Tom Brady’s personal and professional struggles took center stage in Tampa on Thursday as the Buccaneers quarterback discussed how to balance the two aspects of his life.
“I’ve always tried to do my best here, and when I leave here, I try to do my best,” Brady said when asked about his work/life balance.
As most of humanity has heard by now, Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen recently divorced, but that’s not the end of his troubles.
The 45-year-old struggled on the field in 2022 as the Bucs sit at 3-5 in miserable NFC South. Brady is only 14th in the quarterback rating and 17 signal callers have more touchdown passes than his nine for the season.
“We just don’t have four good quarters together,” Brady said. “Yes, it’s frustrating, because to win matches you have to consistently play well throughout the match. We just didn’t. It’s hard here every week figuring out how not to be too disappointed in what we’re doing, but we’re fighting hard and we’re going to try to make it better.”
Tom Brady’s personal and professional struggles took center stage in Tampa on Thursday as the Buccaneers quarterback discussed balancing the two aspects of his life.
As most of humanity has heard by now, Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen recently divorced, but that’s not the end of his troubles
Brady, once the optimist, claimed the Bucs could easily have a much better record this season.
“I think, eight games, whatever, you could be 7-1 and one game out,” he said. “You could be the record where we are now, but the reality is there is a reason why we are 3-5. You have to solve the reasons why you are 3-5. It’s one game, but it’s not like we have a huge margin of error when we go on the field.
“We don’t, so we have to make the plays that are winning plays. There are winning plays and there are losing plays. There is winning football, there is football lost. We just didn’t win much this year.
“I’m sure everyone sitting in this room, everyone sitting at home is trying to wake up every day and do the best for their families and their careers, and I’m no different. Just do your best every day. We certainly try.’
Brady also hinted at his pending divorce earlier this week when he spoke to Jim Gray on his SiriusXM podcast.
“I think there are a lot of professionals in life who go through things that they deal with at work and that they go through at home,” Brady said. “The good news is, of course, that it’s a very friendly situation, and I’m really focused on two things: taking care of my family and especially my children, and second, doing my best to win football matches.
Brady and the Bucs face an old rival in the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
When Brady ended his brief retirement in March, citing “unfinished business” as motivation to continue his record-breaking football career, the Rams’ loss in last season’s playoffs was still fresh in his mind.
Brady and Bundchen confirmed their separation Friday in Instagram statements. She said her priority had “always” been the kids, but said the couple had “grown apart.” In his statement, Brady said the decision was “painful and difficult.”
The Buccaneers have lost five of the six after a 2-0 start. Brady has dropped three straight starts for the first time in two decades and the seven-time NFL champion has been unable to beat the Rams since moving from New England to Tampa Bay in 2020.
The Rams (3-4) are also below .500, looking for answers to a slower-than-expected start after ending Tampa Bay’s attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champions last January and win the Lombardi Trophy themselves .
“It’s hard here every week figuring out how not to be too disappointed in what we’re doing. But we’re fighting hard and we’re going to try to make it better,” Brady said.
“There is a lot of football to play, and we need to play better,” added Brady. “That’s just the reality of the situation we’re in.”
Brady might as well have talked about the challenge the Rams face in getting ahead as well.
The Bucs have gone 3-5 this season as the whole team struggled to perform and win games
Injuries have been a factor. But like the Bucs, a sputtering attack and inconsistent defense contributed to the misery.
If there’s any good news for Brady, it’s another imminent milestone for the future Hall of Famer.
Brady, the career leader of the NFL, comes in on Sunday and needs 164 yards to reach 100,000, including the postseason.
“For me, it’s an honor for all the guys I’ve played with, who blocked and took passes for me. I think all those things are one big party for all those guys. I can’t do (nothing) in this league without guys doing what they’re great at,” Brady said.
“It’s an amazing achievement,” he added at the milestone. “But as much as people like to say, ‘Oh, this is what Tom Brady did’, in my mind, this is what myself and all those other people who contributed my life too.’
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