Disrespectful To Retire?

June 12th, 2022

Every other NFL analyst has a Tom Brady theory when it comes to The Goat’s football future and his behavior during the past five months.

Joe pays a little more attention to the guys who know Brady or have played with him.

Shane Vereen caught about 200 balls from Brady during his four years with the Belicheats, and he weighed in Friday on Brady while co-hosting on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Vereen believes Brady saw the 2022 Buccaneers as a chance to come back to a “stacked” roster with a Super Bowl culture as just too much from which to walk away. Brady, per Vereen, combined a pure love for the game and the realization how unique and special his status is as a guy on top of his personal game.

In the mind of Brady, there was a feeling that it would be almost disrespectful for him to retire, Vereen said. “Who am I to not play when I still have something left in the tank when so many past teammates have been pushed out or injured, and not been able to walk away from the game on their own terms?”

Vereen added that Brady is the kind of guy whose fire is lit by the Buccaneers’ incredibly difficult 2022 schedule. Brady knows, per Vereen, that teams with tough schedules usually fare best in the postseason.

18 Responses to “Disrespectful To Retire?”

  1. Vance Says:

    Us Bucs fans have been spoiled the last 2 years. Hopefully the Glazer’s
    Understand the importance of a top tier QB. Hoping Brady rides off into the sunset with 1 more Lombardi.

  2. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    “… teams with tough schedules usually fare best in the postseason.”


    I wonder how true this is.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Bush’s Coke Spoon … I was wondering exactly the same thing. Have always been told that the team that finishes the season strong, on a hot streak, is the one who fares best in the playoffs. But hey, maybe this year’s tough regular season schedule bodes well for us if we can survive it.

  4. Bird Says:

    This roster is loaded from top to bottom. I know a ton of fans on here are concerned about dline just like me. But what if hicks provides better pass rush up with middle combined with hall?

    We added two savy vets in secondary in keanu and ryan. Im not as worried about left guard as some and marpet was IMO probably the best guard we ever had . That competition of 3 for 1 starter spot will push the cream of the crop to the top.

    Gronk will be back.

    Just look at projected roster. They are stacked. Pre brady – look at our rosters. Our backups wouldn’t make most other teams as backups. Now its bucs, bills, bengals, rams (and maybe chargers) that are literally fantasy football teams

    I think this could be the best all around team in bucs history. The key is keeping guys healthy. Cause if wirfs , godwin and AB (leaving) didnt happen last year , we probably win the whole dang thing.

    People keep questioning bradys return? Why? He won super bowl in year 1. Anything after is icing on the cake. Now he is going into year 3 and will be 46 soon enough. 3 years of the GOAT here has changed everything. We are the feared wherein years past we feared watching the entire game of another blowout loss

    Enjoy buc fans. We have been so bad for so long. And now we get to watch greatness!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You would think that playing tougher teams would be better going forward…Any real competitor wants to play against the best.

  6. Hodad Says:

    It’s usually the team that’s healthiest that wins. I think if we had Wirfs, and Godwin at full strenght we beat the Rams.

  7. geno711 Says:

    I agree with others, not sure how true it is that teams playing a tough schedule fare better in the playoffs.

    And health probably more important when starting the playoffs. I guess other things being equal then teams that have been through more tough battles likely come out on top.

    But it does seem true in hockey about being battle tested.

    BTW, it was great atmosphere there last night. Went to two games in a row. My seats were 3 rows behind the Rangers bench. But then go up another 2 levels, over another 2 sections and then up another 16 rows. But I was in the building.

    4 more wins needed for Lightning.

  8. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    geno711 Says:
    “My seats were 3 rows behind the Rangers bench. But then go up another 2 levels, over another 2 sections and then up another 16 rows. But I was in the building.”

    I’m jealous. That was an exciting game.

  9. David Says:

    Minimum 12 -5

    Teams that face a tough schedule farewell in the playoffs… If they get through the tough schedule and regular season. It tests them. Going through a cakewalk schedule and then facing stiff competition for two or three weeks in a row probably does not fare well. I have no idea what the stats are in that but it seems logical

  10. Duane Says:

    It sure felt like he was leveraging retirement into playing for a different team. Once again, he learned that no franchise would be as willing and accommodating as this one. If he wins the mvp and lombardi this year, does he really have any value at 46 to any other team besides this one? I think he plays another year, barring any major inury, and that he plays with this team. Glazers make him the highest player in history for his final season, and hopefully title defense.

  11. Buczilla Says:

    Gosh I miss football.

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    I challenge anyone to prove that the Bucs have had a cupcake schedule in their 40+ years. I’m over the TB12 worship. Only reason that old fart hasn’t been creamed is cos the Bucs have/had the best team on both sides of the football. Will be checking out the changing of the radio posse on Bucs radio. Gene D has retired. I will miss him. GO BUCS!

  13. DungyDance Says:

    “Teams with tough schedules usually fare best in the postseason.”

    Is that right? How’d Detroit do last season?

    It at least will shut up the pundits mid-season of a good winning record, so they can’t be yapping “yeah but, yeah but, blah blah blah.” So there’s a confidence builder anyway. But I’m also curious about anything objective to back that up. In any case, good games to watch from the fan perspective! Go Bucs!

  14. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    orlbucfan Says:
    “Gene D has retired. I will miss him. GO BUCS!”

    I’m pretty sure that he announced his retirement from working Seminoles games, and that this will be his final season with the Buccaneers. Don’t write him off yet.

  15. Joe Says:

    Gene D has retired.

    Not yet.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    Roster pre-Brady was good. The plus Jameis and awful coaches is what really screwed the pooch.

    I keep thinking “are these idiots out of their mind?!” when I hear everyone hyping up Jameis and the Saints with no Sean Peyton to be any kind of contender.

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    ***scratch that. Different article.

  18. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    SOEbuc Says:
    “***scratch that. Different article.”

    Darn glad you came back and straightened that out. I’ve had my slidescale and decoder ring on the desk for the last day trying to break the cypher.