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Bucs’ Todd Bowles not surprised by Tom Brady’s off-season appearance, praises ‘inner drive’


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles knows what he’s got Tom Brady.

After the veteran quarterback made several appearances in offseason practices this week, Bowles told reporters he wasn’t surprised Brady was involved, even though he didn’t need to.

“Tom is a worker,” Bowles said, via the Tampa Bay Weather. “Tom comes on his own. He doesn’t need to be here. But you don’t play that long without having inner motivation.”

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Tom Brady (12) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for a throw during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 26, 2021.
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Brady briefly retired in February and said his decision to leave after 22 seasons was to spend more time with his family and he couldn’t make the “100% competitive commitment” needed to succeed.

“It’s hard for me to write but here it is: I’m not going to compete anymore,” he said at the time. “I liked my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that need my attention.”

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Although the decision was short-lived, Brady’s commitment was not.

Bucs’ Todd Bowles not surprised by Tom Brady’s off-season appearance, praises ‘inner drive’

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waves to the crowd as he runs off the field after defeating the New England Patriots in a game at Gillette Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Mass.
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“We have great communication and we have a great relationship,” Bowles said. “He comes by himself and works. He doesn’t need the work everyone needs, but the camaraderie, when he comes here, is very good.”

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After being promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach, Bowles added that he has no intention of “changing the offense” with Brady in charge.

Bucs’ Todd Bowles not surprised by Tom Brady’s off-season appearance, praises ‘inner drive’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) shouts to the crowd as he takes the field to face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
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“I didn’t get a chief job to be an offensive coach. It’s not my job,” Bowles said. “I’ve always been a defensive coach. That doesn’t mean I can’t be a head coach. Tom and I understand that – we have a great relationship going forward. We communicate constantly, and I just looking forward to working with him from a different angle. But we always talked about football off the pitch when he was here, whatever.”

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