Tom Brady seems to be OK with 18-game regular season


Plenty of players don’t like the idea of an 18-game regular season. The greatest quarterback in league history (and possibly the greatest player at any position in football history) seems to have no qualms about the prospect of playing more football.

Tom Curran of posed to Brady last week the question of whether players could handle 18 games that count per year. Brady was pragmatic about the challenge of getting through the current 16-game slate plus two more.

“It depends how you take care of yourself,” Brady said. “That’s how I see it. I think your ability to play, your ability to practice is as good as your ability to recover. So if you can’t recover, I think a six-game schedule is hard. I try to focus on the recovery of things and try to be out here every day in practice. I know it takes a level of focus and commitment to do that. There’s a lot of work in advance that needs to be done to make that happen. So . . .  I love football.”

Within the context of the question, the answer, and the broader subject, “so . . . I love football” seems to be a clear indication that, for Brady, 16 games is great and more games would be even greater.

Brady’s remarks come at a time when the NFL Players Association has taken a firm stand against expanding the regular season, and his views currently seem to be in the minority. Some believe that the NFL eventually will make the players an offer sufficiently strong to get them to agree to play two more games.

The Patriots already play more than 16 games on a consistent basis. Over the past six years, their postseason appearances have added another full season of games. For his career, Brady has played 40 postseason games. That’s two-and-a-half extra seasons of football.

As he prepares to turn 42, Brady could be retired before the regular season ever expands from 16 games. Then again, it’s not clear that he’ll ever retire.

22 responses to “Tom Brady seems to be OK with 18-game regular season

  1. Qb’s take almost no physical punishment on a play-by-play basis so its reasonable that they wouldn’t be opposed. Overall I think most players would be against it.

  2. Yeah, defensive linemen and running backs. Just take better care of yourself and you’ll recover fine from two extra games of violent collisions. Stop being babies.

  3. No disrespect to the GOAT but I’d rather hear from a player at a position of actual contact. Someone that gets tackled or tackles.

    May as well ask Ryan Allen (punter) how he feels about an 18 game season.

  4. Brady is going to promote his way of doing things (TB12), meaning that because they way he trains, eats etche can handle 18 games. If you what to be able to handle games, you need to do what I do.

  5. Since no one is even allowed to breath on Brady, why would he care?

    Plus he has two years max and he will fade off into retirement.

  6. That’s because Tom Brady takes no physical contact on most plays! Ask someone who isn’t treated with special treatment, and whom the NFL isn’t going to change rules for, after they get injured.

  7. Maybe it’s me but I did not read that article and come away with “Tom Brady is OK playing 18 games.”

    But I disagree with him. Linebackers have more to recover from then he does, for instance.

    These teams have enough trouble keeping guys healthy for 16 games.

  8. If Brady played in the 20th century his career would be over by his mid 30s no matter how much avocado ice cream he ate. And with a 3-2 record in Super Bowls no one would consider him the GOAT.

  9. You CAN touch the QB, You CAN hit the QB. You just can’t hit him in the head(like most players), or below the knees. Ain’t the toughest thing in the world to form tackle. Go watch the AFCChampionship gm against Denver, or the 2007 SBowl against the Giants. Brady took a savage beating in both gms, and just kept getting up. After both gms, the opponents, to a man, commented on Brady’s toughness. Can’t touch the QB? #joke

  10. I travel overseas alot for work and how many people from different countries that love the NFL is mind blowing I wouldn’t mind a 17 Game season 16 games in the US and 1 game internationally but also have 2 Bye weeks

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    With Guerrero and his magic, anything is possible.
    That magic couldn’t keep Gronk in the game.

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