‘You know what? Thanks. You know, thank you very much. Let me go on and prove them wrong.

Are people really saying his offensive linemen suck? It’s fair to point out that center Ryan Jensen is out indefinitely and guard Aaron Stinnie has been lost for the year. It’s fair to note that Brady has shown a vulnerability in the past to pressure the midfield. It’s fair to wonder if backup players who were backups for a reason are willing to not be backups when it comes to keeping Brady from dealing pressure down the middle. No one is saying these players suck. It’s fair to wonder if they’re ready to show that they don’t.

But that apparently didn’t stop Brady from turning any potential criticism into diss. He has already done it. For example, after a 2018 Divisional Round victory over the Chargers in his final Super Bowl run with the Patriots, Brady played the card alluded to above, when he told the world no one believes in us. The truth was that almost everyone believed in them. But that doesn’t motivate Brady much, or anyone else.

Additionally, Brady acknowledged that the situation with the offensive line “will be a challenge.”

“We lost Alex Cappa to the Bengals,” Brady said. “We lost Ali Marpet, who is a great player, to retirement. And then Ryan got injured in training camp. So we have Shaq Mason, whom I love to death. I played with him for a long time. I know what he is talking about. Notre Dame’s Robert Hainsey earned the respect of his teammates through his work ethic and the fact that he showed up every day last year even though he wasn’t playing, to be ready. He’s going to step in and try to do a great job. And we have a left guard who fights every day. Luke [Goedeke] did a great job for us in training camp. We drafted him to come here and play, and we’ll see if he can get in there and be ready to do a great job.

That’s all everyone says. Brady, however, knows he needs something more to fuel the younger players.

“I hope they take all the things people have said about them to heart, which, you know, isn’t always the most flattering thing,” Brady insisted. “But they’ve got to go and they’ve got to, again, like all of us, we’ve got to go and win it and prove people right or wrong.”

Prove them wrong. Even if they’re not really wrong because they don’t say what they’re supposed to say. It’s a good trick if you can pull it off. We’ll see if it works if/when the new offensive line holds up against the Cowboys on Sunday night.