It hasn’t been the easiest of years for Tom Brady as speculation about his future continues to swirl around him amid a playoff push.
His Tampa Bay Buccaneers team leads the NFC South, but has a disappointing 6-8 record. In addition, Brady is in the midst of his first-ever eight-loss season and has racked up multiple comeback losses.
Not only that, but his off-field issues have also skyrocketed, including his abuse of tablets, anger at teammates, and frustration with coaches. All of this is happening while dealing with the aftermath of a very public divorce from Giselle Bundchen.
The 2022 season was not an easy one for struggling Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady
Brady talked about his struggles and feelings on his Let’s Go! podcast, saying, “I think anyone who’s gone through life struggling at work or struggling with other aspects of life, if you put effort and energy into it, you know, what do you learn from that as opposed to, know you , why does that happen to you and for you?
“You’re not a victim of that. We are not a victim of losing games. The sun came up today. We have to do something about it. We are awake, we have a chance.
“This is not the time to feel sorry for yourself. So get up, get to work and make it better, and improve it and work harder and work more determinedly.”
Brady has been seen taking out his frustration on teammates, coaches, and inanimate objects
This struggle – coupled with the lack of a contract keeping him in Tampa – has led many to wonder if he will leave the Buccaneers or even football altogether.
Some of the people who have followed his career closest have shared their thoughts with the New York Post – they all said that Brady is in control and aware of the choices he has to make.
“He’s always said he’ll know when it’s time,” Emmy award-winning sportscaster Jim Gray told The Post. “None of this is Tom speaking, this is me: It won’t be because he can’t play if he doesn’t play anymore. I think there are about 27 other teams that would sign him tomorrow. It could be 30.’
In addition to frustrations on the field, Brady faces a public divorce from Gisele Bundchen
“He’s marching to the beat of another drummer,” said Rich Gannon, a former NFL quarterback and current analyst with CBS Sports.
“I think he’s enjoying the process. I think he enjoys the game. He will never be able to find anything to replace it. I think he’s addicted to it. I think he loves it.
‘Would I be surprised if he runs away? No. Would I be surprised if he decides to come back for another year? No. Would I be surprised if he signs with another team? No… At the end of the day, the man is still doing very well.’
Some NFL analysts can sympathize with Brady’s frustrations over Tampa’s 6-8 record
Gannon also shared his insight into the anger Brady can have against some of his teammates, drawing on his own experience from an 18-year career.
“When you’re in the building twice as long as the running back or receiver and stuff, your tolerance level goes down a lot,” Gannon noted.
“The last thing you need is a f–king who doesn’t know what he’s doing. So what happens is you just blow a fuse.
“Late in my career, that was the only thing that really took the fun out of it for me. I would leave the facility at about 7 a.m. and I would walk around and see four, five players — the playbook is in their lockers.
“They didn’t even take them on a Wednesday or Thursday night. What really starts to bother you is when your problem becomes my problem. Not preparing yourself affects my work.’
At the end of the day, most believe that Brady still has the drive to play and compete in him
The NFL analyst who may know him best – former Colts nemesis and coach Tony Dungy – said there is more in store for the GOAT.
“I don’t think he’s going to get out in a year like this, so I think he’s going to play at least another year,” said Dungy.
“We fought against [New England] for years, and I’ve been retired for 13 years now and he’s still going. It’s pretty crazy.
“I would say a bit of trash, but the physical properties, just like with Peyton [Manning], were not the things that define him. I think the mindset, the drive, the ability to raise your teammates’ level of play, understand what’s going on, throw the ball in the right place, those things that he’s just fantastic at, and I don’t see any detracting from that .’