TAMPA — Todd Bowles didn’t tell Tom Brady he wanted him to participate in offseason workouts, something the quarterback has rarely done in his career.
But Bowles is not surprised by Brady throwing to teammates on Wednesday and Thursday during phase 2 of the team’s voluntary offseason program.
“Tom’s a worker,” Bowles said. “Tom comes in on his own. He doesn’t need to be here. But you don’t play that long without having inner drive. We have great communication and we have a great relationship. He comes in on his own and works. He doesn’t need the work everyone else needs, but the camaraderie, when he comes in here, is very good.”
Bowles, promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach this offseason, still plans to call the defensive plays but has named Kacy Rodgers and Larry Foote co-defensive coordinators. He also intends to have a little input in some of the meetings but has no plans to change the offense.
“Everybody thinks I’m changing the offense,” Bowles said. “I didn’t get a head job to be an offensive coach. That’s not my job. 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 look forward to working with him from a different angle. But we always talked football off the field when he was here, regardless.”…