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As Hurricane Ian heads into the Tampa area, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving some plays in order to prepare for their Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bucs announced Monday that they will train this week at the Miami Dolphins facility in southeast Florida. But despite the sudden changes, Tom Brady finds no excuse for Sunday night’s prime-time game.
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“I think when you deal with some of the things that we’re going to have to deal with this week, there are built-in excuses that should never be excuses for anything,” Brady said on his “Let’s Go” podcast.
“We have to go into the week with the attitude of the Championship that no matter what we’re up against and no matter who’s playing, we’re going to have to go out there and find a way to win the game. So it’s not going to be easy. It’s a huge test. We’re playing at home. It’s a night game and it’s going to be a challenge. And that’s what we should want and that’s what we should expect from one of the best teams in the league that we’re going to face. So we have to be at our best. I hope we can be. And to get to 3-1 would be a great feeling after yesterday’s tough loss.
The Bucs can use the Dolphins facility as they play in Cincinnati against the Bengals on Thursday night, which is certainly an oddity in Brady’s 22-year career.
A home team rarely needs to adapt on the fly, but that’s exactly what Tampa Bay has been, and perhaps will continue to be, forced to do.
“The plan is, and things are kind of, you know, trying to adapt on the fly and the preparations for an NFL game are pretty intense,” Brady said. “It’s a little different for me. I’ve never had to deal with anything like this. We’ve had COVID for a few years and now with that it seems like a pretty intense hurricane heading our way. I don’t think Tampa is likely to be, I don’t think any place is very well suited for a hurricane to hit, but everyone in this area will be in our thoughts and prayers as we pass through it.
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“I know our team is going to have to adapt, go to Miami and practice there for the week, and then hopefully we can come back later in the week and play the Chiefs on Sunday night. So a lot things can happen in a short period of time, and I think it’s good for all of us to stay adaptable to the situation. I don’t think anyone is really prepared for that. I know I’ve prepared myself all in the morning and I’ve taken all my stuff outside try to put it inside try to put all the stuff at ground level a little higher I’m right here on the bay so they are talking about pretty strong storm surges and it’s a scary thing. I will say it’s a scary thing when it really hits your door.”
Kansas City will practice as normal, and short of losing this Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts, they’ve played as advertised, especially offensively.
“Great opponent, well trained, great quarterback, explosive offense, great D-coordinator, lots of talented players on defense,” Brady said. “They lost a tough one on the road (to the Colts), so they’ll be hungry.”
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Several college games have been postponed due to the hurricane, and the Tampa Bay Rays have also postponed postseason ticket sales, but the Super Bowl LV rematch is still scheduled as normal.