Is Tom Brady still “all-in”? Todd Bowles: “He’s been all in since we got him”

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The Buccaneers sit six days away from their first game of the 2022 regular season. With the fumes of quarterback Tom Brady‘s 11-day training-camp hiatus still lingering, it’s inevitable that questions about Brady’s status will emerge, from time to time.

On Monday, coach Todd Bowles was asked whether Brady continues to be “all-in” for the season.

“He’s been all-in since we got him,” Bowles said, ignoring the nearly two weeks when Brady was literally all-out.

“He’s all-in now,” Bowles immediately added, perhaps remembering the still-unexplained (other than to say “I’ve got a lot of shit going on”) absence. “I don’t follow the off-the-field stuff. I listen to XM The Groove and Soul Town. My off-the-field activities are honestly not even football-related.”

By mentioning that he doesn’t follow “the off-the-field stuff,” Bowles acknowledged the existence of it, whatever it may be. The New York Post, owned by the same family that owns Brady’s eventual broadcasting employer, has been pushing the link between his absence and marital discord. That’s the only real “off-the-field stuff” that has secured any type of actual traction, as it relates to potential explanations for Brady’s unprecedented departure from camp.

(Then there’ the “off-the-field stuff” about him wanting to be on-the-field with the Dolphins. If we believe the NFL’s findings regarding persistent tampering by Miami, it’s hard to conclude that Brady has constantly been “all-in since we got him.” And he retired for 40 days, too. So, not “all-in.”)

Regardless, it would be far more difficult for Brady to up and leave during the season, which seems to be what the question was getting at. The fact that he was gone for 11 days in camp makes it something other than completely impossible.

The Bucs have a Week 11 bye. That’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It’s hard not to look at the schedule and wonder whether Brady will exit from the end of the Seahawks game in Germany on November 13 and return as late as possible while still being ready to go for a trip to face a Browns team that could be limping into its last contest without Deshaun Watson.

20 responses to “Is Tom Brady still “all-in”? Todd Bowles: “He’s been all in since we got him”

  1. Really think THIS is his last year. Believe the home life is dictated this is his farewell tour.

  2. Brady was born all in. If he’s on the field, he’s all in. He just doesn’t know any other way.

  3. This will be Brady’s last year.they wont make it to the playoffs this year, cause every week he is gonna hear about this, when ever he plays bad people will bring this up.

  4. charliecharger says:
    September 5, 2022 at 6:48 pm
    Brady was born all in. If he’s on the field, he’s all in. He just doesn’t know any other way.

    3511Rate This

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    If this was true, he wouldn’t have been a 6th rd pick no one wanted.

    BB tapped into his basic skills and developed who he became. He did it with Lawrence Taylor, too.

  5. He had business to handle. He is the greatest winner around. So he missed a few days of camp. I’m not seeing an issue.

  6. Seems like this is finally it for Brady, we can only hope. Will he fail or run it again? Personally I wouldn’t put money against him. I have a bad vibe for them…but there’s no way I’d count them out, so long as he’s playing.

  7. I’m not all in on Todd Bowles, frankly. He is not very good with the media. The HC should be clear he is all in on football throughout the season, even if he isn’t. I realize folks need private lives too but during the six month season, you gotta eat, drink, and sleep football. To say his off field stuff is not even football-related (the week before the season opener in Dallas) is just not too wise.

  8. If Brady is still at the top of his game, maybe a divorce is in order. If she does not want him to play football any longer and he still wants to play. He will resent the hell out of her if he walks away and it was not what he wanted to do.

  9. Brady should hang in long enough to get 300 wins. Should be early next season. No one will ever do that again.

  10. touchback6 says:
    September 5, 2022 at 9:18 pm
    charliecharger says:
    September 5, 2022 at 6:48 pm
    Brady was born all in. If he’s on the field, he’s all in. He just doesn’t know any other way.

    3511Rate This

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    If this was true, he wouldn’t have been a 6th rd pick no one wanted.

    BB tapped into his basic skills and developed who he became. He did it with Lawrence Taylor, too

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    Why hasn’t BB been able to “tap into anyone else’s basic skills” and become something other than a .500ish head coach without Tom Brady?

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