Bruce Arians would be “shocked” if Tom Brady doesn’t return next season

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On the day of Super Bowl LV, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians laughed off a report that he was considering retirement. With mounting chatter that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady could retire after the current season ends, Arians isn’t laughing it off.

He’s confident Brady will return, but he’s not laughing it off.

“The way he was at practice [Friday], I would be shocked if he didn’t [play next year],” Arians told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “You know they have that Friday quarterback challenge, and he came flying out of the locker room, sprinting two or three fields away and couldn’t wait to get into the challenge. He was like a little kid. I would be shocked.”

Of course, Brady’s exuberance could be interpreted another way. Maybe he was embracing the moment since it possibly was his last ever Friday practice?

The notion of a surprise retirement has generated a curious amount of steam in recent days. Former teammate Rob Ninkovich planted a flag regarding the possibility during a Wednesday appearance ESPN. Ninkovich couched it as speculation; sometimes when people know things but they aren’t allowed to say what they know, they couch it as speculation. As their idea.

On Thursday, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich didn’t deny the possibility when asked about Ninkovich’s remark.

As one source with knowledge of Brady’s circumstances — but with no knowledge as to his thinking on the question of a potential surprise retirement after the current playoff run — explains it, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, has wanted him to stop playing since Super Bowl LI, “and she is tough.”

Peter King and I kicked around the possibility of a Brady retirement during Friday’s PFT Live. Although he played at a ridiculously high level at the age of 44, he’s missing more and more of his family’s growth and activities and development. No NFL player has ever stretched the rubber band this far; no NFL player has ever had himself and his family so focused on his football career for so long, while the family continues to take a back seat.

After the Bucs won Super Bowl LV, Bundchen once again played the “what more do you have to prove?” card in an effort to get Brady to retire. Said Brady as to his response: “I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick. I think I moved onto something else pretty quickly.”

If they win another Super Bowl, she’ll surely break out her argument again.

But what of Brady’s oft-repeated contention that he’ll play through 2022? Well, he said in June that 90 percent of the stuff he says publicly isn’t what he really believes.

So, yes, there’s just enough smoke floating around on this one to justify keeping an eye on the possibility that Brady’s vow to keep going isn’t among the 10 percent of things about which he’s outwardly honest.

29 responses to “Bruce Arians would be “shocked” if Tom Brady doesn’t return next season

  1. Brady was extra amped Friday because he knew very well the rams might smack him into retirement.

  2. Arians said about Brady: “The way he was at practice, I would be shocked if he didn’t”. Of course he also said about Brown: “He screws up one time, he’s gone.” – so should we care about anything Arians says?

  3. After the Bucs won Super Bowl LV, Bundchen once again played the “what more do you have to prove?” card
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    Brady is proving the TB12 method has merit.

    I’m not saying that’s what’s motivating Brady, but the longer he can go at a high level the more he proves it.

  4. The Bucs win this Super Bowl, I believe the urge will be strong for him to retire on top of the NFL….
    IF they win this Super Bowl, he will have taken one of the NFLs history worse teams to back to back Super Bowls, his 8th ring, his 11th Super Bowl to play in, to finish off one of his best seasons statistically…

    Anything short of win this SB, and he comes back at least 1 more season because he once said play til age 45 was his goal…. plus, possibly running up more records, helping Bucs with 3 years of winning and maybe back to back NFCS crowns!

  5. I don’t understand the need to speculate. He will retire whenever he wants. As long as we don’t have a Brett Favre situation then who cares? Let the man make his decisions whenever he wants. He’s surely earned that.

  6. Then again, Arian was shocked to learn you aren’t supposed to hit the coworkers you manage in the head.

  7. Gee, did anyone expect him to answer that question any differently, considering they’re trying to take another step toward the super bowl tomorrow?

  8. Honestly, if you hated Brady with the Pats, I don’t know how you couldn’t hate him more with this constant self promotion and antics since he left NE. Why on earth this constant need for attention, almost daily, is such a focus for an adult man in his 40s with success beyond success, is literally the 10th wonder of the world. It will be studied by psychologists for decades. Sigmund Freud could have built an entire career on it.

    I just wonder how long BB was trying to avoid seeing these primadonna antics in NE after Brady married Giselle, to the point we’ll even know about it. Keeping that angle under wraps is legendary, IMO.

    Once this Arians/Brady thing collapses under the cap next year, people might appreciate what BB did in NE a lot more.

    Back in 2014 or 2015, Mike Reiss stated Giselle “encouraged” Brady to get on Facebook. Keep in mind, this is a grown man who is very successful and famous. Why on earth someone would feel a need to “get on Facebook” in that position in his mid/late 30s, is absolutely beyond me as someone who is Brady’s age. It’s just bizarre that it would be such a focus.

    There is an element of incredibly strange lines of thinking from that family, and it stems directly from Giselle. Make no mistake.

    She was the one who literally said, as the confetti was falling in the SB vs Atlanta, after her own husband needed to dig himself out of a huge hole with a horrendous pick 6 before half, with numerous other players making enormous plays on both offense and defense, to help the comeback, where she said “oh, yeah, we’re ‘taking advantage of this’ comeback”….. That’s per Tom Curran, a Brady binky buddy. Again, very, very odd, to be thinking of such things in such an incredible moment for the team.

    There is an element of obsessing over image and needing constant attention because that is what Giselle grew up around as a teenager as a model, and there is this odd fixation that Brady didn’t get enough credit like Peyton Manning did, because Brady’s stats weren’t as inflated, although Brady was supported on his team far better than Manning was with the Colts, whose team never fielded a D. The irony. It’s also ironic that when BB gave Brady Manning style toys, Brady crapped down his leg with it in postseasons from 2007-2012, hence the JimmyG draft pick. Brady failed and didn’t like being told he blew the opportunities throwing out of a shotgun for 45 times a game, even with leads.

    Once Manning left Indy and cupcaked onto Denver who had a ton of cap space and a nice D, and started handpicking FAs to go there like MeBron James does, Brady wanted that, too. And, here we are.

    It’s all about himself, as he awkwardly tries to sell it about the team. Manning loved that attention, too. But, Manning left SBs on the table over it. Fact.

    That ship sailed a long, long, long time ago, around the time they were building a moat around their mansion in LA in 2010. It was mortifying to me as a diehard Boston sports fan. Still is. Mortifying.

    Brady is not same person he was 10 years ago. He changed. A lot.

  9. Keep in mind that the Bucs have a ton of key players hitting the market after this season including Chris Godwin, Gronk, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh, OJ Howard, Leonard Fournette and Ryan Jensen. That’s a lot!! I doubt he comes back.

  10. These aren’t even rumors, it’s just a bunch of NFL insiders thinking out loud. There are a handful of NFL sports writers, analysts, teammates, bloggers who will give anything to be the first with this announcement, be it this season or next.

    As of right now no one knows, probably not even Tom Brady.

  11. shemp63 says:
    January 22, 2022 at 4:58 pm
    Keep in mind that the Bucs have a ton of key players hitting the market after this season including Chris Godwin, Gronk, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh, OJ Howard, Leonard Fournette and Ryan Jensen. That’s a lot!! I doubt he comes back.

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    Exactly.

    Look at what happened to Denver when Manning squeaked out his ring. Small window. Hey, it worked, but it’s not sustainable.

    Brady may be too far gone to see it with Giselle whispering in his ear, but it’s possible he sees it and tries to skip to another team like MeBron did. It’s very possible his ego is that far gone.

    Tampa is going to be awful for a long, long time possibly starting soon.

    Denver is the perfect example of the aftereffects. It’s very risky business and it’s hard to pull off, but you need a run game and a D to do it. From Brady’s point of view, he had it in 2018 and last year with Tampa to help cover for his stretches of erratic play.

  12. BA will also be shocked when the Packers bounce the Bucs and the Bucs elevate Leftwich to HC.

  13. Manning was with the Colts, whose team never fielded a D.

    Another false narrative..

    Manning went into the playoffs 7 times with the colts with those colts teams having a top ten Defense in BOTH scoring and yards allowed AND a top 10 scoring offense. One and done all SEVEN times.

    Manning wasn’t able to take advantage of his opportunities

  14. Given that he is the greatest player the game has ever known, we — if we’re true fans — should want his career to extend as long as possible. The clear proviso, of course, is only if he can do so at an elite level. By the way, where is that cliff?

  15. Brady is proving the TB12 method has merit.

    I’m not saying that’s what’s motivating Brady, but the longer he can go at a high level the more he proves it.
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    The TB12 method works with Tom Brady, but really, who else has it ‘worked’ for? Everyone’s body and genetics are different. What works for some people may not work for others. It’s far more likely that Tom is a genetic freak, and while the TB12 method may help, it’s almost certainly not the REASON he has longevity. I mean, what are the odds that of all the scientists, trainers, kinesthiologists and dietitians in the world, a convicted fraudster like Alex Guerrero was the one that ‘figured it out’?

    His clients include: Danny Amendola, Jacoby Brissett, Julian Edelman, Jimmy Garoppolo, Rob Gronkowski, Duron Harmon, Chris Hogan, Ty Law, TJ Houshmandzadeh, LaDainian Tomlinson, Keenan McCardell and Willie McGinest. Tell me, how many of those guys played well into their 30’s, let alone 40’s? Hogan’s out of the NFL @ 33 with multiple injuries, Edelman retired due to injuries, McGinest played 14 years but the last 3-4 weren’t exceptional, LT played 10 years, McCardell played for a bunch of years but didn’t stay at a high level past 34. So yeah, Of the people who Guerrero worked with, the only one that’s truly defying nature is Brady.

  16. flash1224 says:
    January 22, 2022 at 6:09 pm
    Manning was with the Colts, whose team never fielded a D.

    Another false narrative..

    Manning went into the playoffs 7 times with the colts with those colts teams having a top ten Defense in BOTH scoring and yards allowed AND a top 10 scoring offense. One and done all SEVEN times.

    Manning wasn’t able to take advantage of his opportunities

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    lol!!!!

    Look, kid…I know you were probably 10-13 years old in 2001, 2003 and 2004, 2005, etc, but their swiss cheese Dd sucked. It’s how we knew NE would beat them. They were a soft, dome defense that sucked on grass vs a physical team.

    Manning scoring so fast and then hitting a wall mid game, was their death knell. And then Brady atupidly wanted to copy it in 2007. There is no “wrong narrative” or whatever yoy fantasy football dorks try to spin. Stats do not equate to understanding the sport.

    They were dead last in ‘06 when they beat the Bears in the SB. Manning only got his first ring by allowing his RBs to run the ball. Fact.

    Try real history instead of revisionist history.

  17. They were dead last in ‘06 when they beat the Bears in the SB. Manning only got his first ring by allowing his RBs to run the ball. Fact.

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    There D wasn’t that good in 06 until the playoffs and the return of Bob Sanders. Everyone on that teams credited his return to there D playing better in the Playoffs. “Kid”

    But keep pretending you know everything… “

  18. They were dead last in ‘06 when they beat the Bears in the SB. Manning only got his first ring by allowing his RBs to run the ball. Fact.
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    The Colts had the 23rd ranked D. You do know there are 32 teams in the league, right?

  19. dwqb11 says:
    January 22, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    They were dead last in ‘06 when they beat the Bears in the SB. Manning only got his first ring by allowing his RBs to run the ball. Fact.
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    The Colts had the 23rd ranked D. You do know there are 32 teams in the league, right?

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    Excuse me, run D. They were the worst run D in the NFL. They were notoriously finesse and terrible.

    You little kidlings who were born in 2000 or whatever, simply didn’t know.

    Anyone with even half of NFL fan credibility knows how pathetic they were. Dungy couldn’t field a good D the entire time he was in Indy.

  20. flash1224 says:
    January 22, 2022 at 6:39 pm
    They were dead last in ‘06 when they beat the Bears in the SB. Manning only got his first ring by allowing his RBs to run the ball. Fact.

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    There D wasn’t that good in 06 until the playoffs and the return of Bob Sanders. Everyone on that teams credited his return to there D playing better in the Playoffs. “Kid”

    But keep pretending you know everything… “

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    I don’t “pretend” anything. I know facts. I know what happened. You were probably a kid at the time. That’s your problem.

    This is what Millennials do. They ignore history and then pretend their time and their stupid inventions like fantasy football is somehow how you learn the sport of football.

    Anyone with half a brain knew NE would control the clock, run on their flimsy and pansy D and slow Manning down. Indy could not beat NE until Goodell got into the league the change the rules. Any REAL Pats fan knows this. You’re clearly a very young fan or clueless. Which is it?

    Pats fans used to laugh at the finesse dome Colts. The fact you don’t know this is hilarious.

  21. Brady cheated. No respect for cheaters.
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    So no respect for BB, JM, Edelman, Ninkovich, and Harrison then?

  22. With so much else to right about this is what we want to speculate about. Maybe Chris Simms is going to make a come back when Brady retires and lead the Bucs to another Super Bowl.

  23. It will be in VERY clear view today how AB shorted each and every one of his teammates with his latest stunt. WR2 will be the roster weakness that TB12 will need to navigate to repeat.

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