Buccaneers’ Robert Hainsey – ‘Love’ that Tom Brady chewed out O-line

TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was shown on TV directing an explosive-laden tirade down his offensive line in last Sunday’s 20-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but center Robert Hainsey said Wednesday that it was that’s what he wants, and that’s what their unit wants.

“Anyone can call it what they want, but I don’t want anything from a quarterback other than that — as the guy who wants to tell us what we need to do and step up,” said Hainsey, who is in his freshman year as the starting Center and second season in the NFL. “If he just sat over there and didn’t make us walk and try to help us – he wouldn’t be who he is today.”

“I love that about him. I know we all love that about him. It might look weird on TV, but that’s football. That’s what you expect from great teammates and great leaders, and he’s the best there is.”

The breakout happened with 46:00 left in the first half after an unsuccessful two-minute practice. Brady was sack-forced by Alex Highsmith on the first down after a 9-yard loss, pushing them back to second and 19 – the second time he was fired in the first half. Then, in third and 11th place, Brady failed to connect with wide receiver Breshad Perriman on a dig route with the ball thrown too low.

Brady got up off the bench, walked to the offensive line and shouted, “You’re so much better than the way you play!”

On his “Let’s Go!” Speaking on the podcast with Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald, Brady said of Monday’s tirade, “I don’t know if it’s motivation, but I think it’s a bad day when there are more F-bombs than touchdowns. Well, that wasn’t one of my better days. But f-bombs, they kind of denied you in those moments, but now it’s kind of for the world to see. So that’s the way it is.”

“If I don’t feel like we’re living up to the expectations and meeting the expectations that we’re capable of, then that’s my job,” Brady said. “I’m a quarterback. I don’t expect the right tackle to do it. I don’t expect the running back to do it. I don’t expect the receiver to do it. I expect to do it. I’m the one out there speaking in the group and calling the plays.

“This is my task. To try to get us going and try to collect ourselves. And there are many ways to do this. And sometimes it’s a positive encouragement that you often do.

“Sometimes it’s, you know, walking up to people and trying to up the level, the sense of urgency and raising my voice and trying to create a different vibe for the whole offense. And that’s (ultimately) what you’re trying to do.”

“I love that about him. I know we all love that about him. It might look weird on TV, but that’s football. That’s what you expect from great teammates and great leaders, and he’s the best there is.”

Robert Hainsey on Tom Brady’s tirade on Sunday’s Bucs’ O-Line

Hainsey, who took the starting role after Pro Bowler Ryan Jensen suffered a knee injury early in training camp, said there are no negative feelings and he welcomes the feedback because it’s what they need to improve.

“I love learning from him,” Hainsey said. “He has so much knowledge about the game that every time I can rack his brains and find out what he wants and how he sees things, it’s a really cool opportunity for me. I enjoy that very much.”

The Bucs had three of five offensive linemen selected for last year’s Pro Bowl – Jensen, left guard Ali Marpet and right tackle Tristan Wirfs – with the group considered the backbone of the team. Marpet retired this offseason. Their former right guard, Alex Cappa, who was named Pro Bowl alternate, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on a freelance basis. Not only is Hainsey, a converted right tackle from Notre Dame, seeing his first NFL action, but so is rookie left guard Luke Goedeke, also a converted right tackle from Central Michigan. The Bucs traded for right guard Shaq Mason, who previously played with Brady.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bucs’ pass-blocking win rate has increased from 57.9% in 2021 to 49.7% in 2022. Brady has been sacked just nine times this year — tied for the third-least in the NFL — but he needs to get the ball out even faster than in the past to protect himself.

If there’s been one weakness for Brady throughout his career, it’s handling pressure down the middle, which has only added to the Bucs’ offensive line struggles this year. Goedeke has dropped five sacks, ranking third in the NFL among guards. His 32 first pressings are the most abandoned for his position and his 78.2% pass block win rate is the second worst among guards. Hainsey also had some difficult moments. He’s only given up one sack, but his six first gave up prints are the second-most among centers and his 88.2% pass-blocking win rate is the fifth-lowest among centers.

Coach Todd Bowles was asked on Monday if the coaching staff was considering making staffing changes, but he hinted it was the coaching staff’s job to help his current group of five improve.

“Well we have the guys that we have and we are happy with them. We just have to get better at the game,” Bowles said. “We have to do better. There’s always a guy here and a guy there — whether it’s Luke or someone else on the offensive line, or a ball outside and we miss a block here and there, or someone swims us and gets past and makes it look worse than it is. Each game is a different type.

“We have to be more detailed as coaches. We need to be better at execution as players. It’s a group effort. If we need to change some things from an offensive scheme standpoint, we will. If we need to do something from a player perspective, we’ll look at that too. We’re trying to find the best way to improve in those areas.”

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