When Tom Brady decided to end his 40-day retirement and return for a 23rd season in the NFL, the Buccaneers quarterback probably didn’t imagine it would be a journey filled with divorce from his wife and a Tampa Bay team that struggled throughout the halfway. mark of the season.
This season marks the first time in Brady’s historic career that he has been below .500 for nine weeks after the start of the regular season. Despite the Bucs’ struggles, the seven-time Super Bowl winner told reporters Friday he had “no” regrets about returning to the franchise to compete for another Super Bowl opportunity.
“I came back because I felt like I wanted to compete and I told the team about it and they were excited to see me again,” Brady said. “I don’t really regret those kinds of things – I think when I commit to it, I mean it and I do my best and try to give everything I can for that particular opportunity.”
Currently, the Buccaneers (4–5) sit in first place in the NFC South following the Falcons’ 25–15 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night football. Despite its first-place finish, Tampa Bay’s offense is averaging just 18 points per game in nine games, the lowest amount by an offensive unit led by the Pro Bowler on 15 occasions. Prior to this year’s campaign, the lowest number of points totaled through the first 10 games of the regular season was 19.6 in 2003, per ESPN.
The lack of offensive prowess and consistency coupled with a plethora of changes in a division that has represented the NFC in four of the last 13 Super Bowls — dating back to 2010 — and coaching and staff changes, things are different. However, instead of expending energy on things the team can’t control, Brady wants to see more effort in the things the Buccaneers control, including playing harder at the top of the roster.
“I think everything has been below the line this year,” Brady said on his Let’s go! podcast earlier this week. “I don’t think there’s any reason to be happy with everything we’ve done. Obviously, we’re not playing to our standards – we’re not there from an effort standpoint, from an execution standpoint, from an emotional standpoint. We have to understand it.
Tampa Bay takes on the Seahawks (6-3) Sunday morning in Munich, Germany, before continuing its bye week and returning to play with a road game against the Browns. Currently, Brady has thrown for 2,547 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception this season.
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