“Could This Be The End Of The Brady Era?”

December 9th, 2021

Winding down?

Michigan Man Rich Eisen was mighty proud that fellow Michigan Man Tom Brady won the Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of the Year Award” Tuesday night.

The Rich Eisen Show” host also was taken aback by a Brady quote in the accompanying article in the magazine, he told his Peacock audience.

Eisen said many coaches have told him the big reason why they got out of the business was losses became too soul-crushing and they didn’t get a rush out of wins that became more reprieve than celebration.

So Eisen quoted Brady from the Sports Illustrated article saying how losing is so depressing and winning is becoming only a relief. And Brady has mentioned if anything chases him away from the game, it would be mental wear and tear.

“I think if anything, the most challenging part is the emotional aspect of football for me,” Brady says. “When we lose, it’s depressing. When we win, it’s a relief. It’s not like the joy, the happiness—it’s a relief. Because when we win, sometimes just winning isn’t good enough for you, because you expect perfection, and when you expect perfection and it’s less than perfect, you feel like there’s a down part to that.”

When Eisen read that excerpt, he had an epiphany. This is it, Eisen said in so many words. The next five games and the ensuing playoffs will probably be it for Brady, Eisen now believes.

Joe believes there is one little hitch, however. For many years Brady has been outspoken he wants to play until he’s 45 (he has since readjusted to suggest he may play longer). Brady won’t turn 45 until next year’s training camp, Aug. 3.

You can hear and see Eisen’s full explanation in the Peacock video below.

60 Responses to ““Could This Be The End Of The Brady Era?””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Pete’s believes TB12 is done after this season and has been saying it for several weeks know. I think it hit him during the Saints & Washington losses time frame.

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    I get it.

  3. Buc king Says:

    Not happening at all…brady will play another year easy…he’s chasing all the records and glory…he knows his legacy will be cemented with 2 more seasons no one will surpass him in 100yrs…he has an amazing online that will be great for 3 to 4 more years as a unit (pass protection) has evans godwin ab at least 1 more yr but could recruit any free agent receiver…
    Gronk will play at least 1 more yr..
    Brady has cane out his shell..he’s funny now.. looser..
    I think he enjoys his kids seeing him live out his destiny.
    He’s the milt guy in his 60s still leading his troops and his troops will die for him.
    Along as that arm can find its target he will call the snaps.
    I think he knows right now he can swoop 3 total super Bowls trophy here..
    Think how he becomes the legendary athlete who proved them all wrong and made the worst sports team in history of sports the best.
    The man will always be the goat in my eyes.

  4. Nick F Says:

    Wouldn’t look into it too much. Tom’s been saying how winning is more of a relief since last year.

  5. westernbuc Says:

    I don’t think Tom is leaving until his body fails him or the front office fails him.

  6. Elite Vita Says:

    I would love Tom Brady to stay for a couple of more years but there needs to be a plan created for what this team will do upon his departure (Which would probably be BA’s departure as well). As for now let’s enjoy the ride. Go Bucs!

  7. bucschamp Says:

    he’s bored of regular season games. he only cares about Superbowls.

  8. Bbro Says:

    Get through one year at a time

  9. Teflon Don Says:

    If he does leave you can’t blame him.. just cant play forever no matter how good you are playing. Always a better story to go out on top than stay in the league and look bad like Rothlesberger. Definitely appreciate the short time that he has been here. as a true fan I wasn’t expecting another super bowl in my lifetime until Brady got here. I’ve experienced two super bowl wins for my favorite team I won’t complain at all just enjoy the ride.

  10. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’m thinking one more year after this one, but who knows besides Brady himself.

    On a side note, I doubt University of Michigan does as well vs. SEC teams as they did vs. Big Ten teams. The SEC is a level higher, if not two, IMHO.

  11. Listnfrmafar Says:

    He doesn’t seem to always have the fire in his eye like last year. We know he doesn’t want to go out losing so he will give it his all. The ultimate finale would be to beat Belichick in the SB. Now that’s the way for him & Gront to go out. I don’t see him playing after this year and I also think the thought of it is bothering him.

  12. Bobby M. Says:

    I think everyone is well aware that this arrangement would be short lived. He could have walked away after the SB and that would have been fine with me. He took us from a dumpster fire to champions during an extremely difficult year for our entire country. I’ll enjoy what he gives us and hope for the best with what comes after. Go Bucs!

  13. Beeej Says:

    If we get 3 seasons out of him we are blessed beyond words. Even 2 is/was worth mortgaging our immediate future

  14. Bird Says:

    Ive said it before and will say it again

    Watch his face during games. Except last week at times …he seems almost disinterested. Like something else is up. Maybe private life . Almost quiet. Reserved. Now last week you could see more emotion

    One thing about brady though …he said he would play another year. And has the extra year on contract.

    Maybe it will depend on how they finish the year. He loves football so i think we are good for one more after this one.

  15. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Beeej, even better if the franchise can get its 2nd SB in a row then mortgaging the future is definitely worth it. All it would take is cleaning up the secondary and return of AB and that’s the making of a SB return.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Agree with Rich Eisen that this’ll be TB’s last year. Have seen far too many players hang around for that one last season & it didn’t turn out well. That’s not how TB12 wants to be remembered (as staying ‘one year too long’). Brady wants to go out on top & this season will be his best opportunity to do that. LOTS of incentive there to win another Super Bowl. Now let’s git er done.

  17. Bojim Says:

    I think he may leave next year too. Anyway, he still goes out a winner SB or not.

  18. Jenn Says:

    Tom’s been saying winning is a relief for quite a while now. He’s reading too much into it.

  19. BucfanBF Says:

    Regardless how this turns out I will be forever grateful for Tom Brady coming to the Bucs and showing them what it takes to become a winner. Also glad that the fans had a chance to see a SB victory after so many years of despair.
    Lets get one more title this year before it is over……

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think he’ll play in 22…..announce it’s his last year and every game will be special for him and the fans….

  21. SteveK Says:

    Best part about this process is that Brady has shown up, shown out and been the GOAT. He’s still on top of his game and the coolest part about it all is that he’s still playing so damn well that he, and only he will decide when to hang it up.

    I hope he can go on another run with us this year and then take some time to think about it again in 2022. Honestly, he should make his best choice and know that the Bucs will 100% do whatever the hell necessary to keep a team built to win it all with Brady.

  22. Jersey buc Says:

    Def. do not want to lose Brady. But if he does and I really hate to say this. Cry baby Rodgers would be a great replacement. He wants out of Green Bay. Think for sure he would come to Tampa. Say what you want about him but he can play

  23. SteveK Says:

    The fire in TB12’s belly is unmatched. Here’s to hoping we make another run and get another tequila Tom moment!

  24. SteveK Says:


    Good point. We roll with TB12 until he wants to hang it up, and then hopefully grab a veteran QB like Rodgers or Wilson?

    Hopefully we are not worrying about that for two plus more years. Brady is still playing so well, it’s so damn fun to watch the general pick apart defenses and execute. He’s on the same level or greater than Peyton Manning was at pre-snap reads.

    I hope there is two more years, and that Gronk and Brady can challenge the TD record.

  25. Papabear1014 Says:

    Brady is a man who finishes. He finished his contract in NE and he’ll finish in Tampa. That’s the kind of integrity he’s always demonstrated.
    It completes his repeated statements to play to 45 and that’s a goal he’ll also finish just to stick it in the eyes of all the talking heads and haters who doubted him. Don’t forget the chip. Number 199. After 22 who knows. I think he’ll hang it up.

  26. Beeej Says:

    The Stones have been having farewell tours since the 90’s….

  27. Papabear1014 Says:

    Brady is a man of integrity. He finished his contract in NE and he’ll finish in Tampa. He’s always said he wants to play to 45. Don’t forget the chip. Number 199. If there were no other reasons, he’ll play to 45 just to stick it in the eye of all those talking heads and haters who doubted him. After 22 who knows. I think he hangs it up and exits on top.

  28. Biff Barker Says:

    This team isn’t built for next year.

    It’s Lombardi or bust for Tommy.

  29. Sean Says:

    Did it take a long time to find a picture of Brady that makes him look like a 60 year old? Well played. I’m laughing. He looks like someone cut in front of him at Golden Corral.

  30. Infomeplease Says:

    BUCS fans.. LIVE FOR TODAY!!!!!!!!! These are the GOOD OLD DAYS!!!

  31. Jerry R Jones Says:

    Stick to the desk Rich. Just because you’re from Michigan doesn’t mean you have a sixth sense insight.

  32. Destinjohnny Says:

    Kyle Trask…..

  33. Pa Bucs fan Says:

    There is no chance Brady got his contract extended last offseason to go through the 2022 season just to call it quits at the end of this season lol everyone calm down

  34. ocala Says:

    These are ridiculous takes on Brady. I think it is more realistic he plays ten more years than this is his last year. My guess is he plays three more years after this year.

  35. Pa Bucs fan Says:

    People like medicated Pete who believe he is done after this year just like to get attention for silly takes ala skip bayless haha

  36. PassingThru Says:

    That’s total BS. Brady has been like that for over the last two decades in the NFL.

    This isn’t news, I’ve heard the stories about Brady for years, including someone who used to be in the same locker room after both games and practice. He’s sad and miserable even after “losing” in practice.

  37. Brad Says:

    He said the same in his podcast and essentially asked when he should retire

  38. Bucfan81 Says:

    If this is Brady last season which I don’t think it will be. Then we will have options see Rodgers and Wilson who both want to leave for better talent around them.

  39. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Brady Jarret hit him hard last week, not sure how Nelson’s hit on Ryan was roughing and Jarretts late shots on Brady were not. I gotta believe those hits are adding up. Also I think he sees some of these young guys take the SB for grant it, too soon and they really don’t understand how hard it is to get there and the motivational level isn’t there. Unfortunately for Bucs fans this is his last year especially if Gronk told him he is done.

  40. Colin in Canada Says:

    Brady has mentioned the end more lately then he ever has. Every snap could be his last. Enjoy it Bucs fans.

  41. Hodad Says:

    Neil Young sang it best, there comes a time. I’m not sure Brady even knows when that time is, but as he’s said he wants to play until he’s 45. That would be the end of the 2022 season. Things change though. If we win it all again, does he walk away on top, or want to go for the 3 peat? I’m just going to enjoy watching his mastery this year. I’m glad I got to finally see him against the G men on Monday night football. Tom has nothing else to prove. He’s escaped major injuries to the point where he can lead a relatively pain free life after football. Why tempt fate?

  42. Colin in Canada Says:

    Brockman made a good point when he said that Brady has always said he’ll play until he sucks and he is not sucking at all hes #1 QB for stats.

  43. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Even if he does retire after this year he needs to go directly to the ring of honor with his number retired for what he did for this team.

  44. Lesco_Brandon Says:

    If Brady feels depressed for every loss, I guess the other 31 QB’s are immune to feeling depressed, they’re use to it… LOL!! The way Brady is playing right now with that kind of OL, he still has it. Please 3 or more years with the BUCS.

  45. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I know what you’re talking about Bird. I’ve noticed that too.
    Probably Jizz-elle related.

  46. Allbuccedup Says:

    Bird and DoooshLaRue I have noticed that also little emotion. Looks to be disinterested at times. I said that on a facebook article and a person said I was a idiot and don’t know how Brady is. I responded we will see. The sad part I don’t really see Trask being developed. We will be in for a big fall when Tom retires. I am sure BA will haul ass!

  47. adam from ny Says:

    tom will stay forever and play forever…

    and giselle will be pissed…

    giselle said:

    “tom when oh when will you hang up those cleats and jock strap to be a loving dad?”

    one thomas brady said:

    “i’m staying jocked and cleated until bill hangs ’em up first, or i whoop his azz in a superbrawl”

    (he meant superbowl)

  48. adam from ny Says:

    if tom and bill play in a superbowl vs. each other…

    wouldn’t it be a “superbrawl” and not a “superbowl” ?

  49. adam from ny Says:

    you know tom has been looking in his rear view mirror in recent weeks, saying to himself…

    “oh sh!t, here comes bill in the slow lane, and he’s fuggin” flooring it”


  50. #8 Says:

    I’ve followed Brady since UM.
    To my eyes, he does seem a little tired of it all.
    I’d not be surprised to see him retire.
    The 45 thing was said to get people to stop asking about age. He’s already said much of what he puts out there isn’t the truth.
    I predict at some point he starts to let his team know this is the last ride & they all better give 100% or he’ll haunt them forever for not going out on top with #8.

  51. Walter Says:

    Anybody who thinks Brady isn’t coming back for AT LEAST one more year, especially if it’s for a potential 3 peat, doesn’t understand Brady’s mentality.

  52. #8 Says:

    I hope you’re right Walter…because that means #8 is in hand-

  53. SlyPirate Says:

    TB12 is playing for his legacy.

    He came back in 2021 to move ahead of Brees in Total TDs and Total Competitions. It puts him #1 in EVERY QB stat.

    If he wins MVP, there is no better way for the GOAT to retire. That’s never happened in any sport.

    I love it.

  54. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Who knows? Maybe BA and Licht? Hopefully Brady would keep those guys in the loop if he already knows this is his last year. Maybe he’ll do a fair well season like Kobe next year. All I do know is the guy has brought us Nice fans the kind of success a lot of us thought we’d never have. I’m gonna enjoy it as long as the goat let’s me.

  55. captivajim Says:

    I think Pete is right.. I heard TB12 after the WFT game during his monday night podcast when he talked about winning being a relief–not a joy…He’s also since then been reminiscing a bit in his postgame interviews.; after Colts game-he was talking about when he had played there before,against Peyton , etc,etc. On this past monday night he talked about looking at the Bills roster and saying ; I know him ,and i played last against this other guy , and so on ..
    he’s also been talking about the ’07 season; saying had Pats won that SB -they would have gone undefeated thru the season AND the playoffs–he might have retired then ..In the past -he has NOT been the person to bring up the word”retirement”;; now HE brings up the subject..
    I think he wanted to put up an undefeated season Including the SB.. The Saints loss caused by 99 yds of penalties demoralized him–he knew he could manage the offense on the field–but he had NO control over the defense & white’s 2 non-sensible personal fouls-costing 30 yds at critical times.

  56. Buczilla Says:

    Brady has been priceless to our team and franchise, so I’d be sad to see him go, but bringing him in has obviously been worth it already. I’d get over it quicker than a quick fling though and look forward to the young guy Trask and hopefully another draft pick going at it at qb next year.

  57. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    I didn’t know Eisen still talked about sports. Every time I come across him lately he’s either talking about who he had dinner with or giving a more coherent version of a Brandon speech.

  58. Wild Bill Says:

    Well I have not seen a lot of joy in his facial expressions since the Wasington game. Read his eyes! I just don’t see the fire. Been saying something looks wrong since the Washington game. You do see the joy when a big play or td occurs. But overall he reminds me of when I was ready to walk away from the best job I ever had. Lose the fire and it’s time to retire. But whatever he decides we were lucky to have him.

  59. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I think all bets are off…and I’m leaning towards thinking this might be it. Especially if they can somehow repeat ( won’t be easy ). A walk off win vs The Pats for instance should and would be a perfect ending ( not to be confused with Bob Kraft’s happy ending(s) ).

  60. captivajim Says:

    Wild Bill is seeing the same reactions I’m seeing since that WFT game..Funny ,I had same feeling as Bill when I left my career–we used to call it ” no fire in the belly”

    be very, very tough for Bucs next season if he does retire… best chance might be to pick up Wilson from Seahawks who is very unhappy with Seattle coach/mgmt..