Can Tom Brady play until he's 50?

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“It was just fundamentals and open-field tackling,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “We’ve got to get our angles back together. We’ve got to get our tackling down. It looked like a preseason game as far as tackling. We’ve got to play it better, and they’ve got to coach it better."

Losing Murphy-Bunting hurts more because he played two positions, including lining up in the slot when teams go with three wideouts.

“Big loss. He was very versatile for us,” Bowles said. “Sean is very smart. He could go inside or outside as well as play some safety. But Ross (Cockrell) played in a lot of games for us last year, so we’ll try to move on from there.”

The Bucs will get a boost with Whitehead’s return.

No pregame scream for Brady?

Tom Brady is known for leading his team out of the tunnel, jogging to midfield or the far end zone and letting out a primal scream.


But he pulled up a little short during last Thursday’s win over the Cowboys.

“I was pretty hyped up and I was trying to calm myself down a little,” Brady said. “I was probably a little overly ready to go. I didn’t want to burn myself out.”

Brady said the more than 66,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium last week was a welcome sight and sound.

“It was great. It was nice to have everyone back in there,” Brady said. “We all missed that aspect of the game and I think they just bring so much to the stadium, you know? You can feel it driving in and I felt it pre-game warmup. It definitely amps things up quite a bit.

“Just think where we were 365 days ago. You guys were there. There was a lot of dullness to the things. You had to find ways to get yourself ready to go and we did as professional athletes. But I think everybody really enjoys playing in front of crowds of people.”

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