For the primary and solely time in his illustrious profession, Tom Brady completed beneath .500 final season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers nonetheless made the playoffs in a nasty division with an 8-9 document, however it was clear they didn’t match as much as the remainder of the playoff groups.
They misplaced within the first spherical of the playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-14.
Off the sector, it was a worrying yr for Brady as he handled a divorce from Gisele Bundchen. And Bruce Arians, Brady’s head coach once they gained the 2021 Super Bowl, stated the longer term Hall of Famer “wasn’t himself” all through the season.
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“The injuries to our leaders was really, really hard,” Arians stated. “Tom wasn’t himself, you know, with all the things that were going on. And I got to give him all the credit in the world for battling through what he went through last year for his teammates. I think the world of him, but it wasn’t the real Tom Brady out there.”
It was reported that Brady misplaced 15 kilos through the season amid the stress of every thing off the sector. He additionally handled loads of questions on his looming retirement. Brady quickly hung up the cleats following the 2021 season however introduced a return simply 40 days later.
Brady additionally sat out of coaching camp for 11 days earlier than the 2022 season due to “a lot of s— going on.”
Brady introduced his retirement “for good” Feb. 1, and Arians thinks he meant it.
“I definitely think so,” Arians stated. “He’s spent a lot of time with his kids and just heading to the next chapter. He’s got so many things going on, you know. He’s one busy dude.”
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The seven-time Super Bowl champion threw for 25 touchdowns on the season after throwing an NFL-leading 43 the earlier yr.