Tom Brady: It’s a bad day when there are more F-bombs than touchdowns

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On Sunday, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady could be seen, and heard, giving a tongue lashing to his offensive lineman. The subject came up during the latest edition of his Let’s Go! podcast on SiriusXM.

“I don’t know if it’s motivation, but I do think that it’s a bad day when there’s more F-bombs than touchdowns,” Brady told Jim Gray. “So that was not one of my better days. But F-bombs, they used to kind of keep from showing you in those moments but now it’s kind of for the world to see. So that’s just the way it is.”

The way it now is obviously didn’t keep Brady from doing it. Gray asked how the teammates take it, when it’s happening.

“It’s all good,” Brady said. “You know, I think I have a great rapport with all my teammates and they know that the only reason why I’m doing it is to try to motivate them and try to get us to a higher level. It’s nothing that I don’t say, you know, if I don’t feel like we’re living up to the expectations and playing up to the expectations that we’re capable of then that’s my job. I’m a quarterback. I’m not expecting the right tackle to do it. I’m not expecting the running back to do it. I’m not expecting the receiver to do it. I’m expecting myself to do it. I’m the one out there speaking in the huddle, calling the plays. That’s what my job is to try to get us going and to try to rally us. And there’s a lot of ways to do it. And sometimes it’s some positive encouragement, which you do a lot. Sometimes it’s, you know, getting on people and trying to raise the level, the sense of urgency, and raising my voice and trying to create a different vibration for the whole offense. And that’s ultimately what you’re trying to do.”

That’s fine. And he’s not the only quarterback to ever do it. What made it stand out on Sunday was that, the day before, Brady skipped the Saturday walk-through and meetings because he attended Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s wedding on Friday night in New York City. It’s hard to wonder whether he has the same authority with his teammates as he usually does, given those circumstances.

Without listening to the full podcast, it’s unclear whether that specific wrinkle was directly addressed by Gray or Brady. If it was, it didn’t make its way into the partial transcript provided by SiriusXM.

That said, Brady made indirect reference to his absence when talking to their guest this week, NBA great Kevin Durant.

“I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military, and it’s like, man, here I go again,” Brady said. “There’s only one way to do it. And I think Jim, we’ve talked from time to time just about how do you enjoy the certain moments of it? The reality is you can really only be authentic to yourself, right? Whenever you may say, ‘Oh man, I want to, you know, make sure I spend a little more time doing this.’ When it comes down to it, your competitiveness takes over and as much as you want to have this playful balance with the work balance, you’re going to end up doing exactly what you’ve always done, which is why you are who you are. You’re going to go, how do I get it done? You know, what do I got to do to get it done?”

On Saturday, Brady struck that balance by physically checking out. That rarely happens for starting NFL quarterbacks. It never happened in past years for Brady. And it’s fair to wonder whether teammates react the same way when he’s dropping F-bombs on them the day after he decided to say eff it to a final walk-through practice and meetings aimed at preparing to play, and to win, in Pittsburgh.

38 responses to “Tom Brady: It’s a bad day when there are more F-bombs than touchdowns

  1. Also a bad day when the most recognizable figure of any organization decides to not show up for work 25% of the work week…

  2. Tommy, I’m sure you and Giselle have exchanged plenty of F-Bombs around that house over the last year.

  3. All he had to do was retire and stay retired. Winning a super bowl your first season with a new team and helping them into the divisional round the next year, with 7 total rings.

    This just so happened to be THE season where his skills start to take a beating from Father Time, and not to mention his marriage. Think he wants a mulligan on last February?

  4. At this rate , his current offensive lineman won’t hold open a restaurant door for the old man who should have stayed retired.

  5. If you’re not showing up Tom they aren’t showing up for you. You know this. You should have had a mirror brought to the sideline and yelled at yourself, then apologized to your teammates. Instead you “motivated” them.

  6. 28 years of military and sports experience here. You send a terrible message to your team when you aren’t there and should be. There was the vacation during camp…likely for his marriage…okay. Not good but probably a one-time thing. But missing team meetings on a road game to go to Kraft’s wedding up the road directly, loudly, strongly says his old buddy’s wedding is more important than a winning season. Worse, is the coaches let it happen. It’s time for Brady and his coaches to make winning games their priority again…fast. Yes, Brady can do most things in his sleep..but his team needs the work with him.

  7. Be rather comical if Tampa’s o-line decides to quit holding for him even though they know the refs will let them get away with it.

  8. You’d think people would learn to never bet against this old geezer. I smell a 4-5 game win streak coming soon.

  9. Wow! What a fall from his once mighty perch. Looks like an old, average quarterback. His wife is very publicly saying to him what he said to his Offensive Linemen. But yay him…he got to play another year.

  10. If you’re not 100% into anything, you are best off not even showing up. He used to carve up Steelers starting DBs. Sunday he faced 3 practice squad players there. Father Time is undefeated.

  11. Tom Brady is sixth in YPG, seventh in QB Rating, tied 2nd fewest sacks, first in fewest Int & Fumbles Lost.
    Yup, he is playing lousy for people who hate him because he isn’t perfect.

  12. I think some military personnel might take exception to his comment comparing playing football to military deployment.

  13. It’s a bad year when you lose your family, friends, respect, cheeks, and a game to the lowly Steelers.
    The F-bombs don’t really factor in.

    You are getting what you deserve, Tom.

  14. We’ve spent how many years watching this pretentious act play out and now it’s time to call curtains. Even worse is knowing after he retires for the umpteenth time he’ll be ruining televised football with his narcissism.

  15. andyreidsmustache says:
    October 17, 2022 at 11:55 pm
    All he had to do was retire and stay retired. Winning a super bowl your first season with a new team and helping them into the divisional round the next year, with 7 total rings.

    This just so happened to be THE season where his skills start to take a beating from Father Time, and not to mention his marriage. Think he wants a mulligan on last February?

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    Brady doesn’t play to end on a perfect note. He plays because he loves to play. Maybe to his detriment. One thing is for sure, he doesn’t care about playing and losing some games because it might affect his legacy with the fans.

  16. 28 years of military and sports experience here. You send a terrible message to your team when you aren’t there and should be. There was the vacation during camp…likely for his marriage…okay. Not good but probably a one-time thing. But missing team meetings on a road game to go to Kraft’s wedding up the road directly, loudly, strongly says his old buddy’s wedding is more important than a winning season. Worse, is the coaches let it happen. It’s time for Brady and his coaches to make winning games their priority again…fast. Yes, Brady can do most things in his sleep..but his team needs the work with him.

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    Robert Kraft’s wedding is more important than a winning season at this point in Brady’s career. Kraft and Brady will likely be in business together I am guessing (if they are not already in terms of investment in his Brands). That sucks for Bucs fans but it’s straight up the truth.

  17. redlikethepig says:
    October 18, 2022 at 4:45 am
    Proving yet again that time is undefeated.

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    We’ll I don’t think that needed to be proven. Aging can be delayed through health measures as Brady has shown, but can’t be defeated. That said, average life expectancy in the US in 1920 (when the NFL started) was 58 and 100 years later it’s 79. So things do improve over time.

  18. Build them up to knock them down. He who is without sin cast the first stone.

    Maybe a guy who put football first for three decades has doubts now that the love of his life has said no mas.

    Maybe showing up at Kraft’s marriage was more important than a Saturday walkthrough because Kraft and Belichick literally mentored his football and personal success and he realizes those relationships matter.

    I prefer the New England Tom more than the Florida Tom but it’s time for Tom to decide who he really is. Personally, if he retired tomorrow to save his marriage and spend time with his kids I would wish him well and still make him a first ballot HOF selection.

  19. Years ago I stood next to Brady at charity event sponsored by Jerod Mayo. I was at the bar with business advisors to Mayo. Vince Wilfolk was with his wife. Hernandez came in with an entourage. Brady stood next to a table with the kicker, punter and long snapper, chatting them up. He wasn’t the center of attention and didn’t seek it out. He struck me as a guy who treated every teammate well, no matter their status. Did leaving the Patriots change him? Only he knows.

  20. 5th in the league in passing yds and completion pct. League best one interception in 6 games. 45 years old.

    I wish the Pats had a QB who could put up such numbers.

  21. I wish the Pats had a QB who could put up such numbers
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    I also wish 31 teams started a 45-year old QB…

  22. It’s over Tommy. It’s over! says:
    October 18, 2022 at 4:01 pm
    I wish the Pats had a QB who could put up such numbers

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    It would have taken Brady 2 more quarters to put up Zappe numbers.

  23. I wish the Pats had a QB who could put up such numbers.
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    I do too as long as his initials are not TB. The cheater can go pound sand.

  24. GoodellMustGo says:
    October 18, 2022 at 6:53 pm
    I wish the Pats had a QB who could put up such numbers.
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    I do too as long as his initials are not TB. The cheater can go pound sand.

    You want Belichick to go pound sand?

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