No NFL player has been in the league as long as veteran quarterback Tom Brady, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s been able to navigate these uncharted virtual offseason waters better than others.
The NFL has never had a virtual offseason in its history, but it’s happened this year, due to the spread of the coronavirus. The league has attempted to play it safe in hopes of protecting its players, staffers, coaches and everyone else involved in the NFL world.
But it isn’t a science, and the virus plays by its own rules, presenting challenges for everyone involved. Keeping healthy is one thing, but learning a new offense and getting acclimated with new teammates is another. Developing chemistry takes time, and Brady is well aware of that.
He recently spoke to reporters about how difficult the shortened, virtual offseason has been for him, as he attempts to get acclimated to life outside of New England, where he had previously spent the entirety of his 20-year career.
“Every day that goes by, it’s getting a little bit better,” Brady said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “I am glad we’re not playing a game this Sunday. I’m glad we have time to prepare. It’s been a good week or so meeting here, and I think every day I’m trying to take advantage of an opportunity to improve myself so I can be the best quarterback for this team that this team really deserves. These guys are working really hard, and I want to come in here and do a great job with them.”
It will be interesting to see what type of product the NFL can put forth in September, given all the offseason changes that have been taking place.