Astonishingly, given the length of his NFL career, veteran quarterback Tom Brady has never experienced a losing season. Now, in his 23rd campaign, it’s looking increasingly likely that the seven-time Super Bowl winner may be about to find out what a losing season actually feels like.
The 45-year-old briefly walked away from the game after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers crashed out in the post-season and has had issues off the field but now has to contend with playing the lead role at a franchise that is struggling.
The one saving grace for the Buccaneers is that they are still on top of a very poor NFC South, even with a 5-6 record and having played a game less than their divisional rivals. At the start of the season, they were projected to complete 11.5 wins in the over/under, and they are now 3-7-1 in terms of the NFL football spreads, showing they are performing some way below expectations and in desperate need of a turn in fortunes.
Wins against the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks had seemingly steadied the shop, but they then lost to the Cleveland Browns in overtime, which saw Brady lose when seven points ahead in the final minute of a game for the first time in his entire career.
Now, inevitably, many are wondering what the future holds for Brady and whether he may elect to finally end his NFL career, this time for good. Indeed the veteran player had discussed this very possibility in a recent interview, when he stated rather directly, albeit in jest, following comments from his podcast co-host Jim Gray who asked him if he’ll be back next year;
“That’s right, that’s right. I’m on borrowed time anyway, so.” Brady joked before adding;
“I love the sport, so I love the preparation for it. I love seeing us improve and get better. And I think there’s definitely things on the practice field that have improved.”
He also covered this topic via his Twitter feed;
“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,”
And now there is talk of a possible return to the New England Patriots when his current Tampa Bay deal runs out at the end of the season.
Former Patriots lineman Matt Light believes there is a possibility, albeit remote, that Brady may look to hook up again with coach Bill Belichick, with whom he secured six Super Bowl titles;
“Listen, I wouldn’t put anything past him. Look, the guy wants to win, and he knows how to do it with a guy like Belichick,”
“I think he’s seen the differences now. He’d only played for Bill; then he goes down to Tampa. He’s had a couple head coaches down there now. He could conceivably come back and want to be with a proven winner. That would not shock me at all.”
Once the dust on the current season has settled, and if Brady has not closed it with an eighth Super Bowl ring, then don’t bet against a 24th NFL season for the much-decorated legend.