The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t played up to expectations through nine games, sitting at 4-5 with eight regular season contests to go.
Tampa Bay has already surpassed last season’s regular season loss total (13-4 record) and the loss total from their 2020 Super Bowl 55 championship season (they went 11-5). Despite the disappointing record, they’re sitting atop the lousy NFC South division.
Quarterback Tom Brady has been visibly frustrated aplenty this season. We’ve seen him throw a tablet and cuss out his offensive linemen, among other things. So it’s fair to ask: Does the 45-year-old have any regrets coming back for a 23rd season?
He answered that question while speaking to the media on Friday, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine:
“Zero, no. Definitely not. I returned because I felt like I wanted to compete and I spoke to the team about it and they were excited to have me back. I don’t really regret those types of things — I think when I commit to it, I mean it and I do my best and try to give everything I can to this particular opportunity.”
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Brady announced his retirement from football a week after the Bucs were eliminated by the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round. 40 days later, however, the seven-time Super Bowl champion announced that he was coming out of retirement for a 23rd season.
It’s been a dramatic year for Brady, who divorced his wife of 13 years, Gisele Bündchen, late last month. The two agreed to joint custody of their two children, a son and a daughter.
Brady’s individual stat line isn’t all that bad: A 65.3 completion percentage for 2,547 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. But because of the Bucs’ struggles in the rushing game, Brady has had to attempt a league-leading 398 passes.
Brady and the Buccaneers avoided a disastrous fourth straight loss by defeating the defending champion Rams in Week 9. They’ll try to get back to .500 when they play Geno Smith and the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks in Munich, Germany.
It’s also worth noting that Brady is a free agent after the 2022 season. If he decides to come back for a 24th year, he’d have the option to leave the Bucs and choose a new team.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.