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After the veteran quarterback made multiple appearances during off-season training this week, Bowles told reporters he wasn’t surprised Brady had attended, despite not having to.
“Tom is a hard worker,” Bowles said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “Tom comes alone. He doesn’t need to be here. But he doesn’t play that long without an inner push.”
Brady retired briefly in February and said his decision to leave after 22 seasons was to spend more time with his family and that he couldn’t make the “100% competitive commitment” needed to be successful.
“It’s hard for me to write it, but here it is: I won’t make that competitive commitment anymore,” he said said at that time. “I loved mine NFL career, and now is the time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention. “
Although the decision was short-lived, Brady’s commitment is not.
“We have great communication and we have a great relationship,” Bowles said. “He comes alone and works. He doesn’t need the work that everyone else needs, but the camaraderie, when he comes here, is very good.”
After being promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach, Bowles added that he has no plans to “change the attack” with Brady at the controls.
“I didn’t have a job all over to be an attacking manager. This isn’t my job,” Bowles said. “I’ve always been a defensive manager. That doesn’t mean he can’t be a head coach. Tom and I understand that: we have a great relationship for the future. We communicate constantly and look forward to working with him from a different perspective. But we always talked about football off the pitch when he was here, regardless. “