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Tom Brady focused on division title as future speculation brews

There was once a time when, if the president contracted a chilly, it will be breaking information.

Tom Brady, greater than ever, holds that distinction as of late.

BREAKING: Tom and Gisele cut up.

BREAKING: Tom throws pill on sideline.

BREAKING: Tom denies tweaking sport plans with out coaches realizing.

BREAKING: Tom prepares for first Christmas since divorce.

And now, as Brady tries to hold on to an NFC South title Sunday evening, when Tampa Bay performs at Arizona, for the proper to chase an extended shot eighth Super Bowl championship, speculation season is in full bloom over whether or not he’ll lastly, definitively determine to hold up No. 12. Or the place he’ll play in 2023 as a free agent, if he can not shake his soccer habit.

“He’s always said he will know when it’s time,” Hall of Fame, Emmy award-winning sportscaster Jim Gray advised Serby Says. “None of this is Tom speaking, this is me: It won’t be because he can’t play if he doesn’t play anymore. I think there are about 27 other teams that would sign him tomorrow. It could be 30.”

Gray, for the previous 14 seasons, has interviewed Brady on Westwood One at halftime throughout “Monday Night Football.”

“Would we have ever had the opportunity to hear Muhammad Ali every week talk about his performance?” Gray asks. “As great as Michael Jordan was with the press after every game, did he sit down for a half hour or an hour and talk about what went on throughout the playoffs? And my perspective, this is how I feel: We’re talking to Babe Ruth as he’s doing it.”

The Tombino, anybody?

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
Tom Brady is focusing on clinching an underwhelming NFC South division as speculation about his future continues to build.
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Rich Gannon, former Raiders Super Bowl quarterback and now NFL analyst for CBS Sports Network and Sirius/XM NFL Radio:

“He marches to the beat of a different drummer. I think he enjoys the process. I think he enjoys the competition. He’ll never be able to find anything to replace it. I think he’s addicted to it. I think he loves it. Would it surprise me if he walks away? No. Would it surprise me if he decides to come back another year? No. Would it surprise me if he go signs with another team? No.”

NBC “Football Night in America” Emmy-winning analyst and Super Bowl XLI champion Colts coach Tony Dungy:

“I don’t think he’s gonna go out on a year like this, so I think he’s gonna play at least one more year. We battled against them [Patriots] for years, and I’ve been retired 13 years now and he’s still going. It’s pretty crazy.”

Brady has lost extra video games this season than he ever has in a single season, however 6-8 isn’t any dying sentence within the NFC’s weakest division. There was no Tom versus Time debate after his dramatic fourth-quarter win over the Saints on Dec. 5.

“At the end of the day, the guy still spins it really well,” Gannon stated.

Then got here his two interceptions and two fumbles within the second half final week in opposition to the Bengals to blow a 17-0 lead in a 34-23 loss. Brady had been 159-3 in his career when main by 17-plus factors, together with the playoffs, and 89-0 at residence.

Dungy was requested if he sees any Brady falloff.

Tom Brady #12 and Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers interact prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
Brady has thrown 20 touchdowns to date throughout his twenty third year within the NFL.
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“I’d say a little bit of falloff,” he stated, “but the physical traits, just like with Peyton [Manning], were not the things that define him. I think the mindset, the drive, the ability to raise your teammates’ level of play, understanding what’s going on, throwing the ball to the right spot, those things he’s just fantastic at, and I see no drop-off in that.”

But Brady (20 touchdowns, seven interceptions) should discover a technique to overcome the shortage of a dedication to excellence throughout him. His frustration, screaming on the sideline and imploring teammates to battle with him, has pushed him batty at times.

“When you’re in the building twice as long as the running back or the receiver and stuff, your tolerance level goes way down,” Gannon stated. “The final thing you want is a few f–king man not realizing what he’s doing. So what occurs is you simply blow a fuse.

“Late in my career, that’s the one thing that basically took the fun out of it for me. I’d leave the facility at like 7 o’clock at night and I’d walk around and see four, five players — the playbook’s in their lockers. They didn’t even take ’em on a Wednesday or Thursday night. What really starts bother you is when your issue becomes my issue. Your not preparing affects my body of work.”

So what’s subsequent for the GOAT?

“He’s pretty myopic when it comes to his work,” Gray stated. “I don’t think he’s thinking about any of this other stuff. He can do that in March and April and so forth.”

OK, so what might be subsequent in March and April and so forth for Brady ought to he turn out to be a free agent three years after leaving the Patriots?

“I doubt anyone who answers the phone at one of these facilities is gonna say, ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ and hang up,” Gannon stated.

“He is 46 [next August], but who’s taking care of their body like him, and by the way, who knows how to make it from the start to the finish?”

On the opposite hand: “You basically have to have an offense that fits what he does,” Gannon stated.

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Speculation swirls round Tom Brady’s future.
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Could the Raiders be a match? Brady’s former trusted Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the top coach in Sin City, and WR Davante Adams, RB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller, when wholesome, can be tempting. Remember when UFC president Dana White revealed that the Raiders had a deal in place with Brady for 2020 to switch Derek Carr, however Jon Gruden vetoed it?

The 49ers? Brady’s childhood group? What if John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan commerce Jimmy Garoppolo and determine to have Trey Lance and Brock Purdy be taught for a year beneath Brady?

A reunion with Bill Belichick? Robert Kraft considers Brady a son, proper? Abandon Mac Jones after Year 2? With Matt Patricia as offensive coordinator and pedestrian receivers?

“I think that train’s left the station,” Gannon stated. “For both of ’em.”

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The TB12 prepare harbors a person who retains attempting to push the longevity and life-style envelopes on the sector and off.

“He still fascinated on trying to throw a perfect spiral and winning a game,” Gray stated. “He simply doesn’t discuss it, he truly lives it. … His continued pursuit of excellence and his achievement.

“We’ve never seen anything like this. Never.”

The final thing anybody ought to need for Brady is to depart the sport he loves a lot and remorse it later.

“He’s a better human being than he is a quarterback,” Gray stated. “Literally always trying to be better tomorrow than was yesterday, and he’s trying to improve even at this stage of his career.”

Brady on his Let’s Go! podcast: “I think anyone who’s gone through life and struggles at their job or struggles in other aspects of life, when you do put effort and energy into it, you know, what are you learning from that as opposed to, you know, why is that happening to you and for you? You’re not a victim of that. We’re not a victim of losing games. The sun came up today. We’ve got something to do about it. We woke up, we have a chance. This is not the time to feel sorry for yourself. So get up, go into work and make it better, and improve it and work harder and work more determined.”

Whenever and wherever this championship fairy story ends, the NFL will probably be a lesser place with out Tom Brady.

“When your son Jack [15] is much more close in being able to relate to the people on the field than you are as their father, perhaps that comes into play, perhaps he has other business ventures he wants to get involved with, perhaps he wants to go do the Fox thing right away, perhaps he wants to spend time with his family,” Gray stated. “There are different issues {that a} 26-year-old and a 27-year-old wouldn’t should ponder.

“But it won’t be because he can’t play.”

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